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Schneiderman gets price cut, cap for heroin antidote

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reached an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to cut and cap the price of a heroin overdose antidote for state agencies.
 
UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people
LONDON

UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Britain moved Tuesday toward allowing scientists to create humans from the DNA of three people. The technology aims to liberate future generations from inherited diseases, but critics say it crosses a fundamental scientific boundary and could lead to "designer babies."
 
Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says
ALBANY

Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb.
 
Man who placed mercury around Albany hospital has appeal denied
ALBANY

Man who placed mercury around Albany hospital has appeal denied

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
A man who admitted to placing mercury around Albany Medical Center was turned down by a federal appeals court in his bid to have his sentence reduced or plea overturned.
 
NEW YORK

Flu hospitalizations of elderly hit record high, CDC says

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Some new evidence this is a particularly bad flu season: Flu-related hospitalizations of the elderly are the highest since the government started tracking that statistic nine years ago.
 
Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies
WASHINGTON

Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.
 
Baby arrives on mother’s, brother’s birthday
NISKAYUNA

Baby arrives on mother’s, brother’s birthday

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
Tasheena Salvary celebrated her 30th birthday the same wild way she celebrated her 21st — at the hospital, giving birth to a baby boy.
 
Maplewood Manor sale to close Monday
BALLSTON SPA

Maplewood Manor sale to close Monday

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
New private owners will take over Saratoga County’s Maplewood Manor this weekend, ending years of debate about the cash-strapped nursing home’s future and tens of millions of dollars in county taxpayer subsidies for it.
 
Amsterdam leaders urged to embrace senior project
AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam leaders urged to embrace senior project

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is calling on Amsterdam officials to set aside their political differences in an effort to bring a large-scale, private-sector business to the city.
 
ALBANY

CDPHP, NYOH contract will keep cancer patients in treatment

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
About 2,500 Capital Region patients dealing with cancer and blood disorders no longer have to worry about disruptions in their treatment or insurance coverage now that an Albany insurer and cancer specialist group have reached a contract agreement.
 
ALBANY

St. Peter's Health reviews mobile device security after cellphone theft

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
St. Peter’s Health Partners is reviewing encryption controls on all mobile devices it issues to employees after a cellphone was stolen from a high-ranking employee at its multi-specialty physician group, according to a notice issued Friday.
 
Robotics giving hope to paralyzed
SCHENECTADY

Robotics giving hope to paralyzed

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Justin Neff is the first patient at Sunnyview to include the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton System as part of his therapy routine.
 
Cancer  coverage extended 90 days for NYOH patients
CAPITAL REGION

Cancer coverage extended 90 days for NYOH patients

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Lynn Hughes has received her health insurance through CDPHP for 37 years. She’s received treatment following two breast cancer diagnoses from New York Oncology Hematology for the last 17 years.
 
Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective
NEW YORK

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn't include the bug that is making most people sick, according to a government study released Thursday.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Hospitals earn honor for cut in early deliveries

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
A state initiative is honoring hospitals across the state that reduced medically unnecessary early deliveries of babies.
 
 

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