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False Ebola alarm tests Schenectady's readiness
SCHENECTADY

False Ebola alarm tests Schenectady's readiness

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
A woman who walked into Hometown Health Center on Wednesday night and reported feeling ill prompted medical officials to follow Ebola protocols and notify local and state health departments.
 
ALBANY

Task force aims to end AIDS epidemic in New York

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
A group of doctors, public health experts and community advocates met on Tuesday to launch an effort to end New York's three-decade AIDS epidemic — a goal that not long ago would have seemed unthinkable.v
 
Can all US hospitals safely treat Ebola?

Can all US hospitals safely treat Ebola?

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
The idea that all U.S. hospitals may not be able to safely treat Ebola patients seemed to find more acceptance Monday as a second federal official suggested it was worth rethinking whether to send patients to one of the specialized units set up to deal with dangerous germs.
 
NEW YORK

Event focuses on NY's new medical marijuana law

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
New York state lawmakers and advocates of medical marijuana gathered in New York City on Sunday to discuss the implementation of a new state law authorizing marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions.
 
Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery
NEW YORK

Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.
 
Nurses walk picket lines at three area hospitals
CAPITAL REGION

Nurses walk picket lines at three area hospitals

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Nurses around the Capital Region took their fight over staffing levels to the streets Wednesday in an effort to mount public pressure on management at three area hospitals as they continue difficult contract negotiations.
 
Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? Study shows it works

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? Study shows it works

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found.
 
Americans living longer as most death rates fall
NEW YORK

Americans living longer as most death rates fall

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Americans are living longer than ever before, according to a new government report filled mostly with good news. U.S. life expectancy inched up again and death rates fell.
 
Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?
WASHINGTON

Health law waivers: Too complicated to claim?

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But getting that exemption could be an ordeal.
 
New York lags in gambling addiction help
ALBANY

New York lags in gambling addiction help

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
New York state government makes more off of gambling than Nevada, New Jersey or any other state. But it spends far less than its peers to fight gambling addiction.
 
GLOVERSVILLE

St. Mary’s opens urgent care center across from Littauer

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
St. Mary’s Healthcare continued its expansion outside of Montgomery County with the opening of an urgent care center Monday in Gloversville, just across from Nathan Littauer Hospital.
 
Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff
WASHINGTON

Gov't website for doc payments not up to snuff

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Another year, another headache for the Obama administration over a health care website. This one is called "Open Payments."
 
Local hospitals ready if Ebola reaches region
CAPITAL REGION

Local hospitals ready if Ebola reaches region

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Although federal officials are confident the first appearance on U.S. soil of the potentially fatal Ebola virus will be “stopped in its tracks” in Dallas, Capital Region hospitals — along with health and travel officials across the nation — are prepared for the possibility someone could unknowingly bring the infection to their own area code.
 
ALBANY

Schumer wants faster action on synthetic marijuana

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal Drug Enforcement Agency needs to speed up its fight against synthetic marijuana.
 
Care Choices offers support, info to terminally ill
SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Care Choices offers support, info to terminally ill

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Care Choices is an in-home palliative care program launched last November by Ellis Medicine and the Visiting Nurse Service of Northeastern New York.
 
 

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