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New discovery means more US states will face a risk from Zika

During the summer months when U.S. mosquito populations are at their peak, albopictus is more ubiquitous than the Aedes aegypti mosquito that has been the primary vector of the spread of Zika elsewhere in the Americas. Unlike the aegypti mosquito, which is mostly present in southern United States and along the Gulf Coast, the albopictus has a range as far north as New England and the lower Great Lakes.

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Between January 2010 and July 2015, the analysis found, inspectors identified 3,016 home health agencies - nearly a quarter of all those examined by Medicare - that had inadequately reviewed or tracked medications for new patients. In some cases, nurses failed to realize that patients were taking potentially dangerous combinations of drugs, risking abnormal heart rhythms, bleeding, kidney damage and seizures.

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

ALBANY

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

The University at Albany aims to diversify its graduate faculty and student population and focus increased attention on health disparities research with the help of a $10 million federal grant.

Reacting to Flint crisis, EPA launches US drinking water study

Reacting to Flint crisis, EPA launches US drinking water study

The public health crisis caused by high lead levels in Flint's water and the toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie in recent years are among the threats being cited by federal environmental officials who called for a comprehensive look at how to better protect the nation's drinking water Tuesday.

Volunteer firefighters discuss legislative concerns at conference

EDINBURG

Volunteer firefighters discuss legislative concerns at conference

While the location of Saturday's legislative conference of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York was out of the way, some of the things the members talked about are central to the health and safety of the state’s more than 100,000 volunteer firefighters.

Smoking ban coming to Saratoga Springs' public housing

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Smoking ban coming to Saratoga Springs' public housing

The 339 apartments owned by the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority will go smoke-free as of May 1, officials said. The ban will go into effect as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development considers a national ban on smoking in public housing complexes.

In Schenectady, state announces climate smart grant money

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, state announces climate smart grant money

To kickoff Earth Week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in Schenectady on Monday a total of $11 million in climate smart community grants for municipalities.

CDC: Teen e-cigarette use up tenfold in 4 years

CDC: Teen e-cigarette use up tenfold in 4 years

If an average high school class contains 30 students, at least seven of them were tobacco users in 2015, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E-cigarette use by U.S. teenagers rose last year, report says

E-cigarette use by U.S. teenagers rose last year, report says

E-cigarette use continued to rise among young teenagers and preteens in the United States last year, according to new federal data, but cigarette smoking overall did not increase, suggesting that, at least so far, fears that the devices would hook a new generation on traditional cigarettes have not come to pass.

State AG brings suit against CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

ALBANY

State AG brings suit against CDPHP over hepatitis C coverage

The state Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that it is suing Albany-based health insurer CDPHP over its coverage of treatment for chronic hepatitis C patients.

White House: Zika threat wider than originally thought

Washington

White House: Zika threat wider than originally thought

The Zika virus is a threat to more states than first feared, underscoring the need for Congress to approve the Obama administration's nearly $2 billion funding request, senior health officials said Monday.

Albany student makes music video about her chromosome disorder, 22Q

ALBANY

Albany student makes music video about her chromosome disorder, 22Q

Taylor Swift’s song “22” has special meaning for Saint Rose freshman Amy Maiorano, who remade the song in a video to advocate for Deletion 22q, a disorder she lives with.

Nation’s largest insurer tries boutique-style health plan

Nation’s largest insurer tries boutique-style health plan

UnitedHealthcare is betting $65 million that it can profit by making primary care more attractive.

Aumiller's Pharmacy: New owners, same independent service

SCHENECTADY

Aumiller's Pharmacy: New owners, same independent service

The last family-owned pharmacy in Schenectady has changed hands, but the three employees who bought it have no plans to change anything at the local landmark. Aumiller’s Pharmacy at 1340 State St. began more than a century ago as Dyer’s Pharmacy.

U.S. diets go downhill at age 1

U.S. diets go downhill at age 1

The first few months of a child's life are a glorious - and healthful - time for eating.

Flu season running late this year in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Flu season running late this year in Capital Region

Winter started late this year and so did the flu season, according to Megan Helmecke, infection preventionist with Albany Medical Center. The late season flu hitting the Capital Region is more unusual in its timing than its severity, she said.

Health insurers post gains in net income for ’15

CAPITAL REGION

Health insurers post gains in net income for ’15

Three major health insurers serving the Capital Region enjoyed turnaround years in 2015, reporting net income following losses in 2014.

California bill would protect, create health standards for fashion models

SACRAMENTO

California bill would protect, create health standards for fashion models

Some say they've been told to eat only one rice cake per day to avoid gaining any weight. Others say they swallow Kleenex tissues, or cotton balls soaked in orange juice, to fill their stomachs and stop their hunger pains. They use laxatives and diuretics, binge and purge, or exercise to exhaustion - all to squeeze into a size 0, if possible.

Despite fears, health law hasn't ended employment-based coverage

Despite fears, health law hasn't ended employment-based coverage

The Affordable Care Act was aimed mainly at giving people better options for buying health insurance on their own.

Five reasons scientists believe Zika virus causes birth defects

Five reasons scientists believe Zika virus causes birth defects

The epidemic peaked in Colombia in early February, according to the WHO. Most of the women in the study are due to give birth in May and June.

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