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Group takes a closer look at opioid crisis in the Finger Lakes

In their ongoing effort to better understand and inform others of the social, economic, environmental, and political issues facing the United States and the world, the Yates Progressives invited a panel of diverse experience to discuss the rising heroin and opioid drug abuse problem in our region. Convening at Hunt Country Vineyards Sunday, Nov. 19, the panelists were Penn Yan... more

Perfect score nets state grant for public health in Yates

The NYSDOH General Public Health Work program includes a statewide performance-based incentive program that allows the NYS Commissioner of Health to establish statewide performance standards for delivery of core public health services and to provide additional funding referred to as incentive awards to local health departments that meet or exceed statewide performance standards. For 2016-2017 NYSDOH chose to focus on... more

Hello holiday, hello flu in the FLX

Flu is on the rise — just in time for the holidays, when people are out and about more than ever. More shopping, parties and family gatherings make for a perfect storm for spreading flu. Last week, state health officials raised the activity level for this season’s influenza from “sporadic” to “local.” That means more confirmed cases, said registered nurse... more

Ontario-Yates Hospice achieves Level 3 of ‘We Honor Veterans’

Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, recently achieved Partner Level Three for the We Honor Veterans program. Level Four is the highest partner level, which Ontario-Yates Hospice expects to earn next year. We Honor Veterans is a program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. By voluntarily participating... more

Ontario County sees first signs of flu

Ontario County has confirmed the first influenza cases of the season. Mary Beer, the county’s director of public health, said the number of flu cases is on the rise nationwide. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, holiday travel and family celebrations likely will add to the problem. “We have only seen a couple of confirmed cases... more

Preparing for the holidays with diabetes

With the holiday season upon us, it can be a stressful time for those with diabetes. During the holidays, food tends to become the center of attention. The holidays do not have to disrupt your diabetes control. A little extra planning will give you the confidence to enjoy the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you manage your... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Fingerlakes Mall site of free opioid overdose training

Fingerlakes Mall will offer a free opioid overdose training at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses using intranasal naloxone spray (Narcan). Free overdose rescue kits will also be offered. The training is provided by Cayuga County in cooperation with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services. The mall is... more

Retiring GGH surgeon looks forward to future

Dr. Nitin Banwar has been an orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years, but for the past five has concentrated solely on hip and knee replacements at the Joint Center of the Finger Lakes at Geneva General Hospital. His reason is pretty straightforward — and somewhat personal. “I just like taking care of old people. It’s as simple as that,”... more

GRADING CARE: Group evaluates local hospitals, provides rating system for consumers

A non-profit health quality group has provided an update to safety grades for hospitals throughout the region. To come up with their grades, the organization looks at 27 publicly available measures to determine a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe. Safe from what, exactly? Well, Leapfrog looks at information and data that contributes to the preventable harm category, which... more

Gates officials share addiction info with Victor students: ‘It is everywhere’

Police Chief Jim VanBrederode said a call came in about a person slumped over the wheel and he immediately thought of heroin. Unfortunately, the scene is becoming too familiar. “Here is a guy literally sitting in the middle of the busiest intersection in Gates,” he said. “He’s turning blue. His eyes are rolling back in his head. We want to... more

Clifton Springs Hospital will get new $32M medical village

With the first wall “broken,” the renovations for Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic’s new Medical Village are officially underway. Hospital staff members and friends gathered to celebrate the beginning of the work yesterday at a ceremonial wallbreaking. Eric Bieber, MD, president and CEO of Rochester Regional Health, described the event as a “pivotal moment” in the hospital’s history. “Clifton Springs... more

Sen. Helming urges residents to ‘kick’ the smoking habit

Senator Pam Helming is proud to partner with the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes to recognize the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 16. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this day is aimed at encouraging smokers to quit for just one day. As well as the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes, there are a multitude... more

TAKING BACK SUCCESS: Victor event collects 384 lbs of unwanted drugs

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sherriff’s Office announce the successful collection of unwanted prescription drug medication on Saturday, October 28th at the “Medication Take Back” event at the Victor Village Hall. Through the support of community members, 384 pounds of unwanted medication was collected from 135 participants.  The event was supported by the... more

Low turnout at opioid forums raises concerns

The Yates Substance Abuse Coalition (YSAC) invited community partners to speak at two events to share updates and news on what has been going on in the Yates County community in regards to drug use, drug-related crimes, addiction services, education, and prevention. But what may be the more telling story is how few seem interested now, despite the growing problem.... more

Anti-suicide speaker connects with Romulus students

When he was 19 years old, the only escape Kevin Hines saw from his emotional pain was death. And his escape plan involved jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. Yet despite falling 25 stories in just 4 seconds, at 75 mph, he survived. And it is that road to survival that he recently shared with Finger Lakes area students, including... more

Attacking the drug crisis in Cayuga County

Derek Barnish’s journey with addiction started when he was 15-years-old with alcohol. Over the years, his addiction grew to include pain pills and opiates. The vices took control of his life. He lost friends, his job – even those closest to him began to distance themselves. “The family who had always been there for me, always given me a place... more

Hometown cancer hotspots in the Finger Lakes

Does where you live increase your chances of getting cancer? New data indicates it certainly plays a role. Some of our local counties have some of the highest rates of cancer in all of New York State and health professionals are still trying to find out why. Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the state health department to undertake a study... more
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