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Schumer: Funds will support services for opioid crisis

Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA) is taking opioid treatment out of the counseling clinic to meet the people who need support where they are — both emotionally and physically — with immediate response services. Wednesday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles E. Schumer visited with FLACRA staff and representatives from Yates County to learn more about the... more

Schumer: Yates ‘battered’ by drug epidemic

With Yates County having one of the highest drug overdose rates in the region, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer discussed the opioid epidemic Wednesday during a stop in Penn Yan. At the local office of the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency, Schumer announced his efforts to lock down $3.3 billion in federal funding in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019... more

Ontario Co. BOS puts off tobacco age vote

With four members of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors absent Thursday night, the board delayed a vote on a proposed local law that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Supervisor Dan Marshall (South Bristol), who chairs the board’s Health and Human Services Committee, laid the matter over until the board’s Aug. 23 meeting.... more

Should Ontario County raise the smoking age?

Ontario County lawmakers are split on whether to pass a local law raising the legal age for smoking to 21. With arguments for and against the proposal, the county Board of Supervisors is opening up the matter for discussion Thursday. People can weigh in at a public hearing, taking place at the board meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. at... more

Auburn medical supply business under new ownership

A longtime family-owned medical supply company in Auburn is now under new ownership. Homecare Medical Supply Inc. announced that the business, founded in 1983 by Joseph and Joan Manning, became a branch of Respiratory Services of Western New York Inc. in July. According to a press release from the business, Homecare will retain its name and location and the founders’... more

Gillibrand talks solutions to drug problems in Canandaigua

Chris Dailey, director of pharmacy at UR Medicine Thompson Health, sees it every day: Patients can’t afford their medication. Costs for some prescription drugs have escalated 30 percent or more in recent years, said Dailey, who spoke during a visit by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Thompson’s Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community on Monday. He gave examples... more

HABs strike Cayuga Lake earlier than last year, but no ‘high toxins’ yet

Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, on Cayuga Lake have come earlier and more often than last summer, when confirmed outbreaks prompted an off-season ramp-up of shoreline monitoring and sample testing for the 2018 season. While none of the 21 algal bloom reports this month has been confirmed to contain high levels of toxins, three beaches were temporarily closed as a precaution —... more

Katko eyes solution to address mental health care provider shortage

The co-chairs of the Mental Health Caucus in Congress have proposed legislation to address the lack of mental health care providers in many parts of the country. U.S. Reps. John Katko and Grace Napolitano introduced a bill that would establish a loan repayment program for mental health care professionals who work in a region where there’s a provider shortage. The... more

Gillibrand to talk about drug costs in Canandaigua

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Canandaigua Monday to talk about her efforts to drive down drug costs for seniors. Gillibrand plans to announce legislation during a visit at 11 a.m. at Ferris Hills at West Lake senior living community. Ferris Hills is off West Lake Road, 1 Ferris Hills, in Canandaigua. Gillibrand said her legislation would fix the... more

TALK SAVES LIVES: Multiple suicide prevention trainings coming to Seneca Co.

An introduction to suicide prevention. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be hosting a series of Talk Saves Lives trainings in five locations throughout the community. The community-based presentation is one that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. It’s a program developed by the American Foundation for... more

How teens are influenced by comparison on social media

The prevalence of social media puts a different kind of strain on the mind. Constantly at the fingertips of every smartphone user on the planet, it creates constant connection with friends, colleagues, and even acquaintances. The SnapMaps feature on Snapchat shows users where all of their friends are with a simple pinch of the screen. A location tag on Instagram... more

Thompson nursing home center of Snapchat state probe

The state Department of Health and state Office of the Attorney General are investigating an incident at the Thompson Health nursing home involving Snapchat. The probe centers on nursing home employees involved in sharing multimedia images and/or messages of a resident via Snapchat at Thompson’s M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center in Canandaigua. Snapchat mobile app allows users to share photos,... more

MANTIUS: Keuka Outlet fouls drinking water, fuels toxic algae

Along the waterfront near Dresden, residents don’t dare drink their tap water, which is drawn directly from one of the most polluted sections of Seneca Lake. Their water is being fouled by the Keuka Outlet, an eight-mile watercourse that flows east from Keuka Lake past Penn Yan to Dresden, where it empties into Seneca. The outlet carries tainted runoff from... more

Upstate Lyme disease doctor: Early treatment crucial, but diagnosis can be tricky

Lyme disease is treatable when caught early, and most patients recover fully, said Dr. Kristopher Paolino, an infectious disease expert at Upstate Medical University. “The thing with Lyme disease is, the earlier you catch it, the earlier you treat it, the better the outcomes,” Paolino said today. “There is concern that Lyme disease is a forever illness, and for the... more

What’s behind Canandaigua VA’s one-star rating?

Combat veteran Robert Van Keuren of Canandaigua wants answers. And action. He isn’t alone. With more than 60,000 veterans living in the Finger Lakes region, many are disturbed by the one-star rating recently revealed for nursing home care at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. The Canandaigua Living Center that provides nursing home care at the VA on Fort Hill Avenue... more

Recreational marijuana should be legalized, New York report concludes

New York could take in up to $678 million in tax revenue in a year if it legalizes marijuana for recreational use, according to a long-awaited report issued Friday by the state Department of Health. The state Health Department's 74-page report officially backed the legalization of marijuana, concluding that the "positive effects" outweigh the "potential negative effects." That conclusion was... more

Hundreds of Erie Canal cyclists to pass through Seneca and Cayuga Counties

More than 700 cyclists participating in the 20th annual 400-mile Cycle the Erie Canal tour departed Buffalo on Sunday and will reach Cayuga County this week, a Parks & Trails New York press release said. The cyclists, travelling 40-60 miles of the Erie Canalway Trail a day, are expected to arrive in Seneca Falls on Tuesday. On Wednesday, with the... more

Fight heats up against Lyme, other tick-borne illnesses

As the temperature rises, so does the battle against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In Albany, the state Senate approved $1 million for research, education, prevention and treatment options and to fight the ongoing increase in the illnesses. Awaiting Assembly approval, the funding would be shared in the cause by Cornell University, New York State Association of County Health Officials,... more
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