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A state grant of $250,000 will help families and individuals navigate addiction problems and help them seek treatment.  

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Upstate Medical University Cancer Center researchers are optimistic that the recent “Cancer Moonshot” initiative by the White House will bring positive advancements towards treating the disease. Professor Leszek Kotula says this new push will help expand research efforts.

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  Patients at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse will now also be able to visit a primary care doctor at their newly renovated clinic.  Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the $2 million renovation of its Madison Street Outpatient Clinic.  Center Executive Director Dr. Mark Cattalani says the addition of phyiscal health care services provides a human-centered environment where people can  feel engaged and supported.

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Upstate Medical Center hopes a brand new Pediatric ER will help relieve stress on kids and parents visiting Urgent Care.  Director Doctor Richard Cantor says the $3 million project is a big step forward for the hospital.

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Governor Cuomo’s statewide task force on heroin and opioid abuse stopped in Syracuse Wednesday to hear testimony from area treatment experts on what’s needed to address the epidemic.  The discussion revealed there are significant gaps in treatment.

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Emergency Medical Service providers in Central New York respond fast when you need them and what they encounter on each call is constantly evolving.  About 200 of them learned about latest treatments and emergency trends today during E-M-S Teaching Day.

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It appears New York State and Onondaga County have been a few steps ahead of federal law after news Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration was extending its oversight to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.  Turns out local laws restricting youth access have been in place for years. 

Doctor Supports Zika Virus Funding

Apr 26, 2016
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Senator Chuck Schumer’s push for $1.9 billion in Emergency Funding to address the Zika Virus comes just before the first warm weather season in the U.S. since the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued its warning. They concluded there is a link between the virus in pregnant women and birth defects seen in Brazil. Locally, the Chief of Infectious disease at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Timothy Endy, feels the money to combat the virus is necessary.

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Tina Serio still struggles to come to grips with the death of her younger sister more than a year ago at age 38.  At the same time, it warms her heart to know Dawn Woods saved several other lives because she donated her organs.

"One of her kidneys was transplanted into a 53-year-old man," Serio said.  "He's married, he's from New York, and has two children.  Her other kidney went to a woman who's 50 years old.  She waited three long years for a kidney."

Substance abuse is a growing problem in Onondaga County, and Crouse Hospital has the only dedicated treatment center. Crouse Spokesperson Bob Allen told County Lawmakers extra funding is needed to expand the facility. 

“The facility that we describe as 410, where the bulk of our programs are housed, we cannot physically take any more patients in that building.”

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