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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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  Researchers at Syracuse University are halfway to their goal of testing 300 local kids to examine their LEAD levels. Most of us think lead testing in kids might have to do with old paints in homes which contain lead, however, Professor of Public Health, Dr. Brooks Gump explains why this test is much different.

Syracuse researchers are looking specifically at food sources with traces of lead.

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A new federal bill announced in Syracuse Monday could help limit the amount of opiate painkillers that get prescribed…and then get abused.  One local family knows all too well the pain of painkiller abuse.   The tragedy of the Socci family of Auburn started when their 29-year-old daughter broke up with a boyfriend over his addiction to painkillers.  

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  The paper prescription you get from the doctor is about to be a thing of the past.  New York State law is changing medication practices for most times doctors prescribe a drug.

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  A Syracuse Sleep Doctor is trying to make people more aware of the role a good night’s sleep plays in overall health.   World Sleep Day this past week focused attention on all the reasons you might be tired tomorrow.

We’ve probably all been there…tossing and turning in bed when you know you need a good night’s sleep.  Well it's more of a problem than just being tired the next day and Doctor Antonio Culebras says we never really learn about what he calls one of three pillars of health.

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It appears more Upstate New Yorkers are resorting to opiates and surgery to address back pain over simpler, more effective treatments.  There’s concern that could be leading to worse outcomes.

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