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Runners and walkers dedicated to maintaining momentum against HIV and AIDS raised more than $116,600 dollars on Sunday during the 26th annual Walk/Run in Syracuse.

Think back to 1993.  That's when the first AIDS Walk/Run was held.  Syracuse, New York State, and the nation were still in the grips of the AIDS epidemic.  The number of new cases peaked that year, a decade after scientists first discovered the virus that causes AIDS. 

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ACR Health is using the occasion of its upcoming 26th annual AIDS Walk/Run to call attention to another growing public health threat:  The Hepatitis C virus.  Officials say while the rate of new HIV and AIDS cases continue to decline, Hepatitis C cases have soared in recent years.  ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh says this area is especially vulnerable.

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Organizers of the first-ever Heroin Awareness Walk in Onondaga County are hoping for a big turnout Saturday to help to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.  Recovering addicts, their families, treatment experts, and the community will gather in front of Syracuse City Hall.

Michaline Younis says she has both professional and personal reasons to be heading up the effort.

I’ve been in the field of treatment for 16 years.  We recently lost someone very close to us two years ago from a fentanyl overdose.  And my brother was heroin addicted for 13 years.”

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Syracuse’s Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center has become the sixth nursing home facility in New York State with a specialized cardiac unit.

The TeliStat Restorative Care Unit or TRCU is part of an ongoing pilot program to establish a total of 14 across the state. Founder and CEO of the technology, Dr. Anthony Bacchi says these units are key factors in combating the problem of patients being unnecessarily re-admitted to hospitals.

Upstate University Hospital Launches Program to Help Visitors Quit Smoking

Apr 12, 2018
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Upstate University Hospital will be offering nicotine replacement therapy to visitors to help curb their smoking habits starting next Friday. The hospital prohibits smoking within 100 feet of its buildings.

Director of Employee Student Health at Upstate Jarrod Bagatell says they used to give people information about how to quit smoking, but one encounter changed that.

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Central New Yorkers suffering with back pain might not know the best way to do something about it.  There can be a wide range of causes – which you might want to know before choosing the best therapy.

If the groan of back pain, getting up from a chair or leaning over, sounds familiar, well you're hardly alone.

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Those who provide services and advocacy for Central New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS will be watching closely this week to see if the final state budget includes funding to increase affordable housing. Governor Cuomo has proposed the expansion of a successful rental assistance program in New York City to the rest of the state.

Death Rates and Costs of Alzhiemer's Care Continue to Increase, says New Study

Mar 21, 2018
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A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association indicates that Central New Yorker’s are feeling the impacts of the disease more than they may realize. The report says more people are dying of Alzheimer's and costs for care are skyrocketing.

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We’ve heard of March Madness in college basketball.  But Friday could be called Match Madness for nearly 150 Upstate Medical University students who opened envelopes containing their residency assignments.  That’s where they will spend their first year of training as doctors. 

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Meeting friends and maybe even a special someone for those in their 70s and older is the focus of a film that will be screened in Syracuse Thursday night. The Age of Love focuses on the issues behind elderly friendships and relationships that often go deeper than just having companions. 

Screening and Panel on Relationships and Aging Thursday @ 5:30 pm, Everson Museum, Syracuse

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