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  The air quality is officially smoke free today inside Syracuse Housing Authority properties.  They’ve been preparing tenants for a year in advance and the new policy is gaining praise from local health officials.

  Qualifying Central New Yorkers will be able to sign up for new low-cost health insurance starting Nov. 1.

The Essential Plan is an extension of the Affordable Care Act and will cover people who have enrolled starting January first. Any working person who makes under $24,000 qualifies. With the plan, people would receive free insurance from one of the major carriers that covers all essential health benefits.

  Upstate Medical University’s next president is spending a few days meeting with hospital and medical school staff a few months before she takes over.  Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena was named to the post back in September.

  The Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200.

  Public schools across New York State are getting ready to add something new to their health curriculum.  Starting this October, hands-only CPR training will become a graduation requirement for all high school students.  This is part of the new CPR for Schools law, which was approved yesterday by the New York State Board of Regents.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  For most Central New Yorkers, a house call from a doctor has been unheard of for decades.  Now, the practice might be making a come-back.  Upstate University Hospital is embarking on a trial effort to bring a doctor to the front door of residents in the eastern suburbs.  The seed was planted about three years ago when the Fayetteville Fire Chief asked Dr. Christian Knutsen how they could avoid unnecessary ambulance trips to the hospital.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak that hit New York City earlier this summer is now having an impact here in Onondaga County.  There’s not any disease showing up, but building owners that have cooling towers are now covered by new regulationsCounty Health Department Director of Environmental Health Lisa Letteney (LETT-nee) expects the new registry to be pretty widespread.

  We’re returning to the issue of Legionnaires' Disease today after the death toll in the recent New York City outbreak has risen.  There's also new Statewide action to reduce the threat.

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  Crouse Hospital will be able to help more people with their heroin addiction thanks to assistance from the State Legislature.  Hospital treatment officials got a chance to meet some of their benefactors Tuesday.

  Families that adopt children from foster care can sometimes need help adjusting to the new situation at home.  The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is committing 1.5 million dollars for post adoption services. The Salvation Army in Onondaga County will get a grant of 195-thousand dollars. Executive Director Linda Wright says these programs are essential to help create a lasting family unit.