Health & Medicine

FLU SEASON
11:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Flu Virus Lingers...in a Milder Form

Interim County Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano, left, and County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Just when Central New Yorkers thought winter was over, it appears the flu season is also sticking around.  It's almost a repeat of last year – where one virus predominates the season, peters out and another strain replaces it, say Onondaga County health officials.   County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen says the H1N1 virus has faded, but influenza type B has been trending up during the past week. 

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PUBLIC HEALTH
11:30 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Onondaga County Health Commissioner to Resign

County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Morrow addresses the media Thursday.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Cynthia Morrow says she’s never been more passionate about public health…which could be why she’s decided to resign. 

 She told the media Thursday she strongly disagrees with plans to move the division of child and maternal health from her department to the new department of child and family services. 

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Health & Medicine
6:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Dozens of Upstate Medical Students Learn Their Residency Assignment on "Match Day"

Kilali Iyallo is heading to Texas for her residency.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The waiting and anxiety is over for about 150 fourth-year SUNY Upstate medical school students Friday who learned where they’ll begin their residencies.  

They opened envelopes as part of the annual rite of passage called “match day.”  The students we spoke to all received their first choices.  

Class co-president Dan Harris is one of five who will complete their residencies at St. Joseph's hospital in Syracuse.  Other facts about this graduation class: 

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Health & Medicine
11:49 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Shortage of Chemical Used to Sterilize Surgical Equipment

Vials of the biologic that sterilizes surgical equipment.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse-area hospitals say they’re facing a shortage of a crucial sterilization product that could delay surgeries.   There appears to be a major disruption in the supply chain of a biologic known as Sterrad biologic indicator made by Advanced Sterilization Products, which is used to sterilize surgical equipment and tools. The hospitals alerted Senator Chuck Schumer of the problem.   

Schumer stopped by SUNY Upstate Medical University Monday to call attention to the matter and demand more accountability from the manufacturer and the FDA. 

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March is Colorectal Awareness Month
5:57 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Have You Been Screened for Colorectal Cancer? It Could Save Your Life

A few facts about colorectal cancer you may not know.
Credit cdc.gov

A number of Central New Yorkers are skipping their colorectal cancer screenings, and it could be leading to unnecessary deaths. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer, but also one of the most easily preventable, which is why the Cancer Service Program of Onondaga County is encouraging people to get screened.  Coordinator Jenny Dickinson is letting the uninsured know the program is offering free screenings to prevent the deadly cancer. 

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