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Officials say New York State has been the most aggressive to respond to the opioid crisis, but future policy changes might depend the most on professors, social workers and affected families.  That’s what state and local officials told students today from the Falk School of Social Work during the 19th annual Policy Symposium.  General Counsel for OASAS, Rob Kent urged them to take action if they have ideas to help people recover. 

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St. Joseph’s Health is trying to fill the gap left by the closing of Nojaim supermarket by partnering with a food truck that brings healthy fruits and vegetables to the near west side.  Residents seem eager to snap up the produce.

Patricia Sprague was picking up her allotment of fruits and greens Thursday after attending a diabetes education program at the St. Joe's Health Center on Gifford Street.  Each patient gets 10 dollars worth of coupons to encourage healthy eating.

New Yorkers who use e-cigarettes will have to comply with the same limits on smoking in public that apply to regular cigarettes, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But anti- smoking advocates say more needs to be done to combat the rising use of the nicotine product.

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Central New Yorkers may be surprised to know that health insurance experts are optimistic about the upcoming open enrollment period.  New York’s runs from November 1st to January 31st, a full month-and-a-half longer than the Federal deadline.   ACR Health’s Director of Insurance Programs, Steve Wood says despite the uncertain future of federal healthcare, it’s as important as ever to get insured.

Tobacco Free Network of CNY

Middle and high school students in Fulton, the Institute of Technology in Syracuse and across the state today called attention to the billions of dollars of tobacco promotion in stores that is likely influencing kids to start smoking at the average age of 13.  Today is Seen Enough Tobacco Day, and students created displays aimed at raising awareness of tobacco placement and advertising.  Joe Wicks is with the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, and says even pharmacies are partly to blame.

SU "Aggressively" Addressing Mumps Outbreak Through Education, Isolation

Oct 11, 2017
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Onondaga County and Syracuse University health officials say they’re continuing to monitor the student population for mumps now that there are 13 confirmed cases of the virus.  There are five more “probable” cases and at least 10 others with possible symptoms.  Senior Vice President for enrollment and student experience at Syracuse University Dolan Evanovich has been reaching out to students and parents. 

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People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the legislature make that change.

About 7,500 attendees at the New York State Fair signed the petition, which asks that “a mentally capable, terminally ill adult with a prognosis of six months or less” to live be permitted the option to obtain medication to end their lives if “their suffering becomes unbearable.”

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About 500 disadvantaged families in Central New York are getting a helping hand with something most parents take for granted – diapers.  The C-N-Y Diaper Bank handed out 27-thousand diapers last month.  Founder Michaela Hugo is acknowledging National Diaper Need Awareness Week by bringing attention to the problem.

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A milestone in the study of nutrition in the U-S is being celebrated here in Central New York.  Falk College at Syracuse University begins a 2-day seminar event Friday to honor the founding of its nutrition program 100 years ago.  Associate Professor of Nutrition Kay Stearns-Bruening says Americans’ relationship with food was much different back then.

A new health study on obesity finds New York is doing better than most states, but still is seeing far more health impacts than even 15 years ago.  WAER News Director Chris Bolt got to speak with one of the study’s authors about a health problem that costs the nation $150 billion annually in higher medical costs.