Health & Medicine

HOMELESS FAMILIES
3:53 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Trauma Strongly Linked to Homeless Mothers, Mental Health Conditions

The Wilson Foundation's Megan Bell addresses leaders of the various agencies that serve Syracuse's homeless.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Nearly all homeless mothers in Syracuse likely have one thing in common:  They’ve experienced trauma as a child or adult.  That’s the conclusion of a study by the National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institute of Research.  It was funded by the Wilson Foundation based in Rochester.

Wilson Foundation Executive Director Megan Bell explains what she calls the surprising finding that traumatic experiences among mothers are more strongly linked to homelessness than common predictors.

The study found more than 90% of homeless mothers experienced trauma at much higher rates than the general public.  

  That means locally, as many as 450 women in the Salvation Army's Emergency Family Shelter last year likely brought a history of trauma.   

Director of the National Center on Family Homelessness Carmela DeCandia says trauma needs to be addressed as part of the continuum of housing and services provided to families.

 The Salvation Army of Syracuse is actually training staff to better understand the traumatic backgrounds some of their clients are likely to bring to their family shelter.  Director of Emergency and Child Welfare services Liddy Hintz  says they’re also working with a mental health services program at St. Joseph’s hospital.  

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FIRST AID AND CPR
6:39 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

American Heart Association Pushes for CPR Training in Schools

Emily Adamczak died during a high school soccer practice from a sudden cardiac arrest
Credit American Heart Association

The American Heart Association of New York State is counting down the final days of the legislative session with 22 reasons the State Legislature should consider providing lifesaving training in schools.  They’re sharing daily stories of people who have been saved by CPR and others who weren’t as fortunate. 

One of those reasons is Emily Adamczak, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 14, during soccer practice in her freshman year of high school. 

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NATIONAL EMS WEEK
11:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Portable Ultrasound Machines Can Help EMS Professionals Diagnose Injuries

Nurse practitioner Carol Lee demonstrates a portable ultrasound machine to EMS professionals Monday at Onondaga Community College.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Most Central New Yorkers probably picture an ultrasound machine as large unit in a dark room at a hospital or doctor's office.  Well, advances in technology have shrunk the devices to about the size of a tablet, and they're small enough to carry in the tight confines of a rescue helicopter.    Director of EMS Education at SUNY Upstate Christian Knutsen says ultrasound machines once relegated to hospitals have come a long way from the large units that radiologists struggled to read not that long ago.    EMS professionals Monday got hands-on training with the portable units on real patients.

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Mental Health Awareness
1:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Suicides for NY's Middle Aged Jump 42 % in a Decade, Ignoring Mental Health to Blame

Credit Newmentalhealthconnection.org

  One of the most prevalent health issues is literally killing people in New York at a rate that’s jumped in the last decade.  May is mental health awareness month…and experts say many either ignore or avoid getting diagnosed.  David Hullett is medical director for Optum, part of United Health Group to improve care and services.  He says disorders might hospitalize someone…but others are on the more mild side of the spectrum.

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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
6:42 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Upstate Hospital Streamlines Patient Data to Provide More Efficient Health Care

Overseeing the EPIC initiative, the electronic system that stores patient medical records for about half of the population, at Upstate’s Community Campus are, from left, Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, Community Campus Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust and Community Campus Director of Nursing Sharon Klaiber, in the Epic Command Center at Community Campus.
Credit Upstate University Hospital's website

Upstate University Hospital is hoping to save time and money for both its health care centers and its patients through technology. The institution has reached a milestone implementing Electronic Medical Records.  

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