While other states battle rising mortality rates by prescription drug overdose New York State has one of the lowest rates in the nation. A report on prescription drug abuse from Trust for America’s Health says that New York has the sixth lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Since 1999, these rates have doubled in 29 states, tripled in ten and quadrupled in four. Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from cocaine and heroin combined.
In honor of International Ataxia Awareness Day, a Central New York support group gathered at the North Syracuse Community Center to spread the word of this disease.
“It can affect anybody any time any stage in their life”
It’s called Ataxia, a disease that mainly affects the nervous system and one that many people have never heard of. That’s why school teacher Ed Lucke and other Central New Yorkers make a point to come together to celebrate International Ataxia Awareness Day each September
Neurosurgeons at Upstate’s Golisano Children’s Hospital say they’re the first in the world to use a minimally invasive laser therapy to treat a rare disease that causes tumors to grow on the brain.
Doctor Zulma Tovar-Spinoza says the M-R-I technology uses lasers to eradicate the non-cancerous tumors, which cause seizures. She says the difference between open surgery and the new procedure is night and day...
Central New Yorkers will be among 2.4 million residents statewide who can start enrolling for some form of financial help as parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act kick in. Beginning October 1, 2013 individuals are able to enroll and secure financial benefits, which begin at the start of 2014.
Ron Pollack, with Families USA, says most will be eligible for financial help: