Health & Medicine

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.

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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Income and Child Abuse
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Does Income Inequality Put Kids at Higher Child Abuse Risk?

Cornell Study on Income Inequality and Child Abuse

  According to a study out of Cornell University, the Great Recession caused higher instances of child abuse and neglect. An analysis of instances of child abuse between 2005 and 2009 in all of the 3,144 counties and county equivalents in the U.S pointed to rising income inequality as a major factor in increased rates of child abuse.

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Eating Disorder Awareness
6:45 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Body Image Highlights Activities on Healthy Eating

Eating Disorder Awareness week continues at Syracuse University and other community organizations.

The simple act of eating a meal or snack can include with it myriad thoughts and feelings for women in Central New York and elsewhere.  Mental and emotional aspects of eating can become entangled with body image questions and eating disorders.

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6:17 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

AARP Asking for More Support for Family Caregivers

AARP members gathered in Liverpool to advocate for more home caregiver support
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER News

AARP is lobbying for support for New Yorkers who spend a lot of time caring for the elderly in their homes, following a 2013 report on New York state elderly care.  The report finds that four million unpaid family caregivers are struggling to balance their jobs with helping elderly family members. 

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