Health & Medicine

Youth Substance Abuse
6:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A New Approach to Prevent Youth Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Syracuse

Youth Substance Abuse: Prevention Network starting a coalition to improve and expand drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

  Maybe we need more team members to more effectively stop young people from abusing drugs and alcohol.  That’s the approach Terry Whitt of the Prevention Network is using to get more people involved.

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3:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Excellus BCBS: Organ Donors Half of National Average in NYS

A map of the NYS Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry compiled by the New York Alliance for Donation and courtesy of BCBS. Color coded areas represent Upstate NY organ donors.
Credit Blue Cross Blue Sheild.

New York State lags behind the US when it comes to registered organ donors but, ranks as the third highest for patients in need. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield says that only 48 percent of adults are registered nationwide and only half of that figure, or 22 percent are from New York State. However, Upstate New York has a higher number of registered donors at 32 percent. Meanwhile, BCBS Regional President Dr. Arthur Vercillo sees first hand as a surgeon the positive impacts an organ donor can have on life.

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Brookings Institution Study
12:02 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health Care Jobs that Require Less Education On The Rise and Increasingly Important

Health jobs that require less than a BA degree on the rise. Brookings Study also shows they could do more to help health care system and lower costs.

  Years of medical school are not needed to get a pretty good job in health care here in Syracuse.  A new study is now showing positions that require less training are on the rise – and increasingly important.

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EEE in Onondaga County
11:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Finding of EEE Disease Prompts Pesticide Spraying Set for Tuesday Night


  Onondaga County health officials are ready to react to the finding of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the area.  Interim Health Commissioner Michelle Mignano has ordered aerial spraying for the Cicero Swamp, scheduled for Tuesday night between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  The disease, which can be transmitted to humans, along with a high mosquito count led to the decision to spray pesticides.  Those who live in the affected area are expected to be contacted.  But Mignano has released the following boundaries for the spraying.

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3:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

74 Million Dollar Upstate Cancer Center is a Reality; Center to Open August 25th

The exterior of the new Upstate Cancer Center on East Adams Street in Syracuse.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

A dream that’s been in the making for a very long time came true for Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse today.  The hospital held the official ribbon cutting of the 74 Million Dollar Upstate Cancer Center to provide expanded care and treatment in a welcoming, state of the art building.


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