Just when Central New Yorkers thought winter was over, it appears the flu season is also sticking around. It's almost a repeat of last year – where one virus predominates the season, peters out and another strain replaces it, say Onondaga County health officials. County Medical Director Quoc Nguyen says the H1N1 virus has faded, but influenza type B has been trending up during the past week.
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.
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.