Thu February 26, 2015

Hospitals attempt to help nurses cope with high levels of on-the-job stress

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 10:06 am

Clinical assistant professor of nursing at the College at Brockport Jennifer Chesebro demonstrates patient handling for her students.
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This is the latest installment in our ongoing series on the health risks of nursing.

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Fri February 20, 2015

How the ACA will change your tax return, and the latest on the new enrollment period

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Open enrollment for the second year of the Affordable Care Act is over. How many people enrolled and what does it mean for the future of the health law? What can we expect to happen to the cost of medical care going forward?  Also, this year, more than ever before, your health insurance could have a big effect on what you owe in taxes. 

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Thu February 19, 2015

Workplace violence an everyday reality for nursing staff

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Across the country, nurses are the most likely to be injured doing their jobs. For many nurses, back and joint pain is a fact of life but so is the risk of violence. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, health care workers are at a 5 times greater risk for assault than people in other professions. 

A hospital can be a stressful place and patients can be unpredictable.

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Wed February 18, 2015

State considers new ACA enrollment period, as consumers get first taste of penalties

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The deadline to enroll for coverage through the state’s health insurance plan was Sunday. New Yorkers who started applications before the cutoff still have until the end of the month to finish them.

But state health officials are also considering adding a special enrollment period for people who have not yet filed their 2014 tax return. Consumer advocacy groups are asking for just that as many Americans file returns and see that they may owe money on their federal taxes.

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Fri February 13, 2015

Health officials worried about rapid rise in syphilis cases

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 5:38 am

The syphilis bacteria.

Central New York is experiencing a massive increase in the number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease syphilis. While the overall number is low, health officials are worried about the trend.

From its near eradication nationwide at the turn of the 21st century, syphilis cases in Onondaga County doubled from 2012 to 2013. And then doubled again last year. They’ve risen 1,800 percent since 2008.

That only amounts to 56 total cases last year, up from three in 2008. 

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