Fri April 18, 2014

Beware, it's tick season again! New York NOW

Springtime is finally upon us giving everyone a chance to get back outside and enjoy New York’s scenic outdoors. But we’re not alone. Deer ticks are also out hoping to find a free meal from an animal host to feed on. Lyme disease is commonly associated with tick bites but some members of the medical community warn there are several other tick borne illnesses affecting people and if they are not properly treated can lead to long-term chronic illness.

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Fri April 18, 2014
Chemical Safety

Toy additive safety initiative hung up in the Senate

Credit wxxi news

A legislative proposal to eliminate toxic chemicals from children's products is hung up in the state Senate, despite passing in the Assembly last year.

Democratic Senator Ted O’Brien, a representative for Republican Senator Joe Robach and health advocates are calling on state leaders to pass the Child Safe Products Act.

“We believe that our count there is enough votes already in the Senate to pass it,” says O’Brien.

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Mon April 14, 2014

App turns social media posts into charity dollars

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:31 am

Centscere founder (from left) Michael Smith, Frank Taylor and Ian Dickerson. The three Syracuse University grad students hope their app can connect charities and millennials.

Young people today are a giving generation, according to a recent poll that shows that  75 percent of millennials donated to causes in the calendar year.  

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Thu April 10, 2014
Fracking Health Study

Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate

There’s a ‘Help Wanted’ sign at the state Department of Health after Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced his resignation effective end of June.

The Commissioner is unlikely to see out the release of the long-awaited health review on the impact of hydraulic fracturing he was commissioned to produce by Governor Cuomo in November 2012.

Salary issues were the reason for his departure according to Governor Cuomo in reported comments made during meeting with the editorial staff of the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester on Thursday.

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Wed April 2, 2014

Southern Tier counties lose Medicaid transportation funding, threats to public transit

It’s a drizzly day in Cortland. Joyce Dowd is leaning against the bus stop shelter in front of the courthouse waiting for the number 5.

Today’s like every day – Dowd catches the 2:30 bus to head about 15 miles down the road.  

"My daughter lives at the trailer park there," says Dowd. "But I go to Cincinnatus because she works at the dollar store and I go out there and see her a lot.”

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