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URMC marks a surgical milestone

Jul 20, 2016
University of Rochester Medical Center

For many people in Rochester and beyond who suffer from heart problems, a high-tech treatment offered through the University of Rochester Medical Center has proven life-changing.

And earlier this year, URMC marked a milestone when it performed its 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR.

UR Medicine Heart Valve Center introduced the procedure to the area in 2012 as a new therapy for people who are considered too fragile to endure traditional open-heart surgery.

Beverly Kluge, who had TAVR surgery in December, said she felt a difference right away.

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Just one minute into the first round of a sparring match at Aquinas Institute, and Michael Robertson has already thrown and ducked dozens of punches. The young boxer has been hit a number of times, too. In the second round, his opponent takes control at times, backing Robertson into a corner and landing continuous jabs. Coach Dominic Arioli stands inside the ring, pacing quickly.   

“Don’t rush, don’t rush.”

“Bend over like this. Get down like this,” says Arioli.

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Jon Schull is transforming lives for young people in need of limbs. The RIT research scientist is the founder of e-NABLE, an organization that uses 3-D printing to create limbs for children at no cost. While kids would outgrow traditional prosthetic arms that cost around $40,000, e-NABLE can make them for less than $20 each. Watch Schull’s Innovation Trail story from PBS NewsHour.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday an agreement with a downstate retailer related to a woman’s right to breastfeed. One breastfeeding authority says it’s a reminder that state law allows women to breastfeed anywhere they legally be.

Century 21 Department Stores were fined 5 thousand dollars and agreed to change their policies about breastfeeding. The settlement relates to an incident this summer when a mother was asked to take her child to a dressing room to breastfeed.

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High out-of-pocket costs may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle for patients seeking medical marijuana. While the treatment has been legalized, the state has not set a price for it, and insurance companies will not be covering it. 

As a result, people like Angel won't have access.

"My story is a long story."

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