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10:14am

Fri March 20, 2015
Health

Brownfield Cleanup Program may be getting an overhaul this year

The Brandywine Corridor in Binghamton is one of the sites in Broome County looking for brownfield cleanup funding
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Among the issues up for discussion in budget talks this year is an overhaul of New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. It offers tax breaks for the development of contaminated industrial sites.

In last year’s budget proposal, Governor Cuomo sought reforms to the brownfields program. That attempt died in the legislature. Cuomo is seeking a similar overhauthis year, with a goal of focus to areas where help is most needed.

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10:53am

Tue March 17, 2015
Health

NY lawmakers postpone mandate for electronic prescriptions

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New York lawmakers have delayed a deadline that would require prescription medications to be electronic. Many doctors in the state needed more time to put the necessary technology in place. 

Many prescribers in New York already submit scripts electronically, but federal requirements mandate a higher level of security for electronically prescribed controlled substances to prevent fraud.

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9:10am

Fri March 13, 2015
Health

WATCH: Slaughter says antibiotics are for people only

Rep. Louise Slaughter has been leading the push to stop the overuse of antibiotics on farms.
Credit SASHA-ANN SIMONS/WXXI

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is reintroducing a bill she thinks will help protect public health. The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act is meant to prevent farmers from feeding their livestock antibiotics.

Slaughter says she's been concerned with this issue since she did her masters thesis in microbiology.

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5:02pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Health

Rochester's refugee community put their own spin on International Women's Day

Members of the Rochester Refugee Women’s Network celebrate International Women's Day
Daryl Thaler

As pop music spills from a speaker, a group of women from the Rochester Refugee Women’s Network (RRWN) put the final touches on this get-together. The event, co-sponsored by Refugees Helping Refugees, officially started an hour earlier, but is running on what the women affectionately call “refugee time.”

Before the trays of Somali food are passed out and the traditional dances performed,13-year-old Rochester-born Asli Yusuf recalls hearing her mother Sahra Ibrahim’s stories of celebrating International Women’s Day in a refugee camp in Mogadishu.

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8:29am

Wed March 11, 2015
Health

WATCH: Researchers at URMC launch app to track Parkinson's symptoms

Gary Hilburger was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease more than a decade ago.
Michelle Faust/WXXI News

 

 

The mPower app measures balance, gait, and changes in manual dexterity and voice through a series of daily tasks and sensors on the iphone.

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