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8:05am

Tue September 2, 2014
Health

Medical marijuana legal in N.Y., but will insurance pay for it?

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Marijuana has been approved in New York for medicinal uses for people with certain ailments, but that doesn’t mean using it will be simple.

It’s a bit of a going-nowhere-fast loop when it comes to health insurance providers offering coverage for medicinal marijuana.

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11:43am

Mon September 1, 2014
Health

How will medical marijuana use go over in the workplace?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 7:05 am

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While medical marijuana will soon be legal for some illnesses in New York, legal experts are warning there are some unanswered concerns over when and where it can be used.

In about a year and a half, people with illnesses like cancer or AIDS will be able to use medicinal marijuana legally for pain and loss of appetite.

But will those patients be allowed to be high in the workplace?

Labor attorney Michael Macomber, with the firm Tully Rinckey, says marijuana is still an illegal drug at the federal level after all.

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12:02pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Refugee Health

National refugee health conference focuses on dealing with trauma, empowering communities

Therapist Pual Boyle runs a session for healthcare providers at the 2014 North American Refugee Health Conference
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Health care providers from across the United States and Canada and overseas came together in western New York to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations, many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.

There are between four and five million refugees in the U.S. and their experiences often result in unique health needs.

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4:07pm

Thu June 5, 2014
Health

New York working towards statewide health records system

Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown. (file photo)
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Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patient’s medical records, but now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient’s medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor’s office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they’ve been treated at, "however, many of those systems can’t easily or fluently communicate with one another," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College’s healthcare policy program.

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9:29am

Wed January 8, 2014
Health

Cuomo confirms plans to legalize medical marijuana

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During his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the revival of a law dating from 1980 legalizing the use of medical marijuana.

The law will allow the state’s hospitals to use marijuana as a therapy for patients with certain conditions, including cancer.

Curtis Haas, director of pharmacy at the University of Rochester Medical Center, expects most hospitals will welcome the opportunity.

He says the drug can alleviate symptoms like nausea and lack of appetite in some patients that currently aren’t addressed by other drugs.

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