health

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.
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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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3:40pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Energy

Fracking banned in New York

Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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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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