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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)
Joanna Richards NCPR

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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6:00am

Mon December 16, 2013
Workplace Exposure

Chemical exposure at Goodyear’s Niagara Falls plant will impact workers for years to come

Former Goodyear workers Diane and Harry Weist at home in western New York
Tom Dooley/WXXI

“You know the guys used to joke to me, they’d be like, man Goodyear’s been good to you Harry. They gave you a wife, because that’s where I met Diane, you have a father-in-law that you worked for, and the other thing you got at Goodyear was bladder cancer so you know, you got everything."

We’re well into the holiday season, when I sit down with Harry and Diane Weist in their renovated farmhouse in western New York. Our conversation’s interrupted a few times by their little chihuahua, who likes to get in on the act.

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4:47pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Fracking

Key fracking panelist calls for health study do-over

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Binghamton) has called for a do-over of the fracking health review.
NYS Assembly

A Binghamton Assemblywoman who is on the Cuomo Administration's hydrofracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing heath review, saying the secretive process has compromised public confidence.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, a Binghamton Democrat, has written a letter to Cuomo's environmental commissioner asking that a health review by the governor's health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, be put on hold. The year-long study has been conducted mostly in secret.

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9:38am

Thu August 22, 2013
Health

New study links excessive copper intake to Alzheimer's

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Copper is an important aspect of proper nutrition, and vital for us to maintain a healthy body. But upstate researchers have concluded too much copper in our diet could be a contributing factor in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

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