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HELMING: Busting the myths around Breast Cancer

Many of us, myself included, know people who have been personally impacted by breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important that we use this opportunity to raise awareness, recognize survivors, and remember those we lost. In fact, one in eight women will face this diagnosis sometime during their lifetime. We must continue to spread awareness,... more

Finger Lakes Community Health gets national award

Since it started nearly 30 years ago, Finger Lakes Community Health has been recognized on a local, regional and state level for providing quality health care. The Penn Yan-based organization has now been recognized on a national level. During a ceremony in the Washington, D.C. area, Finger Lakes Community Health received the 2017 Organizational Excellence Award from the Association of... more

SBH opens new regional open access center for addiction

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare’s (SBH) Integrated Outpatient Clinic is opening a Regional Open Access Center for Addiction (ROACA), providing open access assessments and evaluations 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals seeking immediate assistance for substance use disorder. The ROACA provides individuals in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Cortland, Oneida and Oswego counties with screening and assessment to determine an... more

Medication drop off event coming to Victor on Oct. 28th

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, are pleased to announce the next Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Saturday, October 28th at the Victor Village Hall from 10 am until 2 pm. The purpose of this event is to collect and properly dispose of... more

OFFICIALS: Horse killed by West Nile Virus in Cayuga County

According to the Cayuga County Health Department, a horse at the southern end of the county died from West Nile Virus. The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can go symptomless in humans. According to the numbers, 8 out of 10 people do not exhibit symptoms of the virus. The department was notified by the state Department of Health about... more

Canandaigua VA project could start in 2018

Construction could start next summer on a long-awaited $141 million modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In a recent news release, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received bids for the project after setting an Oct. 2 deadline. The Corps expects to award contracts in January, with construction... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Talking weight loss in the Finger Lakes (podcast)

On Episode #74 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Josh Durso was joined by Brad Jones, along with two successful graduates of the Ideal Weigh Protocol Diet, which has taken the region by storm. The trio discussed the benefits of the program, how little time is required once in the program, and their own stories. Combined the two graduates of... more

Tickmaggedon? Maybe not, but Lyme disease DID surge this summer

As the Lyme disease season enters its autumn phase, it appears that predictions the bacterial illness would spike this year have so far been somewhat accurate. But Tickmaggedon it was not, at least not in the Rochester region. Social media was abuzz this past spring with contentions that deer ticks, the tiny bugs that transmit Lyme disease, would be especially... more

URMC study shows early school start times may increase depression, anxiety

The time a child starts school could have an impact on their health. A study from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that students whose school starts before 8:30 in the morning are at a higher risk of anxiety and depression than those whose start time is later. According to the study, about 90 percent of high school aged... more

Forum on Medically Assisted Treatment Options within our community

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, is partnering with the Finger Lakes Community College Chemical Dependency Department to host a forum on Medically Assisted Treatment Programs within our community. As drug overdose deaths rise throughout the region, we invite you to learn more about treatment options and more specifically about... more

Auburn Community Hospital nurses call for increase in staffing

Dozens of people filled the Regional Economic Center building of Cayuga Community College Tuesday night in support of Auburn Community Hospital nurses seeking an increase in staffing and safer working conditions. Some spoke before Cayuga County legislators during the body's full meeting, asking for their support as the nurses represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East negotiate a new contract... more

Mended Hearts Group to Meet Oct. 12 at Thompson

The Mended Hearts Education and Support Group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Constellation Center for Health and Healing at UR Medicine’s Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish St. in Canandaigua. This month, Rene Pettenski from MVP Health Care will discuss Medicare A, B, C and D, including how to avoid penalties, the “donut hole”... more

FL Community Health gets $175K grant

Finger Lakes Community Health has been awarded a $175,700 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was announced by Rep. Tom Reed, R-23 of Corning, whose district includes Yates County. Finger Lakes Community Health, based in Penn Yan, was founded in 1989 as a provider of health care for agricultural workers. A federally qualified health... more

PREVENTING SUICIDE: Coalition talks about different groups (podcast series)

Suicide reaches far. Even in rural communities like those here in the Finger Lakes — the impact of suicide can be felt, like a ripple throughout the community. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition is a newly-formed entity working to bring awareness, and eliminate suicide completely. While there are a host of contributing factors that bring this type of issue... more

Union blasts Auburn Community Hospital over staffing, contract

For the past year and a half, Ken Spurgeon said, Auburn Community Hospital has been short-staffed. The vice chair of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Spurgeon has worked as a registered nurse at ACH for nearly 20 years. Now, he said, he is becoming increasingly concerned about staffing levels at the hospital. Spurgeon will be one of three ACH employees... more
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