Health

Class diagnoses rare tick-borne disease in student

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College student Bryan Giguere had been feeling sick for most of the 2018-19 school year and didn’t know what was going on. For around nine months he had been experiencing fatigue, dehydration and muscle cramps — once even landing him in the emergency ...

NCCC LPN program rated best in upstate NY

SARANAC LAKE — A nursing and health care education website has named the North Country Community College licensed practical nursing program the best in upstate New York. NursingProcess.org, an online guide for aspiring nursing students curated by a small team of educators and health ...

Big medical transition in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The red brick building that has served this community’s medical needs since 1951 was quiet Monday morning. All the essentials had been moved to the new health center nearby, which was bustling as doctors and nurses prepared to see patients there for the first time. This ...

Medical schools try to sell doctors on rural living

BRISTOL, Va. — On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session. Bibireddy and nine other medical students had already been biking and rafting on their visit ...

NY expands insurance coverage of mammograms for women

ALBANY (AP) — Large group insurers are now required to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making the change on Friday. Under current law, many insurance companies are only required to cover mammograms ...

Donors save tick research

SARANAC LAKE — After state funding for tick research in the North Country bit the dust this spring, a handful of organizations and individual donors drew together enough money to keep Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn’s research afloat through the end of the year. Sporn ...

Prescription opioid potency increased as crisis grew

WASHINGTON — In 2012, as the death toll from the nation’s opioid crisis mounted, drug companies shipped out enough of the powerful and addictive painkillers for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply. For some counties, mostly in Appalachia, it was well ...

NY Senate leader’s national profile rises

ALBANY — In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization ...

Wood Foundation pledges $1M for regional health initiatives

GLENS FALLS — The Charles R. Wood Foundation is trying to find new ways to improve the community’s health. The foundation announced Friday that it will give out $1 million to support community-based health initiatives over the next three years. It is a major new initiative. Board ...

NY state audit finds lapses at mental health agency

ALBANY — New York state’s Office of Mental Health isn’t complying with a state law requiring that a parent or guardian be informed whenever a patient is injured or mistreated in a state-regulated institution, according to a state audit released Friday. The report from auditors in ...

County health departments warn of measles outbreak in Montreal

Families planning a trip to Montreal might want to check their vaccination status first. There is a measles outbreak in Montreal, leading to warnings from local county health departments. Measles began to spread there in June, Essex County Public Health educator Andrea Whitmarsh ...

County health departments warn of measles outbreak in Montreal

Families planning a trip to Montreal might want to check their vaccination status first. There is a measles outbreak in Montreal, leading to warnings from local county health departments. Measles began to spread there in June, Essex County Public Health educator Andrea Whitmarsh ...

New York raises smoking age to 21 statewide

ALBANY — New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state’s governor. The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Gov. ...

Health hacking: About 25,000 patients’ data exposed

A hacker got access to an emailed discussion about patients in the North Country who missed a health screening, leading to a massive breach-of-data warning. About 25,000 patients were on a “gap in care” spreadsheet, identified in a variety of ways. Some were named with their birth ...

Group seeks nominations for Rural Health Champions

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Rural Health Network, a program of Adirondack Health Institute, is seeking nominations for Rural Health Champions of the Year to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the health of rural residents in the region. Rural Health ...

All Kinney Drugs will stop selling vaping products

To prevent youth access to nicotine products, all Kinney Drugs locations will soon halt sales on electronic cigarettes and vaping products. This decision will be in effect for New York state locations on Aug. 1, while Vermont locations stopped selling these products on Monday. Judith ...

Summer camp is back with permit for 1st time since 2011

PAUL SMITHS — Regis-Applejack can officially call itself a camp again. For the last seven summers , state health and safety rules have not applied at this classic summer youth facility on Upper St. Regis Lake, which was opened in 1945. Too few campers attended for the state to call it ...

Jail using medicine to help inmates addicted to drugs

CINCINNATI — The “dope boys” hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They’ll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you’ve used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily ...

Woman turns grief into giving

SARANAC LAKE — Nicole Blanchard channeled the grief she felt after losing her baby into the creation of more than 140 blankets and hats for premature and micro-premarture babies who don’t survive birth at Adirondack Medical Center. Preemies are born more than three weeks earlier than ...