Health

Trudeau Institute President Atsuo Kuki 
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Trudeau Institute uses state funds to rebuild

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed $5 million for the Trudeau Institute’s work to become a regional hub of biotechnology research and design in his budget for the 2019 fiscal year, released Tuesday. The funding — which the Institute also received in the 2018 budget — is ...

From left, state Assemblyman Phil steck, Dr. George Jolly and Ting Barrow are the panelists in a forum on the proposed New York Health Act Thursday at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
(Photo provided by Jim Abendroth)

People meet for single-payer health care discussion

SARANAC LAKE — More than 50 people attended a free panel discussion in the Harrietstown Town Hall Thursday night to discuss the proposed New York Health Act that could possibly create a single-payer health plan and provide comprehensive health coverage for all New Yorkers. Under the ...

OPWDD asks judge to overturn retaliation verdict

A whistleblower in the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is back under investigation by the agency as its lawyers also seek to overturn the jury’s verdict in a retaliation lawsuit he won in November. Jeffery Monsour, an OPWDD direct-care worker for 19 years, said he ...

Stefanik jumps into heroin task force

WASHINGTON — Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a member of the House’s Bipartisan Heroin Task Force since 2016, co-sponsored eight acts in her first day on the committee on Jan. 10. (Correction: An previous version of this article incorrectly said Stefanik joined the task ...

Hospital takes precautions to protect newborns against flu

SARANAC LAKE — To protect newborns from the recent spike in flu and flu-like symptoms, Adirondack Health is restricting visitors to the Stafford New Life birthing center. Babies are among the highest at-risk group for complications from the flu. For their protection, visitors to the ...

North Country Home Services staff gather for 
a photo to 
celebrate November’s 
honoring of the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who provide health and supportive care in a patient’s home.
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North Country Home Services honors staff

During the month of November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who provide health and supportive care in a patient’s home. North Country Home Services staff of over 250 home care aides and nurses travel ...

Program on the state Health Act: ‘Coverage for All New Yorkers’

SARANAC LAKE — Expert panelists will present information about pending New York universal health care coverage legislation at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 at Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake. The legislation, which has passed three times in the New York State Assembly, would ...

Adult students practice strikes at Northeast Taekwondo in Saranac Lake. Pictured from left, are Tim Fink, Tisha Siddell, and Lori Moore. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Korean martial art flourishes in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — When Jon O’Kelly and his wife Lidia opened Northeast Taekwondo in Saranac Lake two years ago, they did the construction work on the studio themselves. It took a few months to lay the wooden floors, paint the walls, prepare changing rooms and a handicap-access bathroom, ...

Hohmeyers speak today on evolution of Adirondack food

SARANAC LAKE — As part of the Saranac Village at Will Rogers’ Road to Retirement Series, Cathy and Ernest Hohmeyer, co-owners of the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, will present a talk at 2 p.m. today on the evolution of Adirondack food. Cathy, the executive chef, will also have a ...

Update: U.S. map of influenza activity.

Flu cases up in New York state

SARANAC LAKE — The people most at risk for serious complications of the flu — infants and the elderly — need other people to get their flu shots. That’s the message from health care providers, as this year’s flu season gets off to “a fast start,” according to Dr. Richard ...

Santa Claus presents a baby box to Jennifer LaDue Ball, who is expecting a baby boy in March, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
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Santa Claus delivers baby boxes to AMC

SARANAC LAKE — Santa Claus was on hand at Adirondack Medical Center’s annual children’s Christmas party last Friday to spread holiday cheer and promote safe sleep education. While at Adirondack Medical Center, Mr. Claus presented a baby box to Jennifer LaDue Ball. Ball and her ...

Adirondack Health records births during November

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center recorded the following births during the month of November: Duso: A son, Oliver Joseph, born Nov. 1 at 5:28 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces to Brittany and Andrew Duso of Malone. Palermo: A son, Samuel Edward, born Nov. 2 at 9:02 a.m., weighing ...

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New year’s resolutions

With the new year upon us, parents have asked me to help them with New Year’s resolutions for their children. Let me offer a few suggestions to ring in the new year. Infants should resolve to sleep on their backs, which helps to prevent sudden unexpected infant death. And they should keep ...

In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing ...

Ex worker pleads guilty in disabilities programs theft

QUEENSBURY (AP) — A former payroll administrator has pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from a New York company that helps the disabled. The Post-Star says Alberto Lupia of Moreau has pleaded guilty in Warren County Court to a felony, falsifying business ...

A Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department truck is parked outside the Physicians and Surgeons building Thursday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Smoke alarm clears out Physicians and Surgeons building

SARANAC LAKE — At approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday, a fire alarm sounded in the Physicians and Surgeons building, a separate building next to Adirondack Medical Center. The smell of smoke was apparent and could be observed through a closed door window in an unoccupied office suite. ...

Sunmount employees plead not guilty in town court

TUPPER LAKE — Three Sunmount employees who have been accused of fighting with a resident and falsifying records about the incident pleaded not guilty in Tupper Lake town court Wednesday evening before town Justice Leonard Young III. Joshua Beitter, 35, and Magnus Stalhammar, 44, both of ...

From left, Lori Bennett, Sandy Gothard, Michael Shepard and Tana Hare are faculty at North Country Community College’s nursing program. They applauded a new law that raises educational requirements for nurses. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

State adopts ‘BSN in 10’ bill for nurses

SARANAC LAKE — After 14 years of lobbying, a national movement to raise the educational requirements for nurses gained its first victory in New York state. The “BSN in 10” bill, championed by organizations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Retired ...

From left, Lori Bennett, Sandy Gothard, Michael Shepard and Tana Hare are faculty at North Country Community College’s nursing program. They applauded a new law that raises educational requirements for nurses. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

New York raises bar for nursing students

SARANAC LAKE — After 14 years of lobbying, a national movement to raise the educational requirements for nurses gained its first victory in New York state. The “BSN in 10” bill, championed by organizations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Retired ...