Health

Essex County alerts Moriah to possible rabid wildlife

The Essex County Health Department is investigating reports of aggressive wildlife entering yards and interacting with pets and humans in Moriah. “These animals were not available for rabies testing though behaviors are consistent with the disease,” a press release said. The ...

Giving back … one patient at a time

(Editor's note: This article was originally produced for North Country Public Radio's North Country at Work series.) --- LAKE PLACID — For Michael Marshall, working at the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is not just about saving lives; it’s about giving back to his hometown, ...

NCCC offers EMT training at all campuses

SARANAC LAKE — Fresh on the heels of a successful first Emergency Medical Technician class in Saranac Lake this spring, North Country Community College will offer EMT training at all three of its campuses — Malone, Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga — this fall. The college has worked ...

UVM Medical Center nurse strike possible

PLATTSBURGH — The possibility of a nurses strike at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington looms closer after Tuesday’s negotiating session did not produce results. In a statement released Tuesday night, UVM Medical Center President Eileen Whalen noted that the continuing ...

Top lawmaker: time to codify Roe v. Wade in state law is now

ALBANY (AP) — The speaker of the New York Assembly says now is the time to codify abortion rights in state law. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie said Tuesday that Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling legalizing abortion nationwide is in “grave danger” and that it’s up to lawmakers to ...

Deadly carfentanil drug has reached upstate N.Y.

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who last spring allegedly sold carfentanil — a new, deadlier, more addictive drug — was openly indicted Thursday by a Fulton County grand jury on four felonies. District Attorney Chad Brown today issued a news release announcing a sealed indictment opened ...

Agency to protect disabled vows more transparency

ALBANY — New York’s agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret. Denise Miranda took over last year as ...

As woman’s kidney condition worsens, family seeks help

SARANAC LAKE — A local woman with a rare health condition is now hospitalized, and her family is asking for help. Laura Parmington Hall, 27, of Saranac Lake was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, with congenital hepatic fibrosis. Back in April 2006, she received a ...

St. Joseph’s trains staffers to step up

PAUL SMITHS — Fourteen graduates of the St. Joseph’s Leadership Program presented their final projects to administrators from the addiction treatment and recovery center at their commencement ceremony last Thursday. In the Pine Room at Paul Smith’s College the grinning graduates ...

Counties band together in push to make drug makers pay for wave of addiction

ALBANY — A total of 51 county governments across New York have opted to sue pharmaceutical firms, seeking to hold them accountable for the costs of responding to an epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses. Stephen Acquario, director of the New York State Association of Counties, said that ...

U.S. attorney: Urgent-care practice submitted false claims to Medicare

A North Country health care provider has agreed to pay $110,000 for allegedly submitting false claims to Medicare. Mountain Medical Services billed more than 99 percent of its Medicare services between January 2013 through October 2015 as though the services had been rendered or directly ...

Ways to stay safe in weekend heat wave

SARANAC LAKE — The weekend forecast is calling for temperatures reaching scorching highs, potentially in the mid to upper 90s. According to the Climate Prediction Center, “there’s a 70 percent chance of hotter-than-normal weather for the first week of July.” The National Weather ...

Lawmakers tout investment in fight against Lyme disease

ALBANY (AP) — New York state will set aside a record $1 million to boost efforts to fight Lyme disease. Lawmakers are touting the investment as a major victory in the battle with the tick-borne disease. The state Senate’s Republican leaders say the money will go toward research, ...

Bad season for infections, one of worst in 15 years

SARANAC LAKE — Doctors at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake say this has been one of the worst seasons for viral and bacterial infections and respiratory illnesses in 15 years for the area. “It’s been a good percentage of what we’ve been seeing,” said Emergency ...

Adirondack Health Lake Placid construction is on schedule

LAKE PLACID — A new Adirondack Health building located in Lake Placid has just about reached the one-year mark in terms of construction, and CEO Sylvia Getman said it’s on schedule. “It’s actually been pretty close,” she said. “You know, we’ve always estimated for this ...

New health insurance option comes north

PLATTSBURGH — Capital District Physicians Health Plan Inc. is expanding into Clinton, Essex, Franklin and Warren counties. The company made its announcement Monday at University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Capital District ...

Effort to require cameras in facilities for disabled stalls

ALBANY — A proposal to require video cameras in common areas of residential facilities for the disabled has stalled in Albany, with supporters saying it would uncover abuse and neglect and opponents raising privacy concerns. The bill requiring video cameras isn’t expected to get a vote ...

Gabriels diner offers post-bariatric surgery menu

GABRIELS — Eating your vegetables after bariatric surgery isn’t that easy. “Some people think it’s a quick fix,” said Connie Martelle, who had a form of bariatric surgery 12 years ago. The surgery alters the size and shape of the stomach and/or the digestive tract, and can be a ...

Health groups push to raise the smoking age to 21

ALBANY (AP) — Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state. The organizations on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act on the proposal before adjourning ...

Boil order follows water main break in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A boil-water order was issued Wednesday for the southeastern corner of this village due to a nasty water main break on Lake Flower Avenue. Dora announced a boil water order for the following areas: Lake Flower Avenue from Center Street to the village line, Merrill Street, ...