Health

Confirmed cases of flu rising across N.Y. state

ALBANY (AP) — The Cuomo administration says the number of confirmed cases of influenza is rising across New York state, with more than 5,400 people coming down with the illness so far this season. The state Department of Health says as of Thursday new cases of flu have been reported in 58 ...

Secret Santas: Charity buys and erases past-due medical debt

ALBANY (AP) — After a lifetime collecting debts, Jerry Ashton and Craig Antico are eliminating them. The co-founders of RIP Medical Debt buy millions of dollars in past-due medical debt for pennies on the dollar. But instead of hounding people to pay, they send letters saying the debt is ...

Tupper Lake Health Center closed until Friday

TUPPER LAKE — Elevated carbon monoxide levels that triggered an evacuation of Adirondack Health’s Tupper Lake Health Center Wednesday morning have returned to zero, but the building will stay closed until Friday as employees and the clinic’s fuel provider investigate the ...

E’town hospital warns of possible unauthorized data view

ELIZABETHTOWN — For a brief time, an unauthorized user remotely accessed an email account of an employee at University of Vermont Health Network, Elizabethtown Community Hospital that contained some personal information, including Social Security numbers. While no evidence has been found ...

Stefanik, other congresspeople call for investigation into Justice Center

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, along with several other New York congresspeople, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Monday asking Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband to investigate the state Justice Center, which investigates the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities ...

State warns Tupper of uptown water

TUPPER LAKE — Residents of this village received a notice last week that the municipal water, which was switched over to well water sourcing in June, exceeded the safe zone of by-products of the disinfection process. While all village customers received the notice, which is mailed out ...

Sunmount resident release proves a challenge

An incident involving a man released from the state Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake caused tension for several days this week at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, as well as for state and local police. He had been evaluated at Sunmount, an institution that’s part of the state ...

Tupper Lake Friendship Volunteer training offered

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on the mornings of Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, 2019. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both mornings are required to ...

Speaker: U.S. likely to exceed 70,000 overdoses in 2018

SARANAC LAKE — At a Tri-Lakes Community Alliance for Addiction Prevention event Monday night a consultant in substance abuse and education outlined the effects of addiction on the brain and discussed modern stressors and drugs plaguing American youth. “I will tell you that there are ...

Adirondack Health welcomes New Vision students

SARANAC LAKE — Eleven students from Tri-Lakes regional high schools are participating in the Adirondack Education Center’s New Vision Health Careers curriculum at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake this year. The program offers high school seniors the opportunity to shadow ...

Mercy Care hosts forum on age-friendly health systems, communities

PAUL SMITHS — On Nov. 15, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted nearly 100 people from several different counties at a day-long educational forum on the topics of Age-friendly Health Systems and Age-friendly Communities. The forum was held at Paul Smith’s College. Jerry Hayes, Mercy ...

Addiction forum at SLHS Monday

SARANAC LAKE — A forum at the local high school is intended to help provide education about addiction and treatment in the community, including the topics of vaping, alcohol and opiates. Franklin County Community Services, treatment agencies, citizens of the Tri-Lakes and ...

Life savers

LAKE PLACID — After finishing the 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike sections of the Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 9, a 38-year-old fitness trainer from Portugal was almost finished with the 13.1-mile run on Mirror Lake Drive when he collapsed of a cardiac arrest. ...

Niederbuhl guided bank, hospital in transition

SARANAC LAKE — A plaque dedicated to the life and memory of Arthur F. Niederbuhl was unveiled at Adirondack Medical Center on Tuesday night by members of Adirondack Health Foundation, Adirondack Bank, and friends and family. Niederbuhl, who died in January at the age of 92, was a math ...

Don’t eat romaine lettuce, Americans and Canadians are warned

NEW YORK — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 ...

Cuomo: Two NYers among 32 sickened by bad lettuce

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday noted that two of the 32 people sickened by a national E. coli outbreak are in New York. Cuomo cautioned New Yorkers to follow the food safety alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to not eat any romaine lettuce due to the ...

Hannaford donates $10K to new Lake Placid health, fitness center

LAKE PLACID — The Hannaford Charitable Foundation today announced a $10,000 donation to support Adirondack Health’s new Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center. The world-class, 16,000-square foot facility will offer preventative care, medically-integrated fitness, rehabilitation ...

Jennie-O recalls ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK — Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. Tops Friendly Markets, a grocery chain with a store in Saranac Lake, issued a press ...