Health

Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence

SEATTLE — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, ...

County-wide EMS bill needs surgery

ELIZABETHTOWN — A bill that would authorize Essex County to create a special countywide taxing district to fund emergency medical services passed the state Senate for a second time Tuesday, but by Friday, lawmakers were already working to amend it. The original bill would’ve given ...

Kelley earns ‘Excellence in Nursing’ memorial award

SARANAC LAKE —Lake Placid native Kathleen “Kate” Kelley is this year’s recipient of the Meghan E. Handler “Excellence in Nursing” memorial award. The award, established by Dr. Richard and Leslie Handler in memory of their daughter, Meghan, is given annually to a registered ...

New Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers trained in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — On May 16, 2019 Kathy Marshall, Sue Scavo, and Emma West completed training to become Mercy Care for the Adirondacks Friendship Volunteers to assist their elder neighbors. To illustrate how Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers make an impact in our community, Sr. Catherine ...

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

BUFFALO — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class period, ...

County advances EMS pilot

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized the hiring of eight new paid paramedics and emergency medical technicians, a step toward implementing a pilot program for shared emergency medical services. The pilot is intended to test whether a countywide ...

Warning: Check for ticks to prevent disease

As the weather becomes warmer and time outside increases, local and state agencies are reminding residents the importance of protecting against ticks and tick-borne illnesses. Though tick exposure can occur year-round, ticks are most active during warmer months. In turn, it s easier to ...

Adirondack Health’s 2019 mobile dental clinic dates

LAKE PLACID — Adirondack Health’s mobile dental clinic will make regular stops in the communities of Tupper Lake and AuSable Forks from June to September this year. The “dental clinic on wheels” is a retro-fitted recreational vehicle fully registered, licensed and insured in New ...

Dance party will pay for retreats for female veterans and women with cancer

SARANAC LAKE — A fundraiser will be held on Mount Pisgah on Friday to raise money to help women attend retreats offered by the Creative Healing Connections. The retreats are held in August and September and are for female veterans, and women suffering chronic illness and cancer, ...

Adirondack Health certified for comprehensive joint replacement

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health was recently certified by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program as a comprehensive joint replacement center, one of the first health systems in the country to receive the designation. “As more patients seek joint replacement surgeries and the ...

Essex County advances shared EMS pilot program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County is slowly making progress with implementing a pilot program to test whether a countywide EMS system would be feasible. County officials are poised to select a paid deputy EMS coordinator who would aid in the rollout of that $2.27 million, state-funded ...

Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn’t turn back the clock to 1973

A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned? Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion ...

E’town EMS at risk of shutting down

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad needs more money or it can’t survive, officials say. Emergency Squad Treasurer Lawrence Bashaw said funding from two of the towns the squad serves, Elizabethtown and Lewis, hasn’t kept pace with their expenses. “We’re ...

Lyme researchers seek people with rash

A Capital Region study is aiming at the creation of an accurate test for Lyme disease, but it needs volunteers. The organization, Focus on Lyme, is partnering with the Stram Center for Integrative Medicine out of Delmar for the study. They’re looking to collect blood samples from people ...

Adirondack Health: No measles here so far

SARANAC LAKE — With 75 new cases of measles identified in New York City this week alone, Adirondack Health infection prevention specialists have instituted enhanced surveillance protocols to identify and mitigate any potential appearance of the disease in the Tri-Lakes region. “While, ...

SADD support spreads to 2nd billboard

TUPPER LAKE — Members of Tupper Lake’s Chapter of Student’s Against Destructive Decisions recently reached out to community businesses that do not sell or promote substance use and asked them to contribute to a campaign that resulted in commissioning two billboards on Park ...

Dancing for treatment

TUPPER LAKE — Everyone was dressed up, the ceiling of the Wild Center’s Big Wolf Great Hall was lit up purple, and dozens of family and friends waited for 13-year-old Aubrey Sparks to enter the room. “Stop,” said her mother, Meaghan. Meaghan wanted her daughter to drink it all ...

Families First celebrates expansion, new programs

ELIZABETHTOWN — One of the hardest things in the world is to share your struggles with others, even when among friends. As the Families First in Essex County annual meeting on April 17, two families that participate with the organization shared their stories with a full house ...

North Country Life Flight, WSLP awarded

ALBANY — North Country Life Flight announced today that it has received a New York state Broadcasters Association’s 2019 Serving New York Award along with 93.3, WSLP. The state Broadcasters Association recognized North Country Life Flight for its lifesaving work and 93.3, WSLP for ...

NY Senate approves measure aimed at battling opioid crisis

ALBANY — New York’s Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation Monday that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behavior, such as relapse. The bill’s sponsor, ...