Health

A reality check on ticks and Lyme disease

The possibility of children getting Lyme disease really ticks off parents. Lyme is on the rise, and children who play outdoors in areas where deer ticks live are at risk. Last year, Vermonters reported almost 500 cases of Lyme. Northern New York has its fair share as well. Symptoms of Lyme ...

Call for nominations for rural health care awards

The New York state Association for Rural Health is seeking nominees for three awards to be recognized at the Annual Rural Health Conference in September. Nominations may be submitted online at www.nysarh.org/conference-award. The Senator Patricia M. McGee Rural Health Worker Award is ...

Whooping cough found in Lake Placid High Schoolers

LAKE PLACID — Pertussis, informally known as whooping cough, has turned up among Lake Placid High School students as well as those in Saranac Lake. On May 31, Saranac Lake Central School was notified by the Essex County Health Department that five Saranac Lake High School students had ...

Bill would give 911 rights to OPWDD residents

Since the turn of the millennium, more than 90 percent of Americans have had access to 911 services, but Michael Carey, an advocate for people with developmental disabilities, says that more than 1 million New Yorkers living in OPWDD facilities are left out. On Tuesday, the parents of a ...

Sunmount director Laura LaValley of Tupper Lake is retiring

TUPPER LAKE — The director of Sunmount, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities facility in this town is retiring after three years at the job, and an acting director has been appointed in Albany. Over a 32-year career with OPWDD, Tupper Lake resident Laura LaValley worked ...

Freeze pops, pennies and quilts earn thousands for Hospice

TUPPER LAKE — Students at L.P. Quinn Elementary School raised $8,082.11 for High Peaks Hospice at the school’s annual Radio Day event. The whole day was organized by clinical administrator Marie Van Nortwick and livestreamed on the hospice Facebook page. Class after class of kids ...

Outdoor HIIT classes offered in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Adirondack Health is offering outdoor high-intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness classes this summer in Tupper Lake. The classes, led by certified athletic trainer Lisa Brown, will help participants improve cardiovascular strength and health in the fresh summer air. ...

Citizen Advocates will host open house, job fair Wednesday

MALONE — The public is invited to an Open House and Job Fair on Wednesday, hosted by Citizen Advocates at the agency’s Administration Building at 125 Finney Blvd. in Malone. The event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and is open to the community and job seekers interested in a range of ...

Have a plan in case someone gets lost in a crowd

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is here, which means downtown Burlington will be busy with public events and big crowds. When there are a lot of people in a public space, there is a risk of a child getting lost. Let me offer some direction so you can find your way on this important topic. ...

Whooping cough shows up at SLHS

SARANAC LAKE — Pertussis, a childhood disease otherwise known as whooping cough, has sickened five students at Saranac Lake High School. Principal Josh Dann said the students became ill over the last several weeks. “The [Essex County] health department came yesterday and let us ...

Massena’s hospital may shift from town to public benefit corporation

MASSENA — A bill introduced by Assemblywoman Addie Jenne on Tuesday would move the publicly owned Massena Memorial Hospital into a public benefit corporation, shifting financial responsibility away from the town while keeping the hospital from going private. “It would essentially still ...

Opioid epidemic discussed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A community forum held Wednesday night at the library about the opioid epidemic carried the message that Saranac Lake is not immune from the spread of heroin and prescription opiate use causing tens of thousands of deaths across the nation. About 60 members of the public ...

L.P. Quinn to host High Peaks Hospice Radio Day June 5

TUPPER LAKE — Each year, when the students of Tupper Lake return to school from Spring Break, they begin fundraising to support High Peaks Hospice. They collect pennies, sell raffle tickets, hold bake sales, dances, and even bring in loose change from home. Since 2005, the students ...

Adirondack Health receives 5-star CMS rating for patient experience

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health is in the top 6 percent of hospitals nationwide when it comes to guiding a patient’s experience, according to ranking from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS uses summary star ratings — one to five stars, with five being the ...

LABOR GAP: Center supports workers with disabilities, debunks myths

SARANAC LAKE — Not all disabilities are visible, and not everyone with a disability uses a wheelchair. But if you have a disability, people at the Tri-Lakes Independent Living Center understand. “Virtually everyone here, including myself, has a disability,” said Bill Miller, ...

Schools fret as teens take to vaping

BOSTON — Sneaking a cigarette in the school bathroom? How quaint. Today’s teens have taken to vaping, an alternative to smoking that’s so discreet they can do it without even leaving the classroom. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide ...

More kids have autism

NEW YORK — The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children. About 1 in 59 U.S. children were identified as having autism in 2014, according to a ...

Flushing out tips about potty training

Parents are often asking me to help them figure out the right time to start toilet training. Well, if parents haven’t learned to use the toilet yet, I don’t think they’re ever going to learn. If they’re asking about their toddlers, let me wipe up any concerns about this important ...