Health

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, ...

N.Y. takes back drugs for health, environment

The creation of an accessible, statewide program ensuring the proper management and disposal of unused, expired and unwanted pharmaceuticals was the major focus of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health 2018 Pharmaceutical Stewardship Report, released ...

LABOR GAP: Medical recruiting

SARANAC LAKE — A health care association and advocacy group for health care practitioners brought a group of newly graduated and soon-to-graduate nurse practitioners (NPs) to Adirondack Medical Center to encourage them to apply for work here. According to Joanne Johnson, director of ...

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 ...