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Health

New York moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a ...

Heading off concussion concerns

Parents of children playing contact sports have been heading me off at the pass asking me if they need to worry after their child has had a concussion. - What is a concussion? - A concussion is a temporary loss of brain function due to a direct injury to the head and a shifting of the ...

Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association elects new officers

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association welcomes Wayne Newman as president and Peg Wiltberger as vice president with Craig Stevens renewing his term as treasurer and Sue Patterson returning as the not-for-profit group’s secretary. Newman has been a member of the ...

Journal publishes Trudeau Institute’s summary of summit it hosted

SARANAC LAKE — Almost a year after Trudeau Institute hosted a Global Health Summit, it and the State University of New York Upstate Medical University wrote a summary of the summit that was published in Vaccine, a peer-reviewed journal, on Sept. 9. The summit, on responding to the ...

Good Samaritans who carry Narcan can now get life insurance

Narcan is saving people’s lives, but it has an unexpected consequence for those doing the saving. When life insurance underwriters found out some nurses held prescriptions for Narcan, their life insurance applications were denied. Narcan is used to stop an accidental drug overdose, and ...

Locals prepare for Out of the Darkness walk Sept. 29

LAKE PLACID — This is National Suicide Prevention Week, but the local region’s big suicide awareness even is coming up at the end of this month. National Suicide Prevention Week has been recognized since 1975, with events taking place this year during the week of Sept. 8-14. On Sept. ...

NY to require health warnings in vape shops

ALBANY — New York state will require health warning signs in shops that sell vaping devices following hundreds of cases of lung illnesses believed to be related to the habit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The state will also issue subpoenas to three companies that sell a vaping ...

New primary care center coming to Ticonderoga

TICONDEROGA — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital broke ground Aug. 28 on a new primary care center at its Ticonderoga Campus. The project is a partnership with Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a Queensbury-based nonprofit corporation that ...

Asking your child questions about school

Parents are frequently testing me with the question of how can they better learn what is happening in school, when the usual response to “How’s school?” is “Fine” or “Nothing happened” to simply end the conversation. So let me try to take on that assignment and offer some ...

As with adults, there’s no easy way to address weight with children

NEW YORK — Red, yellow, green. It’s a system for conveying the healthfulness of foods, and at the center of a debate about how to approach weight loss for children. This month, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers provoked a backlash when it introduced a food tracking app ...

NY inmates sue over prison crackdown on painkillers

ALBANY — A group of inmates is suing the New York state prison system over its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse, saying they are being forced to live with chronic pain because some medications have become too difficult to get behind bars. The lawsuit, filed in federal ...

Hand, foot and mouth disease: what you need to know

Parents have been asking me a mouthful of questions about an illness called hand, foot and mouth disease. While commonly associated with younger children, it has begun to show up in teens and young adults as well. - When does this happen? - Hand, foot and mouth disease is often seen in ...

Schumer tours St. Joe’s

SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked on the need for growth and expansion of addiction recovery centers upon touring St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers. On Thursday afternoon, the Democratic senator from New York toured the facility ...

Judge upholds blocking kids from school without vaccines

ALBANY — A civil rights lawyer representing parents opposed to vaccines for their children said Monday he will appeal a judge’s decision upholding a New York state law that ended religious exemptions from vaccinations required to attend schools and day care programs. The state ...

The game plan for coed sports

With the fall sports season here, parents have been getting their kicks asking me questions about girls and boys playing sports together. They want to know when coed competition is and is not recommended, particularly in contact sports. Well let me see if I can touch down on this ...

Mercy Care schedules Friendship Volunteer training

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled Friendship Volunteer training programs in Tupper Lake on the mornings of Sept. 17 and 24, and in Saranac Lake on the mornings of Oct. 8 and 15. Both mornings are required to complete the training ...

Access Center acts as middleman

SARANAC LAKE — It often goes heroin, overdose, doctors and then recovery, but a new 24/7 Open Access Center hopes to add necessary middlemen to the process. Across the parking lot, only a few hundred feet from the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake sits the temporary site for ...

Class diagnoses rare tick-borne disease in student

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College student Bryan Giguere had been feeling sick for most of the 2018-19 school year and didn’t know what was going on. For around nine months he had been experiencing fatigue, dehydration and muscle cramps — once even landing him in the emergency ...