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Health

New Vision students at hospital

SARANAC LAKE — Eight 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 health ...

Analysis: More than half of NY high school seniors have vaped

NEW YORK — A large and growing proportion of middle and high school students in New York state are using e-cigarettes, according to a new analysis by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth). The foundation’s analysis of surveys concluded that in 2018, more than half of high ...

Eye-opening facts about a lack of shut-eye

UTICA — Four in 10 upstate New York adults are not getting enough sleep, according to a survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. This past weekend’s time change from daylight saving to standard time was expected to compound this issue, according to the health insurer. Sleep ...

Olympic biathlete will lead Wellness Workshop at NCCC

SARANAC LAKE — Four-time Olympian Andrea Henkel Burke will lead a Wellness Workshop at North Country Community College from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Free and open to the public, the workshop will focus on three easy steps to enjoying a long, healthy life: mobility, eating and ...

Growing pains: height issues in children

Parents have been hitting new heights with their questions about what to do when their child is concerned about being too tall or too short. Well let me size up those questions and provide some information on the topic of growing pains. - What determines your growing pace - Everyone grows ...

New AMC doctor adds treatment for transgender patients

SARANAC LAKE — Dr. James Pate finds a great deal of importance in helping underserved groups such as women, people living in rural areas and those who subscribe to the LGBT communities. “It feels absolutely wonderful,” he said. “I studied at Oregon Health and Science University, ...

Lead in some Montreal homes’ water is worse than in Flint

MONTREAL — Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds ...

Tackling acne mythbusting: What is fact versus fiction?

Recently I’ve come face to face with teenagers eager to ask me what is fact and fiction about their developing acne. Well let me see if I can break out with some accurate information about some common acne myths. - The first myth: Chocolate or fried foods cause acne - One common ...

Northwinds awarded grant to bolster opioid crisis response

MALONE — Northwinds Integrated Health Network has received a $250,000 grant award to better equip providers in northern New York combating the opioid addiction crisis. The funding is part of the federal State Opioid Response Grant funding and is being distributed through the state Office ...

Trusted guide to breast health concerns

SARANAC LAKE — A familiar face at Adirondack Medical Center is putting her 37 years of nursing experience to new use as a breast health navigator. Margaret Sorensen will be responsible for meeting with Adirondack Health patients who need additional breast health imaging services, guidance ...

Listening in to treat ear infections

Recently, parents have been asking me an earful of questions about why their children get so many ear infections. They also ask what can be done, if anything, to prevent them. - Causes of ear infections - The majority of ear infections in children are caused by viral germs. Viral ...

Nursing levels at NY hospitals face new scrutiny

ALBANY — Unions for health care workers are waging a major push to enact nurse-to-patient ratios at hospitals and nursing homes across the state, contending the move would benefit patient care and address “burnout” among harried staffers. But associations representing hospital ...

North Elba now owns old Placid hospital

LAKE PLACID — The old hospital on Church Street has a new owner and will have its first tenant for the holiday season. During their monthly meeting at the North Elba Town Hall, members of the North Elba Town Council Tuesday, Oct. 8 unanimously approved a resolution to take ownership of ...

St. Joseph’s names Vince Connors as board chair

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, based in Saranac Lake, announced this week that Vince Connors has been named as chairman of the agency’s Board of Directors. Connors, a 1985 graduate of St. Joseph’s, succeeds Deacon Stephen DeMartino of ...

What you need to know about febrile seizures

Parents are often hot to ask me questions about convulsions, or seizures that are associated with fevers. We call these febrile seizures. - What are febrile seizures? - Febrile seizures, which can involve shaking of the arms and legs, usually last for only a few minutes, if that. ...

Forum held on shortage of CNAs and home health care workers

PAUL SMITHS — A day-long educational forum at Paul Smith’s College on Nov. 6 will focus on a shortage of certified nursing assistants and home health care workers. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Catholic Health, Cleveland Clinic and Ascension Michigan have announced an innovative ...

Saranac Lab is officially a ‘Milestone in Microbiology’

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Laboratory Museum received a “Milestone in Microbiology” recognition from the American Society for Microbiology at an awards ceremony Friday. The museum is one of 17 sites in the country to receive this award. Inside the museum — sharing space with ...

Stefanik: Feds should enforce air pollution Good Neighbor rule

KINGSBURY — A rule in the Clean Air Act that keeps states from polluting their neighbors should be enforced, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, in a press briefing Friday at the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department. Called the Good Neighbor rule, the provision allows the U.S. Environmental ...