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Health

Stuntwoman’s fight for health coverage returns to lower court, again

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake stuntwoman who had a long career in Hollywood is still in the middle of a now-decade-long lawsuit with her health plan to get coverage for on-set injuries. In March, a court gave her case a lift, ensuring it continues by sending it back to a lower court ...

NY to set workplace safety standards for airborne diseases

ALBANY — State regulators in New York will soon draft rules that will require employers to protect workers from airborne infectious disease. A new state law tasks state labor and health officials with coming up with minimum workplace standards around things like the availability of ...

Heart Network welcomes new stop-smoking coordinator

SARANAC LAKE — Cheick Mariko has joined the Heart Network’s staff, taking the position of project coordinator for the Health Systems for a Tobacco Free New York program. In his new position, Mariko will work with medical and behavioral health organizations in Clinton, Essex, Franklin ...

Elizabethtown hospital starts DAISY nursing awards

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital has launched the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nurse recognition program. The announcement was made as part of the hospital’s National Nurses Week celebration. The nonprofit ...

Mercy Care seeks to train volunteers to help elders at home

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of May 18 and May 19. Both mornings are required to complete the training. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been ...

New president named for Elizabethtown hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital announced Thursday the appointment of its new president, Bob Ortmyer. He will formally begin his role on July 12. Ortmyer has been with WellSpan Health System in York, Pennsylvania, for 30 ...

NY to set minimum staffing levels for nursing homes

ALBANY — Nursing homes in New York will have to provide a minimum level of staffing under a new bill that the Democratic-led Legislature planned to pass Tuesday. New York will require nursing homes to provide a daily average of 3.5 hours of nursing care per resident, and post information ...

US to resume J&J COVID vaccinations despite rare clot risk

U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson's single-dose shot on Friday, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh a rare risk of blood clot. The government uncovered 15 vaccine recipients who developed a highly unusual ...

FDA: N95 masks, now plentiful, should no longer be reused

The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus. Thousands of medical providers have died in the COVID-19 ...

NYers over 60 to get walk-in vaccinations at some state-run sites

YONKERS (AP) — Walk-in COVID-19 shots will be available to anyone over 60 at mass vaccination sites run by New York state starting Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. “You can just walk in to any of the mass vaccinations sites across the state, and walk in, and they will give ...

Hospice luminary ceremony for lost loved ones

LAKE PLACID — High Peaks Hospice will hold an outdoor Luminary Remembrance Celebration from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid, to remember hospice patients who died in recent months. Luminaries will represent those served by High Peaks Hospice ...

Alzheimer’s Association launches Adirondack 29-peak challenge

ALBANY — The Alzheimer’s Association’s Northeastern New York chapter announced its inaugural 29 Peak Challenge in the Adirondack Mountains as part of The Longest Day event. The Longest Day is a do-it-yourself event held annually on the day with the most light — the Summer Solstice. ...

Essex County offers workshops on living with chronic conditions

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Office for the Aging will host a six-week workshop that focuses on living healthy with chronic conditions. The workshops will be done by telephone with a trained facilitator. Workshops will be held each Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m., starting May 18. The ...

NY to follow federal recommendation, pause Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

NEW YORK — New York state health officials will follow federal recommendations and pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced Tuesday. After federal health agencies recommended halting the Johnson & Johnson shots so officials ...

US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration ...

Gillibrand, in Watertown, announces plan to lower drug prices

WATERTOWN — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a plan to lower prescription drug prices during an appearance in the city Thursday. Standing between the Jefferson County Court Complex and the county office building, Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced a package of three bills, each ...

North Country health officials urge vaccinations

PLATTSBURGH — A North Country Chamber of Commerce webinar gathered regional healthcare professionals Wednesday morning and the message was clear: Get the COVID vaccine ASAP. University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Vice President of Population Health and ...

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. — Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man collapsed a few days before, the syringe he’d used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist. She wound toward his house in the hills outside of town. The man had been revived by paramedics, and Cox ...