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Health

AHI announces 2019 Rural Health Champions

GLENS FALLS — In recognition of National Rural Health Day Nov. 21, Adirondack Health Institute announced that seven individuals have been recognized as 2019 Rural Health Champions. The annual recognition is a collaborative effort of four of the North Country’s rural health networks, ...

Best practices for homemade baby food

Parents of infants have been feeding me lots of questions about whether it is better to buy infant food, or make their own homemade baby food. This question starts popping up when babies begin to eat solids around 6 months of age. Well, let me take a bite into those questions and provide some ...

SL Voluntary Health informs about lice

SARANAC LAKE — Head lice is not just something to scratch your head over. It’s a common problem in schools and doctors’ offices across the country. Understanding that one in five children will get lice, the Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association has created an infographic outlining ...

Elizabethtown Community Hospital emergency departments win Press Ganey award

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Community Hospital, part of the University of Vermont Health Network, has been named a 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of ...

Children and their imaginary friends

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers often ask me if it is all right for their child to be speaking to imaginary friends. I won’t usually answer until Dr. Check-Up, my imaginary pediatrician friend, gives me the advice I need to answer their question. Fortunately, he has, so here are my ...

No butts about it

New York raised the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 earlier this week. Local governments, health and education officials and some retailers support the new legislation. The state Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this change was partly motivated by the uptick in underage kids ...

Glens Falls Hospital closes overnight kids unit

GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Hospital is no longer staffing an overnight unit for children, which has upset some parents who discovered that when they took a child to the Emergency Department recently. All children who cannot be treated as outpatients are transferred to Albany Medical Center ...

Adirondack Health will cut ribbon on new surgery unit

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health invites the public to a celebration of its new Ambulatory Surgery Unit at Adirondack Medical Center. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Attendees should meet in the main lobby at Adirondack Medical Center, 2233 state Route 86, Saranac ...

Pinkeye: What exactly is it?

Parents have been asking me some eye-opening questions about whether or not their child could get pinkeye. Let me see what I can tell you about this problem. --- What is pinkeye, exactly? --- Pinkeye gets its name because it describes the pink or reddish appearance of what is normally ...

North Country telehealth innovation awards given in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Telehealth Innovator Award recipients were honored at the fifth annual North Country Telehealth Conference, hosted by the North Country Telehealth Partnership on Nov. 7 in Lake Placid. The award is given to individuals and organizations in four categories — mental 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 ...