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Health

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, marijuana sales

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation’s largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in ...

Hospital restricts visitors to protect newborns from flu

SARANAC LAKE — To protect newborns from the recent spike in flu and flu-like symptoms, Adirondack Medical Center is restricting visitors to the Stafford New Life birthing center. Babies are among the highest at-risk group for complications from the flu. For their protection, visitors to ...

Meet-and-greet with new nurse practitioner in AuSable Forks

AuSABLE FORKS — The University of Vermont Health Network’s Elizabethtown Community Hospital will host a meet-and-greet event on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to welcome Brenda Beutel, family nurse practitioner, to its care team at the AuSable Forks Health Center, 15 Pleasant ...

Americans are drinking more now than just before Prohibition

NEW YORK — Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and ...

Proposed HPV vaccine mandate ignites protest in Albany

ALBANY — Legislation being considered at the statehouse would require New York school children to be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which has been linked to several types of cancer. The proposal is igniting protests from parents who argue such a ...

Hudson Headwaters’ foundation teams up with Adirondack Foundation

QUEENSBURY — The Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation on Wednesday, Jan. 8 announced a new partnership with Adirondack Foundation to identify and fund community-based projects that address food, housing and transportation and other socio-economic issues that affect health. The Hudson ...

Local ‘angel’ investor boosts medical scribing business

SARANAC LAKE — Point Positive, an “angel investor” group based in Saranac Lake, recently announced a $25,000 initial investment in Provider One, a start-up medical scribing business that made a pitch at Point Positive’s fall event. Point Positive’s investment was part of a ...

Governor proposes website for comparing hospital care costs

ALBANY — Continuing the theme of tackling the health care industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest 2020 State of the State proposal is to increase transparency in health care costs. Cuomo unveiled recently a proposal that calls for the creation of a website, NYHealthCareCompare, that ...

Tri-Lakes area is experiencing home care shortage, too

SARANAC LAKE — The shortage of elder care workers in the Tri-Lakes is not limited to nursing homes. At-home care, like that provided by North Country Home Services in Saranac Lake, is suffering the same low staffing numbers as the live-in facilities, and that sometimes means staff are not ...

Scott Hamilton returns with new event at oval this February

LAKE PLACID — An Olympic figure skater is set to land in Lake Placid next month to host a benefit for the local hospital. Scott Hamilton, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, will headline the Frozen 5K on Feb. 18 at the Olympic Speedskating ...

Cuomo to propose ban on e-cig flavors and ads aimed at youth

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday he’ll introduce legislation to ban all flavored nicotine e-cigarette products as well as vaping advertisements aimed at youth. The Democrat announced that legislation he’ll propose in his 2020 State of the State agenda on Jan. 8 will also ...

Family strikes up the band for doctor’s retirement party

SARANAC LAKE — Dr. Tony Waickman’s 34 years practicing medicine in this area ended with a waltz, written by his daughter. His wife Lynn, a noted recorder player, organized a concert held Thursday at Saranac Village at Will Rogers. Dozens of people attended, and afterward many of them ...

Study: Teens vape pot more than before

ALBANY — New York lawmakers are preparing to consider legalizing marijuana just as a new federal study shows that high school students are vaping the drug with far greater frequency than they were two years ago. The research, funded by the National Institutes for Health, found ...

Many left out of family leave

NEW YORK — Nancy Glynn could not afford a funeral for her newborn son who died after a premature birth. She was already taking time off from her job as a waitress in Manchester, New Hampshire, to recover from a C-section. Adding to her difficulties, her husband had an unplanned surgery ...

Only non-chain Tri-Lakes pharmacy closes

SARANAC LAKE — Some windows were covered up, signs directed former customers to a Walgreens, and much of the merchandise inside had been removed, aside from some postcards and a rack of Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts. The lettering was gone, too, leaving behind holes where nails had been ...

Let it snow — safely!

Oh ’tis that special season When I hope you’ll have good reason To decorate with safety in mind When it gets to be holiday time! - Yes — it’s the holidays, and what better gift can I share than a few reminders to make this the healthiest and safest of holiday seasons: ...

Post Office Pharmacy closes after 70 years under Bevilacquas

SARANAC LAKE — Some windows were covered up, signs directed former customers to a Walgreens, and much of the merchandise inside had been removed, aside from some postcards and a rack of Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts. The lettering was gone, too, leaving behind holes where nails had been ...

Stefanik, Cobb support different drug price reform bills

PLATTSBURGH — Not surprisingly, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb disagree on H.R. 3, the “Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.” On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the legislation almost entirely along party lines, 230 to ...

Director: Staff shortage severe at nursing home

TUPPER LAKE — It’s a problem that’s getting worse by the day, and the generation. Nursing homes are in a race against time to find staff as the “elder support ratio” is getting increasingly lopsided. These facilities are facing understaffing as more and more members of the baby ...

Opioid deaths decline statewide

Overdose deaths in the state — outside New York City — dropped nearly 16% from 2017 to 2018, the first reduction in 10 years, according to the most recent County Opioid Quarterly Report from the state Department of Health’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force. However, that trend is not ...