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Health

SLVHA continues 123-year-old mission

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association met this past fall for its semi-annual autumn meeting to discuss new and existing health care initiatives funded through the organization. In attendance were Sue Patterson, Karen Wolff, Au.D, Suzanne Snizek, Dellice Chase, Roger ...

For 1st time in 4 years, US life expectancy rises — a little

NEW YORK — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses. “Let’s just hope it ...

Elizabethtown hospital teaches EMS crews with cadavers

LAKE GEORGE — Local emergency responders got a chance to practice rare, lifesaving techniques on cadavers last weekend, thanks to Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Many of the EMS crews from Warren and Washington counties attended the event, held in Lake George. It was free because of ...

The ‘terrible twos’

Parents have been anything but terrible in asking me what they can do to help their toddler through the “terrible twos.” Let me ease everyone’s frustration about this period in a child’s life and provide some information on this topic. - It’s terribly normal - The terrible twos ...

Rink evacuation was scary, parents say

TUPPER LAKE — Parents at a hockey game that was evacuated for high carbon monoxide levels at the Tupper Lake Civic Center Saturday said things at the rink were not as calm as an initial report in the Enterprise may have made it seem. Two parents of players on the Star Lake-Clifton-Fine ...

Farmers combat depression amid industry stressors

Trade wars, low milk prices, bad weather and isolation can add up to a lot of stress on area farms. “On a good day, farming is stressful, but good days are just a distant memory in farming,” said Patrick O’Hara, a licensed clinical social worker who is about to retire as a clinical ...

Counties have little control over Medicaid costs, region’s officials say

PLATTSBURGH — The Medicaid Redesign Team II program has been instructed to hold local governments harmless as it looks to save $2.5 billion in order to close the Medicaid shortfall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Address Tuesday. But in order for the state to ...

A helpful guide to vomiting

Parents have been bringing up lots of questions about what to do when their child vomits. Let me toss out some helpful information on this topic. - Why do we vomit? - Vomiting is a way for the body to get rid of something it doesn’t like. It is a complex process coordinated by a ...

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 ...