Health

Essex County offices promote Donate Life Month

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Clerk’s Office & Department of Motor Vehicles is teaming up with Donate Life New York state and DMV offices around the state during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the state Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national ...

Two-wave U.S. flu season is now the longest in a decade

NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released ...

Police investigating upswing in apparent drug overdose deaths

Police agencies in the region warned the public Tuesday about a spate of recent deaths that appear to stem from drug overdoses as investigators try to determine whether the cases are related. Glens Falls Police have investigated four apparent overdose deaths over the past six weeks, while ...

Register for Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

SARANAC LAKE — Registration is open for Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. The program will begin on Wednesday, April 24 and run for six consecutive weeks, on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Boardroom at Adirondack Medical Center ...

9 colleges to unveil inventions to aid the disabled at work

ALBANY (AP) — College engineering students from across New York state are in Albany to demonstrate inventions they’ve designed to help people with disabilities perform their jobs. The New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) is holding its annual assistive technology symposium ...

Opioids advocate now working with plaintiffs in lawsuits

A doctor who spent decades advocating for broader use of powerful prescription painkillers is now working with the state and local governments that are suing drug companies over the opioid crisis. Dr. Russell Portenoy, a professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, is ...

New 3D imaging mammography machine now available at AMC

SARANAC LAKE — A new 3D imaging mammography machine at Adirondack Medical Center expands the screening options available at the hospital, keeping more patients local. “The new machine is a GE Pristina 3D mammography unit. It’s the latest and greatest state-of-the-art, mammo-unit out ...

Citizen Advocates, St. Joseph’s team up for research

MALONE — Citizen Advocates and St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers have teamed up to conduct research focusing on the challenges faced by rural behavioral health providers and the individuals they serve. Rural behavioral health providers serve a population of ...

Friendship Volunteer Training Program May 7 and May 14 in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Lake Placid on the mornings of May 7 and May 14. The training sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both mornings are required to ...

Anti-tick funds dry up

PAUL SMITHS — The New York state budget passed Monday did not renew $1 million in funding for Lyme disease research, including $30,000 used by Paul Smith’s College students to track the spread of ticks and the diseases they carry in the North Country. The research of ticks was ...

Birth decline at AMC follows state average

SARANAC LAKE — On the whole, fewer children are being born in the United States, and the average mother giving birth is getting older. New York, and the Adirondacks, are no exception to those trends. According to data from the state Department of Health from 2006 to 2016, the number of ...

State poised to raise tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21

ALBANY — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed ...

Coasters remind people to get screened for colon cancer

March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — have you been screened? Colon cancer is one of the most diagnosed forms of cancer in New York state — which is the second leading cause of death in the state, after heart disease. Early detection is the key, says Elizabeth Terry, ...

Grants help farmers market, rides for elderly, campus drug counseling

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Institute’s Performing Provider System has awarded more than $376,000 to organizations in the Saranac Lake area for three community health care projects. The first local project to receive funding is the Mobile Farmers Market in Franklin County. ...

$1M for tick-borne illness research back in state budget

The New York state Senate reinstated $1 million in funding for Lyme and tick-borne illness research in its draft budget for 2019-20. While that funding is still not guaranteed, the line item had been zero earlier this year. Researchers such as Lee Ann Sporn at Paul Smith’s College ...

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase. It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that’s starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of ...

Lawmakers ponder meds to help ease withdrawal in lockups

POUGHKEEPSIE — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked. After some brushes with the law — petty larceny to support her habit — she was booked into the Nassau County jail, and withdrawal ...

Cuomo doubles down on permanent property tax cap in state budget

ALBANY — The Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed its spending plans for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his vow to refuse to sign a state budget that doesn’t make the 2 percent property tax permanent. The Democrat told an audience ...

Lawmaker: Tick-borne disease research should ‘transcend politics’

With ticks found in higher places and a lethal tick-borne illness more widespread than previously thought, several state senators are calling for research funding on Lyme and tick-borne diseases to be reauthorized in the state budget. Sen. Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, held a press conference ...

In Dems’ ‘Medicare for All’ battle cry, Republicans see 2020 weapon

WASHINGTON — “Medicare for All” has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year’s congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons. GOP strategists say they’ll use proposals to expand ...