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Health

Hand, foot and mouth disease: what you need to know

Parents have been asking me a mouthful of questions about an illness called hand, foot and mouth disease. While commonly associated with younger children, it has begun to show up in teens and young adults as well. - When does this happen? - Hand, foot and mouth disease is often seen in ...

Schumer tours St. Joe’s

SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked on the need for growth and expansion of addiction recovery centers upon touring St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers. On Thursday afternoon, the Democratic senator from New York toured the facility ...

Judge upholds blocking kids from school without vaccines

ALBANY — A civil rights lawyer representing parents opposed to vaccines for their children said Monday he will appeal a judge’s decision upholding a New York state law that ended religious exemptions from vaccinations required to attend schools and day care programs. The state ...

The game plan for coed sports

With the fall sports season here, parents have been getting their kicks asking me questions about girls and boys playing sports together. They want to know when coed competition is and is not recommended, particularly in contact sports. Well let me see if I can touch down on this ...

Mercy Care schedules Friendship Volunteer training

LAKE PLACID — Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled Friendship Volunteer training programs in Tupper Lake on the mornings of Sept. 17 and 24, and in Saranac Lake on the mornings of Oct. 8 and 15. Both mornings are required to complete the training ...

Access Center acts as middleman

SARANAC LAKE — It often goes heroin, overdose, doctors and then recovery, but a new 24/7 Open Access Center hopes to add necessary middlemen to the process. Across the parking lot, only a few hundred feet from the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake sits the temporary site for ...

Class diagnoses rare tick-borne disease in student

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College student Bryan Giguere had been feeling sick for most of the 2018-19 school year and didn’t know what was going on. For around nine months he had been experiencing fatigue, dehydration and muscle cramps — once even landing him in the emergency ...

NCCC LPN program rated best in upstate NY

SARANAC LAKE — A nursing and health care education website has named the North Country Community College licensed practical nursing program the best in upstate New York. NursingProcess.org, an online guide for aspiring nursing students curated by a small team of educators and health ...

Big medical transition in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The red brick building that has served this community’s medical needs since 1951 was quiet Monday morning. All the essentials had been moved to the new health center nearby, which was bustling as doctors and nurses prepared to see patients there for the first time. This ...

Medical schools try to sell doctors on rural living

BRISTOL, Va. — On a field trip to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Ashish Bibireddy put on headphones and scrolled through a jukebox of music from an influential 1927 recording session. Bibireddy and nine other medical students had already been biking and rafting on their visit ...

NY expands insurance coverage of mammograms for women

ALBANY (AP) — Large group insurers are now required to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making the change on Friday. Under current law, many insurance companies are only required to cover mammograms ...

Donors save tick research

SARANAC LAKE — After state funding for tick research in the North Country bit the dust this spring, a handful of organizations and individual donors drew together enough money to keep Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn’s research afloat through the end of the year. Sporn ...

Prescription opioid potency increased as crisis grew

WASHINGTON — In 2012, as the death toll from the nation’s opioid crisis mounted, drug companies shipped out enough of the powerful and addictive painkillers for every man, woman and child in the U.S. to have nearly a 20-day supply. For some counties, mostly in Appalachia, it was well ...

NY Senate leader’s national profile rises

ALBANY — In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization ...

Wood Foundation pledges $1M for regional health initiatives

GLENS FALLS — The Charles R. Wood Foundation is trying to find new ways to improve the community’s health. The foundation announced Friday that it will give out $1 million to support community-based health initiatives over the next three years. It is a major new initiative. Board ...

NY state audit finds lapses at mental health agency

ALBANY — New York state’s Office of Mental Health isn’t complying with a state law requiring that a parent or guardian be informed whenever a patient is injured or mistreated in a state-regulated institution, according to a state audit released Friday. The report from auditors in ...

County health departments warn of measles outbreak in Montreal

Families planning a trip to Montreal might want to check their vaccination status first. There is a measles outbreak in Montreal, leading to warnings from local county health departments. Measles began to spread there in June, Essex County Public Health educator Andrea Whitmarsh ...

County health departments warn of measles outbreak in Montreal

Families planning a trip to Montreal might want to check their vaccination status first. There is a measles outbreak in Montreal, leading to warnings from local county health departments. Measles began to spread there in June, Essex County Public Health educator Andrea Whitmarsh ...

New York raises smoking age to 21 statewide

ALBANY — New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state’s governor. The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Gov. ...