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Health

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 ...

Stefanik votes ‘no’ on bill that would negotiate caps on drug prices

U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted no last week on legislation that would allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices. The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which passed 230-192, would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate ...

Juniors and seniors get crafty at Mercy

TUPPER LAKE — The basement of Mercy Living Center was filled with cookies, real and fake; smiling faces, young and old; and glitter — lots of glitter. Wednesday was the first event bringing the Adirondack Health nursing facility’s elder residents and the kids in Sarah Dew-Pratt’s new ...

The best toys to buy for your young child

Recently, I unwrapped some safety tips regarding how to ensure the toys you buy your child for the holidays are safe ones. So this week, instead of talking unsafe toys, I’m game for suggesting some appropriate toys to buy for your younger child — especially in an era where digital toys are ...

St. Joe’s Patricia O’Gorman receives child advocacy award

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers’ consulting psychologist with its adolescent and veterans programs is the recipient of the National Association for Children of Addiction’s Ackerman/Black Award. Patricia O’Gorman’s research and advocacy in the ...

More Americans now die at home than in hospitals

For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday’s report in ...

New drugs show rare promise against advanced breast cancer

SAN ANTONIO — Doctors on Wednesday reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous treatments. One drug showed particular ability to reach tumors in the brain, which ...

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 ...