Health

NY Senate approves measure aimed at battling opioid crisis

ALBANY — New York’s Democrat-controlled state Senate approved legislation Monday that would require addiction treatment providers to contact predesignated loved ones when someone undergoing treatment shows potentially life-threatening behavior, such as relapse. The bill’s sponsor, ...

Ad’k Health Foundation hopes to raise $450,000 for Women’s Health Center

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Foundation is nearly halfway to its fundraising goal to expand services at the Women’s Health Center with new machines. The foundation ran a capital campaign through 2018 raising $18 million for the new surgical wing at the Adirondack Medical Center ...

Grant coordinator hired to help fight opioids

PLATTSBURGH — Katie Smith is here to help North Country workers battle through barriers set by the opioid crisis. The North Country Workforce Development Board was recently awarded a $459,000 Opioid National Dislocated Worker Grant for the OneWorkSource Centers of Clinton, Essex and ...

Free health screening for women at E’town hospital

ELIZABETHTOWN — The University of Vermont Health Network-Elizabethtown Community Hospital and The Cancer Services Program of Northeastern New York have partnered to host a free women’s health screening. The event will be held at the hospital’s Ticonderoga Campus on Monday, May 13 from ...

Essex County mental health office plans move to North Elba Town Hall

LAKE PLACID — Essex County Mental Health’s satellite office in Lake Placid is expected to relocate from the Adirondack Medical Center to the North Elba Town Hall later this month. The county Board of Supervisors authorized the move via a lease agreement on Monday. According to ...

Hardware store uses sale to fundraise for hospice

SARANAC LAKE — Coakley Home & Hardware is partnering with Bonide, in a spring lawn and garden products sale, to benefit High Peaks Hospice. The fundraiser will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Coakley store on Lake Flower Avenue. Fifty percent of Bonide and Revenge sales on ...

Moving toward countywide EMS

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized hiring a new paid deputy EMS coordinator to help roll out a pilot program testing whether a countywide EMS system would be feasible. The board voted April 1 to accept a $2.27 million, five-year state grant to ...

With suicide, survivors’ grief gets more complicated

BEEKMANTOWN — Julia Mull just dropped to her knees when she learned a friend had died by suicide. That summer of 2016, the then-Beekmantown High School junior had been visiting family in New Jersey when she heard the news. It was surreal. “We had plans to hang out when I got ...

Cosmetology for charity

SARANAC LAKE — For Rose Burns’ senior project, she wanted to give back to an organization that has helped her family with the skills she’s been building at the Adirondack Educational Center. A Lake Placid High School student enrolled in the cosmetology program, Burns, 17, hosted a ...

Teen suicide rise raises concern

PLATTSBURGH — Malachai Desourdy was falling deeper and deeper into despair. Zander LaDuke seemed to be loving life, excited about his future in pharmacy school. Both teens ended their own lives during this school year. A third Clinton County youth died by suicide recently as ...

Climate change seen as factor as ticks bite into more NY territory

ALBANY — The larval black-legged ticks that spread Lyme disease are about to make their unwelcome presence known across New York, a state that has become a hotspot for the blood-sucking arachnid. Based on counts made last year of field mice in the Hudson Valley, said Richard Ostfeld, a ...

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 ...