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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. ...

Health hacking: About 25,000 patients’ data exposed

A hacker got access to an emailed discussion about patients in the North Country who missed a health screening, leading to a massive breach-of-data warning. About 25,000 patients were on a “gap in care” spreadsheet, identified in a variety of ways. Some were named with their birth ...

Group seeks nominations for Rural Health Champions

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Rural Health Network, a program of Adirondack Health Institute, is seeking nominations for Rural Health Champions of the Year to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the health of rural residents in the region. Rural Health ...

All Kinney Drugs will stop selling vaping products

To prevent youth access to nicotine products, all Kinney Drugs locations will soon halt sales on electronic cigarettes and vaping products. This decision will be in effect for New York state locations on Aug. 1, while Vermont locations stopped selling these products on Monday. Judith ...

Summer camp is back with permit for 1st time since 2011

PAUL SMITHS — Regis-Applejack can officially call itself a camp again. For the last seven summers , state health and safety rules have not applied at this classic summer youth facility on Upper St. Regis Lake, which was opened in 1945. Too few campers attended for the state to call it ...

Jail using medicine to help inmates addicted to drugs

CINCINNATI — The “dope boys” hang out near the jail awaiting newly freed inmates with addiction. They’ll hand you a free sample to get you back. Triggers to use drugs again — the corners where you’ve used, for one — are all around, and any plans for a fresh start easily ...

Woman turns grief into giving

SARANAC LAKE — Nicole Blanchard channeled the grief she felt after losing her baby into the creation of more than 140 blankets and hats for premature and micro-premarture babies who don’t survive birth at Adirondack Medical Center. Preemies are born more than three weeks earlier than ...

Linda McClarigan to be honored at Ad’k Health Foundation gala

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s Adirondack Health Foundation gala pays tribute to the health system’s recently retired chief nursing officer, Linda McClarigan. McClarigan, who will serve as Adirondack Health’s chief patient experience officer on a part-time basis through the end of the ...

NCCC, St. Joseph’s partner on employee advancement

SARANAC LAKE — Employees of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers will have the opportunity to grow their career skills and gain college degrees through a new partnership with North Country Community College. This unique educational model will allow St. Joseph’s staff ...

Primary care providers are much less available in rural areas, studies show

A new study backs up findings that access to primary care providers is lower in rural areas than elsewhere in the state. “Primary care provider” generally means a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant who treats people for common medical ailments. Mary Ford, Primary Care ...

Essex County bed tax, EMS bills pass

Two bills, one that gives Essex County the authority to raise its occupancy tax and another that authorizes the county to contract with towns and fire districts to provide emergency medical services, both passed the state Legislature Wednesday, the last day of this year’s legislative ...

Lawmakers OK emission cuts, drop legal pot

ALBANY — New York would adopt the nation’s most aggressive carbon emission reduction goals and give new rights to farmworkers under proposals moving through the state Legislature Wednesday. With the session scheduled to end Wednesday, lawmakers planned to work through the night to ...

Addiction treatment fundraiser keeps running past goal

SARANAC LAKE — Andrea Hudak, who started a project to hike and run 2,019 miles to raise $2,019 to help pay for addiction treatment, is starting a color run that will take place later in the summer. Her original project, Miles for Recovery, has surpassed its goal. Her goal was to raise ...

Adirondack Health Foundation announces healthcare scholarship awardees

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Health Foundation recently announced the awardees of annual scholarships for area students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. The $3,500 scholarships are awarded to students who have been accepted into courses of study leading to degrees in ...

Trudeau Institute gets Defense Department grant to study Zika

SARANAC LAKE — Trudeau Institute has received a $1.2 million federal grant to fund research that will attempt to prevent or treat the Zika virus. The grant will shell out $2.6 million to several groups working on creating a better Zika vaccine. Marcia Blackman, Trudeau Institute’s ...

Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence

SEATTLE — Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing. At least 1.4 million Americans are using marijuana for their health, ...

County-wide EMS bill needs surgery

ELIZABETHTOWN — A bill that would authorize Essex County to create a special countywide taxing district to fund emergency medical services passed the state Senate for a second time Tuesday, but by Friday, lawmakers were already working to amend it. The original bill would’ve given ...