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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Quality of sleep plays an important role in the level of depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents, according to a recent study at the University of Rochester. 

Researchers looked at the self-reported sleep habits of almost 200 high school students across the U.S. They found that good baseline sleep hygiene was directly linked to fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, and school start times played an important role.   

Syracuse University and the Onondaga County Health Department are trying to contain an outbreak of mumps on the SU campus. 

This year’s mild fall is keeping the Onondaga County Health Department busy, as algal blooms in Skaneateles Lake and mosquito-borne illnesses are still being monitored at a time they are usually a fading summer memory.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Advocates for childhood cancer patients say there is a significant gap in funding for this population. Only 4 percent of the cancer research dollars spent nationally is dedicated to pediatric cancer.

Carbs, Not Fat, Cause More Health Problems

Sep 9, 2017

A recent study is adding more fuel to the argument that excess carbohydrates, not total and saturated fats, are more harmful to our health. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- For several months, the state Health Department has been refusing to disclose who is on the panels that scored applications for medical marijuana licenses. But now, the Department of Open Records is ordering the agency to release the information. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner received a grilling from state senators at a hearing this week on whether New York is doing enough to combat tick-borne illnesses.

Health Commissioner Howard Zucker told the senators that this year, there are fewer deer ticks and fewer reported cases of Lyme disease in the state.

But, he said, the number of Lone Star ticks is up. They can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and even cause someone to become allergic to eating red meat.

How happiness relates to health

Aug 13, 2017

Just a couple of decades ago, many of us would have been stunned to hear that companies were installing nap pods or allowing their employees to work from home to ensure they get ample family time. You may not have known about mindfulness or the benefits some find in meditation. And you likely would not have guessed that countries are paying as much attention to their citizens’ happiness as they are their economic standing.

Now that the Mohawk Valley Health System has secured the necessary state funding, designs are underway for its new hospital in downtown Utica. Officials working on the project say the hospital will breathe new life into downtown and make the surrounding area more attractive. But that could come at the expense of dozens of businesses that are already operating in the proposed footprint.


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Antibiotic resistant bacteria cause an estimated 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The threat from tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease is at an all time high in New York state. At a recent forum sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse), experts hope more information about prevention of the bacterial disease can reduce the number of people that are infected.


SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A recent poll for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield shows almost half of upstate New Yorkers aren’t taking their prescription medication as directed. 

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The shuttered Broome Developmental Center has drawn significant community interest as a possible place for more addiction treatment and related services. But the kind of treatment facility may be a sticking point.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - One day when Amy Plouffe was at work, she felt a sharp pain on the left side of her body. “The side of my rib cage down to my hip and my leg was very, very sore. It felt like I pulled a muscle or something,” Plouffe said from her home in Bloomfield, New York. 

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The American Medical Association recently endorsed pilot facilities for supervised injection of drugs. It's a response to the opioid epidemic. 

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New York State is now accepting public comments on proposed health insurance rates. These are rates for plans sold on the state's exchange.

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Leaders in a critical piece of the health care system are struggling to find people to fill jobs: ambulance companies are concerned about the future. In Perry County, the chief of operations at one says it's a crisis situation. And it's not just rural areas feeling the strain. 


(Hershey) -- Ask someone about health care, and at some point, they'll probably complain its lost its personal touch. They might say their doctor hardly looked up from their computer to glance at them, didn't even bother to ask how they were feeling or barely seem to care. It's a criticism that has become more and more prevalent as health care has evolved into more of a business. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A Pennsylvania psychiatrist and his colleagues are noticing some troubling mental health trends related to joblessness among their working-class patients. And those trends seem inextricably tied with the current political climate. 

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Safe or supervised consumption sites are places where people addicted to drugs can use drugs under the supervision of medical staff - and without fear of arrest. They're illegal in New York, but Ithaca gained national attention last year when it proposed one.

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ITHACA (WRVO) - The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote on raising the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 years old on Tuesday. The legislature and public opinion remains divided on the issue. 


According to a recent study by the New York State Health Department, the number of teens lighting up cigarettes in New York state has dropped dramatically in the last 16 years. 

Mercy House Turns One

Mar 8, 2017
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A year ago, Mercy House in Endicott opened its doors to terminally ill patients of the Southern Tier. Since the former St. Casimir’s Church was converted into Mercy House, over a hundred people have called it home.

New Psychiatric Program Helps At-Risk Youth

Mar 7, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Upstate Medical University is launching a program targeted at treating youth and young adults at risk for suicide or other self-harming behaviors. This comes at a time when central New York has a suicide mortality rate greater than the state or national average. 

Best Treatment For Cancer fatigue? Exercise

Mar 5, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Amy Schnitzler loves running. She would often try to run five miles a day, but that was before the Henrietta woman was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016.  Amy, who is 27, learned in November that the cancer had spread to her lungs. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Computer users get daily warnings about the vulnerability of their personal data or their own identities if their device is not secure. But for those who use a medical device such as an insulin pump, hacking threats could be a matter of life and death. 

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House is considering a bill that would change prescription drug rules for patients in Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program. 

Religious Leaders Support Aid In Dying Legislation

Feb 15, 2017
Mike Groll

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Religious leaders gathered in Albany to show their support for aid in dying legislation. The event was part of a larger campaign advocating for terminally ill patients to have the right to ask for medical assistance to die. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Upstate Medical University has opened its cord blood bank, only the second facility of its kind in the state. Blood from umbilical cords is processed for stem cells, which can treat cancers and other diseases. The bank is open for public and private use.