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The Onondaga County Drug Task Force continues to look for ways to keep prescription drugs out of the wrong hands. A new pilot program launched this month will place them in the hands of police.

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The reading of a radiology scan - $130. 

A neonatologist pulled in to help - $793.

A surgeon who performed open-heart surgery - $32,000.

Imagine going to an in-network hospital, and walking out with a bill for hundreds or thousands of dollars for services that are supposed to be covered. Pennsylvania's now scrutinizing this practice, called surprise balance billing.  The above examples are just some that were offered at a recent state hearing.

The federal government wants to curb the number of deaths from opioid drug overdoses. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hopes to make in-roads by funding intervention and prevention.

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One of the least expensive insurers on the New York health insurance exchange will be gone by the end of the year. Federal and state regulators intervened to shut down Health Republic Insurance of New York. With about 200,000 enrollees, it’s the fourth and also the largest co-op to get the ax this year.

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Dr. T. Colin Campbell is known for his book The China Study, where he looked at the effect of a plant-based diet on long-term health. He’s also Professor Emeritus at Cornell, and featured in the new film PlantPure Nation. The film asks why the United States is spending almost 4 trillion dollars annually on healthcare.

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The number of syphilis cases has increased dramatically in recent years in central New York.  It used to be that when there was an outbreak of syphilis in New York state, the state Department of Health would find people infected in a particular school or neighborhood.

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Researchers at the University of Rochester have won $3.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health in their quest to develop a viable vaccine against HIV. James Kobie, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and his colleagues are focusing on a specific aspect of the immune system that may be used to encourage the body to reject the AIDS virus. 

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A continuing study of low-wage workers in Central New York shows that many suffer from physical ailments caused by the job. And the situation takes a toll on their mental health as well.

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The under-construction Upstate Cord Blood Bank in Syracuse is expanding its scope. When ground broke for the Cord Blood Bank at Upstate University Hospital’s Broad Street Campus, the idea was to create one of only two public umbilical cord banks in New York state. Now, executive director Nicholas Greco says it’ll become more than that.

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It's not too early to get your flu shot. That's the advice from the Centers for Disease Control.  Even though the vaccination's protection against the flu can diminish over time, a local infectious disease specialist says if you're in a position to get the shot now, go ahead and do it.

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