Health

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School starts for most districts this week and next, and it’s the first time when New York Schools can supply their nurses with a drug to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Many districts are still weighing the pros and cons of the decision, but nurses in Dansville had a Naloxone training session Wednesday. 

One of Governor Tom Wolf's first decisions is just starting to take effect. The State of Pennsylvania says about 440,000 people are getting Medicaid coverage. In some cases, they'll be able to see a doctor regularly for the first time in their lives. Medicaid expansion comes with fears though - added stress on the state budget, even longer waits to see a medical professional, and more pressure on the entire health care system.

For Cuomo, NY State Fair Visit Gets Personal

Sep 2, 2015
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his yearly visit to the New York State Fair yesterday. Between the sausage sandwiches and glad-handing, the Democrat made one stop that was profoundly personal.

Few people who are addicted to heroin or other opiates know about a law meant to save their life if they overdose, and York County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday says he's already seen cases where it could have kept someone alive. Sunday says police have responded to overdoses only to find the scene is cleaned up and a body is on the ground.

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A drug that can save the life of someone overdosing on opioids like heroin is getting put to use. The state says first responders have used naloxone to reverse 289 overdoses in the state since last November. Police departments in 27 counties either already carry the drug or plan to soon.

Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill last week that would have given doctors the final say in the medications their patients can access under their Medicaid Managed Care plans. Patients must now appeal every time their prescribed drugs are denied.

The governor said the nicknamed “provider prevails” law could have an unbudgeted fiscal impact on the state.

Kev Coleman is the head of data and research at HealthPocket.com. He says insurers work to keep costs down by limiting the medications they cover.

Drug-abuse treatment experts have long supported a change in the way addiction is handled, and now, they're starting to see results. 

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New York has set a goal to eliminate AIDS in the state by the year 2020. Communities throughout the state are coming together to work on ways to implement the plan. Public health organizations met in Rochester recently for one such meeting to come up with their regional plan. In the early 1990s there were around 15,000 new cases of the disease each year. That’s now down to around 3,000 cases a year. By 2020, the state wants that number at 750 people or less.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug designed to increase a woman's libido.

The controversial decision was hailed by some doctors and advocates as a long-sought victory for women's health, but was condemned by others as irresponsible and dangerous.

High Cost Of Diabetes Drugs Often Goes Overlooked

Aug 18, 2015

When it comes to treating chronic conditions, diabetes drugs aren't nearly as sexy as say, Sovaldi, last year's breakthrough hepatitis C drug that offers a cure for the chronic liver infection at a price approaching six figures.

Yet an estimated 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes — about 10 times the number of people with hepatitis C — and many of them will take diabetes drugs for the rest of their lives. Cost increases for both old and new drugs are forcing many to scramble to pay for them.

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