Health

There are no new reports of confirmed or suspected mumps at SUNY Geneseo since an outbreak within the last several weeks. There have been 12 confirmed and one suspected case of the virus on campus since November. 

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(Harrisburg, PA) A counselor at a public school in the midstate says he and his colleagues are well positioned to address the opioid crisis. Stephen Sharp, a counselor in Landisville Middle School in Lancaster County, is pushing for more school counselors to use a model most often used by healthcare professionals. The model is called SBIRT, and it treats substance abuse as a healthcare issue.

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More people are enrolling in the state's children's health insurance program. The state Department of Human Services says CHIP enrollment has jumped from nearly 151,000 kids in 2015 to more than 168,000 now. It made the announcement on the one-year anniversary of the program moving under the control of DHS. 

In NYS, More Medicaid Coverage for Transgender Services

Dec 9, 2016

Increased  coverage for transgender medical care and services are taking effect for Medicaid plans in New York. The Department of Health has established that young people, under the age of 18, will now receive coverage for hormone therapy deemed medically necessary, according to the notice filed in the NYS Register.

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(Harrisburg) -- Nationwide, prescriptions for drugs like Klonopin, Xanax and Valium have increased 320 percent in 17 years, and now Pennsylvania is issuing new guidelines. The drugs, known as benzodiazepines, or benzos, are used to treat severe anxiety and panic disorders, as well as insomnia. 

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The US Senate has approved a proposal to overhaul the drug approval process in the US. One Pennsylvania researcher likes the 21st Century Cures Act, with reservations.The $6.3 billion bill overhauls the drug approval process in the US. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Smoking in public housing will be off limits when a new federal rule goes into effect. But it won't be much of a change for some people. 

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Disrespectful and inappropriate comments have echoed through public school hallways since the presidential election, and a group that represents school psychologists in Pennsylvania is trying to address the issue. 

Looking At Addiction As A Health Crisis

Dec 1, 2016
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(Keystone Crossroads) For the past 20 years, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bucks, has been a vocal advocate for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Pennsylvania. And he’s been pushing the public and lawmakers to stop looking at addiction as a crime. 

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Many municipalities in Pennsylvania have faced tight budgets year after year. Health insurance can be one of the biggest expenses, and a unique arrangement that can cut costs is becoming more popular. From 2012 until now, the Pennsylvania Municipal Health Insurance Cooperative has added about 60 members. 

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