Health & Medical News

AIDS activist envisions end to epidemic

Oct 14, 2019
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Earlier this month, New York announced the largest decrease in HIV diagnoses since the state started the “Ending the Epidemic” initiative.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal is to end the epidemic by 2020.

John Barry, executive director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program, or STAP, said that doesn’t mean there will be no new cases.

“What the governor means when he says it will no longer be an epidemic is that there will be less than 750 infections per year in New York State,” Barry explained.

Barry believes that is achievable.

New York State has an obesity problem among both young people and their parents and it is getting worse. That is the conclusion in a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

New York state legislators were in Rochester on Thursday to hear testimony for and against a bill that would create a universal single-payer health care system in the state.

Ground broken on new outdoor city skate park

Oct 9, 2019
city of Rochester

Officials broke ground Wednesday on Rochester's first outdoor skate park. It's part of the ROC the Riverway project, and is located under the Frederick Douglass-Susan B. Anthony Bridge.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the $1.5 million ROC City Skate Park will bring a new dimension of fun and excitement to downtown. She says many partners made the project possible, including RG&E, New York State, and the Tony Hawk Foundation, which provided a $250,000 grant for the skate park.


Researchers at the University of Rochester said that they have found links between environmental toxins and weakened immune systems that get passed down from generation to generation.

Paige Lawrence, who runs a lab in the environmental medicine department at the University of Rochester, said the results of the study, published this month in the journal iScience, could help explain why some people are more vulnerable to the flu than others.

The project started with mice. 

Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health has received a federal contract to study ear infections.

Michael Pichichero, the Rochester General Hospital doctor who will oversee the research, said the results could have national implications.

The germs that are causing ear infections today are not the same as they were just a few years ago, Pichichero said. “The bacteria are changing, and they’re changing very rapidly.”

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

If Monroe County school districts suspended everyone who vaped, 45% of seniors would have to be kept out of class at some point, according to data on e-cigarette use from the county’s annual survey of public high school students.

In the Greece Central School District, where suspension has been the go-to punishment for the vast majority of students caught vaping, Assistant Superintendent Mike Zaffuts saw the impending problem.

Alex Crichton

Congressman Joe Morelle says skyrocketing prescription drug costs are forcing many people to choose whether they'll continue to take their medications.

So, the Democrat for the 25th district is co-sponsoring a bill "The Lower Drug Costs Now Act," which he says will help ensure life-saving medications are accessible and affordable for everyone, especially seniors.

Morelle announced his support for the bill at Lifespan, which offers services for older adults and caregivers.

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

A New York state appellate court on Thursday granted a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of a planned ban on flavored e-cigarette products.

The order, first reported by the New York Law Journal, came less than 24 hours before enforcement was scheduled to begin.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This year’s approaching flu season follows the longest season in more than a decade.

That makes efforts to prepare for this season particularly important.

One of the most important elements of that preparation is the flu vaccine, which has to change almost every year to account for mutations in the flu virus, said David Topham, who directs the Influenza Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester Medical Center.