Health & Medical News

Trillium Health

Trillium Health, the Rochester-based organization that focuses on promoting health equity, has received a $20 million state grant to fund the construction of 20 apartments on a former Inner Loop site.

Trillium’s president and CEO, Andrea DeMeo, said the grant is the largest that the 8-year-old organization has ever received.

“We’re extremely excited,” DeMeo said. “We’re very grateful to the state of New York.”

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A growing body of evidence, including a study published last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, is calling into question the current guidelines on who meets the criteria for genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.

Those guidelines were established about 20 years ago, and today, they’re out of date, said Kimberly Provenzano, a genetic counselor at Rochester Regional Health.



Enrollment is up in New York’s state health insurance marketplace compared to this time last year.

The state health department called this year’s enrollment “robust,” saying more than 50 thousand New Yorkers have signed up for a new plan.

Those plans are offered through a program called New York State of Health, which offers health coverage for New Yorkers who don’t get insurance through their work or through Medicare.

National Parks Service


Frank Femia runs Klubfunstore Guns and Ammo in Henrietta, where the popular ammunition this season is copper bullets.

“It’s been hard finding them because everyone’s been sold out of them and it’s been hard to keep in stock,” Femia said.

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Monroe County has averted running afoul of state and federal law -- at least temporarily -- by reshuffling employees in the public health department and staving off the creation of a waiting list for early childhood intervention services.

Rochester Institute of Technology


The Rochester Institute of Technology announced a new task force to focus on the mental health of its students Wednesday. The announcement comes on the heels of a student petition and an October death on campus.

The university said the task force will review programs connected to student mental health and make recommendations for how to improve them.

Food and Drug Administration

The federal Food and Drug Administration has recalled several batches of blood pressure medication, but a local health organization is urging patients to continue taking the products until they check with their doctor or pharmacist.



Flashy digital toys provide intense stimulation for young children, but they cannot match the developmental benefits offered by traditional toys like boxes and blocks, according to a report released this week by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Some schools in New York state are struggling to find enough school psychologists, according to a report from the New York State School Boards Association. But even in districts that meet the minimum federal guidelines, administrators want more psychologists on staff.

New York’s local AARP chapter is urging U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer to close what the organization calls a “doughnut hole” in Medicare coverage for prescription drugs for seniors.

Randy Hoak, who directs the AARP’s efforts in the Rochester region, and Patrick Fox, who leads the organization’s Monroe County volunteers, dropped off over 8,000 signed petitions at Schumer’s Rochester office Friday afternoon.

When a person’s health costs were between about $4,000 and $5,000 in a year, Medicare’s contribution to their coverage dipped significantly.