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Aumiller's Pharmacy: New owners, same independent service

SCHENECTADY

Aumiller's Pharmacy: New owners, same independent service

The last family-owned pharmacy in Schenectady has changed hands, but the three employees who bought it have no plans to change anything at the local landmark. Aumiller’s Pharmacy at 1340 State St. began more than a century ago as Dyer’s Pharmacy.

U.S. diets go downhill at age 1

U.S. diets go downhill at age 1

The first few months of a child's life are a glorious - and healthful - time for eating.

Flu season running late this year in Capital Region

CAPITAL REGION

Flu season running late this year in Capital Region

Winter started late this year and so did the flu season, according to Megan Helmecke, infection preventionist with Albany Medical Center. The late season flu hitting the Capital Region is more unusual in its timing than its severity, she said.

Health insurers post gains in net income for ’15

CAPITAL REGION

Health insurers post gains in net income for ’15

Three major health insurers serving the Capital Region enjoyed turnaround years in 2015, reporting net income following losses in 2014.

California bill would protect, create health standards for fashion models

SACRAMENTO

California bill would protect, create health standards for fashion models

Some say they've been told to eat only one rice cake per day to avoid gaining any weight. Others say they swallow Kleenex tissues, or cotton balls soaked in orange juice, to fill their stomachs and stop their hunger pains. They use laxatives and diuretics, binge and purge, or exercise to exhaustion - all to squeeze into a size 0, if possible.

Despite fears, health law hasn't ended employment-based coverage

Despite fears, health law hasn't ended employment-based coverage

The Affordable Care Act was aimed mainly at giving people better options for buying health insurance on their own.

Five reasons scientists believe Zika virus causes birth defects

Five reasons scientists believe Zika virus causes birth defects

The epidemic peaked in Colombia in early February, according to the WHO. Most of the women in the study are due to give birth in May and June.

As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

As mosquito season arrives, is the U.S. ready for Zika?

There are 312 confirmed cases of Zika in the continental United States, including 27 pregnant women. All cases involve travelers who were infected abroad, except for six cases involving sexual transmission. In the U.S. territories, Puerto Rico has by far the most cases - 325, including more than three dozen pregnant women.

Students at forefront of reopened Schenectady pharmacy

SCHENECTADY

Students at forefront of reopened Schenectady pharmacy

Hometown Health Centers has an on-site pharmacy again, offering its patients and area residents a low-cost option for getting their medications that was lost when the previous pharmacy pulled out a year ago.

Fulton County aims to boost colonoscopy participation

FULTON COUNTY

Fulton County aims to boost colonoscopy participation

Fulton County is in the odd position of having roughly the same incidence of colon cancer as the rest of the state but a much higher death rate. A variety of factors may be at play, but health care administrators, regulators and providers agree the most likely cause is the low rate at which county residents are screened for cancer.

Researchers snip HIV from infected cells, suggesting cure is possible

PHILADELPHIA

Researchers snip HIV from infected cells, suggesting cure is possible

Temple University researchers used a gene-editing technique to remove HIV DNA from the type of human immune cells where the virus maintains a smoldering reservoir of infection.

What would happen if Americans were paid to donate their kidneys?

What would happen if Americans were paid to donate their kidneys?

One of the strictest tenets of the U.S. transplant system is that paying for organs is forbidden. The ban, imposed by the National Transplant Act of 1984, was designed to protect the poor from being taken advantage of by the wealthy. Impassioned supporters of the law argued that compensating people for body parts is exploitative and treats donors like subhumans, and the debate was essentially closed for more than three decades - until recently.

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna officials reassure residents on safety of town water

Town officials are reassuring residents that the quality of their drinking water is up to the standards of the state Department of Health, after some residents expressed concern over the safety of the town’s water.

NY digital prescription system to go online

CAPITAL REGION

NY digital prescription system to go online

Most New Yorkers have dropped off their last prescription at the drug store. Paper scripts are banned in the state as of March 27 — save for a few specific exceptions.

3 changes consumers can expect in next year's Obamacare coverage

3 changes consumers can expect in next year's Obamacare coverage

Health insurance isn't simple. Neither are government regulations. Put the two together and things can get confusing fast. So it's not surprising that federal regulators took a stab at making things a bit more straightforward for consumers in new rules unveiled in late February and published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

CDC painkiller guidelines aim to reduce addiction risk

CDC painkiller guidelines aim to reduce addiction risk

In an effort to curb the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, ending months of arguments with pain doctors and drug industry groups and beginning what officials contended would be more judicious prescribing of the highly addictive medicines.

Senate passes broad bill to combat drug abuse

WASHINGTON

Senate passes broad bill to combat drug abuse

Responding to an urgent drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill, the largest of its kind since a law in 2008 that mandated insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

Boxer sets sights on former Schenectady library

SCHENECTADY

Boxer sets sights on former Schenectady library

When Bryan Abraham visited the former Duane Branch Library last week, he immediately had visions of swinging boxing gloves, dripping sweat and fitness results.

Poverty screening recommended during child-wellness visits

Poverty screening recommended during child-wellness visits

Pediatricians just declared war on child poverty.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga County offers training in OD drug Narcan

Training for the public in how to reverse opiate overdoses with Narcan will for the first time be offered across Saratoga County this year, the Prevention Council and Catholic Charities announced Wednesday.

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