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SATFC announces results on tobacco-free policies

SATFC announces results on tobacco-free policies

On Tuesday, The Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition (SATFC) announced the results of a review of all tobacco-free policies set in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties over the last six years.

According to a statement by the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition, the review showed that working with municipalities, organizations and businesses in the community to establish tobacco-free grounds policies can result in long-term, sustained tobacco-free environments. This is evidenced by the absences of tobacco litter and the posting of tobacco-free signs.

Anesthesia shortages

As the federal government wrestles with shortages of cancer drugs, there’s another group of drugs in short supply with even more far reaching effects.

They’re the drugs used by anesthesiologists to put you to sleep and control pain.

The shortage is so severe it's forcing many of these doctors to re-think how they practice, on a daily basis.

Welcome to medicine's new reality. Blame manufacturing problems and shrinking profit margins and we're seeing upwards of 300 commonly used medicines in short supply, and anesthetics are no exception.

Dr. Michael Simon is the president elect of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists and practices with a group encompassing 27 hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in New York and Pennsylvania.

He knows first hand how the shortages make a challenging specialty even more so.

Mystery illness solved in Corinth: Lyme disease

CORINTH - For more than three months Lori Brownell has been living with vocal outbursts, strange tics and involuntary movements.  They symptoms have forced the one-time scholar athlete to take a leave of absence from school and they have sidelined the 17-year-old from the sports she loves playing -- softball and field hockey.

"I lost out on my junior year.  I'm missing out on my life because of this," explained Lori.

But next Tuesday Lori will begin treatment for Lyme disease.  It's a tick-borne bacterial illness, which left untreated can lead to neurological problems.

"I was very relieved to hear I have Lyme disease.  Not happy to have it, but relief because I can get treatment and start to get better over the next few months," said Lori.

Dine Out for Life

ALBANY – In 1991 Dine Out for Life was started to raise money for AIDS research. What started as a small event in Philadelphia has grown to over 3,500 restaurants in 60 cities across North America.  On average $4 million dollars is raised.

This year’s event will occur on Thursday, April 26, and Dine Out for Life International wants to know why you choose to dine out. Just record a short video telling them why and submit it by midnight on April 8, and you could win a trip for two to any participating city.

To Enter CLICK HERE

Or, if your just looking to go out and have a good meal and help raise money for a great cause, CLICK HERE, for a list of participating Capital Region restaurants. Restaurants will continue to be added until the end of March.

Reality Check youth to present anti-smoking in movies initiative

Reality Check youth to present anti-smoking in movies initiative

Reality Check youth and 300 youth and adults will come together at the Regal Cinemas Clifton Park Stadium 10 and RPX this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. for “The Smoke-Free Movies Initiative International Week of Action.”

Youth from Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties will promote the initiative with a free family movie and they will educate the public on tobacco product placement in movies and what effect that has on today’s youth.

“The influence of tobacco-related movie images on youth smoking is a major, perhaps the major stimulus for adolescent smoking.  Most important, there is a ‘dose-response:’ the more smoking Hollywood shows kids on screen, the more likely they are to start smoking,” said Stanton Glantz PhD of the University of California in a statement.

Number of students with Tourette symptoms grows

CORINTH - The number of students across New York State -- from Genesee County to Saratoga County -- who have now come down with Tourette syndrome symptoms continues to grow. The figure now stands at 17.

In addition, for the first time, it's not just girls who have been affected. A boy from western New York has become the latest victim.

The number of students from Le Roy High School in Genesee County who have now been confirmed with conversion disorder is 15 -- 14 of them girls and now one boy.

It is not clear at this time if there's a connection to the two teenage girls from Corinth in Saratoga County who have displayed similar tics and involuntary movements.

One of those girls is 17-year old Lori Brownell, who had been a top scholar athlete, excelling in both softball and field hockey, before her symptoms began showing last year.

Anti-smoking advocates attend news conference in Albany

Anti-smoking advocates attend news conference in Albany

The New York State Tobacco Control Program News Conference took place on Tuesday afternoon in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

Representatives who attended the event were from the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition, the Sherburne-Earlville Central School Reality Check, the New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, the Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health, the NYS Smokers’ Quitline Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

According to a statement by the NYS Tobacco Control Partners, tobacco use causes a great toll on New York State residents, especially the poor.