Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Do You Need to Be Concerned?

The product implicated in the outbreak has been shipped into New York. What is meningitis? Meningitis is swelling of the protective membranes, or meninges, covering the brain and spinal cord. The swelling is usually caused by an infection with a bacteria or virus, but meningitis can also be caused by a fungus. Meningitis caused by a fungus is called fungal meningitis. The severity of illness and t... »

Univera Report On Falls and Older Adults

Falls among older adults lead to injuries, hospitalizations and even death Summary:  Each year, about 10,000 hospital emergency room visits and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions are from Western New Yorkers aged 65 or older who have taken a fall, according to a new report by Univera Healthcare. The impact on health care spending in Western New York is substantial….about $10 million ... »

The Challenge of Reducing College Student Substance Abuse

Join SUNY researchers, administrators, counselors, and student health staff in an important conference, “The Challenge of Reducing College Student Substance Use” on November 8 and 9. This Conversation in the Disciplines conference will bring together the front-line staff throughout the SUNY system who grapple with the real problems of college students’ alcohol and substance use and abuse and... »

New Research Uncovers Promising New Biomarker for Aggressiveness of Prostate Cancer

Roswell Park-led effort found increased levels of serum glutamate in both primary and metastatic prostate tumors BUFFALO — Research out of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) supports the adoption of a new biomarker to measure the aggressiveness of primary prostate tumors. A team of investigators from three institutions, led by Shahriar Koochekpour, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Cancer Genetics... »

no evidence that black cohosh relieves menopause symptoms

  An Australian study casts doubt on an herbal treatment used by many. By Glenda Fauntleroy (Special to BHL) – Although many women coping with hot flashes and other distressing symptoms of menopause have turned to black cohosh supplements as a treatment alternative, a new review finds no evidence that the herb is effective. “I was a little surprised of the outcome of the review given th... »

fda warns:serious burns may result from topical pain relievers

Many popular products can cause serious burns in rare cases. (BHL) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public that certain over-the-counter (OTC) products applied to the skin for the relief of mild muscle and joint pain have been reported to cause rare cases of serious skin injuries, ranging from first- to third-degree burns, where the products were applied. These OTC topic... »

urmc researchers discover new “brain cleaning” system

U of R Scientists have discovered a system that drains waste products from the brain. The finding may reveal new ways to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Our bodies remove dead blood cells and other waste through a network of vessels called the lymphatic system. The brain, however, has a different method of keeping clean. Cerebrospinal fluid cleanses brain tissue. But how the fluid moves through t... »

CDC Report on High Blood Pressure

high blood pressure is out of control for too many americans CDC SAYS SERIOUS HEALTH RISK NEEDS MORE ATTENTION AT EVERY HEALTHCARE VISIT The majority of people with high blood pressure are being treated with medicine and have seen a doctor at least twice in the past year, yet their condition is still not under control, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mill... »

A modest increase in upstate New York’s generic fill rate can bring major health care cost savings

Annual health care spending in upstate New York can be reduced by $500 million to $1 billion by increasing the percentage of all drug prescriptions that are filled with a generic by just a few points, according to a new fact sheet issued by Univera Healthcare. “Last year in upstate New York, 72.1 percent of prescriptions were filled with a generic,” said Joel Owerbach, Pharm.D., vice president and... »

Compeer of Greater Buffalo Wins National Award

2012 Lilly Reintegration Award for Social Support will be given to honored Compeer senior services program on April 16 in Chicago BUFFALO, N.Y., March 26, 2012-Compeer for Seniors, an older adult service of Compeer Greater Buffalo, is the winner of the 2012 Lilly Reintegration Award for Social Support, given this year in partnership with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. Th... »

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