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An estimated 3.8 million concussions occur in the U-S each year, and around half of those go unreported.  For viewers of sports, the injury can be uncomfortable to watch, but its impact to the athlete is often downplayed. 


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Helping young people, reducing incarceration, and better health care are issues The NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County calls “Game Changers” for our community.  The group has laid out its action agenda for the year.  WAER’s Chris Bolt went to the annual report to the community and has more details.

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A Syracuse-based company filling a growing need in health care continues to grow and expand.  Nascentia Health provides in-home nursing care, other home health assistance, and elder care in both day-program and home settings. 


Health care isn't always a priority if you're homeless or in poverty.  Many don't have access to care or can't afford it.  But there's a collaborative effort to help some organizations fill gaps in care by offering medical and mental health services in locations you might not expect.  In this episode of City Limits, Scott Willis profiles two programs that aim to put people on a path to recovery...and perhaps out of poverty.  


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Democratic Congressional Candidate Dana Balter continues to make health care an issue in her race against Republican Congressman John Katko.


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A new type of treatment for breast cancer could greatly reduce the amount of – and side effects from – radiation therapy.  Upstate Cancer Center is trying to make more doctors and patients aware of the option.


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One local healthcare expert says New York State is doing a great job decreasing the H-I-V infection rate, but he believes the Governor’s new $5-million plan to eradicate Hepatitis-C won’t be enough.  


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Central New York Healthcare provider Loretto has decided to re-brand itself in order to tell the community about the services it offers.  This comes amid health care reform in the federal government which might affect the company.

Loretto President and CEO Kim Townsend admits that the community might not be quite sure about the services her company provides.  After a year of surveying residents, employees, and the public, the company had a moment of self-discovery.

A proposal to expand New York State’s medical marijuana program would ease prescribing and cover more conditions. The changes would include easier access, shorter training courses for practitioners, and reduced regulations for dispensaries, among other changes. Legislative Counsel at the Marijuana Policy Program Kate Bell says these changes would have a positive impact on patients. 

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  Several Central New York health, labor and civic groups joined Mayor Stephanie Miner Thursday to warn against a huge interruption of health care.  They want to make sure before congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, there’s a replacement in place.  A big part of their message is that many things are impacted if people lose insurance.  Miner highlights some of the concerns she’s heard.

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