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Upstate Medical University is working on a plan to reach the region’s LGBTQ and other underserved populations as part of its role as a hub for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.  The group SAGE Upstate recently hosted a discussion with Terrence Howell, SUNY Upstate’s Director of Quality for Research. 

"We will create what we're going to call pods, where there will be LGBTQ-centered vaccine sites," Howell said.  "Maybe we can get the Q Center in Syracuse specifically fro those who may feel uncomfortable going to a different facility to get a vaccination."

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A pilot says FAA approved drone test flights for Upstate Medical University in Syracuse this week are proving they can fly safely across the city.  Pilot Brendan Stewart who works for DroneUP says the length of flights completed here within a visual line of sight is groundbreaking because there was live street traffic below.


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Nearly half of the more than 18,000 calls to the Upstate Poison Control Center in 2019 were about kids six and younger who had unintentional drug poisonings from medicine.  The hospital is using grant funding to provide nearly 1,000 affected families with medication lock boxes before they leave the hospital.


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SUNY Upstate Medical University is finally set to begin a $158 million construction project.  Officials broke ground Monday on the site of the soon-to-be Nappi Longevity Institute located directly across from the Upstate Cancer Center. 


CNY Officials Update Stroke Warning Signs for World Stroke Day

Oct 29, 2019
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Central New York health officials are updating the warning signs to look for in someone who might be having a stroke. Balance & eyesight trouble are now being noted as keys symptom to be aware of in stroke patients. This goes along with the other known symptoms like facial droop, and slurred speech.


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SUNY Upstate and SUNY ESF experts on diseases from ticks stood with Congress Member John Katko to support a new proposal that could aid in reducing the impacts. 


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A SUNY Upstate pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases says vaccinating children should not be optional in light of the measles outbreak in Brooklyn.  New York City has declared a health emergency after at least 280 people became ill, mostly in ultra-orthodox Jewish communities.  Dr. Jana Shaw at Golisano Children’s Hospital says not vaccinating is not worth the risk.

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SUNY Upstate Medical University has joined the process of developing a vaccine that could help address the ongoing heroin epidemic.  Scientists here are working in conjunction with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research using a $3.7 million grant to conduct clinical trials. 


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A 43-year veteran of SUNY Upstate Medical University is wrapping up the second week of his new role as interim president of the teaching hospital and research institution.  The psychiatrist by trade is trying to focus on the positive amid turmoil that has shaken the campus over the past year.


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Onondaga County Voters didn’t have a choice this year to select a new County Executive… that’s a year away... however, the change at top of county government is now complete.  Joanie Mahoney is reflecting back on her list of accomplishments, including stepping-in at a critical point when lawmakers were poised to build a sewage treatment plant near Armory Square. 

“One had been built on the South side and it created a lot of controversy around issues having to do with social justice, like why would you build a sewage treatment plant in a neighborhood where there’s concentrations of poverty when you know you would not be doing that if the same problem were in one of the more affluent suburbs. We put a moratorium on building any more of those.  We switched to the Save the Rain (project). We now keep the clean water out of the system so we don’t have to spend all this money and we don’t have these overflows that were resulting in bacteria making its way into the lake.”

‘Save the Rain’ satisfied a portion of the federal Judgement to clean-up Onondaga Lake. 


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