Friday Fix: December 1, 2017

Helipad Coming to St. Joseph's Hospital; the Long-Term Health Risks of Youth Football; and New State Law on 3-D Mammograms

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad For North Country Heart Patients”

According to this report from WWNY-TV7/FOX 28, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse is planning to add a helipad to its roof — a decision that will benefit North Country residents who experience a heart attack or other emergency heart problem.

Currently, when North Country patients who wish to be taken to St. Joseph’s in the event of an emergency, they are flown to Hancock International Airport and met by an ambulance that shuttles them the rest of the way. The ability to fly directly to the hospital — which specializes in cardiac care — will save valuable time and may even save lives.

In Watertown, Samaritan Medical Center told 7 News that it supports the addition of the helipad:

“When we do have critical cardiac patients, vascular patients, that we have a quicker way to get them to where they need to be. That’s really what matters, to be able to get them to definitive care as quickly as possible,” said Krista Kittle, Samaritan spokesperson.

2. “Long-term health risks of youth football mount”

This article, which originally appeared in the Palm Beach Post, highlights a recent study of the long-term effects youth football can have on the health of children.

The study from Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center found that “participating in youth tackle football prior to age 12 doubled players’ risk of suffering from issues related to ‘behavioral regulation, apathy and executive functioning’ and tripled their risk of eventually suffering from clinical depression,” writes Palm Beach Post columnist Steve Dorfman.

Dorfman goes on list some recent changes to youth football games, including: smaller fields, less or no contact during practices, and the elimination of punts or kickoffs, among others.

3. “Governor signs Griffo bill on 3-D mammography coverage

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that requires health insurers to cover 3-D mammograms for breast cancer screenings, according to this article in the Rome Sentinel.

Though medical experts were skeptical of the bill, doubting that 3-D mammography is more effective than a traditional mammogram, the new law grants insurance coverage to women who choose to utilize the 3-D technology. State Senator Joseph Griffo — republican from Rome, NY — was a sponsor of the bill.

“A breast cancer diagnosis can have a significant, life-changing impact on the lives of women and men and their families,” he told the Sentinel. “Now, they will have another tool to better protect them from this horrible disease.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of her life.

Stop by December 15 for the next Friday Fix!

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