William J. Larkin Jr.'s posts related to Health

NYS Department of Health's 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening Press Conference

Senator Bill Larkin had the privilege of speaking at the NYS Department of Health’s 50 Years of Vital Newborn Screening press conference held in Albany.  His legislation, recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, requiring newborns to be screened for Congenital Heart Defects will now be included as one of the 46 tests required by New York State.

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN ON THE PROPOSED REDUCTION IN HOURS AT THE CORNWALL HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM

“I was very pleased with the response to Tuesday’s meeting with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital concerning the proposed reduction in hours at their Cornwall Campus Emergency Room.  Local officials had the opportunity to express their fears to the hospital representatives and ask pointed questions regarding the announced changes.  Everyone agreed that more dialogue and discussion are needed before any changes are finalized.”  

“I look forward to meeting again with the hospital representatives and local officials to make sure the public’s concerns are heard on these proposed changes and ensure the safety of our local residents.”

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Breast Cancer: The Best Protection... is Early Detection

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  While great strides have been made in the fight against this deadly disease, there is still a long way to go: over 40,000 women (and 400 men) die annually of breast cancer. 

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SENATE MAJORITY COALITION ANNOUNCES TASK FORCE ON LYME & TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Panel To Develop Recommendations for A State Action Plan 

To Increase Prevention, Improve Treatment and Diagnosis

 

Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases to examine state and federal efforts to combat the continued spread of these diseases and make recommendations for a plan to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  

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Public Forum Announced

An opportunity for the public to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s proposed reduction in operating hours of the Emergency Department at the Cornwall Campus

Senator Bill Larkin and Assemblyman James Skoufis announced today that they will host a public forum on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornwall Central Middle School auditorium located at 122 Main Street in Cornwall.  The purpose of this forum is to discuss St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s request to the New York State Department of Health to reduce the operating hours of the emergency department at the Cornwall campus.  

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Larkin Receives Legislator of the Year Award from the American Heart Association

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) has been named Legislator of the Year by the American Heart Association.  Senator Larkin received the award at a ceremony held in Albany for his work on the Pulse Oximetry legislation.

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SENATOR LARKIN TO HOLD FORUM ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION ON MAY 15th IN NEWBURGH

            Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today announced that the Hudson Valley regional forum of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center in Newburgh, New York. 

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Senator Bill Larkin Honored by the March of Dimes

Senator Bill Larkin was recently honored by the March of Dimes for his work on the Pulse Oximetry Legislation.  This new law will protect newborns by screening them for critical congenital heart defects before they are discharged from the hospital.  Shown presenting Senator Larkin with a plaque are Jerry Silber, Chair, Board of Directors, March of Dimes NY Chapter and Frank DeMeo, Director, March of Dimes NY Chapter.

Addressing Lyme And Tick-Borne Diseases

A Comprehensive Response to a Growing Public Health Threat
To date in 2014, more than 450 new cases of Lyme disease have been reported in New York alone, and the number is expected to continue rising each year as disease-laden ticks spread to more communities.
The New York State Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases today released an important new report and action plan designed to enhance research, prevention, diagnosis and treatments for harmful tick-borne illnesses. 
The report’s recommendations focus on the need for: 
- additional research and data about past, current and future disease trends; 
- increased public awareness as the reach of the diseases spread t

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