Two honored for mental health support and service

Two highly dedicated and regarded people were honored for their achievements in mental health when they received the highly distinguished Zorbo awards at NAMI of Berkshire County’s annual meeting at The Lichtenstein Center on Wednesday July 25.

Colleen Sondrini-Cooper and Lou Kuch were so honored by members of NAMI of Berkshire County.

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Electronic cigarettes and your health

When thinking about quitting the habit, squashing out the last butt, and living a healthy lifestyle, e-cigarette smoking may be an alternative to quitting cold turkey.
That is according to Gregory Conley, Legislative Director for Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA).

“There is all existing evidence that e-cigarettes are 99 percent less hazardous than smoking plus or minus one percent,” Conley said.

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Biker will travel the Erie Canal in support of ALS research

BALLSTON – Rich Miller of Ballston Lake is familiar with bicycling, having toured the Adirondacks and trekked Maine by bike, but this time it’s different. This time Miller is fighting for a friend.

On August 18, Miller will be traveling on an eight day 400-mile journey from Buffalo to Waterford along the Erie Canal in support of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Help give a child a weekend backpack

If you could give a child an extra chance at life, would you take it? When you give a weekend backpack to a child, one donates to children’s nutrition and educational needs.

The weekend backpack program benefits children at 15 elementary schools within the Schenectady City School District, some of whom go without a full meal all weekend.

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The pros and cons of Web-based health care

In a post-industrial society, one that relies heavily on computer technology, many people are using the Web to find what ails them and search for a cure.

After all, it is more easily accessible than a trip to the doctor’s office.

To Julie Phillips, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, the Web can indeed be useful for minor illnesses and aches and pains.

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Using technology to treat veterans

FONDA – From making house calls to bedside service back to house calls, the Veterans Administration (VA) is changing the way veterans receive health care with the use of modern technology.

Called TeleHealth, this program uses video conferencing to the VA’s rural Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) without the veteran having to go to the main medical center in Albany.

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