Friday, November 22, 2013

Free Screening with Bassett's Mobile Mammography Coach in Sidney


The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties will offer free health screenings to women  40 and older who are uninsured.  There are no income guidelines.  In partnership with the Bassett Cancer Institute's mobile screening coach, health screenings will be available without charge to those women, 40 or older, who are without health insurance or underinsured.  This event will take place on Wednesday, December 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bassett Healthcare Network Tri-Town Regional Hospital, 43 Pearl St.West, Sidney, NY.   Screening include pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exam, mammograms, and take home colorectal test kits (for men and women 50 or older).
Call toll-free 1-888-345-0225 for your appointment.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Free HIV Testing

Are you positive or negative?  In honor of World AIDS Day, get a free test and learn your status!  Results in 20 minutes.  Family Planning of South Central New York is offering FREE anonymous rapid HIV testing from 10:00am-4:00pm on Wednesday, December 4th at 130 North St, Walton, NY and on Thursday, December 5th at 37 Pleasant St, Sidney, NY.
No appointment necessary.  Free emergency contraception (the "morning after pill") also available. For more information about services offered at  Family Planning of South Central New York go to or call 607-432-2250.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Drowsy and Driving Don't Mix

When you are behind the wheel of a car, being sleepy is dangerous. Although most people know how dangerous drinking and driving is, they may not fully realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal as driving drunk. Like drugs or alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases your risk of a crash.
However, it's difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness because there is no standardized test for drowsiness, as there is for intoxication. This lack of standard criteria for determining when a driver is sleepy may be one reason there is little or no police training in identifying drowsiness as a crash factor.
Each year in NYS approximately, 2,800 people are involved in police reported crashes where "fatigued or fell asleep" was designated in the report. About fifty percent of the crashes occur between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Sixteen to twenty-four year old male drivers have the highest fatigue related motor vehicle crash rates. This type of crash often results in tragic consequences resulting in serious or fatal injuries.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fall Back Weekend

It’s that time of year again. On Sunday, November 3, the clocks go back, the days get shorter and families get an extra precious hour of sleep.

Fall Back into a Good Habit: Replace Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight Savings is a great time to check your smoke alarms and replace old batteries to make sure your family stays safe from fire.

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Bonus Tip: Smoke Alarms Don’t Last Forever

Smoke alarms typically expire after 8-10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, it’s time to install a new one.