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NY Governor Vetoes Mute Swan Bill, Says Not Needed

by Associated Press

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that was intended to stop the state from killing swans.

The bill was spearheaded by animal welfare groups after the Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft plan a year ago that called for eradication of mute swans, a non-native species.

In his veto memo, Cuomo said the bill wasn't needed because the DEC was already revising its swan management plan in response to the public outcry.

Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Scare

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski WFUV News

There are now four isolation rooms in Bellevue Hospital reserved specifically for Ebola patients. They're quarantined rooms with one hospital bed and a variety of medical equipment. Hospital staff wear two different suits to provide maximum protection from contracting the virus. Bellevue is the first New York hospital to create an Ebola ward. Ross Wilson is the chief medical officer for the Heath and Hospital Corporation. 

"They are as prepared as they possibly can be to manage and assess patients who present as potential cases of Ebola," he said.

NY Awards $462 Million to Help Keep Hospital Services

by Associated Press
Staten Island hospital.

Matt Green, Flickr

New York health officials have awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide continue key services.

   The funds follow federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years.

   The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.

Issues Tank: As Popularity Steadily Grows, How Dangerous Are Energy Drinks?

by Connor Ryan
Energy drinks in vending machine.

Connor Ryan, WFUV

A visibly anxious 20-year-old man walked into a Washington, DC Area emergency room one day last week, complaining of severe chest pain. Upon further examination, his heart rate was confirmed to be abnormally high. He said prior to coming to the hospital, he had consumed “a series of energy drinks, and a cup of coffee,” Dr. Cathleen Clancy, associate medical director of the National Capital Poison Center, recalled.

It was three in the morning, and the symptoms were all-too-familiar.

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