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I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...
Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...


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Jul 30, 2014 — Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.
Jul 29, 2014 — We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.
Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.


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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has teamed up with Garden Share to bring fresh produce right to people's doorsteps.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake's drinking water cited for lead

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the Department of Health sent a letter to Saranac Lake officials two weeks ago notifying them that the village is in violation for exceeding the allowable level for lead based on samples conducted earlier this year.  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain

Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.

Officials in Franklin County tell local media that the arrests were made this week in the Malone area. Four other suspects are still being sought.  Go to full article
A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/5261073563">arbyreed</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Government fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a...  Go to full article
Giant Hogweed. Photo: NYS DEC

DEC: report, don't touch toxic giant hogweed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/2181773720/">John</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of...  Go to full article
This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.

NY to change signs for disabled access

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York's signs showing access points for disabled individuals.

The measure calls for...  Go to full article
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Biotech firm pulls out of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake's plan to grow a cluster of biotechnology companies suffered a setback Monday.

Myriad RBM, one of two biotech firms the village lured...  Go to full article
Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, uses a Burkard Spore Trap to collect pollen on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photo: Julie Grant

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers

If even hearing the word "ragweed" makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Or you might be, next year.
...  Go to full article
Graphic: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/76344025@N08/6996008403">thetaufan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

NY agencies collecting more gender data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the...  Go to full article

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