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As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
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...


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Aug 22, 2014 — An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 19, 2014 — Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.


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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.

Emerging From A History of Institutions

Martha Foley talks with Aileen Martin of the Center for Independent Living in Watertown about the changes in thinking and policy surrounding people with disabilities, and how things have changed in the last 40 years.  Go to full article

First Wild Deer Tests Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

State conservation officials say initial samples of wild deer in Oneida County showed no signs of chronic wasting disease. Five deer on two farms tested positive for the fatal neurological illness earlier this month. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Assembly Considers Health Care Provider's Proposed Changes

The state's highest court next week will hear a case, which, if successful, could blow a more than $2 billion dollar hole in New York's health care budget. A consumer group is suing over the 2002 conversion of the state's largest Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurance provider into a for-profit company, saying it was unconstitutional and harmful to the public. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Consider Drug Prices, Availability

Consumer groups and two state lawmakers say the elderly and others taking multiple prescription drugs could be needlessly spending thousands of dollars a year, because they...  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and...  Go to full article

Fight Against Deer Disease Expands To North Country

State scientists will begin testing wild deer in Hamilton county, looking for cases of chronic wasting disease. Environment officials say a captive herd that operated in...  Go to full article
An elk with CWD.  Photo by Dr. Beth Williams, University of Wyoming, courtesy of CWD Alliance.

Officials Fight Odds to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

State officials are trying to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal neurological disorder in deer and elk. It's thought to be transmitted through...  Go to full article

CWD - Lessons from Wisconsin

People in Wisconsin have lived with concerns about chronic wasting disease since the first case surfaced there over two years ago. It was found in a wild deer. So far, some...  Go to full article

Medicaid Recipients Uncertain; Pataki Still Holds Veto Power

These are tense weeks for Medicaid recipients. Last week, the legislature restored Governor Pataki's proposed Medicaid cuts. But Pataki still has line-item veto power to make...  Go to full article

NY to Crackdown on Internet Cigarette Sales

The State Tax Commissioner says the Pataki Administration will crack down on residents who buy tax-free cigarettes over the Internet on web sites run by Native American...  Go to full article

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