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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.

Critics Ask Health Dept for Medical Error Tracking System

A coalition of medical consumer groups says New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello has failed to live up to a promise to cut medical errors in New York in half in five years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Dems Critical of Pataki's Hospital Closure Plan

Governor Pataki wants to create a commission to close hospitals and nursing homes around the state, but Assembly Democrats say the bill he's submitted would result in a rapid "base closing" type commission, and is unacceptable. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Saratoga County Jail Doc Blamed For Inmate Death

A state commission says an inmate at the Saratoga County jail committed suicide last spring after failing to receive proper medical and psychiatric care. James Pecor, age 25, had been living in Saranac Lake before his arrest. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Hospital Workers Oppose Pataki's Proposed Medicaid Cuts

The powerful coalition of the hospital workers union 1199 and the Greater New York Hospital Association have begun running television ads to build public support against...  Go to full article

Coalition Developing Homeless Safety Net

A shortage of affordable housing is also pinching people outside the Adirondack Park. An influx of 5000 new soldiers to Fort Drum near Watertown has caused a real estate...  Go to full article

Pataki's Medicaid Reform Plan Meets Resistance

Governor Pataki is making a big push in his new state budget to trim the state's Medicaid system, and institute reforms. But his efforts are being met with resistance by...  Go to full article

Medicaid Revamp, SUNY Tuition Hike Top Pataki's Budget

Governor Pataki released his spending plan for the coming year yesterday. His proposed budget attempts to take a bite out of the deficits dogging the state since September...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little

Budget Plan Costs Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Pataki is also proposing a tax hike levied on hospitals and nursing homes. According to the Glens Falls Post Star, the Glens Falls hospital could pay as much as $1.4 million...  Go to full article

Reading the Tea Leaves in Pataki's Budget

David Sommerstein talks with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt about reaction to Governor Pataki's budget address yesterday, and what the prospects are for the first on-time...  Go to full article

Pataki Releases 2005 Budget Plan

Republican Governor George Pataki releases his state budget today. The Governor faces big challenges, including a $4 billion deficit, rising Medicaid costs, and a court...  Go to full article

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