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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 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.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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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.

Medicaid Cuts Threaten Tupper Lake Nursing Home

The Governor has proposed cuts designed to slow the growth of Medicaid. His budget also includes new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Healthcare experts in the North Country say the double squeeze could force some facilities to cut services or to close their doors. Brian Mann visited Mercy Healthcare Center in Tupper Lake. More than sixty elderly patients could face eviction if the nursing home is forced to shut down.  Go to full article

AMC Considers Take-over of Mercy Healthcare Center

The Adirondack Medical Center, based in Saranac Lake, is considering a partnership or a complete take-over that would keep Mercy Healthcare Center open.  Go to full article

Hospitals Urge Lawmakers to Reject Governor's Budget Plans

The head of a New York hospital association predicts that up to 30 hospitals around the state could close if Governor Pataki's budget proposal were to become law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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