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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


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Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
Aug 26, 2014 — Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.
Aug 26, 2014 — Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities.


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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.

Lewis County Approves Canadian Pharmacy

Lewis County is joining a growing number of communities seeking to save money by buying prescription drugs from Canada. Lawmakers unanimously approved a plan to allow county employees to buy drugs from a pharmacy near Windsor, Ontario, called CanaRx. David Sommerstein spoke Bruce Krug, who chairs Lewis County's legislature. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says governments can't reimport drugs from Canada. But Krug says individuals can.  Go to full article

Americans Look to Canada for Prescription Drugs, Raising Safety Questions

Because Canada's federal government regulates drug prices, name brand medications are far cheaper north of the border. The Bush Administration -- and the American drug industry -- have worked to block re-importation of prescription drugs. The Food and Drug Administration describes the practice as illegal and unsafe. Critics say drug companies just want to protect their profits. And with tens of thousands of Americans already buying their medications north of the border, the Federal government faces growing pressure to shift its policy. As Brian Mann reports, several states are already experimenting with pilot programs designed to make drug imports from Canada more reliable.  Go to full article

Containing Chronic Wasting Disease

Throughout most of the Great Lakes region, there are huge numbers of white-tailed deer. Deer don't have the natural predators that they once did, so states rely on hunters to manage the deer herds. Recently, that's become even more important with the discovery of a fatal disease. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams reports there's extra pressure on hunters to keep the disease from spreading.  Go to full article

DEC Launches Burn Barrel Campaign

State environmental officials are renewing attention to the health and environmental dangers of burning trash outdoors. The Department of Environmental Conservation has...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Flu Caravan a Success, Many Seniors Still Unprotected

The supply of flu vaccine is extremely tight in the U.S. On Friday, two hundred and sixty people from Plattsburgh crossed the border in a caravan arranged by local...  Go to full article

Officials Urge NY Pharmacies to Post Drug Prices

After consumer groups complained that uninsured New Yorkers are paying too much for their prescription drugs at some pharmacies in the state, the agency that regulates...  Go to full article

Study: High Drug Prices in NY

A study by consumer groups has found that prescription drug prices vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy in New York. The study also finds that drug prices in the state are...  Go to full article

Americans Seeking Flu Shots in Canada

The Health Minister of Canada says his country may be able to help the U.S. with its flu shot shortage. Ujjal Dosanjh says Canada has a surplus of the vaccine, but probably...  Go to full article
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For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of...  Go to full article

Advocates for Disabled Urge Pataki to Sign Independent Living Bill

Disabled rights groups are frustrated with what they say is the slow pace of a government task force that's supposed to help people stuck in nursing homes live on their own....  Go to full article

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