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Hello! In case you missed it this weekend in the Watertown Daily Times, Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake (St. Lawrence County) is adding telemedicine to the list of services it offers. In case you’re wondering, the American Telemedicine...
The fractious issue of childhood vaccinations is back in the news in Ottawa after health officials here recorded the first case of measles since 2011. (And it’s amazing how little the whole subject has changed since I was a new parent well...
Catherine Loper of WRVO News is reporting: Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 20 percent of its workforce in an effort to increase efficiency and save money. Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the hospital is consolidating its critical...
In a slightly scary press release today, Adirondack Health says it’s taking precautions after a recent area outbreak of flu and flu-like illnesses by ” restricting visitors” to the Stafford New Life birthing center at Adirondack...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...


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Apr 25, 2014 — Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.
Apr 25, 2014 — The deadline to enroll in Obamacare plans has passed, and many people didn't buy health insurance. Many will have to pay a penalty. Their reasons for opting out vary.
Apr 24, 2014 — Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.
Apr 24, 2014 — Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?
Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.


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The view from inside:  Union strikers picket Alice Hyde Medical Center
The view from inside: Union strikers picket Alice Hyde Medical Center

Malone: Alice Hyde Strike Begins With Lock-out

170 workers walked off the job yesterday at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. The union had planned a 5-day strike, designed to force better healthcare and pension benefits from hospital management. But Alice Hyde officials say striking employees will be locked out and replaced by temporary workers until the company's latest contract offer is accepted. As Brian Mann reports, both sides seem prepared for a long and bitter fight.  Go to full article

Malone Health Workers Set to Strike

Health care workers at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone will begin striking Tuesday. After months of negotiations, hospital officials and employees were unable to agree about health insurance and a pension package. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Eye Surgeon Charged With Contempt of Court

A Jefferson county doctor faces contempt of court charges for performing cataract surgeries after being ordered by a judge not to do so. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Quality of Life at the End of Life

Martha Foley talks with Sue Cappione, Coordinator of Patient Care for Hospice of the St. Lawrence Valley, about how hospice helps patients and their families.  Go to full article

Domestic Violence: One Family's Story

October was Domestic Violence Awarenesss Month. Behind every domestic violence statistic there is a story. It's the telling, the sharing of those secrets that is so...  Go to full article

Clarkson Cited for Hazardous Waste Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is fining Clarkson University more than $60,000 for alleged hazardous waste violations. The EPA filed the complaint yesterday. ...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County's Administrator Faces 'No Confidence' Vote

St. Lawrence County's top unelected official faces an unusual vote of 'no confidence' at Monday's county legislature meeting. At issue is a huge budgeting error in a county...  Go to full article

Counties to Offer Drug Treatment Programs

Governor Pataki defended the lack of progress in achieving reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, at an announcement to expand drug treatment programs to 17 counties and New...  Go to full article
Atrazine is commonly used by corn farmers.

Enviro Group Sues to Ban Herbicide

One of the nation's largest environmental groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to get the agency to ban an herbicide widely used by farmers. The...  Go to full article

Study: Rural Living Unhealthy

A new study from Canada finds people living in rural and northern areas are in worse health than their urban counterparts. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly...  Go to full article

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