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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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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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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 York City. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  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 reports.  Go to full article

Pets Help Children Cope With Disease

There's growing evidence that having pets is good for the well-being of their humans. A new study looks at the effect of pets on the lives of chronically ill children. The...  Go to full article

Federal Judge Refuses to Block NY Smoking Ban

Anti-smoking groups are hailing a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit from some New York bar owners that asked for a temporary halt to New York's smoking ban. Karen...  Go to full article

Calcium Weighs In

The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150...  Go to full article

More Clean-up Work at Sealand

A toxic waste dump in St. Lawrence County will get the next stage of a clean-up this week. Federal contractors will install a filter to clean up contaminated groundwater at...  Go to full article

Tobacco Opponents Warn of New "Lite" Cigarette

The State's Tobacco Advisory Board is asking the Health Department to warn consumers about new cigarettes recently introduced on the market that claim to be safer than...  Go to full article

Few Smoking Ban Violation Complaints; No Fines Issued

Since the state's new smoking ban took effect this summer, a number of formal complaints of bars and restaurants violating the law have been filed in the North Country. ...  Go to full article

Schumer Fights Fee For Home Health Care Services

Senator Chuck Schumer is urging Congress to drop a plan charging elderly and disabled New Yorkers a 45-dollar fee for each round of home health care they receive. In the...  Go to full article

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