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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...
With more New York state residents getting measles than they have since 1996, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to vaccinate. In a press release Friday, Gov. Cuomo said “measles is serious, highly contagious disease that is not just...
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...


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Jul 8, 2014 — In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.
Jul 8, 2014 — There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
Jul 8, 2014 — Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.
Jul 5, 2014 — Judy and James Lee's lives revolve around providing 24-hour care to their 16-year-old son. As they get older, they worry about who will eventually take care of him.
Jul 5, 2014 — When Shirlene English was immobilized by a stroke in 2000, her sister Loretta stepped up as chief caregiver. Then Loretta's father developed dementia, and she stepped up again.


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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.

NY Senate Considers Insurance Parity for Mental Illness

The New York State Senate wants to require health insurance companies to pay for better coverage for eating disorders. Supporters of the mental health parity bill known as Timothy's Law, say they'd like those mandates extended to other types of mental illness, as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Thousands of Uninsured in Tri-Lakes: Most Have Jobs

A survey published this week found that more than three thousand people in the Tri-Lakes area are living without health insurance. The Adirondack Medical Center is heading a task force that hopes to cut that number by one-fifth over the next two years. Brian Mann spoke with AMC president Chandler Ralph, who says the hospital now spends a quarter-million dollars each year treating people with no insurance.

The survey published this week was conducted by SUNY Potsdam's Center for Applied Research. The study was paid for by Excellus-Blue Cross of Utica, a member of the Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task force. To learn about low-cost and free health insurance, call this toll-free number: 1-866-872-3740.  Go to full article

Nurses Rally Against Mandatory Overtime

Nurses who belong to three of the state's most powerful unions rallied at the State Capitol to end mandatory overtime requirements that they say are stressing nurses and making hospitals dangerous. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Urge NY to Pass "Timothy's Law"

The father of a mentally ill boy who committed suicide because he lacked adequate health care will hold an all-night vigil at the Capitol this week. Tom O'Clair will mark...  Go to full article
Posters lines the National Mall

Student Activism Alive and Well

If last Sunday's March for Women's Lives is any indication, student activism is alive and well. Throngs of college students with backpacks and homemade signs gathered in the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: A Medicine Walk in the Woods

Recent surveys show that more people use complementary and alternative medicine than ever before. Talk about acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Cecelia Mitchell, Medicine Woman

Her kids tell her they think she's a mountain goat. She just laughs and says she's built close to the ground. Being able to climb hills and scramble through brush allows...  Go to full article

Heroin Takes More Lives Than Traffic Accidents in Vermont

More people died in Vermont last year from drug use than traffic accidents. As Jody Tosti reports, that's the first time that has happened.  Go to full article

UPDATE: Wanakena Water Line Approved, Despite APA Questions

FRIDAY APRIL 16 3pm. The Adirondack Park Agency commission unanimously approved construction of a new waterline for the small community of Wanakena, in southern St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Critics Question Need for More Gambling Outlets

Governor Pataki has proposed putting more gambling parlors in New York to fund education. The first gambling "racino" in Saratoga Springs, is a financial success so far, but...  Go to full article

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