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I was surprised to be going on-air earlier this week with an Associated Press story about a state-ordered study of the North Country’s health care system. (to: “create an effective, integrated health care delivery system for preventative,...
Five health organizations in our region will be getting grants totaling about $7.89 million from the state to serve elderly, “fragile,” and low-income populations. According to a press release, the following organizations will be...
I’m always going on about the WIC program (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), and how important it can be for families. The program, through the New York State Department of Health (DOH), helps families...
The status of marijuana is undergoing transition in many places. So here’s a fuzzy case out of Canada about an RCMP officer with a medical marijuana prescription to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. According to this report out of New...
Updated, 3:00, to reflect conversation with SUNY Potsdam’s program coordinator for the MS program in community health. One of the things that’s interesting about rural life is that everyone you know has the same doctor. Here in the...
Dec 6, 2013 — While the company tries to work things out with regulators, it won't be telling people who buy its test if their genetic profiles predispose them to particular illnesses or predict their responses to prescription drugs.
Dec 6, 2013 — In "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," a 26,000-word investigative piece in TIME magazine, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Brill catalogues the myriad reasons for America's skyrocketing healthcare costs, from extravagantly paid administrators at nonprofit hospitals to bloated bills for hospital care. And Obamacare, he argues, won't do much to solve the problem.
Dec 6, 2013 — Some Californians are choosing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act to save money. They have only a few weeks left to pick coverage that will last a year. It will eventually be replaced by health insurance that includes a full range of essential benefits, but at a higher cost.
Dec 5, 2013 — The august medical journal JAMA created a kitsch masterpiece for the cover of its annual issue dedicated to medical education. A group of seven canine healers, some apparently in training, hover around a sick mutt sucking on a thermometer in a hospital bed. They look an awful lot like some poker-playing dogs from yesteryear.
Dec 5, 2013 — Experts said Dr. Ola Orekunrin's dream to create air ambulance service in Nigeria was impossible. But as a doctor and helicopter pilot, she had the skills and dedication to make it work. Orekunrin tells host Michel Martin about Flying Doctors Nigeria.
NCPR Special Reports
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.
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.