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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...
Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
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...


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Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?


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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.

Drug Law Reform Groups Urge Action this Year

Groups involved in reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws have joined together to put pressure on a joint legislative conference committee that will meet on Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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...  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

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