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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 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.
Apr 22, 2014 — People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.
Apr 22, 2014 — The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.
Apr 21, 2014 — In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.
Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.


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Mental Health Advocates Push Passage of Timothy's Law

Mental health advocates are hoping that the New York State Senate will approve Timothy's Law when the Senate returns next week for a one-day session. The legislation extends health care benefits for people with mental illness. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

EPA Increases Membership of PCB-Dredging Advisory Group

Local representation on a Hudson River dredging advisory group was boosted yesterday after complaints by some area officials. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Parallels Found Between West Nile Virus and Polio

New York health officials reported the year's first fatal case of West Nile virus last week - an elderly woman from Schuyler County. In most cases, people who contract the mosquito-born virus have only mild symptoms, if any at all. But the elderly are most susceptible to developing severe cases, which can cause dangerous swelling of the brain, like encephalitis or meningitis. Last year, five New Yorkers died, of the 83 reported cases. Nationwide this year, more than 1,000 cases have been reported, with 21 deaths. The virus first surfaced in North America in 1999 - now scientists are looking at parallels between West Nile and polio. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jenny Lawton reports.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's awareness campaign logo

County Farmers Contemplate Burn Ban

A controversy is smoldering in the St. Lawrence County agricultural community. After years of opposition, the county Farm Bureau is considering a resolution supporting a ban...  Go to full article

New York to Sue Over Clean Air Rule Changes

New York officials--including Republican Governor George Pataki--say they'll fight weaker air pollution rules, issued this week by the Bush Administration. Pro-environment...  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn"...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Freshman Killed en route to New Semester

Officials at Plattsburgh State say a freshman student died Saturday on his way to school for the new semester. The boy's brother was injured in the crash in Wilton, north of...  Go to full article

Rabies Cases Drop Dramatically In North Country

This August marks the eighth year for a vaccination program that has helped dramatically decrease the spread of rabies in raccoons and other wildlife across New York State....  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. ...  Go to full article

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