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As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
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...


Health Care
Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 19, 2014 — Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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NCPR Special Reports

Audio Series
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.
Photo Audio Essay
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.

Chris Ortloff, R-Plattsburgh
Chris Ortloff, R-Plattsburgh

Ortloff Blasts Assembly Leadership For Inaction

The state senate wrapped up business Tuesday. The assembly holds a final day of work today. Assemblyman Chris Ortloff -- a Republican from Plattsburgh representing the 114th district -- took a moment between votes to talk with Brian Mann about the end of session. Ortloff says he's still pushing to pass several important local bills. But he describes this year's legislature as stagnant.  Go to full article

Water Woes In Adirondacks Could Change Constitution

In these final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers are hoping to push through a bill that would allow local governments to drill for water on state forest preserve land. If approved, the legislation would launch a lengthy process to amend New York's Constitution. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Sorting Out the Medicare Drug Plan

Martha Foley talks with Carlton Doane, president of the St. Lawrence County chapter of the AARP, about confusion over the new Medicare cards for seniors. The group is holding an informational forum at SUNY-Canton on Friday.  Go to full article

Chatham Plant Court Challenge Continues

A planned chipboard factory in St. Lawrence County that would employ more than 100 people remains stalled in court cases. A federal appeals court ruled recently that people...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Household Insects

Human attempts to keep insects out of the house probably date back to neolithic times. While there are no fool-proof answers, Dr. Curt Stager talks to Martha Foley about some...  Go to full article

Bar Owners say Ban on Smoking Hurting Business

One of the many unfinished issues in the 2004 legislative session is whether to amend the statewide ban on smoking to once again permit smoking in bars. The bill now has a...  Go to full article

Report: Humans Contaminated by Pesticides

A new report finds the average person carries pesticide residue in their body that exceeds government-approved levels. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Rural Kids, Homeless In The Big City

Young people from rural areas who wind up homeless often land on the streets of big cities. They go to escape poverty or broken families. They're searching for jobs or an...  Go to full article
New Habitat homeowner Jesse Howland

Volunteers Salvage Abandoned Home, Helping Family & Neighborhood

We've been hearing this week about the shortage of affordable housing in the North Country. In many communities, local governments and activist groups are getting organized,...  Go to full article

Helping Repair Substandard Housing

Many people in the North Country own their own homes, but they need help maintaining them to keep them safe, dry, and warm, especially in winter. The Ministry of the North...  Go to full article

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