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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 25, 2014 — A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.
Jul 25, 2014 — Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.
Jul 24, 2014 — Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.
Jul 24, 2014 — A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Jul 23, 2014 — Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.


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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.

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Part 2: A More Polite Debate

Over the last year, three provincial courts in Canada have ruled that gays and lesbians are guaranteed the same marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Prime Minister Paul Martin has endorsed a bill that would extend those rights to same-sex couples across the country. But Canada's government postponed a vote in Parliament last year by calling for a review of the issue by Canada's Supreme Court. As Brian Mann reports, the move has angered activists on both sides. But the tone of Canada's debate is still much more civil than in the U-S.  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Pt. 1: A Haven For U.S. Couples

On Friday, a court in Quebec cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the province. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario and British Columbia since last summer. Canada has quickly become a haven for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples from the U.S. looking for a place where they can marry legally. Brian Mann spoke with Kay Brannigan, a professor of Africana and women's studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Brannigan and her spouse, Mary Ellen, were married in Ottawa last week. The couple have two adopted daughters, ages 9 & 10.  Go to full article

A Smoking Ban Compromise?

Proponents of easing the state's strict anti-smoking laws say allowing air filtration machines in bars and restaurants could create a compromise between smokers and non-smokers who worry about health dangers. Anti-smoking groups say the devices don't work and create a false sense of safety. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Senate Democrats Revive Drug Law Reform

The leader of the Senate Democrats is trying to jump start the stagnating Rockefeller drug law reform movement. Senator David Paterson has offered a compromise proposal. ...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Rally in Albany

Mental health advocates rallied at the State Capitol for a bill that would require health insurers to provide more extensive mental health services coverage. The measure is...  Go to full article
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar

After Four Deaths, NY Ski Resorts Talk Safety

Four people have died this winter while downhill skiing at resorts in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A fifth skier remains hospitalized in Burlington weeks...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Vow to Fight Pataki's "Sick Tax"

Legislative leaders told health care providers that they'd fight Governor Pataki on his budget proposal to tax hospitals, a plan that hospitals call the "sick tax". Karen...  Go to full article

Ice Jams Flood Clinton County Village

Ice jams on the Great Chazy river in Clinton County triggered flooding over the weekend that forced some residents to evacuate. A state of emergency was declared Sunday in...  Go to full article

NY Awards $830,000 in Rural Health Grants

Governor Pataki has awarded more than $830-thousand in grants to health care providers in the North Country. The Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, Alice Hyde...  Go to full article
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Ice Climbing for Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County...  Go to full article

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