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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...
Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...


Health Care
Apr 17, 2014 — A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?
Apr 16, 2014 — Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.
Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Apr 15, 2014 — Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.
Apr 15, 2014 — Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.


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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.

Father Dan Callahan is chaplain and spiritual director at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center.
Father Dan Callahan is chaplain and spiritual director at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center.

The Iron Friar & The Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon

This week, North Country Public Radio has explored the world of outdoor recreation--everything from economic development to the growing conflicts between the different groups who use the outdoors. None of this would matter without the people who love the outdoors so passionately. Brian Mann talks in-depth with Father Dan Callahan, a Franciscan friar who works at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake. Known as "The Iron Friar", Father Dan is a veteran athlete and outdoorsman. He'll compete this weekend in the Fifth Annual Lake Placid Ironman.  Go to full article

Wilmington Town Beach Closed

The state has ordered the Wilmington Town beach in the central Adirondacks closed to swimmers. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: The Drama and the Perils of the Lake Placid Ironman

This week, North Country Public Radio is exploring outdoor recreation. It's a passion for many in the region, but also a major business - a cornerstone of the tourism economy from the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands.
Many of the sports that are marketed to families and amateurs can be risky. This weekend, thousands of spectators will crowd Lake Placid for the fifth annual Ironman. The 140-mile race is a thrilling challenge, but often a third of those who compete need medical attention. Many wind up seriously ill or in the hospital.

Brian Mann's report on the Ironman first aired last fall. It has been updated for this week's broadcast.  Go to full article

Smokers Have Fewer Places to Light up In Public

New York's anti-smoking law takes effect today. While health advocates are celebrating, some smokers are smoldering with anger. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Voices: The Smoking Ban

The smoking ban which took effect at midnight last night was a big topic of conversation yesterday. David Sommerstein talked with people at bars and on the street in Potsdam...  Go to full article

Bar Owners, Smokers Fight Smoking Ban

A group of tavern owners has filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's smoking ban, which takes effect on Thursday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Wrestling for Dollars

Faced with financial problems, River Hospital of Alexandria Bay is holding a unique kind of fundraiser. Pro-wrestling will bring body slams and double big boots to Bonnie...  Go to full article

Dioxin High Risk in Agricultural Areas

A new report out this month says the government needs to do more to reduce the presence of the chemical dioxin in the food supply, especially in agricultural areas like the...  Go to full article

Anti-Smoking Law Takes Effect Next Thursday

Some members of a state board charged with implementing New York's
new smoking ban say Governor Pataki's Health Department has not done enough to promote compliance with...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Hazing Investigation Brings Charges

Twenty-one students face possible expulsion from Plattsburgh State University, after a hazing incident in March left a college freshman dead. University Police identified...  Go to full article

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