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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...


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Aug 22, 2014 — An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
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.


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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.

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 what would have been his son's 16th birthday by asking the New York State Senate to pass Timothy's Law. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 National Mall in Washington DC. They came from as far away as Alaska and California to form a collective voice of concern about the future of reproductive rights in America. They also came from Potsdam. About 30 SUNY students left late Saturday night on a bus headed for the Capitol. Jody Tosti was along for the ride and has this story.  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 preparations fills popular magazines and television talk shows. For generations, the only medicines used by Mohawk healers came from their knowledge of the plants and animals they lived with. Varick Chittenden and Lamar Bliss spent a late afternoon exploring a woods near Akwesasne in Franklin county with one such healer.  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

Critics Question Need for More Gambling Outlets

Governor Pataki has proposed putting more gambling parlors in New York to fund education. The first gambling "racino" in Saratoga Springs, is a financial success so far, but...  Go to full article

Cyclists Begin Tour de Burn Barrel

Concerned citizens and bicyclists will ride some 200 miles from St. Lawrence County to Albany this weekend to bring attention to the problem of backyard trash burning. Todd...  Go to full article

Abortion Drug RU-486 Now Available In Saranac Lake

The abortion drug mifepristone is now available in Franklin County for the first time.The drug is more commonly known as RU-486. Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood has...  Go to full article

Pataki Seeks Local Support for Medicaid/Pension Reforms

Governor Pataki met with a bipartisan group of local government officials from around the state to build support for his Medicaid and pension reform proposals that he says...  Go to full article

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