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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...


Health Care
Jul 29, 2014 — We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.
Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.


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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.

From Heroin To Hope In The North Country

In 2001, according to the latest survey, more than four hundred people in the North Country sought help for heroin and other opiate addiction. In many parts of the region, heroin has eclipsed crack and cocaine as the most popular hard drug. But some people also come north looking for help and support. John -- not his real name -- is a college student in Canton. He says the north country offered an escape from heroin, which was wrecking his life.  Go to full article

Raw Milk Advocates Petition Small Farmers

Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. Modern science doesn't support that, and the idea of milk going straight from the cow onto a bowl of cereal is unthinkable for most doctors and food safety officials. But advocates aren't convinced, and they're waging campaigns across the country to legalize distribution of raw milk. Now they're finding a new audience for their message: small farms looking for a niche in the global dairy market. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Peter Payette reports.  Go to full article

FDA Postpones Over-Counter Emergency Contraceptive Decision

The FDA is postponing its decision on whether the so-called morning-after pill should be sold without a doctor's prescription. In the meantime the State Assembly has been laying the groundwork to allow the sale of the emergency contraceptive drug without a prescription in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat....  Go to full article

Invasives Altering Great Lakes Food Web

For decades, aquatic invaders have been plaguing the Great Lakes. They've changed the way the ecosystems work and affected the balance of life in the lakes. Most of them...  Go to full article

Whooping Cough Outbreak in Clinton County

Health officials in Clinton County are working to curb an outbreak of whooping cough. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Silver Tangle over Medicaid Relief

Appearances by Governor Pataki and legislative leaders before the New York Association of Counties took on a partisan tone, as the Assembly speaker accused the governor of...  Go to full article

Hospitals Propose New Health Insurance Plan

A plan that's being circulated by a group of New York hospitals and a hospital worker's union would require businesses to provide health insurance for their employees, or pay...  Go to full article

Medicaid Recipients Testify in Albany

Medicaid recipients told their stories at the State Capitol Thursday, in hopes of convincing state lawmakers to restore cuts made in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.

Montreal's Legal Sex Industry Attracts Americans & Sparks Controversy

For many people in the North Country, Montreal is a favorite city for weekend getaways, famous for its jazz festival and its winter carnival. But the city is also an...  Go to full article

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