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Hello! In case you missed it this weekend in the Watertown Daily Times, Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake (St. Lawrence County) is adding telemedicine to the list of services it offers. In case you’re wondering, the American Telemedicine...
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...


Health Care
Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.
Apr 22, 2014 — People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.
Apr 22, 2014 — The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.
Apr 21, 2014 — In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.
Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.


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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.

Advocates Call for Mental Health Insurance Coverage

Mental health groups say they'll try this summer to bring attention to what they say is a glaring lack of adequate mental health care in New York State. They say the hazards of the lack of mental health coverage are tragically documented in the case of Timothy O'Clair, who died just before his 13th birthday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Holds Hearing On Smoking Ban

To smoke or not to smoke on government property is the question St. Lawrence County legilsators are asking the public to weigh-in on. Lawmakers are holding a hearing on whether to ban smokers from lighting up on county property; even in their cars. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Small Forests Can Breed Disease

Small chunks of forest, often split up by farm fields or new housing developments, are everywhere in the North Country. But you may want to wear long pants when you walk through them. According to new research, small patches of woodlands breed more ticks with Lyme disease. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fletcher Allen Health Care Still In Financial Trouble

Vermont's largest hospital still is struggling with its finances. Jody Tosti has an update.  Go to full article

Alex Bay Hospital Slow to Gain Financial Footing

Three months after it gained its independence from Samaritan Medical Center, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is struggling to right its financial affairs. As David...  Go to full article

Pataki Refuses to Release Member Item Funds

Governor George Pataki is refusing to release funds for legislative member items, saying they were allocated unconstitutionally. Groups that provide services for people with...  Go to full article

NY Delays Fire-Safe Cigarette Law

New York has missed the July 1 deadline to require the sale of fire safe cigarettes. Governor Pataki's Department of State says formulating the new rules is taking longer...  Go to full article

New Yorkers Slightly More Satisfied with HMOs than Others

New Yorkers are slightly more satisfied with their health maintenance organizations than people in other states. But, as Jody Tosti reports, the latest report card on New...  Go to full article

Superfund Goes Unfunded

No new Superfund hazardous waste sites in New York will be cleaned up for at least several months, and a program to reuse industrial Brownfields is on hold, because Governor...  Go to full article

Generic Drugs to Soon Hit Pharmacy Shelves

Senator Charles Schumer is offering New Yorkers a way to figure out how much money they would save by buying generic alternatives to brand-name prescription drugs. It's...  Go to full article

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