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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 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.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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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.

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 County. The village has been plagued by water shortages and by bacteria contamination. But the new water line extends into the Five Ponds Wilderness Area, where most human structures are banned by the state constitution. As Brian Mann reports, critics say the project should have received a more detailed review.  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 critics say it and other betting outlets will cause more New Yorkers to become problem gamblers. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Plattsburgh Planned Parenthood Prepares for Protest

As many as 150 anti-choice picketers are expected outside the Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood office in Plattsburgh today as part of a Good Friday prayer vigil....  Go to full article

Study: Few Smoking Waivers Being Issued

An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and...  Go to full article

UV Disinfection of Lake Placid Wastewater Funded

A sewage feud in the Adirondacks moved one step closer to resolution this week. Congressman John Sweeney says $1.4 million in federal money will go to upgrade Lake Placid's...  Go to full article

Plante Scholarship Connects Generations of Doctors

The Adirondack Community Trust is accepting applications for the second round of the U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund. The Plante Fund gives out an annual scholarship...  Go to full article

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