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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 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.
Apr 15, 2014 — Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.


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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.

NY Senate May Ban Ephedra

The New York State Senate wants to ban the sale of the dietary supplement ephedra in New York. Senators say while the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler attracted attention, some New Yorkers have died after using the drug, as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Preview: Arts and Healing Weekend

The 5th annual Adirondack Arts and Healing Weekend at Great Camp Sagamore will be September 26th through the 28th. It's a weekend of music, storytelling and nature walks for women and cancer and other chronic illnesses. Todd Moe talks to organizer Fran Yardley about this year's retreat.  Go to full article

CVPH To Offer Open-Heart Surgery and Angioplasty

By next summer, CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh will begin providing open-heart surgery for North Country residents. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

NY Senate Task Force Will Study Medicaid Costs

The New York State Senate has named a joint task force to study ways to curb the soaring costs of Medicaid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Radioactive Waste Sought at Plattsburgh AFB

The Air Force says low-grade radioactive material may have been left at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The material could include contaminated gloves and air filters...  Go to full article

Smoking Ban Lobbying Runs Hot on Both Sides

Opponents and supporters of New York's smoking ban stepped up lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, with protests and nationally prominent experts. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Will Lawmakers Loosen New Anti-Smoking Law?

Anti-smoking groups say they're concerned over remarks by Governor George Pataki and the Speaker of the Assembly that may signal a weakening of the newly passed anti-smoking...  Go to full article

Army Tries Reservist for Refusing Vaccine

Court-martial proceedings are underway for an Army reservist who's charged with disobeying orders to take an anthrax vaccine. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Amendments to Smoking Bill Gain Support

Some amendments to ease New York's sweeping anti-smoking law, passed in March, are gaining momentum. Governor Pataki says he'd like to take a look at the proposals. Karen...  Go to full article

SARS Update from Toronto

Brian Mann is in Toronto covering the second SARS outbreak there for NPR. Martha Foley talks with him about conditions in the city, and at border crossings between northern...  Go to full article

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