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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 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.
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.


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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.

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Plane Crash Claims Tupper Lake Couple

A Tupper Lake couple died Friday night when their single-engine plane crashed near the airport in Lake Clear. Paul and Alice Grulich were returning home from Virginia, when the plane went down in snow and fog. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Couple Rescued From Ice Floe On Lake Champlain

Emergency crews in Clinton County rescued a couple yesterday morning from an ice floe drifting on Lake Champlain. Annett and Theodore Rannymakers, both in their mid-sixties, were visiting from Quebec. They'd gone ice fishing near Isle LaMotte, Vermont, when a large chunk of ice broke free and blew across the lake. According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican, the Rannymakers were uninjured by their ordeal. Crews from the Champlain, Cumberland Head, and the Clinton County Sheriff's department took part in the rescue. Fire chief Brian Pelkey, from Rouses Point, is part of the Cold Water Rescue Team that helped bring the couple safely back to shore.  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Part 2: A More Polite Debate

Over the last year, three provincial courts in Canada have ruled that gays and lesbians are guaranteed the same marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Prime Minister Paul Martin has endorsed a bill that would extend those rights to same-sex couples across the country. But Canada's government postponed a vote in Parliament last year by calling for a review of the issue by Canada's Supreme Court. As Brian Mann reports, the move has angered activists on both sides. But the tone of Canada's debate is still much more civil than in the U-S.  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Pt. 1: A Haven For U.S. Couples

On Friday, a court in Quebec cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the province. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario and British Columbia since last summer....  Go to full article

A Smoking Ban Compromise?

Proponents of easing the state's strict anti-smoking laws say allowing air filtration machines in bars and restaurants could create a compromise between smokers and...  Go to full article

Senate Democrats Revive Drug Law Reform

The leader of the Senate Democrats is trying to jump start the stagnating Rockefeller drug law reform movement. Senator David Paterson has offered a compromise proposal. ...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Rally in Albany

Mental health advocates rallied at the State Capitol for a bill that would require health insurers to provide more extensive mental health services coverage. The measure is...  Go to full article
Brad Capelli bears a ski scar

After Four Deaths, NY Ski Resorts Talk Safety

Four people have died this winter while downhill skiing at resorts in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A fifth skier remains hospitalized in Burlington weeks...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Vow to Fight Pataki's "Sick Tax"

Legislative leaders told health care providers that they'd fight Governor Pataki on his budget proposal to tax hospitals, a plan that hospitals call the "sick tax". Karen...  Go to full article

Ice Jams Flood Clinton County Village

Ice jams on the Great Chazy river in Clinton County triggered flooding over the weekend that forced some residents to evacuate. A state of emergency was declared Sunday in...  Go to full article

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