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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.

Brad Capelli bears a ski scar
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 after he was seriously injured on Whiteface Mountain. Industry leaders say their sport is safe, if people ski responsibly. But some critics say ski downhill resorts should do more to avoid serious accidents. As Brian Mann reports, a half-dozen bills in Albay would require skiers to use helmets.  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 DeWitt reports.  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 the village of Champlain. Flooding was also reported on the Chateaugay River in Quebec. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

NY Awards $830,000 in Rural Health Grants

Governor Pataki has awarded more than $830-thousand in grants to health care providers in the North Country. The Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, Alice Hyde...  Go to full article
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Ice Climbing for Confidence

Braving the chill and playing outdoors is a great way to stay fit and avoid the winter blues. It can also build self-confidence and mental strength. A St. Lawrence County...  Go to full article

Farmers Push for Medicaid Reform

Farmers are adding their voices to the chorus of those calling for reform of Medicaid funding in New York. The New York Farm Bureau held seven press conferences across the...  Go to full article

Bruno Wants Tax Check Off for Prostate Cancer Research

The State Senate Majority Leader is advocating an income tax check off to gain more money for finding a cure for prostate cancer. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Gov't Puts Off Decision on Emergency Contraceptive

The Food and Drug Administration has put off a decision on whether to allow over the counter sales of an emergency contraception drug. Abortion rights groups say women should...  Go to full article

Reproductive Rights Advocates to Rally in D.C.

This April, a million reproductive rights supporters, some from the North Country, are expected to gathering Washington, DC for the March for Freedom of Choice. But it won't...  Go to full article

Coming Back from Addiction

Six years ago we first talked with "Liz," an eighteen-year-old heroin addict. Hers is the story of a teenager's fall into addiction, and the struggle to come back. Martha...  Go to full article

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