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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


Health Care
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.


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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.

FDA Postpones Over-Counter Emergency Contraceptive Decision

The FDA is postponing its decision on whether the so-called morning-after pill should be sold without a doctor's prescription. In the meantime the State Assembly has been laying the groundwork to allow the sale of the emergency contraceptive drug without a prescription in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat. As David Sommerstein reports, similar technology may be the future in helping consumers know more about the food they eat.  Go to full article

Invasives Altering Great Lakes Food Web

For decades, aquatic invaders have been plaguing the Great Lakes. They've changed the way the ecosystems work and affected the balance of life in the lakes. Most of them didn't just wander in. They hitchhiked a ride into the Lakes in the ballast water of ships from across the Atlantic. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Carolyn Gramling reports, the combination of these invasive species is causing changes that concern scientists.  Go to full article

Whooping Cough Outbreak in Clinton County

Health officials in Clinton County are working to curb an outbreak of whooping cough. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Silver Tangle over Medicaid Relief

Appearances by Governor Pataki and legislative leaders before the New York Association of Counties took on a partisan tone, as the Assembly speaker accused the governor of...  Go to full article

Hospitals Propose New Health Insurance Plan

A plan that's being circulated by a group of New York hospitals and a hospital worker's union would require businesses to provide health insurance for their employees, or pay...  Go to full article

Medicaid Recipients Testify in Albany

Medicaid recipients told their stories at the State Capitol Thursday, in hopes of convincing state lawmakers to restore cuts made in Governor Pataki's budget. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article
Annik, a Montreal sex worker, has her own website.

Montreal's Legal Sex Industry Attracts Americans & Sparks Controversy

For many people in the North Country, Montreal is a favorite city for weekend getaways, famous for its jazz festival and its winter carnival. But the city is also an...  Go to full article

Senate Panel Considers Buying Prescription Drugs from Canada

Buying prescription drugs from Canada would lower prices and save the state money, say several witnesses who testified at a State Senate hearing Tuesday. But others, who work...  Go to full article

Elizabethtown Hospital Reopens Damaged Wing; Fire Called "Accident"

Patients returned to Elizabethtown's community hospital on Monday, following a weekend fire that forced evacuation of the west wing. Emergency officials say the blaze may...  Go to full article

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