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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...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...


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Jul 31, 2014 — The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.
Jul 30, 2014 — Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.
Jul 29, 2014 — We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.
Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.


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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.

CVPH to Limit Hospital Stays

The staff at CVPH Medical Center is looking at ways to reduce the time people spend in the hospital to help free up beds for new patients coming into the facility. It's a trend being seen at hospitals nationwide. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is leading the effort in the North Country. The protests come a day after a bar near Syracuse won a waiver allowing smoking. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Parents Campaign for Cleaner School Buses

In the last few years, researchers have discovered links between the exhaust fumes from diesel buses and rising asthma rates in children. Scientists and environmentalists have called on the government to crack down on diesel emissions from school buses. But as parents learn about the risk to their kids, they're not waiting around for the government. They're doing something right now to help reduce their kids' exposure to the exhaust fumes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erika Johnson reports.  Go to full article
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Inlet: A Snowmobile Town that Offers Trails & Safety

With the Christmas holidays, the snowmobile season is underway in the North Country. It's a popular sport for many locals -- and it's also big business. Brian Mann spoke...  Go to full article

Counties Survive Budget Crunch Until Next Year

This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and...  Go to full article

FDA to Revise Fish Consumption Advisories

The Food and Drug Administration is going back to square one in its attempt to come up with guidelines for fish consumption. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham...  Go to full article

Senate Advances Medicaid Cost Containment Proposals

A state Senate task force wants to cut $2.5 billion from the state's Medicaid program, and help counties pay for the costs of providing health insurance to New York's working...  Go to full article

Ortloff/Sayward Propose Emergency Relief Package for Medicaid

While the state Senate was laying out a proposal to ease Medicaid problems long-term, their Republican colleagues in the state Assembly were announcing short-term fixes. ...  Go to full article

Preventing Flu at School: To Close or Not

Yesterday, Colton-Pierrepont schools closed due to a large number of students reporting flu-like symptoms. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Guardino Elementary...  Go to full article

NYS Health Dept. Criticized for Bending Smoking Ban

An anti-smoking coalition is blasting the New York State Health Department's new rules to allow smoking in some bars and restaurants in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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