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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...


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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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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.

State Health Dept says Potential Buyer Found for Potsdam Nursing Home

About 300 people showed up to a rally on Saturday to protest the closing of the Community Nursing Home in Potsdam. And they may just get their wish. The State Health Department says there's a possible buyer for the facility.  Go to full article

Vermonters Get Help Quitting Smoking

It's going to become cheaper for many Vermonters to quit smoking. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter In Fight With County

Officials in Clinton County want a Plattsburgh refugee shelter to apply for a health permit normally required for motel operators. The Salvation Army church - which runs the shelter - has refused. The church's leader says the permit would limit his ability to help asylum seekers trying to cross the border into Canada. As Brian Mann reports, this legal fight comes at a time when Plattsburgh is bracing for another flood of refugees.  Go to full article

Rally to Save Potsdam Nursing Home Set for Saturday

A rally to save Community Nursing Home in Potsdam is set for this Saturday. Senior groups, faculty, family members and union and elected officials are expected to gather in...  Go to full article

Housing Costs Outpace Vermont Incomes

Housing Costs are outpacing incomes in Vermont. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

Counties Worry About Budget Cuts and Public Health Threats

County health officials say Governor Pataki's budget could jeopardize efforts to guard against threats of bio-terror and the newly discovered illness SARS. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

NY Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country...  Go to full article

SARS Preparation in North Country

With two documented cases of SARS in the Jefferson County, and dozens of people ill in Ontario, hospitals in the North Country are getting ready. Officials at the Adirondack...  Go to full article

Black/Puerto Rican Lawmakers Ask Pataki to Restore AIDS Funding

Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have joined with provider groups to ask that funding for AIDS and HIV treatment cut by Governor Pataki be restored....  Go to full article

Dirty Dozen Awards Today in Albany

A statewide coalition of environmental groups is accusing the state health department of ignoring environmental health problems in St. Lawrence County. The Citizens'...  Go to full article

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