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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 21, 2014 — In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.
Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.
Apr 18, 2014 — President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.


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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.

North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.
North Country seniors give Glaxo the "Tums Down" in Potsdam.

NY Seniors Want Cheaper Drugs, Boycott Glaxo

As the cost of prescription drugs skyrockets, senior citizens who need them to survive are increasingly looking North. The Canadian International Pharmacy Association estimates more than a million Americans bought their drugs in Canada last year. They can cost a third the price of the same drug sold in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is vowing to crack down on the practice. One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline, has stopped selling to Canadian pharmacies that do business with Americans. In response, senior citizen groups across the country are boycotting some of Glaxo's products. David Sommerstein reports on one such protest in Potsdam.  Go to full article

Community Groups Observe Hunger Awareness Day

Community groups across New York will observe Hunger Awareness Day this Thursday in a variety of ways. The Canton Neighborhood Center will spend several days this week educating the public about its programs, including an open house tomorrow. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Vermonters Say Yes to Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

Critics of genetically engineered foods held a rally on the Vermont Statehouse lawn yesterday to celebrate their victory at Town Meeting Day and to bring their case to the government. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

Legislators Promise to Restore Proposed Healthcare Cuts

The state's legislative leaders promised hospitals they'd get restorations of Governor Pataki's budget cuts, as the rhetoric in the budget battle heated up. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

Doctors Lobby for Malpractice Reforms

Doctors and victims of medical malpractice are at opposite ends of a debate on whether to limit awards that people can receive if they are injured by doctor's mistakes. Karen...  Go to full article

Cautious Approval for New Herbicide

Corn farmers in the Midwest could soon join their neighbors in using a new herbicide known as "Balance Pro". The EPA approved the herbicide for most of the Midwest four...  Go to full article

Schumer Reacts to Bush Medicare Plan

Reacting to President Bush's Medicare Drug Plan unveiled earlier this week, Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference to detail a package of legislation that would help...  Go to full article

Disabled Rights Groups Reject Pataki's Budget Plan

A group of people who are receiving one of the smallest cuts in Governor Pataki's proposed budget say they will be hurt the most. Disabled people on SSI asked the governor to...  Go to full article

Bill Would Open Liquor Stores on Sundays

There's a bill in the state legislature to repeal New York's blue laws and open the states liquor stores on Sundays. Supporters say it's one way of gaining more revenue for...  Go to full article

Preview: Clarkson Lecture on History of Sex Education

David Sommerstein talks with Alexandra Lord, a staff historian for the U.S. Public Health Service about the government's sex education campaign.

She'll be...  Go to full article

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