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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 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
Jul 25, 2014 — A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.


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NCPR Special Reports

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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 Campuses Consider Ergonomically Correct Classrooms

Students returning to college campuses across the region this fall are finding more "body friendly" seating that is designed to prevent repetitive motion injuries and make learning easier. The new changes are part of a push to make classrooms more ergonomically correct. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Polls Spark New Debate Over Smoking Ban

The debate over New York's recently enacted smoking ban continues to
rage, with both pro and anti smoking groups presenting polls that show most New Yorkers agree with their view of the new smoking restrictions. Karen DeWitt takes a look at how the polls reached diametrically opposing conclusions.  Go to full article

Schumer Hopes to Restore VA Health Care Funding

With VA hearings scheduled for this week on potential hospital closures and cuts, Senator Chuck Schumer has released a report showing New York veterans are being shortchanged health care funding, and are being prevented from collecting disability payments and pensions at the same time. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Fleas

Cats have their own, dogs have theirs, and we do, too. Ancient Romans thought fleas were generated from dust. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss this old "friend" of...  Go to full article

Opponents of Smoking Ban Rally at State Capitol

The New York State Senate did not make any changes to New York's
8-week-old smoking ban when it held a special session on Tuesday, but that did not stop pro and con...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Push Passage of Timothy's Law

Mental health advocates are hoping that the New York State Senate will approve Timothy's Law when the Senate returns next week for a one-day session. The legislation extends...  Go to full article

EPA Increases Membership of PCB-Dredging Advisory Group

Local representation on a Hudson River dredging advisory group was boosted yesterday after complaints by some area officials. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Parallels Found Between West Nile Virus and Polio

New York health officials reported the year's first fatal case of West Nile virus last week - an elderly woman from Schuyler County. In most cases, people who contract the...  Go to full article
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County Farmers Contemplate Burn Ban

A controversy is smoldering in the St. Lawrence County agricultural community. After years of opposition, the county Farm Bureau is considering a resolution supporting a ban...  Go to full article

New York to Sue Over Clean Air Rule Changes

New York officials--including Republican Governor George Pataki--say they'll fight weaker air pollution rules, issued this week by the Bush Administration. Pro-environment...  Go to full article

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