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Hello! In case you missed it this weekend in the Watertown Daily Times, Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake (St. Lawrence County) is adding telemedicine to the list of services it offers. In case you’re wondering, the American Telemedicine...
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...


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Apr 24, 2014 — Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.
Apr 24, 2014 — Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?
Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.
Apr 22, 2014 — People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.
Apr 22, 2014 — The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.


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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.

Plattsburgh: Flow of Pakistanis Slows, Detainments Continue

The flow of Pakistani refugees reaching the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh slowed over the weekend. Roughly fifty asylum seekers remain in shelters in Burlington and Plattsburgh. As Brian Mann reports, the US Immigration Service continues to detain Pakistani men, as they attempt to flee the country with their families.  Go to full article

Commentary: A Window on Depression

It's not just the blues. Depression can knock a person flat, for weeks, or months, or longer. Commentator Paul Hetzler knows the darkness well, but has found a thread of light, even there.  Go to full article
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Spreading the Word on Burn Barrel Hazards

If you shop at a P&C supermarket, you may have noticed a new message on the plastic bags there. It says, "Please Don't Burn This Bag." The message is a part of an aggressive education campaign originating in St. Lawrence County to cut down on the common practice of burning garbage. The evidence that the practice threatens human health and clean air and water is growing. It's illegal in cities and villages. But as David Sommerstein reports, those who want to rid the rural landscape of burn barrels face an uphill battle.  Go to full article

Web Exclusive: Helping Farms Reduce Burning

David Sommerstein talks with Dr. Lois Levitan of the Environmental Risk Analysis program at the Cornell Center for the Environment. This week she completed a report entitled...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Question Proposal to Close State Psychiatric Hospitals

State lawmakers grilled New York's Mental Health Commissioner over the proposed closure of five psychiatric hospitals. Commissioner James Stone testified at a joint hearing...  Go to full article

Pataki Budget Proposal Angers North Country Healthcare Leaders

The North Country's medical industry is reacting with anger to Governor Pataki's budget proposals, unveiled on Wednesday. Rural hospitals and nursing homes face a possible...  Go to full article
Governor Pataki unveils his 2003-2004 Budget. File photo.

Governor's ?No Tax Increase? Budget Hikes Taxes By $1.4 Billion

Governor George Pataki says his budget will avoid "job-killing" tax increases. But critics of the spending plan say it's filled with hidden taxes and fee hikes that could...  Go to full article

Assembly Panel Considers Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

Advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana are targeting New York State, aiming to convince more state lawmakers that some people with cancer, AIDS and other chronic...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for More Federal Medicaid Money

New York Senator Hillary Clinton is trying to protect Medicaid services in financially troubled states. She's calling on the federal government to boost its share of Medicaid...  Go to full article

Medicaid Costs Driving State Budget Problems

There's a growing nervousness over what Governor Pataki may propose in his budget plan next week. In anticipation of possible cut backs, hospitals across new York made clear...  Go to full article

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