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As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
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...


Health Care
Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 19, 2014 — Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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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.

Atrazine is commonly used by corn farmers.
Atrazine is commonly used by corn farmers.

Enviro Group Sues to Ban Herbicide

One of the nation's largest environmental groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to get the agency to ban an herbicide widely used by farmers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Study: Rural Living Unhealthy

A new study from Canada finds people living in rural and northern areas are in worse health than their urban counterparts. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Pets Help Children Cope With Disease

There's growing evidence that having pets is good for the well-being of their humans. A new study looks at the effect of pets on the lives of chronically ill children. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tracy Samilton reports.  Go to full article

Federal Judge Refuses to Block NY Smoking Ban

Anti-smoking groups are hailing a judge's decision to throw out a lawsuit from some New York bar owners that asked for a temporary halt to New York's smoking ban. Karen...  Go to full article

Calcium Weighs In

The Jefferson County town of Calcium celebrated the dietary benefits of milk, cheese, and yogurt yesterday as a part of the national "Got Milk?" dairy campaign. About 150...  Go to full article

More Clean-up Work at Sealand

A toxic waste dump in St. Lawrence County will get the next stage of a clean-up this week. Federal contractors will install a filter to clean up contaminated groundwater at...  Go to full article

Tobacco Opponents Warn of New "Lite" Cigarette

The State's Tobacco Advisory Board is asking the Health Department to warn consumers about new cigarettes recently introduced on the market that claim to be safer than...  Go to full article

Few Smoking Ban Violation Complaints; No Fines Issued

Since the state's new smoking ban took effect this summer, a number of formal complaints of bars and restaurants violating the law have been filed in the North Country. ...  Go to full article

Schumer Fights Fee For Home Health Care Services

Senator Chuck Schumer is urging Congress to drop a plan charging elderly and disabled New Yorkers a 45-dollar fee for each round of home health care they receive. In the...  Go to full article

Doctor Works To Prevent Sports Injuries

Most people understand the relationship between clean water or clean air and their own health. But having a healthy environment doesn't stop with natural ecosystems. It also...  Go to full article

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