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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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Aug 1, 2014 — Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.
Aug 1, 2014 — If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?
Aug 1, 2014 — After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.
Jul 31, 2014 — The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.
Jul 30, 2014 — Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.


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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.

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 mosquito-born virus have only mild symptoms, if any at all. But the elderly are most susceptible to developing severe cases, which can cause dangerous swelling of the brain, like encephalitis or meningitis. Last year, five New Yorkers died, of the 83 reported cases. Nationwide this year, more than 1,000 cases have been reported, with 21 deaths. The virus first surfaced in North America in 1999 - now scientists are looking at parallels between West Nile and polio. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jenny Lawton reports.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's awareness campaign logo

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 on the open burning of trash. Supporters say farmers could take the lead in abolishing a practice that could poison their products. Critics say a ban would hurt farmers already reeling from low milk prices. As David Sommerstein reports, the outcome could have statewide implications.  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 groups worry that the new EPA guidelines could boost pollution from as many as seventeen thousand factories and power plants. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn"...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Freshman Killed en route to New Semester

Officials at Plattsburgh State say a freshman student died Saturday on his way to school for the new semester. The boy's brother was injured in the crash in Wilton, north of...  Go to full article

Rabies Cases Drop Dramatically In North Country

This August marks the eighth year for a vaccination program that has helped dramatically decrease the spread of rabies in raccoons and other wildlife across New York State....  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. ...  Go to full article
GM's PCB landfill from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation

New Work at GM's PCB Landfill

Twenty years ago, the federal government declared General Motors toxic waste dump by the St. Lawrence River a Superfund site. That designation made it a high priority for...  Go to full article

Four Camp Counselors Drown In Essex County

Searchers have found the bodies of four summer camp counselors who drowned in an Adirondack river on Tuesday. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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