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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...


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Aug 22, 2014 — An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
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.


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NCPR Special Reports

Audio Series
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.
Photo Audio Essay
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.

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 the Sealand Restoration landfill in the town of Lisbon. But as David Sommerstein reports, neighbors see the work as too little, too late.  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 regular cigarettes. The Board urges action now, because many board members believe that Philip Morris is about to introduce a new Marlboro cigarette that the company will claim is safer to smoke. Karen DeWitt has more.  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. Chris Knight found a few complaints were made in the Adirondack region, but no violations have been issued.  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

Survey: Uninsured New Yorkers Hurt by High Prices for Prescriptions

A study by consumer groups finds that New Yorkers who don't have health insurance pay more money for prescription drugs that state residents enrolled in Medicaid or private...  Go to full article

Developing a New Test for West Nile Virus

Almost 6300 Americans contracted the West Nile virus this year. And 133 of them died. Each season, health officials scramble to predict where the virus will strike before it...  Go to full article

Controversy Over Smoking Ban Continues

The controversy over the recently enacted smoking ban continues at the Capitol. Bar owners tried this week to get the State Assembly to listen to their complaints about lost...  Go to full article

Assembly Bill Would Relieve Local Medicaid Costs

Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine is hailing a decision by the state Assembly to relieve counties across New York of millions of dollars in previously owned Medicaid debt....  Go to full article

Group Calls for Clear Hospital Charity Policies

Citizen Action, a consumer group, says hospitals in New York aren't doing enough to help uninsured patients access charity care funds that are provided to hospitals by state...  Go to full article

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