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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


Health Care
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.


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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.

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 North Country, Schumer says the economic impact on Medicare recipients is nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Jody Tosti has more.  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

More New Yorkers Lack Insurance

More Americans are going without health insurance than last year, according to new census bureau data. New York's uninsured increase was less than other states. But as...  Go to full article

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