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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 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.
Apr 21, 2014 — In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.
Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.


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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.

Canton to Reconsider Fluoridation

A public hearing on the pros and cons of fluoridation in Canton last week has prompted the village Board to take a closer look at the practice. Some 60% of communities across the country add fluoride to their water to help prevent tooth decay. But fluoride critics say the compound has adverse health affects. As David Sommerstein reports, Canton village residents may get a chance to vote on the issue.  Go to full article

Doctors Warn About Too Much Junk Food, Too Little Exercise

It's not news anymore that Americans are overweight. But the numbers in the North Country are far worse that the national average. The St. Lawrence County Medical Society is speaking out, warning about too much junk food and too little exercise. Martha Foley talks with an area cardiologist, and a longtime pediatrician, about obesity and it's consequences, especially among children.  Go to full article

Canton to Hear Fluoridation Pros & Cons

For more than a year, the village of Canton has not been adding fluoride to its water while it installs a new water system. Fluoride is generally considered an important factor in healthy teeth and is commonly added to municipal water systems. But a group of local citizens is taking the opportunity to make a case for quitting fluoridation altogether. As David Sommerstein reports, the village board will hold a public hearing on the subject tonight.  Go to full article
Adirondack Vets House

New Homeless Shelter in Glens Falls Serves Military Veterans

The state of New York has given nearly 170 thousand dollars to a new homeless shelter in Glens Falls, that offers transitional housing to military veterans. The shelter was...  Go to full article

Washington County Fire Kills 4 Children

Officials in Washington County say a house fire early Tuesday morning was the deadliest in the last ten years. Four children were killed in the blaze, which burned a home in...  Go to full article

State Pledges to Improve Care in Adult Homes

The Pataki administration Tuesday responded to criticisms of treatment of the mentally ill at state licensed adult homes. Health commissioner Antonia Novello announced...  Go to full article

Medicaid Funding Puts Counties in Pinch

County lawmakers across the North Country are approving steep property tax hikes in next year's budgets, in some places by 10 to 20 percent. They say they need the money to...  Go to full article

Semen Quality Harmed by Farm Chemicals?

A new study shows that fertile men in more rural areas have lower sperm counts and less vigorous sperm than men in urban centers. It's the first study that shows that semen...  Go to full article

Prison Doctor Loses License: Accused of Sex With Inmate

A doctor who worked at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone has been stripped of his license by New York's department of health. The doctor was accused of having...  Go to full article
Janet Poppendieck signs a book at SUNY Potsdam.

Anti-Hunger Efforts: Rethinking the Soup Kitchen

David Sommerstein talks with Janet Poppendieck, author of Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement. She says the growth of soup kitchens and food...  Go to full article

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