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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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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.

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 managed care -- and they're making bad health care decisions as a result. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  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 affects humans. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports on a experimental approach being used in Canada that might make that information faster and easier to collect.  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 business, but the lower house did not revisit the law in their brief session. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Health Groups Push for Child Obesity Prevention

Governor Pataki is being urged by health groups to sign a bill into law to help prevent childhood obesity. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

North Country Campuses Consider Ergonomically Correct Classrooms

Students returning to college campuses across the region this fall are finding more "body friendly" seating that is designed to prevent repetitive motion injuries and make...  Go to full article

Polls Spark New Debate Over Smoking Ban

The debate over New York's recently enacted smoking ban continues to
rage, with both pro and anti smoking groups presenting polls that show most New Yorkers agree with...  Go to full article

Schumer Hopes to Restore VA Health Care Funding

With VA hearings scheduled for this week on potential hospital closures and cuts, Senator Chuck Schumer has released a report showing New York veterans are being shortchanged...  Go to full article

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