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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...


Health Care
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.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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NCPR Special Reports

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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.
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.

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 taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 David Sommerstein reports, the result is people are neglecting their health problems.  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

Natural Selections: Fleas

Cats have their own, dogs have theirs, and we do, too. Ancient Romans thought fleas were generated from dust. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss this old "friend" of...  Go to full article

Opponents of Smoking Ban Rally at State Capitol

The New York State Senate did not make any changes to New York's
8-week-old smoking ban when it held a special session on Tuesday, but that did not stop pro and con...  Go to full article

Mental Health Advocates Push Passage of Timothy's Law

Mental health advocates are hoping that the New York State Senate will approve Timothy's Law when the Senate returns next week for a one-day session. The legislation extends...  Go to full article

EPA Increases Membership of PCB-Dredging Advisory Group

Local representation on a Hudson River dredging advisory group was boosted yesterday after complaints by some area officials. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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