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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...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...


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Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
Jul 25, 2014 — A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.


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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.

St. Lawrence County Holds Hearing On Smoking Ban

To smoke or not to smoke on government property is the question St. Lawrence County legilsators are asking the public to weigh-in on. Lawmakers are holding a hearing on whether to ban smokers from lighting up on county property; even in their cars. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Small Forests Can Breed Disease

Small chunks of forest, often split up by farm fields or new housing developments, are everywhere in the North Country. But you may want to wear long pants when you walk through them. According to new research, small patches of woodlands breed more ticks with Lyme disease. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fletcher Allen Health Care Still In Financial Trouble

Vermont's largest hospital still is struggling with its finances. Jody Tosti has an update.  Go to full article

Alex Bay Hospital Slow to Gain Financial Footing

Three months after it gained its independence from Samaritan Medical Center, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is struggling to right its financial affairs. As David...  Go to full article

Pataki Refuses to Release Member Item Funds

Governor George Pataki is refusing to release funds for legislative member items, saying they were allocated unconstitutionally. Groups that provide services for people with...  Go to full article

NY Delays Fire-Safe Cigarette Law

New York has missed the July 1 deadline to require the sale of fire safe cigarettes. Governor Pataki's Department of State says formulating the new rules is taking longer...  Go to full article

New Yorkers Slightly More Satisfied with HMOs than Others

New Yorkers are slightly more satisfied with their health maintenance organizations than people in other states. But, as Jody Tosti reports, the latest report card on New...  Go to full article

Superfund Goes Unfunded

No new Superfund hazardous waste sites in New York will be cleaned up for at least several months, and a program to reuse industrial Brownfields is on hold, because Governor...  Go to full article

Generic Drugs to Soon Hit Pharmacy Shelves

Senator Charles Schumer is offering New Yorkers a way to figure out how much money they would save by buying generic alternatives to brand-name prescription drugs. It's...  Go to full article

Low Sperm Count Linked to Pesticides?

A study last year found that men living in rural areas have lower sperm counts than their urban counterparts. Now, researchers say they?ve found a possible reason for the...  Go to full article

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