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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
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...


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Sep 1, 2014 — Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.
Aug 31, 2014 — Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.
Aug 30, 2014 — A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
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.


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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.

Parallels Found Between West Nile Virus and Polio

New York health officials reported the year's first fatal case of West Nile virus last week - an elderly woman from Schuyler County. In most cases, people who contract the mosquito-born virus have only mild symptoms, if any at all. But the elderly are most susceptible to developing severe cases, which can cause dangerous swelling of the brain, like encephalitis or meningitis. Last year, five New Yorkers died, of the 83 reported cases. Nationwide this year, more than 1,000 cases have been reported, with 21 deaths. The virus first surfaced in North America in 1999 - now scientists are looking at parallels between West Nile and polio. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jenny Lawton reports.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's awareness campaign logo

County Farmers Contemplate Burn Ban

A controversy is smoldering in the St. Lawrence County agricultural community. After years of opposition, the county Farm Bureau is considering a resolution supporting a ban on the open burning of trash. Supporters say farmers could take the lead in abolishing a practice that could poison their products. Critics say a ban would hurt farmers already reeling from low milk prices. As David Sommerstein reports, the outcome could have statewide implications.  Go to full article

New York to Sue Over Clean Air Rule Changes

New York officials--including Republican Governor George Pataki--say they'll fight weaker air pollution rules, issued this week by the Bush Administration. Pro-environment groups worry that the new EPA guidelines could boost pollution from as many as seventeen thousand factories and power plants. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Jon Montan shows off his "Don't Burn" tattoo

Don't Burn This Tattoo

St. Lawrence County is making an education campaign about the ills of burn barrels hip fashion. The county planning office is distributing non-toxic, temporary "don't burn"...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Freshman Killed en route to New Semester

Officials at Plattsburgh State say a freshman student died Saturday on his way to school for the new semester. The boy's brother was injured in the crash in Wilton, north of...  Go to full article

Rabies Cases Drop Dramatically In North Country

This August marks the eighth year for a vaccination program that has helped dramatically decrease the spread of rabies in raccoons and other wildlife across New York State....  Go to full article

West Nile Virus Threat Peaks in August

While the threat of contracting rabies is at an all-time low in the North Country, the dangers of West Nile virus continue. Susan Patterson, a Public Health Educator in...  Go to full article

Environmentalists Concerned About State Cancer Plan

Anti-cancer groups are complaining that the state Department of Health's Cancer Control Plan leaves out any mention of environmental factors that can be linked to cancer. ...  Go to full article
GM's PCB landfill from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation

New Work at GM's PCB Landfill

Twenty years ago, the federal government declared General Motors toxic waste dump by the St. Lawrence River a Superfund site. That designation made it a high priority for...  Go to full article

Four Camp Counselors Drown In Essex County

Searchers have found the bodies of four summer camp counselors who drowned in an Adirondack river on Tuesday. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

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