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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...
With more New York state residents getting measles than they have since 1996, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to vaccinate. In a press release Friday, Gov. Cuomo said “measles is serious, highly contagious disease that is not just...
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...


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Jul 8, 2014 — In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.
Jul 8, 2014 — There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
Jul 8, 2014 — Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.
Jul 5, 2014 — Judy and James Lee's lives revolve around providing 24-hour care to their 16-year-old son. As they get older, they worry about who will eventually take care of him.
Jul 5, 2014 — When Shirlene English was immobilized by a stroke in 2000, her sister Loretta stepped up as chief caregiver. Then Loretta's father developed dementia, and she stepped up again.


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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.

Schumer Wants Help Fighting SARS at Border

Senator Chuck Schumer wants federal emergency health care workers to be sent to New York's northern border in response to the outbreak of SARS in Toronto. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

SARS Cases Touch North Country, Border

Health officials in Saratoga County say a Canadian visitor may be suffering from Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The announcement follows a health advisory issued on Wednesday, warning travelers to avoid Toronto. The SARS outbreak there has killed more than a dozen people. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Kitchen Cleanliness

Kitchen cleanliness is in the spotlight this week! Dr. Curt Stager gives some tips for avoiding intestinal distress by maintaining a bacteria-free kitchen.  Go to full article

Poll: Toxic Chemicals Big Issue With Voters

A poll released Thursday finds a majority of voters are very concerned about the most dangerous toxic chemicals, like mercury, dioxin, and PCBs. Environmentalists see the...  Go to full article

Legislative Leaders Hope to Restore Budget Cuts to Education, Health Care

New York's legislative leaders are working on a budget plan that restores $1.9 billion in education and health care spending. But the Senate and Assembly leaders are...  Go to full article

Cancer Survivors and their Families and Friends Walk in the Relay for Life

North Country cancer survivors, and their friends, family and caregivers will join the nation this June in the National Relay for Life. It's the largest fundraiser for the...  Go to full article

Essex County Jail Must Close: Could Mean Higher Costs For Taxpayers

New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a new engineering report found health and...  Go to full article

Researchers Forecast Region's Warmer Future

Warmer weather might sound like a welcome reprieve to a lot of people spending early spring in our region. But a team of researchers is warning that in years to come,...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter Closes Doors

The Salvation Army church in Plattsburgh announced on Friday that it will no longer offer assistance to refugee families trying to reach Canada. The move follows a dispute...  Go to full article

State Health Dept says Potential Buyer Found for Potsdam Nursing Home

About 300 people showed up to a rally on Saturday to protest the closing of the Community Nursing Home in Potsdam. And they may just get their wish. The State Health...  Go to full article

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