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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...


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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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Audio Series
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.

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 Pataki and state legislative leaders failed to approve a new law, despite the fact that all three say they agree on the legislation. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 called the Schumer calculator. The new feature on the Senator's website was unveiled only days before the Senate passed his generic drug proposal. Jody Tosti reports.  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 difference. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium?s Chris Lehman has more.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would...  Go to full article

Stafford Battles Lung Cancer

Former state senator Ronald Stafford is once again fighting lung cancer. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Stafford made the announcement over the weekend...  Go to full article

Pataki Wants to Crackdown on DWI

Governor Pataki is criticizing the State Assembly for not passing
legislation to crack down on drunk drivers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate May Ban Ephedra

The New York State Senate wants to ban the sale of the dietary supplement ephedra in New York. Senators say while the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler...  Go to full article

Preview: Arts and Healing Weekend

The 5th annual Adirondack Arts and Healing Weekend at Great Camp Sagamore will be September 26th through the 28th. It's a weekend of music, storytelling and nature walks for...  Go to full article

CVPH To Offer Open-Heart Surgery and Angioplasty

By next summer, CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh will begin providing open-heart surgery for North Country residents. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

NY Senate Task Force Will Study Medicaid Costs

The New York State Senate has named a joint task force to study ways to curb the soaring costs of Medicaid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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