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The fractious issue of childhood vaccinations is back in the news in Ottawa after health officials here recorded the first case of measles since 2011. (And it’s amazing how little the whole subject has changed since I was a new parent well...
Catherine Loper of WRVO News is reporting: Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 20 percent of its workforce in an effort to increase efficiency and save money. Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the hospital is consolidating its critical...
In a slightly scary press release today, Adirondack Health says it’s taking precautions after a recent area outbreak of flu and flu-like illnesses by ” restricting visitors” to the Stafford New Life birthing center at Adirondack...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...
Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...


Health Care
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.
Apr 17, 2014 — A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?
Apr 16, 2014 — Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.


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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.

Health Care Funding Act Favors NYC, Critics Charge

Testimony at a New York State budget hearing focused on the recently approved health care funding act. Questions were raised abvout the plans' financing and whether it would hurt healthcare on Long Island, in Westchester and in Upstate, New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Compromise Women's Health Bill Passes NY Senate

Senate Republicans announced that they'll pass a bill to give most women in New York State access to birth control through their health insurance plans. The move drew sharp criticism from the Catholic Church. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Senate Compromise on Contaceptive Services Coverage Gaining Support

Birth control advocates are praising a compromise bill introduced in the state senate to be passed later this week. It would allow most New York women to obtain contraceptives through their health insurance coverage.  Go to full article

Women's Wellness Act May Move Forward in Albany

New York state lawmakers are still arguing over a bill to fund more health care for women, but now there's more of a chance they'll resolve their differences and agree on a...  Go to full article

Mental Health Workers Left out of State Pay Hikes

Mental health workers rallied at the state capitol for more pay this week. They say that if the money can be found for raises for physical health care workers, then the money...  Go to full article

Health Care Package Numbers "Don't Add Up"

Budget experts say they're confused by the numbers in the healthcare package past shortly after midnight Wednesday. Governor Pataki says he's not concerned by the charges....  Go to full article

NYS Legislature Passes Health Care Initiative

The New York state legislature has passed a major health care initiative pushed by Governor Pataki and backed by the influential union representing hospital workers. Karen...  Go to full article

Smokers to Give Health Care Workers a Raise

Governor Pataki will soon present the legislature with a controversial plan that would use money from an increased cigarette tax and other sources to fund raises for health...  Go to full article

Doctors Call for New Bioterror Response System

The state Medical Society says a new system is needed to combat bioterrorism. The doctors' group says more physicians should be among the first responders to anthrax and...  Go to full article

Arbitration Meetings Scheduled in Gouverneur Hospital Dispute

Service Employees International Union Local 1199 says hospital administrators interfered with the rights of employees to resolve problems under the terms of their contract.  Go to full article

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