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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...


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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.
Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
Apr 15, 2014 — Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.
Apr 15, 2014 — Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.
Apr 15, 2014 — Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and HealthCare.gov. But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.


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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.

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 law. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 should be there to increase the salaries for mental health care works as well.  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. He says the multi-year multi-billion dollar package will bring may good things to many New Yorkers. Karen DeWitt reports.  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

Lobbying for Mental Health Funding Restoration

Mental health groups have begun a fight to get more money in the new state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Physicians Say Global Warming Threatens Public Health

Some physicians are concerned about the United States not attending the final talks on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming held in early November. The physicians say global...  Go to full article

New Coalition Says HMO Changes Could Compromise Women's Health

A group radiologists and anti-breast cancer activists have formed a coalition. They're trying to fight proposed changes in managed health care that they say could compromise...  Go to full article

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