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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...
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...


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Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.
Apr 22, 2014 — People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.
Apr 22, 2014 — The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.
Apr 21, 2014 — In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.
Apr 19, 2014 — These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.


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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.

Survey: Most New Yorkers Favor Smoke-Free Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups say a new survey of New Yorkers shows wide support for statewide protections for non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Unions & HMOs Lead NY Lobbying

The annual report by the state lobbying commission finds that health care groups and the unions dominated the list of the top ten highest spending lobbyists in New York last year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and our food. In 1959, the year Sandra Steingraber was born, 25 percent of all Americans could expect to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Today that number's risen to 40 percent.  Go to full article

State Nursing Home Grant Could Be Mixed Blessing

New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello visited Saranac Lake Friday, to announce a $700,000 grant for the Adirondack Medical Center. The money is part of a statewide...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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