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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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NCPR Special Reports

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.

Radioactive Waste Sought at Plattsburgh AFB

The Air Force says low-grade radioactive material may have been left at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The material could include contaminated gloves and air filters used in bomb storage areas during the 1950s and Sixties. Some of the material was apparently buried, then misplaced through poor record keeping.
An Air Force team is expected to arrive in Plattsburgh in the next ten days to begin its investigation. As Brian Mann reports, the site is now occupied by a civilian business.  Go to full article

Smoking Ban Lobbying Runs Hot on Both Sides

Opponents and supporters of New York's smoking ban stepped up lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, with protests and nationally prominent experts. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Will Lawmakers Loosen New Anti-Smoking Law?

Anti-smoking groups say they're concerned over remarks by Governor George Pataki and the Speaker of the Assembly that may signal a weakening of the newly passed anti-smoking law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Army Tries Reservist for Refusing Vaccine

Court-martial proceedings are underway for an Army reservist who's charged with disobeying orders to take an anthrax vaccine. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Amendments to Smoking Bill Gain Support

Some amendments to ease New York's sweeping anti-smoking law, passed in March, are gaining momentum. Governor Pataki says he'd like to take a look at the proposals. Karen...  Go to full article

SARS Update from Toronto

Brian Mann is in Toronto covering the second SARS outbreak there for NPR. Martha Foley talks with him about conditions in the city, and at border crossings between northern...  Go to full article
Senator Betty Little, Republican, 45th District

Sen. Betty Little Opposes Governor On Budget

Senator Betty Little voted with the Senate's Republican leadership to sweep aside the Governor's vetoes. She spoke with Brian Mann about the rift that's divided the north...  Go to full article

Improving Jobless Numbers Used in Budget Battle

The state's chief economist is helping to lobby against tax increases passed last week by the legislature. The Pataki Administration claims that the spending plan, approved...  Go to full article

Clinton Calls for Better Military Reserve Benefits

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for expanded benefits for military reservists. As Jody Tosti reports, the first-term Senator is working with an old political foe to...  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff<br />Republican, 114th District

Budget Battle Divides North Country Delegation

The fight over the state budget has divided some traditional Republican allies, around the state and here in the North Country. State Senator Betty Little - from Queensbury...  Go to full article

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