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Last week’s post on a free cookbook for low-cost meals included a manifesto-like quote from an important food thinker, Michael Pollan: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is...
The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


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Sep 1, 2014 — Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.
Aug 31, 2014 — Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.
Aug 30, 2014 — A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.


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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.

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 attracted attention, some New Yorkers have died after using the drug, as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  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 women and cancer and other chronic illnesses. Todd Moe talks to organizer Fran Yardley about this year's retreat.  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

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...  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...  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

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