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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...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...


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Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
Jul 25, 2014 — A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.
Jul 25, 2014 — Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.
Jul 24, 2014 — Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.


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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 Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently.  Go to full article

SARS Preparation in North Country

With two documented cases of SARS in the Jefferson County, and dozens of people ill in Ontario, hospitals in the North Country are getting ready. Officials at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake say patients with a high temperature and respiratory problems will be sent directly to the Emergency Department.  Go to full article

Black/Puerto Rican Lawmakers Ask Pataki to Restore AIDS Funding

Members of the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus have joined with provider groups to ask that funding for AIDS and HIV treatment cut by Governor Pataki be restored. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Dirty Dozen Awards Today in Albany

A statewide coalition of environmental groups is accusing the state health department of ignoring environmental health problems in St. Lawrence County. The Citizens'...  Go to full article

Health Care Workers Rally in Albany

In what may be the largest demonstration ever in Albany over the state budget, at least 25,000 health care workers converged on the Capitol to rally for restoration of $2...  Go to full article

Health Care Workers to Protest in Albany

One of the largest demonstrations in several years is planned at the State Capitol today, as union and management in the health care industry team up to protest Governor...  Go to full article

SARS Disease Turns Up In New York

Dozens of cases of a deadly flu-like illness known as Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome have been reported in the United States. Two cases have been confirmed in northern...  Go to full article

Pataki Signs Smoking Ban Bill

For the first time, a sweeping ban of smoking in public places has passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. It was signed into law yesterday by the Governor, and...  Go to full article

Potsdam Nursing Home to Close

The Community Nursing Home in Potsdam is expected to close this summer. Termination letters were sent to employees yesterday. While nursing home officials prepare for...  Go to full article

Smokers May be Banned from Lighting Up in the Workplace

Smokers may soon be banned from lighting up in any place where New Yorkers work. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

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