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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...


Health Care
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.
Apr 17, 2014 — A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?
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.


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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.

Portions of AIDS Quilt in Albany for World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and portions of the AIDS quilt were on display at the state capitol. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

Candlelight Walk to Commemorate World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is this Saturday, December 1. Todd Moe talks with a spokesperson for North Country AIDS Outreach. The group will commemorate AIDS Day with a candlelight walk through Canton Saturday night.  Go to full article

Health Officials and Activists Respond to Cancer Distribution Study

State Health officials said last week they're investigating the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley for what appear to be high incidents of lung, colon, and prostate cancer. David Sommerstein has the response of local health officials and activists who are figuring out what to do with the troubling information.  Go to full article

Rising Asthma May Be Result of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Some public health experts are concerned a changing global climate, along with increases in carbon dioxide emissions, might be contributing to a sudden rise in the number of...  Go to full article

High Rates of Prostate Cancer in Northern New York

Northern New York is home to some of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the state. That's according to state health department prostate cancer maps released yesterday....  Go to full article

West Nile Spreads Faster than Expected

Cooler weather sweeping the Great Lakes region means the end of the mosquito season. It also means a temporary halt to the spread of West Nile virus in the area. But this...  Go to full article

100 Planned Parenthood Clinics Receive Terror Letters

Nearly 100 Planned Parenthoods around the country received anthrax threats yesterday. As Karen Dewitt reports from Albany, six clinics in New York received Fed Ex packages...  Go to full article

Canada Will not Require Labeling for Genetically-Modified Foods

The Canadian Parliament has voted down a bill that would have required labeling for genetically modified foods. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports.  Go to full article

Grants Address the Shortage in Health Care Workers

Martha Foley talks with Richard Merchant about addressing the shortage of health care workers with grants to encourage careers in health care.  Go to full article

A.G. Spitzer Rules HMOs Must Explain Refusals

State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is forcing HMOs to give patients detailed reasons for denying their requests for treatment. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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