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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.

Commentary: Solving a Fundamental Health Care Problem

Few issues in American life are felt more personally than health care. The accomplishments of medical research are nothing short of miraculous, yet the number of people who get less than adequate care is shamefully large. It's an enormously complex problem, but commentator Paul Willcott has a simple suggestion for how to deal with part of the problem.  Go to full article

Creating Safe Places for Domestic Violence Victims

A North Country intervention group is working with local faith-based organizations to help train clergy in the dynamics of domestic violence. The objective of the daylong seminar this May in Lake Placid is to help clergy create a place where victims feel safe enough to talk about being abused.
Jan Demers has first-hand experience in the positive effects of talking about domestic violence intervention programs. She's eager to show how clergy and their congregations can help stop the cycle of domestic violence. She spoke with Jody Tosti.  Go to full article

Getting Tourists Back to Toronto

Despite the fear of SARS, it appears people are responding favourably to an offer aimed at getting people to visit Toronto. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Vermonters Can Legally use Sparklers

Vermonters should be able to celebrate Independence Day this summer with sparklers; legal sparklers that is. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Push Agenda in Albany

Environmental lobbyists celebrated Earth Day a few days late at the state capitol. They waited until the legislature was back from a 12-day vacation break. From Albany,...  Go to full article

Hamilton County Confirms SARS Case

Officials are confirming a suspected case of sudden acute respiratory syndrome in Hamilton County. It's the fourth SARs case identified in the North Country. As Brian Mann...  Go to full article

Schumer Wants Help Fighting SARS at Border

Senator Chuck Schumer wants federal emergency health care workers to be sent to New York's northern border in response to the outbreak of SARS in Toronto. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

SARS Cases Touch North Country, Border

Health officials in Saratoga County say a Canadian visitor may be suffering from Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome. The announcement follows a health advisory issued on...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Kitchen Cleanliness

Kitchen cleanliness is in the spotlight this week! Dr. Curt Stager gives some tips for avoiding intestinal distress by maintaining a bacteria-free kitchen.  Go to full article

Poll: Toxic Chemicals Big Issue With Voters

A poll released Thursday finds a majority of voters are very concerned about the most dangerous toxic chemicals, like mercury, dioxin, and PCBs. Environmentalists see the...  Go to full article

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