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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.

Cancer Survivors and their Families and Friends Walk in the Relay for Life

North Country cancer survivors, and their friends, family and caregivers will join the nation this June in the National Relay for Life. It's the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. As Jody Tosti reports, the event is expected to break the billion-dollar mark this year.  Go to full article

Essex County Jail Must Close: Could Mean Higher Costs For Taxpayers

New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a new engineering report found health and safety violations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Researchers Forecast Region's Warmer Future

Warmer weather might sound like a welcome reprieve to a lot of people spending early spring in our region. But a team of researchers is warning that in years to come, warming trends in the Great Lakes region could be bad news for business and for people's health. The Great lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter Closes Doors

The Salvation Army church in Plattsburgh announced on Friday that it will no longer offer assistance to refugee families trying to reach Canada. The move follows a dispute...  Go to full article

State Health Dept says Potential Buyer Found for Potsdam Nursing Home

About 300 people showed up to a rally on Saturday to protest the closing of the Community Nursing Home in Potsdam. And they may just get their wish. The State Health...  Go to full article

Vermonters Get Help Quitting Smoking

It's going to become cheaper for many Vermonters to quit smoking. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter In Fight With County

Officials in Clinton County want a Plattsburgh refugee shelter to apply for a health permit normally required for motel operators. The Salvation Army church - which runs the...  Go to full article

Rally to Save Potsdam Nursing Home Set for Saturday

A rally to save Community Nursing Home in Potsdam is set for this Saturday. Senior groups, faculty, family members and union and elected officials are expected to gather in...  Go to full article

Housing Costs Outpace Vermont Incomes

Housing Costs are outpacing incomes in Vermont. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

Counties Worry About Budget Cuts and Public Health Threats

County health officials say Governor Pataki's budget could jeopardize efforts to guard against threats of bio-terror and the newly discovered illness SARS. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

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