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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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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.

Healthy Living Partnership Gets Funding

Healthy Living Partnership in St. Lawrence County is getting financial help providing breast and cervical screenings to residents with little or no health insurance. The program is run by the health department and partners with local hospitals and doctors.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Tackle Unresolved Issues

As the New York State legislative session draws to a close Governor Pataki is pressing for more anti-terrorism legislation. Meanwhile, an agreement has been reached on a women's health care bill that provides contraceptive coverage. But, as Karen Dewitt reports from Albany, lawmakers continue to try to sort out other unresolved issues.  Go to full article

Youth Group Honored for Helping Kids Stay Smoke-free

The Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the Gouverneur Recreation Center were recognized yesterday for their efforts in helping kids stay smoke-free. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Pesticide Residues Show Up On Organics

A recent report says if you eat organic produce, your exposure to
pesticide residues will be lower, but it doesn't mean your food is free from pesticides. The Great...  Go to full article

Seniors Lobby in Albany

Senior citizens who gathered to lobby at the state capitol, were angered when all three candidates for governor cancelled their appearances, or did not respond to their...  Go to full article

New Budget Would Borrow From Environment and Healthcare Funds

The new state budget framework includes plan to borrow from funds meant for the environment and health care in order to balance the state's budget. Groups that benefit from...  Go to full article

Creating Healthier Red Meat

While red meat has taken a beating in recent years from the health industry, a number of studies now indicate that it's also possible for even red meat to have some health...  Go to full article

Mental Health Agencies Ask State for More Money

Community mental health care agencies say they're in crisis, because of a lack of state funding. They want Governor Pataki and the legislature to restore money for mental...  Go to full article

AIDS Protest in Albany

61 people were arrested at the state capitol Tuesday as they protested for more funding for AIDS services. Protesters criticized the Pataki administration, saying its...  Go to full article

NYS Assembly Passes Bill to Expand Health Care for Women

The State Assembly has passed a bill to expand health care coverage for New York's women. The bill differs, however from the one passed by the State Senate. And despite two...  Go to full article

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