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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.
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.

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 years of discussion, there's still no law in place. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Nurses Warn of Severe Staff Shortages

Nurses in New York are lobbying the legislature to help ease what they say is a chronic and dangerous shortage of nurses in hospitals and other health care facilities. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Grant Will Spur Health Care Training

A $200,000 state grant will provide job training for North Country youths while helping fill gaps in the health care industry. The money will be used for a training program for 45 students who want to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Defends TV Ads

Governor Pataki is defending the frequency of TV ads in which he extols the virtues of a government funded health insurance program. His potential rival in the 2002...  Go to full article

Consumer Groups Want Hospitals to Expand Doctor Profiles

Consumer groups want the Health Department to expand hospital report cards like the ones issued for cardiac surgery to other types of surgical procedures. Karen Dewitt...  Go to full article

Survey: Most New Yorkers Favor Smoke-Free Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups say a new survey of New Yorkers shows wide support for statewide protections for non-smokers from second-hand smoke. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Unions & HMOs Lead NY Lobbying

The annual report by the state lobbying commission finds that health care groups and the unions dominated the list of the top ten highest spending lobbyists in New York last...  Go to full article

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and...  Go to full article

State Nursing Home Grant Could Be Mixed Blessing

New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello visited Saranac Lake Friday, to announce a $700,000 grant for the Adirondack Medical Center. The money is part of a statewide...  Go to full article

Health Care Funding Act Favors NYC, Critics Charge

Testimony at a New York State budget hearing focused on the recently approved health care funding act. Questions were raised abvout the plans' financing and whether it would...  Go to full article

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