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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...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
Washington County school officials are alarmed by the results of a 2012 substance abuse survey of 1,340 students from six county school districts, the Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting. The survey found that “nearly 21 percent of students...


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Jul 28, 2014 — Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 28, 2014 — People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
Jul 28, 2014 — Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
Jul 25, 2014 — A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.


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NCPR Special Reports

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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.

West Nile Virus Nearly Under Control in NY, Commissioner Says

The West Nile virus is almost under control in New York. State Health Commissioner Doctor Antonia Novello made that proclamation Thursday at a day-long briefing about the virus in Albany. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Nurses Push for Safe Staffing Law

Nurses are pushing for a law that would require hospitals to hire enough staff to safely serve patients.  Go to full article

Union Files Charges Against Gouverneur Hospital

Upstate union files numerous charges against Gouverneur Hospital. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Practical Tips From a Family Counselor

Martha Foley talks with child psychologist and family counselor Dr. Kent Condrell, about practical tips for healthy families. He'll be at a conference in Lake Placid this...  Go to full article

Disabled Rally for Insurance That Lets Them Work

Around 300 disabled people rallied at the State Capitol. They're demanding passage of a health insurance bill that they say will let them go to work. Karen DeWitt has this...  Go to full article

Health Education Center Works to Bring Doctors and Nurses to Region

Martha Foley talks with Richard Merchant, new director of the Northern Area Health Education Center, about the North Country's doctor and nurse shortage and the...  Go to full article

Trying to Save Clifton-Fine Hospital

Saving New York's smallest hospital. Communities in southern St. Lawrence county have been struggling since Appleton Papers closed its mill in Newton Falls last fall. Town...  Go to full article

Women's Groups Wage Campaign to Revive Women's Healthcare Act

Women's groups are trying to revive the Women's Healthcare Act with an ad campaign. The bill was scrapped earlier this year after the Catholic Church objected to a provision...  Go to full article

Anti-Smoking Groups Push for Further Restriction

Anti-smoking groups are pushing for bills that would further restrict smoking in restaurants and workplaces. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

SLU Students Bike Across Montana for AIDS Research

To date, 19 million people have died of AIDS worldwide, and another 34 million are infected with HIV, the virus that causes the disease. Like all research projects funding is...  Go to full article

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