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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


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Aug 30, 2014 — A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.
Aug 29, 2014 — Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?


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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.

Health Care Package Numbers "Don't Add Up"

Budget experts say they're confused by the numbers in the healthcare package past shortly after midnight Wednesday. Governor Pataki says he's not concerned by the charges. He says the multi-year multi-billion dollar package will bring may good things to many New Yorkers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NYS Legislature Passes Health Care Initiative

The New York state legislature has passed a major health care initiative pushed by Governor Pataki and backed by the influential union representing hospital workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Smokers to Give Health Care Workers a Raise

Governor Pataki will soon present the legislature with a controversial plan that would use money from an increased cigarette tax and other sources to fund raises for health care workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Doctors Call for New Bioterror Response System

The state Medical Society says a new system is needed to combat bioterrorism. The doctors' group says more physicians should be among the first responders to anthrax and...  Go to full article

Arbitration Meetings Scheduled in Gouverneur Hospital Dispute

Service Employees International Union Local 1199 says hospital administrators interfered with the rights of employees to resolve problems under the terms of their contract.  Go to full article

Lobbying for Mental Health Funding Restoration

Mental health groups have begun a fight to get more money in the new state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Physicians Say Global Warming Threatens Public Health

Some physicians are concerned about the United States not attending the final talks on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming held in early November. The physicians say global...  Go to full article

New Coalition Says HMO Changes Could Compromise Women's Health

A group radiologists and anti-breast cancer activists have formed a coalition. They're trying to fight proposed changes in managed health care that they say could compromise...  Go to full article

Visitors: Carolyn Raffenberger, "Precautionary" Environmentalist

David Sommerstein talks to Carolyn Raffenberger about the "precautionary principle". It says we should look into environmental and health effects before we leap into advances...  Go to full article

Portions of AIDS Quilt in Albany for World AIDS Day

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day and portions of the AIDS quilt were on display at the state capitol. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.  Go to full article

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