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The fractious issue of childhood vaccinations is back in the news in Ottawa after health officials here recorded the first case of measles since 2011. (And it’s amazing how little the whole subject has changed since I was a new parent well...
Catherine Loper of WRVO News is reporting: Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 20 percent of its workforce in an effort to increase efficiency and save money. Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the hospital is consolidating its critical...
In a slightly scary press release today, Adirondack Health says it’s taking precautions after a recent area outbreak of flu and flu-like illnesses by ” restricting visitors” to the Stafford New Life birthing center at Adirondack...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...
Governor Cuomo invited local leaders and the press to a video conference at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg this afternoon. Over a television screen from Albany, with a bit of dramatic flair, Cuomo announced the St. Lawrence...


Health Care
Apr 18, 2014 — President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
Apr 17, 2014 — President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.
Apr 17, 2014 — At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.
Apr 17, 2014 — Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.
Apr 17, 2014 — A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?


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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.

Typical Surgery Room Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Typical Surgery Room Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Surgeon accused of slapping sleeping patients

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Federal investigators say a Syracuse surgeon often slapped anesthetized patients on the buttocks and insulted them before surgery.  Go to full article

Call-in: the future of the North Country prison industry

Guests include Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess, a former inmate who spent time in North Country prisons and now works as a youth counselor and activist. We also hear from Donn Rowe, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guard union, who has fought to keep North Country prisons open. And we hear from Donald Bilow, a town supervisor from Chateaugay, where the prison is due to close in July.

Prison Time Media Project reporters Brian Mann and Natasha Haverty, and NCPR News Director Martha Foley, along with guests take calls and questions from listeners.  Go to full article
Photo via <a href="http://www.ncnyhealthcompass.org/">North Country Health Compass</a>.

The North Country's health, measured online

Blood pressure, cholesterol, weight - doctors check all of these indicators to see whether their patients are healthy. Zooming out a bit, how would you measure the health of an entire region?

One group of advocates intends to do just that, with a new website called the North Country Health Compass. It's a project by a Fort Drum-based planning agency.  Go to full article

NY out-of-network insurance coverage mandated

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York has decided that starting next year, patients will be protected against surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal...  Go to full article
"Full Circle" founder Camilla Rockwell.  Photo: Camilla Rockwell

Burlington festival to explore the art and heart of aging

Burlington filmmaker Camilla Rockwell says because people are living longer, it's important to investigate the creative potential of these extra decades.

Rockwell...  Go to full article
The grounds of the Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Young farmers, Ogdensburg get help in state budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie says the new state budget will help young farmers just getting started. The deal includes one million dollars for grants to help beginning farmers...  Go to full article
Photo via Vermont Health Connect

Vermont urged health sign ups through deadline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- More Vermonters were signing up for health insurance right down to the wire.

The Department of Vermont Health Access said that as of Monday...  Go to full article
Martha Foley, left, with Natasha Haverty and Brian Mann, talk about the Prison Time Media Project.

North Country prison industry transforming, shrinking

Over the last sixteen months, North Country Public Radio has broadcast a series of stories, reports and interviews looking at America's era of mass incarceration.
...  Go to full article

Vermont officials say state has health inequalities

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Department of Health says there are health inequalities across the state.

The 2014 County Health Rankings released Wednesday...  Go to full article
A Spokane, WA, veteran gets his ears checked. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/newhouse-school-mpd/4835434733/">Ken Harper</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS audit faults referrals for veterans' benefits

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York auditors say poor coordination of health benefits for military veterans by local social services departments and the state health department has...  Go to full article

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