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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.

A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulfullshots/495436157/">Soulfull</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A car that was wrecked in a drunk driving accident, put on display by MADD. Photo: Soulfull, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo expected to sign tougher drunken driving law

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign an amendment to New York's laws against drunken driving that would turn three DWI-related offenses within 15 years into a felony.

Possible penalties for the felony are up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.  Go to full article

Burlington health center getting $250K in funding

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont organization is getting $250,000 in Affordable Care Act funding to establish or expand behavioral health services for 461 people.

The Community Health Center of Burlington is receiving the funding.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand introduces campus sex assault bill

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped introduce a bill yesterday to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended again on crude oil project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have again extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of...  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>

Cuomo: speed up medical pot for kids with epilepsy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor wants to speed up the implementation of the state's new medical marijuana law to help children with epilepsy get medication more...  Go to full article
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has...  Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mytravelphotos/6919024628/">Jasperdo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Saranac Lake's drinking water cited for lead

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the...  Go to full article
Cooking heroin. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroin.JPG">Psychonaught</a>, public domain

Police: 10 arrested in North Country heroin bust

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've arrested 10 people accused of selling and possessing heroin and other drugs in northern New York.

Officials in Franklin...  Go to full article
A Monsanto phosphate plant near Soda Springs, Idaho. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/19779889@N00/5261073563">arbyreed</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Government fails to vet chemical plants for terror risk

WASHINGTON (AP) Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a...  Go to full article
Giant Hogweed. Photo: NYS DEC

DEC: report, don't touch toxic giant hogweed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) If you come across a plant that's as tall as a house and topped with umbrella-shaped white flower clusters, don't touch it. It might be giant hogweed, which...  Go to full article

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