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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...
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...


Health Care
Aug 22, 2014 — An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
Aug 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
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.


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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.
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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.

Giant Hogweed. Photo: NYS DEC
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 can cause blistering and blindness.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is continuing its ongoing efforts to control invasive giant hogweed plants across the state. It's reminding residents to look out for the plant and report any new locations.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/2181773720/">John</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

New Yorkers lag as potential organ donors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than most Americans, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting.

A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield shows 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally.  Go to full article
This new handicapped sign appeared in New York City in summer 2013.

NY to change signs for disabled access

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York's signs showing access points for disabled individuals.

The measure calls for removing the word "handicapped" from replacement or new signs, while using an updated wheelchair logo suggesting mobility, both intended to help remove any stigma attached to the designations.  Go to full article
Myriad BRM offices on Main St. in Saranac Lake. Photo courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Biotech firm pulls out of Saranac Lake

The Village of Saranac Lake's plan to grow a cluster of biotechnology companies suffered a setback Monday.

Myriad RBM, one of two biotech firms the village lured...  Go to full article
Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, uses a Burkard Spore Trap to collect pollen on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Photo: Julie Grant

Climate change adds sneezes for allergy sufferers

If even hearing the word "ragweed" makes your eyes water, you might be one of the nearly 45 million Americans with seasonal allergies. Or you might be, next year.
...  Go to full article
Graphic: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/76344025@N08/6996008403">thetaufan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

NY agencies collecting more gender data

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo says will help the state better meet the...  Go to full article

Vermont keeps No. 2 ranking in Kids Count report

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont is keeping its No. 2 ranking in a national survey of the well-being of children.

The 2014 Kids Count report was compiled by the Annie...  Go to full article
New York showed improvement in all eight categories of health and education for children. Photo: <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/381/AECF_KC_DS_GLR-image04_620x494.jpg">Annie E. Casey Foundation</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY ranks among top 5 states for kids' health

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York ranks among the top five states for children's health, according to the 25th edition of the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey...  Go to full article
US Senator Charles Schumer.

Schumer: Let pharmacies fill pet prescriptions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says pet owners could save millions of dollars on prescriptions for their animals if they could buy the drugs at ordinary...  Go to full article
Artist Wayne Brown, Barbara Beekman, and Cindy Quakenbush install the new sculpture in the Butterfly Garden. Photo: Natalie Dignam.

Butterfly garden blooming with new additions

Ripe berries and growing tomatoes may be the focus for most gardeners right now, but last week a different kind of flower bloomed in the garden outside of the NCPR in...  Go to full article

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