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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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Aug 1, 2014 — Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.
Aug 1, 2014 — If all goes according to plan, patients with Ebola virus will soon enter the United States. How does a hospital care for critically ill patients while protecting other patients, staff and the public?
Aug 1, 2014 — After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.
Jul 31, 2014 — The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.
Jul 30, 2014 — Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.


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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.

Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this Independence Day Weekend.

It looks like after today's unsettled weather has passed, we'll have another great weekend in store with sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday. Even the black flies and mosquitoes should be kept at bay with winds all weekend forecast to be from 5 to 15 miles per hour; that will also mean a great weekend to do some sailing.  Go to full article
At the annual hot dog eating contest in 2011. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/undercrimson/5903999348/"> Patrick Shyu<br /></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved<br />

Hot dog eaters weigh in on eve of famed NY contest

NEW YORK (AP) The competitors in the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island prove that size doesn't matter.

The top four contestants weighed in Thursday at City Hall with host Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99329675@N02/11064883376/">jpalinsad360</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY police step up traffic enforcement for holiday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are stepping up their patrols to catch drunk and distracted drivers over the July 4 weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that the effort will run Thursday through Sunday. He says 500 electronic message boards will be placed alongside state roadways warning motorists against driving while intoxicated.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc/9158234551/">US Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>

NY Firemen's Association warns against fireworks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Firemen's Association of the State of New York is reminding residents that fireworks are illegal in the state and are urging Fourth of July celebrants...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gr8sublime/3259468752/">Ned</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Whew! No new shots in NY school immunizations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's school immunization requirements have been updated to be consistent with the most current recommendations.

The State Department of...  Go to full article
Vermont outlaws smoking in cars carrying young children. The law took effect Tuesday. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/visioplanet/4760316376/">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont 7th state to outlaw car smoking with kids

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The state of Vermont is now the seventh to outlaw smoking in cars that are carrying young children.

The law that took effect Tuesday also bans...  Go to full article
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY's high court says towns can ban fracking

In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York's highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year...  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont evaluating heroin antidote use at 6 months

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Health Department statistics show that overdose antidote kits for heroin and other opiate drugs distributed to the general public were used 38...  Go to full article
Mosquito bite, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agder/2783124139/">dr_relling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc/9158234551/">US Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>

Firefighters warn of July 4 fireworks hazards

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York firefighters' association is urging people to leave Fourth of July fireworks to the professionals.

The Firemen's Association of the...  Go to full article

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