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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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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.

The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via <a href="">Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization</a>
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Kinney Nursing Home supporters pack Gouverneur village meeting

Supporters of Kinney Nursing home packed into the Gouverneur village board meeting last night. The home has been operating at a loss, and St. Lawrence Health System, which owns it, filed the plan to close the home in late December. The New York State Department of Health is currently reviewing the plan.

Mayor Ron McDougall says people are really worried that the nursing home may close. "The overwhelming majority of people in the room understand it may be slipping away and we want to see what we can do to save the nursing home."  Go to full article
The former E.J. Noble Hospital and Kinney Nursing Home. Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both. Photo via <a href="">Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization</a>

Gouverneur residents fight possible nursing home closure

Kinney Nursing home in Gouverneur may close. The state health department is reviewing a closure plan submitted in late December. If the state approves the plan, then the nursing home could close within 90 days. That doesn't sit well with some Gouverneur residents, who are organizing to try and keep the nursing home open.  Go to full article
Ottawa's Queen Street. Photo: <a href="">Ian Hunter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario would increase penalties for distracted driving

Ontario's proposed new road safety law would impose tougher fines for distracted drivers also calls for new rules to protect cyclists.

Transportation Minister Glen Murray says it would raise fines for motorists who "door" cyclists and calls for a one-metre-wide berth between vehicles and bicycles.  Go to full article

28 attorneys general want tobacco out of stores

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Attorneys general from 28 states and U.S. territories have written to the chief executives of major U.S. pharmacy chains urging them to stop selling...  Go to full article
DWI Checkpoint Photo: <a href="">Fairfax County</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY DWI checkpoints for St. Patrick's Day weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are cracking down on drinking and driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that...  Go to full article
Raw milk. Photo: <a href="">RyanisHungrye</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Raw milk advocate will appeal Ontario ruling to highest court

ONTARIO A farmer who has spent two decades fighting for the right to sell unpasteurized milk is pledging to take his case to the country's highest court.

The...  Go to full article
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, carries and spreads Lyme disease. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA

Vermont House advances bill on Lyme disease treatment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is expected to give final passage to a bill that would give doctors more flexibility in treating Lyme disease.

The bill up...  Go to full article
Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program

New program will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep shelves fuller

A new delivery method will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep their shelves full. The Food Bank of Central New York's new retail partnership program in St. Lawrence...  Go to full article

Coalition formed to promote NY gas drilling

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) A new coalition of labor groups, farmers, landowners and businesses from New York counties along the Pennsylvania border is calling on state officials...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Darko Pevec</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY advocates urge funding to prevent lung cancer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With survival rates for prostate, skin and breast cancer now topping 90 percent, New York health advocates want state funding boosted against far deadlier...  Go to full article

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