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Schumer Hopes for Patients' Bill of Rights by July 4

New York Senator Charles Schumer hopes to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights through the US Senate by July 4. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Union Files Charges Against Gouverneur Hospital

Upstate union files numerous charges against Gouverneur Hospital. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Trying to Save Clifton-Fine Hospital

Saving New York's smallest hospital. Communities in southern St. Lawrence county have been struggling since Appleton Papers closed its mill in Newton Falls last fall. Town leaders had worried that losing the mill could also mean the closure of the Clifton-Fine hospital. Brian Mann reports efforts to save the facility--and more than forty jobs--seem to be paying off.  Go to full article

North Country Nurses Petition for Better Working Conditions

This is Nurses Week, a time when health care workers are recognized for their professional skills and dedication. But a national shortage of nurses and other professionals has put the week of recognition on the back-burner and galvanized some New York nurses to organize a petition-signing campaign. They want better working conditions at hospitals throughout the state. A group of vans with members from the New York State Nurses Association is touring the state this week seeking support for a change in health care laws. Three North Country health care facilities were on the list of stops. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Shortage of Health Care Workers

A television and radio ad campaign has been launched to draw attention to the shortage of healthcare workers in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AIDS Rate High in the Adirondacks

The development of more successful AIDS drugs means people with the disease are living longer, healthier lives. The downside is that the population of AIDS and HIV patients is increasing as well. A health clinic network in the Adirondacks is working to help people in rural areas find better treatment. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Breakthrough Epilepsy Treatment

A small device similar in size to a pacemaker is being called a breakthrough in epilepsy treatment. It has proven to be an extremely successful treatment for epilepsy patients who do not respond to medication. The device sends mild electrical stimulation to the brain to diminish or completely stop seizures. Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam is the first hospital in North Country to offer the vagus nerve stimulation or VNS to its epilepsy patients in the Syracuse to Burlington region. The small device is implanted in the chest. A wire, connected to the generator, is tunneled under the skin and coils at the end to wrap around the vagus nerve in the neck. The device delivers preprogrammed electrical pulses to the vagus nerve 24 hours a day. Todd Moe spoke with Dr. Lucas Koberda, a neurologist on staff at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, who's offering this new therapy option to patients. Koberda says the device, referred to as a "pacemaker for the brain" provides new hope for a higher quality of life for patients with uncontrollable epilepsy.  Go to full article

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