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Doctors learn strategies to treat Amish

Providing health care to Amish communities poses unique challenges. So unique that the subject will have its own breakout session this week at the 5th Annual Conference on Rural Health. The conference starts today in Chatauqua.
Melissa Thomas is a social worker with the Community Outreach of Ohio Health. 10 years ago she got a grant to do breast cancer screenings in the Appalachian area of Ohio. She realized that Amish women weren't showing up at the mammogram clinics. So she got a mobile booth to come to them. As she told Gregory Warner, that still wasn't enough.  Go to full article

Keeseville firefighters awarded for Ausable Chasm rescue

This month the Fireman's Association of New York State gave their inaugural award for emergency services to the Keeseville Fire Department. The award was for a rescue last March at the Ausable Chasm. The volunteer firefighters thought they were going to a dead-on-the-scene scenario but when they climbed down the chasm in treacherous conditions they found the person was alive. They rescued the man, Dr. Charles Delise. Gregory Warner spoke with Chief Lenny Martin, one of the rescuers.  Go to full article

StoryCorps Preserves Hospice Pioneer's Legacy

The StoryCorps booth opens at the Canton village green this morning. StoryCorps helps people set down a record of their lives - the little details as well as the broader, deeper strokes.
Lots of reasons to do that, of course. With permission, the interviews are archived in the Library of Congress. Some are excerpted on public radio. But it's the personal archive that's most meaningful - the voices and memories that may fade, particularly after death. Zelda Foster was an early pioneer in hospice and end-of-life care. For 40 years she fought for people's right to die with dignity. She believed in facing death with honesty and preparedness. For Zelda Foster that also meant recording her story at a StoryCorps booth. Foster died Tuesday. Gregory Warner has this remembrance.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Patient For a Day

Last week was National Nurses Week. And some nurses at Canton Potsdam Hospital wanted to make sure we didn't forget it. They offered to show Gregory Warner what nurses kidnapping him...

(Thanks to: head nurse Jan Knickerbocker, nurse Linda Scholl, volunteer EMT Chris Towler, and additional medical staff at Canton Potsdam Hospital).  Go to full article

Strike Averted at Carthage Hospital

A potential strike by workers at Carthage Area Hospital was averted Friday. Workers at Carthage Area Hospital were planning a strike vote. Instead, negotiators signed off on a contract. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Strike Averted at Carthage Hospital

A potential strike by workers at Carthage Area Hospital has been averted. Workers at Carthage Area Hospital were going to have a strike vote today, instead, they'll be signing off on a contract.  Go to full article
Dr. Suzi Swain (Source: Trudeau Institute
Dr. Suzi Swain (Source: Trudeau Institute

Avian Flu Could Overwhelm Region's Healthcare

Global health officials are tracking the spread of avian flu in birds. They worry that a deadly strain of influenza could mutate and begin to spread aggressively among humans. There have already been dozens of cases where the disease made the leap from birds to people and in extremely rare instances the avian flu appears to have passed between humans. More than a hundred and twenty people have been infected so far, most of them in Asia. Nearly half died. This morning in the first part of our series on the local response to avian flu, we talk with Dr. Suzi Swain. Dr. Swain heads the Trudeau Institute, in Saranac Lake, one of the premier research facilities in the country investigating infectious and respiratory diseases. She's been meeting with local healthcare providers, who are preparing a response plan for the Tri-lakes area. Dr. Swain spoke with Brian Mann.

Note: Tomorrow during the 8 O'clock Hour, Brian reports looks at how one North Country community might respond if a flu pandemic occurs.  Go to full article

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An APA committee ruled yesterday that Arthur Spiegel built a house twenty-feet taller than his permit allowed. They also claim that he put the structure on a steep hillside. The unfinished mansion is visible from Rt. 86, on the outskirts of the village. Some critics have called it an eyesore. But as Brian Mann reports, the Agency faces stiff political pressure in this case. The committee stopped short of calling for the house to be torn down.  Go to full article

Doctor Arrest Raises Addiction Issues

A St. Lawrence County doctor was arrested last week for allegedly prescribing painkillers to addicted clients who didn't need them. The case is drawing attention to how prescription narcotics are controlled in New York. Dr. Gail DeHart of Gouverneur was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. DeHart's lawyer, Ed Menkin of Syracuse, declined to comment on the case, saying he had yet to meet with his client. Experts say abuse of prescription drugs is a growing problem nationwide, especially among young people. A new state law taking effect next year will require doctors to use official prescription forms, so the health department can better track prescription narcotics. David Sommerstein spoke with Dr. John Dewar, a family physician based in Potsdam. He's medical director of Canton-Potsdam Hospital's chemical dependency unit. He says he deals with 150 to 200 clients a year who are addicted to prescription drugs.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little
State Senator Betty Little

Budget Plan Costs Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Pataki is also proposing a tax hike levied on hospitals and nursing homes. According to the Glens Falls Post Star, the Glens Falls hospital could pay as much as $1.4 million more under the proposal. The legislature rejected a similar tax hike plan pushed by the Governor last year. Brian Mann spoke with State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury.  Go to full article

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