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Here’s a basic truth about the complex issue of medical care in the U.S. and in Canada: both systems have real strengths and glaring flaws. In general, Canadians across the political spectrum like the principles of their health care system....
Smiths Falls is about an hour away from Ottawa or Ogdensburg. A town of about 9,000 inhabitants beside the scenic Rideau Canal. For decades, one of its main claims to fame was the Hershey’s chocolate factory. As can be imagined –...
Close to 70,000 Canadians and 715,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. While new treatments have improved survival and recovery rates, heart disease remains a significant problem. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute made...
Just as most of us in the office are getting over our spring colds, stomach bugs, etc., some unsettling news has come from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It turns out St. Lawrence County is one of the least healthy in the state. In fact,...
News stories tagged with "medicine"
Sep 16, 2008 — America's military has been at war in Afghanistan and Iraq for seven years. The long campaign has brought new strains to soldiers and service-members. But the pressure is also growing on military families and children. Advocates are pushing for more financial support, better mental health programs, and better housing. Brian Mann was in Washington DC last week for a conference on the future of military families, hosted by National Public Radio. He spoke with Michele Joyner. She's a military spouse herself and works with the National Military Families Association. Go to full article
May 13, 2008 — Yesterday in Saranac Lake, the US Postal Service unveiled a new stamp honoring Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. Trudeau was a pioneering physician and tuberculosis researcher. But he was also invented the community of Saranac Lake, which remains the biggest community in the Adirondacks. Trudeau's sanatorium closed a half-century ago, but as Brian Mann reports, his work continues to echo through American culture. Go to full article
Jan 16, 2008 — The North Country scored a major economic victory on Tuesday, as Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan to save the pharmaceutical plant in Rouses Point. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced two years ago that the facility would close no later than 2009. But with the help of a three million dollar taxpayer subsidy, a new company stepped in. As Brian Mann reports, Akrimax Pharmaceuticals plans to maintain more than 800 high-paying jobs. Go to full article
Nov 23, 2007 — The Federal Communications Commission will spend $7.6 million helping to build a telemedicine network in the North Country. The grant will serve a dozen hospitals, clinics, and community colleges in the region. Brian Mann spoke with Howard Lowe, head of the Technical Assistance Center at SUNY Plattsburgh. Lowe's group has led an effort to develop new high-speed broadband services in the region. He says installation of new fiber-optic cables could begin as early as next year. Go to full article
Aug 31, 2007 — Governor Eliot Spitzer says he'll hold a public hearing on health care next week at the Glens Falls Civic Center. According to the Department of Health, the gathering on Wednesday will be the first of a series of statewide hearings meant to focus attention on expanding insurance coverage and improving the health care system. Governor Spitzer and Health Commissioner Richard Daines will both attend. Health experts in the North Country say they hope to focus attention on this region's desperate doctor shortage. Some of the region's best physicians and administrators held their own summit yesterday in Lake George. They warned that the North Country's network of quality health care is beginning to unravel. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
May 04, 2007 — Suicide is a painful subject, complicated by sorrow and stigma, but public health experts say silence can be deadly. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death for men in the U.S. Here in the North Country, suicide rates are nearly twice as high as in New York City. Experts say isolation and the easy availability of firearms are big factors. Yesterday in Lake Placid, more than four hundred activists, mental health experts and suicide survivors gathered to look for strategies that might slow the rate of suicide. As Brian Mann reports, they say the first step is speaking out. Go to full article
Nov 29, 2006 — Seven nursing homes are on the list for closure. Dozens of others are targeted for mergers or downsizing. As Brian Mann reports, the commission is recommending changes at two North Country nursing homes, in Canton and Watertown: Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Jan 16, 2006 — Avian flu has killed 70 people in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia -- mainly farm workers in close contact with fowl. Last week, a 14 year old boy in Turkey died from bird flu - and his sister has tested positive for the disease. Health planners in the North Country are taking steps for a possible outbreak of infectious disease here. Go to full article
Nov 03, 2005 — The candidates for St. Lawrence County District Attorney are entering the home stretch of what could be a closely contested race. Acting DA Gary Miles is running on the Republican ticket, even though he's a Democrat. He face a strong challenge from Democratic candidate Nicole Duvé. As David Sommerstein reports, the campaign has been a bitter one, with controversy surrounding a crackdown on prescription drugs. Go to full article
Oct 12, 2005 — The pharmaceutical company Wyeth will lay off 1200 workers at its plant in Rouses Point. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon. The layoffs will be phased in over the next three years. Officials in Clinton County say the plant closure removes one of the North Country's economic engines. As Brian Mann reports, the decision followed a sharp decline in the sales of premarin, a hormone therapy drug manufactured in Rousses Point. Go to full article