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The Ritalin Controversy

The controversy over the use and abuse of Ritalin has created a national debate among doctors, parents and teachers. The drug is a stimulant and used in the treatment of ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But with the number of kids taking a prescribed stimulant doubling since 1995, parents as well as health professionals are questioning the growing practice of using medications to regulate behavior. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Asks New York for Better Cancer Data

After giving the state over a year to deliver, St. Lawrence County lawmakers are preparing to renew their request for more detailed data on cancer rates in the county. Early statistics show North Country counties have some of the highest rates of cancer in the state. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Surgeon Resigns; New Safety Guidelines Announced at Adirondack Medical Center

A prominent Saranac Lake surgeon has resigned from the Adirondack Medical Center after performing knee surgery on the wrong leg. As Brian Mann reports, the AMC is implementing new safety rules to prevent similar mistakes.  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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