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As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...
Summer is in full flush, with so many things to do. But, whatever the season, more and more research suggests everybody needs to get up off the couch!  (Or at least move around while rooting for Argentina or Germany on the big...
A nasty virus that's killed millions of pigs and raised the price of pork is causing New York State Fair officials to cancel this year's piglet and sow exhibits at the annual show in Syracuse. In a press release , state veterinarian David Smith said...


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Aug 19, 2014 — In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Aug 19, 2014 — Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.
Aug 19, 2014 — Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 17, 2014 — Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.


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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.

Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will include a music workshop and concert.

One of the founders of the group, Susan Murphy, says Answer the Muse is an "out of the box" fusion of spiritually inspired alternative rock that includes original music, vocal harmonies, and familiar pop/rock. She spoke with Todd Moe for this preview.  Go to full article
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while establishing strong penalties for non-compliance.  Go to full article
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_powder">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product hits stores as early as next month.

Schumer cites what he calls the "already massive problem of underage drinking," drunken driving and other alcohol-related crime on Long Island.  Go to full article
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FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients...  Go to full article
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Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes...  Go to full article
The Syracuse student section erupts during a 2010 NCAA college football game against Maine in Syracuse, N.Y. <br />(Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP)

Syracuse chief: No. 1 party school label not OK

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The chancellor of Syracuse University says his college's ranking as the nation's top party school is a "wake-up call" for change.

In a message...  Go to full article
Photo by Lizette Haenel.

Sen. Sanders: Veterans bill will reduce wait times

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says a bill passed by Congress to improve health care for veterans is the most significant piece of legislation...  Go to full article
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Sanders discusses veterans health care overhaul

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be discussing legislation he helped craft to improve health care for veterans.

Sanders, chairman of...  Go to full article

Can-Am rugby player conscious but critical

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that a ruby player injured over the weekend in Bloomingdale is conscious but still in critical condition.

Dan Nelson,...  Go to full article
NY Sen. Liz Krueger, shown here at a public forum, sponsored the legislation. Photo: NYS Senate

NY beefs up post-partum depression screening

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is implementing new screening guidelines to help health care professionals recognize post-partum depression.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo...  Go to full article

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