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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 21, 2014 — The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Aug 21, 2014 — Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
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.


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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.

Pataki to Get Budget Help From Bush Administration

Governor Pataki wants the legislature to spend less money on health care in their budget, and now the governor says he has an incentive to get lawmakers to comply. Pataki says he's obtained new federal funds that will be distributed only if the legislature agrees to his Medicaid reform plans. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly Plan Would Cap Medicaid Costs Paid by Counties

New York state counties pay a higher share of Medicaid costs than any other state. The county share of Medicaid has doubled in the last ten years, from $3.5 billion in 1995 to a projected $7 billion this year. This week the New York Assembly introduced a budget resolution that would stop that expansion - capping the Medicaid costs paid by county taxpayers. That would save county taxpayers, says Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine.  Go to full article

Clinton Vows to Fight Medicaid Cuts

The Republican Congressional Majority has proposed cutting federal Medicaid spending by $15 billion dollars over the next 5 years - cuts even more drastic than President Bush proposed in his recent budget. Senator Clinton says the cuts could force many hospitals to cut back services, especially in rural areas.  Go to full article
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Close to Homeless: Surviving Transiency

People who are homeless in rural regions like Northern New York redefine our picture of "homelessness". The National Coalition for the Homeless, a not-for-profit advocacy...  Go to full article

NY Senate Budget will Include Health Care Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno says his house's budget will include health care cuts, but not new taxes on hospitals and nursing homes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Resource Center for Domestic Violence Victims to have Permanent Home

The St Lawrence Renewal Center has received over $140,000 to buy and renovate its offices in Canton.  Go to full article

Community Forum Tackles Obesity Epidemic

More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. That number is even higher in the North Country. Most alarming is that obesity among children is skyrocketing. Health...  Go to full article

Risks of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

A recent study indicates expectant mothers who are exposed to air pollution see damage to the genetic make up of their newborns. That might increase the babies' risk of...  Go to full article

De-mystifying Hypnosis

A recent book de-mystifies hypnotism and shows how careful, respectful use of hypnotism can work for counselors and psychologists, and their clients. Martha Foley talks with...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Disagree On Timothy's Law

The NY Assembly Bill known as Timothy's Law would force insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they do physical health services. It's won an...  Go to full article

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