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Hello! In case you missed it this weekend in the Watertown Daily Times, Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake (St. Lawrence County) is adding telemedicine to the list of services it offers. In case you’re wondering, the American Telemedicine...
The fractious issue of childhood vaccinations is back in the news in Ottawa after health officials here recorded the first case of measles since 2011. (And it’s amazing how little the whole subject has changed since I was a new parent well...
Catherine Loper of WRVO News is reporting: Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 20 percent of its workforce in an effort to increase efficiency and save money. Citing changes in the healthcare industry, the hospital is consolidating its critical...
In a slightly scary press release today, Adirondack Health says it’s taking precautions after a recent area outbreak of flu and flu-like illnesses by ” restricting visitors” to the Stafford New Life birthing center at Adirondack...
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency released proposals for new, federal restrictions on wood stoves. The rules would only affect residential heaters manufactured after 2015. The EPA estimates (somewhat boldly) that its new restrictions...

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Apr 25, 2014 — Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.
Apr 25, 2014 — The deadline to enroll in Obamacare plans has passed, and many people didn't buy health insurance. Many will have to pay a penalty. Their reasons for opting out vary.
Apr 24, 2014 — Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.
Apr 24, 2014 — Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?
Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.



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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.

State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to catch a distracted driver

In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."

But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.

Troop B of the New York State Police, which covers most of the North Country, currently has three of those unmarked vehicles. State Trooper John Jackson, Jr., is driving one. It's 11 in the morning, and the needle of his speedometer is creeping past 100 mph. Trooper Jackson is out to stop a distracted driver.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Danielle Sprags</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers to hold forum on heroin, opioid abuse

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) A panel of state lawmakers looking for ways to combat the rise in heroin and opioid abuse is holding the first of two forums in the Hudson River Valley.

The bipartisan Senate task force was created to study the problem of opiate abuse and recommend better treatment and prevention programs.  Go to full article
Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="">Nicole C. Engard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Burlington library to put locks on restrooms

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The public library in the Vermont city of Burlington plans to put locks on its public restrooms to keep people from clogging the toilets with hypodermic...  Go to full article
Master grower Ryan Douglas checks out the plants in a legal marijuana growing operation in Ontario. Photo: Sarah Harris

Bill in Vermont House would study legalizing pot

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House is slated to take a final vote on passage of a measure calling for a study of potential tax revenues and other impacts from legalizing...  Go to full article
The Vermont State Capitol. Photo: <a href="">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont House to have final look at GMO labeling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The House is slated to take a final vote on legislation that would require foods with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such in Vermont...  Go to full article

Number of Vermonters without health care unclear

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont officials say they won't know for several months how many people who looked at buying health insurance through Vermont Health Connect determined...  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

NYS fracking review thorough, says group, so why secret?

A group opposed to hydrofracking says documents it's obtained show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial...  Go to full article
SLU junior David Smith is an Environmental Studies major and lives on the school's sustainability farm a few miles from campus.  Chores include tending a flock of chickens. Photo: Todd Moe

St. Lawrence junior's coursework includes farm chores

Sometimes spending a college semester abroad means just a few miles down the road. St. Lawrence University junior David Smith, a Potsdam native, is one of nine students...  Go to full article

Cold slows floods, but some areas still underwater

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says damage from recent flooding has been wide-ranging and warns that Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage.

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