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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
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...


Health Care
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.


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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.

David Acker, CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Martha Foley
David Acker, CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Martha Foley

Coming now: the future of health care in the North Country

In December, New York's health department commissioned a thorough assessment of the North Country's health care system.

The report in April had lots of bad news: there are too many hospital and nursing home beds, but not enough preventive and primary care capacity. And there are serious access issues with facilities scattered over a vast geography.

Hospitals have chronic difficulty recruiting all types of practitioners, particularly doctors. Finances are bad: 13 of 16 hospitals are in the red. There's lots of debt and lack of access to capital is a serious problem.

When North Country Public Radio spoke with David Acker, the CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, New York, over a year ago, he ticked off those same problems and said hospitals would soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they wouldn't survive.  Go to full article
Naloxone syringe. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Naloxone_%281%29.JPG">Intropin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Police at 12 SUNY colleges to get heroin antidote

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Public safety officers on 12 State University of New York campuses will soon be equipped with the heroin antidote naloxone.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the $27,000 in funding will come from a program that reimburses police departments with money seized from drug dealers and other criminals.  Go to full article
Drawstring hoods in childrens' clothing have been banned in NY since 2003. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscpsc/11209644273/">US Consumer Product Safety Commission</a>

Thrift shops warned about drawstring kids' clothes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has told 46 thrift shops to stop selling children's garments with drawstrings, clothing prohibited in New York since 2003.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/willia4/1404659376/sizes/z/in/photolist-398fi7-8qsmXC-8qskUN-8qsdZS-8qp4Mz-8qp6Dt-8qskw5-8qsedf-8qp51n-8qskHo-6JTJWs-cf4Wd-8qsev1-8qp7kc-8qp4gc-8qp7Kv-8qskhW-6WFbeN-6WFvUw-6WF8wQ-6WFx5W-6WF5Aj-6WFmxN-6WBB7t-6WF4Ds-6WB9Lr-6WBhJ4-6WEMoW-nranY-8jcWGr-6WBzmP-jkEHiw-8sZ2r4-6WETe3-6WAXqi-6WAZZM-6WAYHD-jRPPB-dhtdSE-6WBxNB-5vbfnS-ap8PTw-4uLHVP-5H49Dy-dR7Pi5-7e64j3-8n9vQm-cmFNP-ahspds-6fuGEB-7BGpw3/">James Williams</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY: Wineries can import grapes to bolster harvest

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York authorities will allow wineries to buy grapes and juice from out of state to make up shortages after a harvest expected to be well below normal...  Go to full article
Melissa, a client at the Parkdale Food Centre, volunteers in the kitchen for the center's neighborhood barbecue. Photo Karen Kelly

Ottawa food bank flips the paradigm

Most food banks work in a simple way. They take in donations of food, almost any food, and they hand it out to people in need.

An Ottawa food bank is challenging...  Go to full article
Lebanon Valley Dragway in W. Lebanon, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/drivingthenortheast/7084460141/">DrivingtheNortheast</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Driver hurt in explosion at upstate NY drag strip

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) A 34-year-old drag-race driver has been airlifted to a hospital after his car's engine exploded in the pit area of a drag strip near the Massachusetts...  Go to full article

Woman faces charges after car hits horse buggy

CLYMER, N.Y. (AP) A woman has been charged with drunken driving after her car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in western New York.  Go to full article

Shumlin, Scott, take "ice bucket challenge"

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice...  Go to full article
The entrance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital's detox unit. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Detox: after heroin, a first step

Heroin use has skyrocketed in the North Country over the past couple of years. The good news is drug treatment is available in the region. But before an addict can go to...  Go to full article
Massena Memorial Hospital. Photo: p4hinc.com

Massena hospital explores partnership with Canton-Potsdam

Massena's financially troubled hospital is reaching out to Canton-Potsdam hospital for help. Massena Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit facility owned by the town of...  Go to full article

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