Albany, NY – There has been a dramatic rise nationally in cholestoral and heart disease in children. A New York assemblyman is proposing a new to tax on junk food, video games and tv commercials to pay for a childhood obesity prevention program. But some politicians and business groups say New York doesn't need more taxes. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – A new report says the well-being of children showed an overall improvement in the U.S. during the 1990's with a number of states in the northeast among the best places for children to live. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.
North Adams, MA – The soaring cost of prescription drugs is once again the focus of attention in the Bay State. The administration of Governor Mitt Romney is looking at how a 10-year-old federal law, aimed at helping low-income individuals receive deep discounts on medications, might help serve some of the Commonwealth's uninsured residents. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.
Albany, NY – An effort is underway in New York to get doctors and patients to not rely so much on anti-biotics. WAMC's Senior Correspondent, Brian Shields reports that a website is at the center of the campaign called "Save Anti-Biotic Strength - New York".
Hanover, NH – A study of Vermont and New Hampshire adolescents by the Dartmouth Medical School found that children who watch movies where actors smoke a lot are about three times more likely to take up the habit. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Burlington, VT – Vermont will be welcoming dozens of Somali Bantu refugees over the next year. Some residents of the Burlington area, where most of the refugees are expected to live, are concerned whether the region has the resources it needs to help the refugees adapt. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The medical malpractice debate will be renewed this week in Albany when hundreds of obstetricians and gynecologists from across the state come to the the state capital to lobby lawmakers for liability reform. The doctors say too many O.B.G.Y.N.'s are being forced to end their practices because of high malpractice insurance rates. Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – As state leaders in New York debate the Rockefeller Drug laws, there is an ongoing effort by those in favor of reform to establish more alternative programs for drug users. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports on a single mother from Albany who recently completed one such program.
Plattsburgh, NY – Air Force officials say the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base may be one of five locations nationwide that could have low-level radioactive waste buried in the ground. Local officials believe that IF there is any remaining waste, it's of little significance. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
North Adams, MA – A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled ealrier this week a MAssachusetts tax on non-Medicare, non-Medicaid drug purchases was illegally implemented. The decision will result in an 18 Million dollar refund to all of the states' drug-stores. Berrkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.