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What would happen if Americans were paid to donate their kidneys?

What would happen if Americans were paid to donate their kidneys?

One of the strictest tenets of the U.S. transplant system is that paying for organs is forbidden. The ban, imposed by the National Transplant Act of 1984, was designed to protect the poor from being taken advantage of by the wealthy. Impassioned supporters of the law argued that compensating people for body parts is exploitative and treats donors like subhumans, and the debate was essentially closed for more than three decades - until recently.

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna officials reassure residents on safety of town water

Town officials are reassuring residents that the quality of their drinking water is up to the standards of the state Department of Health, after some residents expressed concern over the safety of the town’s water.

NY digital prescription system to go online

CAPITAL REGION

NY digital prescription system to go online

Most New Yorkers have dropped off their last prescription at the drug store. Paper scripts are banned in the state as of March 27 — save for a few specific exceptions.

3 changes consumers can expect in next year's Obamacare coverage

3 changes consumers can expect in next year's Obamacare coverage

Health insurance isn't simple. Neither are government regulations. Put the two together and things can get confusing fast. So it's not surprising that federal regulators took a stab at making things a bit more straightforward for consumers in new rules unveiled in late February and published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

CDC painkiller guidelines aim to reduce addiction risk

CDC painkiller guidelines aim to reduce addiction risk

In an effort to curb the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, ending months of arguments with pain doctors and drug industry groups and beginning what officials contended would be more judicious prescribing of the highly addictive medicines.

Senate passes broad bill to combat drug abuse

WASHINGTON

Senate passes broad bill to combat drug abuse

Responding to an urgent drug crisis that has contributed to more American deaths than car crashes, the Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a broad drug treatment and prevention bill, the largest of its kind since a law in 2008 that mandated insurance coverage for addiction treatment.

Boxer sets sights on former Schenectady library

SCHENECTADY

Boxer sets sights on former Schenectady library

When Bryan Abraham visited the former Duane Branch Library last week, he immediately had visions of swinging boxing gloves, dripping sweat and fitness results.

Poverty screening recommended during child-wellness visits

Poverty screening recommended during child-wellness visits

Pediatricians just declared war on child poverty.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga County offers training in OD drug Narcan

Training for the public in how to reverse opiate overdoses with Narcan will for the first time be offered across Saratoga County this year, the Prevention Council and Catholic Charities announced Wednesday.

Zika has pregnant women in the U.S. worried

Zika has pregnant women in the U.S. worried

The pregnant woman was in her 30s and, like a growing number of patients at Richard Newman's practice in downtown Washington, worried about a threat the obstetrician himself had learned about only recently: Zika.

Q&A: Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care CEO

SCHENECTADY

Q&A: Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care CEO

After a tumultuous period of health care reform, skyrocketing medical costs and staff reductions, MVP Health Care is adding jobs and its leader is excited about yearslong initiatives that are finally bearing fruit.

Exploding e-cigarettes send users to hospital with gruesome injuries

SEATTLE

Exploding e-cigarettes send users to hospital with gruesome injuries

A U.S. Fire Administration report found 25 injuries in the U.S. caused by e-cigarette explosions between 2009 and 2014.

Clifton Park forum urges ‘using your head’ about concussions

CLIFTON PARK

Clifton Park forum urges ‘using your head’ about concussions

An estimated 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the United States and over 50 percent of those incidents go unreported, according to Ellis Medicine.

Hearing set for nurses’ complaints against Littauer Hospital

GLOVERSVILLE

Hearing set for nurses’ complaints against Littauer Hospital

The National Labor Relations Board has set a hearing for April 18 on charges that Nathan Littauer Hospital denied a nurse a job because of her union activity, among other labor law violations.

Meet the scientist who is hotwiring the brain to treat depression

Meet the scientist who is hotwiring the brain to treat depression

Inside a fifth-floor lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a 76-year-old neuroscientist is helping to reinvent psychiatry by hotwiring the brains of mice.

Ellis Medicine names Paul Milton new president, CEO

SCHENECTADY

Ellis Medicine names Paul Milton new president, CEO

Ellis Medicine announced Wednesday that acting President and CEO Paul A. Milton will assume both roles, effective immediately.

Zika expected to infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, raising threat to rest of U.S.

Zika expected to infect 1 in 5 Puerto Ricans, raising threat to rest of U.S.

Zika has landed forcefully in America, in one of its poorest and most vulnerable corners, a debt-ridden territory lacking a functioning health-care system, window screens and even a spray that works against the mosquitoes spreading the virus in homes, workplaces, schools and parks.

CDC: Half of gay, bisexual black men will be diagnosed with HIV

ATLANTA

CDC: Half of gay, bisexual black men will be diagnosed with HIV

The CDC announced a stunning statistic this week: About half of all gay and bisexual black men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS during their lifetime. But LaMar Yarborough wasn't surprised by the news.

Why goats used to breastfeed human babies

Why goats used to breastfeed human babies

Among the Internet's favorite animal images are photos or videos of one species nursing a baby of another.

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

SCHENECTADY

In Schenectady, coalition pushes labeling for GMOs

Carol Kirk and Michael Bisaillon have access to the food in local grocery stores like other residents, but they often struggle to find something to eat there.

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