ALBANY — Continuing the theme of tackling the health care industry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest 2020 State of the State proposal is to increase transparency in health care costs.

Angry public health groups on Wednesday predicted President Donald Trump’s scaled-back plan to limit flavored e-cigarettes will fall far short of its goal of stopping a surge in youth vaping, arguing that the imminent policy is an election-year capitulation to industry interests.

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would mandate further regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, which have played a large role in increased drug costs and the opioid crisis.

PAUL SMITHS — Research by Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn and her students shows disease-carrying ticks are continuing to become more common throughout the North Country. At the same time, her research is threatened by a lack of funding from the state and federal governments.

ALBANY — The number of vaping-related lung illnesses reported to health officials has now reached 200 cases in New York, a fact that could complicate the intense debate at the statehouse over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to legalize the adult use of marijuana.

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have opened a criminal investigation into whether several large drug companies intentionally skirted regulations in order to promote the sale of addictive opioids, according to corporate filings and a person familiar with the matter.

AKWESASNE –– The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Animal Control Office has confirmed a case of rabies in a bat in the Frogtown area.

As the Food and Drug Administration’s plan to restrict the e-cigarette industry takes shape, driven by a spate of vaping-related illnesses, cigarette sales aren’t yet reflecting smokers’ concerns that vapes might not be the safer alternative to traditional smoking that marketing campaigns we…

WASHINGTON - Even as deaths from opioid overdoses grew dramatically, the Drug Enforcement Administration allowed manufacturers to substantially increase the number of painkilling pills they produced each year, the Justice Department’s inspector general said Tuesday in a report that offers a …