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Biden Modifies Travel Advice

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vice president Joe Biden says he's told his family to stay out of confined spaces because of swine flu, including airplanes, and mass transit.

BIDEN: I would not at this point be suggesting they ride the subway.

Biden's remarks, made this morning on NBC's Today Show, prompted ...

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Mexicans in NY Worry About Family Back Home

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

As the Swine Flu continues to make headlines, Mexicans in New York say they are keeping tabs on their family back home while trying to stay healthy here. Many in this immigrant community are from the state of Puebla, just south of Mexico City and ...

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On Spreading of Swine Flu, Paterson Urges Alert, Not Alarm

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is monitoring his family for swine flu symptoms. His daughter attends Saint Francis Prep, where there are dozens of confirmed cases of the disease. And his wife has mild flu symptoms. Meanwhile, health officials are testing for new cases of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dread

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zarela Martinez, owner of Zarela Restaurant, talks about the reaction to the swine flu outbreak both in New York and back home in Mexico. Then, Philip Alcabes, associate professor of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and author of Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics from ...

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In NJ, a Contaminant More Toxic Than Thought

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A new study finds New Jersey officials underestimated the toxicity of a known-contaminant in Hudson County. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In the last century, Hudson County and Jersey City in particular, was a global center for processing chromite ore. Those plants are gone. But ...

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Bloomberg Says Local Flu is Mild

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says swine flu appears to be spreading in New York City but he says it's nothing to be alarmed about. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The mayor repeatedly emphasized that the local swine flu is mild and that people should keep going to work ...

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Possible Swine Flu Cases Investigated Upstate

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New York State is investigating several cases of possible swine flu upstate. Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines says it’s too soon to know if those will even lead to testing by the CDC.

DAINES: It takes some investigation to know whether we have a case that ...

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St. Francis Prep Students Stay Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

St. Francis Preparatory School will not reopen until Monday. Seventeen-year-old junior Sarah Melore has been home with a fever and cough since the weekend, and says her doctor told her yesterday she probably DOES have the swine flu although it hasn't yet been confirmed by ...

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NYC Responds to Swine Flu Outbreak

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The number of confirmed cases of swine flu in New York City more than tripled yesterday as more test results came in. Currently, there are 28 cases and another 17 listed as "probable", all of them associated with St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. None ...

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50 Swine Flu Cases in U.S., W.H.O. Raises Alert to Level 4

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Health officials in the U.S. are now reporting 50 swine flu cases. Most of the cases are mild and none fatal.

The government is shipping millions of doses of flu-fighting medicine from a federal stockpile to states along the Mexican border or where the virus has ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Flu Facts

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection & Immunity and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, offers his scientific expertise in explaining the swine flu outbreak.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Swine Flu Outbreak

Monday, April 27, 2009

Anahad O'Connor, New York Times metro reporter, reports on New York's response to the swine flu outbreak and Ambassador Rubén Beltrán, Consul General of Mexico in New York, gives the latest on the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and what the government there is doing in response.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pavlov’s Hot Dog?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler looks at the ways we’ve been conditioned to overeat unhealthy foods in his book The End of Overeating.

Event: Dr. David Kessler is speaking
Monday, April 27, at 7:00 pm
The Princeton University Club
15 West 43rd Street
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WNYC News

Life of Rats: Nasty, Brutish and Short

Monday, April 27, 2009

Contrary to popular belief, transit officials say a typical rat's life is short, just five or six months, and about to get shorter.

BARTHELL: Most rats in the city succumb to stress, deadly battles with other rats, erratic food supplies. They succumb to extermination campaigns, cars.

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Number of Swine Flu Cases in the City Rises

Monday, April 27, 2009

The number of swine flu cases here has increased, and more are expected to emerge. Mayor Bloomberg says the total number of people with swine flu has risen, from eight to 20.

Bloomberg says 17 more cases are suspected. All those confirmed and probable cases are ...

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Swine Flu Cases in NYC Confined to Queens

Monday, April 27, 2009

The number of New York City's swine flu cases has jumped, from 8 to 28, with another 17 suspected cases. Mayor Bloomberg says this doesn't mean the flu is spreading, it's still confined to one cluster, at Saint Francis Prep High School in Fresh Meadows, ...

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Bloomberg Says No Flu Outbreak, Urges Normalcy

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tests conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed cases of human swine flu among students at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. The affected students have experienced only mild symptoms, and many are already improving, but a similar virus has recently ...

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Probable Cases of Swine Flu in NJ

Monday, April 27, 2009

New Jersey health officials say they've identified five probable cases of swine flu in people who recently traveled to Mexico and California.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday that all have mild forms of the flu and none has been hospitalized.

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NY Lawmakers Seek Expansion of WTC Healthcare Funding

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Local Congressional delegates will hold committee hearings today to expand federal funding for World Trade Center medical screening and treatment. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: They are seeking more than $10 billion over 10 years. Similar efforts in previous years stalled, but bill sponsors are ...

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Bill Sponsor Confident About Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Supporters of medical marijuana say legislation to make it legal in New York has a good chance of passing. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: For the first time, identical bills to legalized the use of medical marijuana for New Yorkers with certain chronic diseases ...

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