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The Brian Lehrer Show

Generic vs. Brand Name

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Generic drugs are supposed to be just as effective as brand name drugs, but is that really true? Melinda Beck, Health Journal columnist for the Wall Street Journal; Dr. Donald Klein of the NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Kathleen Jaeger, president and CEO of ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Close Food

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Council member Eric Gioia (D-Queens), talks about his proposal to prevent fast food restaurants from being within 1/10th of a mile of schools.

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WNYC News

Disabled Tenants Sue City Over Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. They announced a federal class-action lawsuit against the city. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of the Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair.

GONZALEZ: If ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

YUEI: Food Stamps

Monday, April 20, 2009

Michael Paone, community organizer and anti-hunger activist, and Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger and the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? (Seven Stories Press, 2008), talk about the increase of food stamp enrollment in the ...

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WNYC News

Cost of Health Insurance Surpases Rent

Monday, April 20, 2009

How high is the cost of health care in New York City?

It now costs more to buy health insurance than it does to rent a two-bedroom apartment.

According to a New York Post analysis of new data from the state Insurance Department, the average monthly premium ...

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Sen. Gillibrand: Now Time for Health Care Reform

Monday, April 13, 2009

Despite the dismal economy, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says now is the time to produce an affordable health care plan for Americans. Gillibrand attended a roundtable in Harlem with health care reform advocates today.

GILLIBRAND: If we can address health care reform now, more of ...

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WNYC News

Conference to Address Bedbugs

Monday, April 13, 2009

City health officials will be in Virginia this week at a national conference hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to discuss how best to combat bedbugs. Assistant Health Commissioner Dan Kass says bedbugs have resurfaced in force in recent years, after largely disappearing for many, ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

PTSD Under Pressure

Friday, April 10, 2009

A secret recording suggests that the Army may be pushing medical staff not to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder. Mark Benjamin, national correspondent for Salon, has been investigating the story. He explains why the Army may be exerting this kind of pressure and what the consequences are.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

ADHD Drugs

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Shankar Vedantam, Washington Post staff writer, talks about new studies that show that Attention Deficit Disorder medicine may not be effective long-term. Are you on medication for ADHD? Are you a doctor who has prescribed this medication? What do you think of its effectiveness? Comment below!

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WNYC News

Bloomberg and Unions Spar Over Cuts

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg shot back at union leaders who have criticized him for proposing more layoffs. He says he won't have to lay off 7,000 city workers if unions agree to contribute toward health care costs, and to create a new, cheaper pension tier for new ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Toxic Lead

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

In the 1970’s lead was everywhere, from gasoline and paint to toothpaste tubes and toys. In her book Toxic TruthLydia Denworth tells the story of two men- Clair Patterson and Herbert Neddleman- who fought a bitter, three decade long struggle to protect children from lead exposure.

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WNYC News

Second Hand Smoke Exposure High in NY

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Non-smoking New Yorkers are more likely to be exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke than those in the rest of the nation. The city's health department found 57 percent had a nicotine by-product in their blood, indicating exposure to second-hand smoke. That's compared to 45 percent ...

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Local Groups Raise Relief for Quake Victims

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Local Italian-American groups are collecting donations to help the victims of the earthquake in Italy. Dr. Joseph Scelsa is the president of the Italian-American Museum on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. He's part of a group that's set up a relief fund at the museum.

SCELSA: We ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

False Positive

Monday, April 06, 2009

Newsweek science editor Sharon Begley talks about the "myth of early detection" and pre-screening for various cancers. She’s the author of The Plastic Mind: New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves.

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WNYC News

City Clinics Look Forward to Stimulus Funds

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The first wave of federal stimulus money is starting to work its way into community health clinics around the state. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: $25 million for more than clinic networks around the state will disappear pretty quickly. Elizabeth Howell of the Community Healthcare ...

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Clinics Benefit from Federal Fast-Track Funding

Friday, April 03, 2009

Local health clinics are looking forward to expanding staff and services, thanks to ‘fast-track’ funding from the federal stimulus package. Elizabeth Howell of the Community Healthcare Network says her nine-clinic group hopes to being hiring new doctors with the $500,000 she expects to get in ...

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Solace for Returning Combat Troops

Friday, April 03, 2009

The New York Army National Guard now requires that troops returning from combat attend two weekends of training. They don’t involve drills or briefings on new equipment. Instead, the citizen-soldiers attend workshops, including suicide prevention, alcohol and traffic safety, tools for facing troubling feelings that ...

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Congressional Hearing to Review Ground Zero health

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A House Judiciary subcommittee today will take up the issue of long-term compensation for sick Ground Zero workers.

There has been a yearslong fight to pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. It would create a long-term program to treat workers and residents made ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It Takes a Brain Surgeon

Monday, March 30, 2009

As chair of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Keith Black is one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. In his book, Brain Surgeon, he writes about his daily journeys into the body’s most delicate organ.

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WNYC News

Rock Reformed

Friday, March 27, 2009

Governor Paterson and leaders of the Assembly and Senate announced a deal that brings sweeping reforms to New York's 1970s-era Rockefeller drug laws. The bill gives judges the discretion to send addicted, nonviolent offenders to rehab, instead of imposing mandatory prison sentences.

Drug abuse is an ...

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