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The Brian Lehrer Show

Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lisa Sasson, registered dietitian and NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health faculty member, talks about why popular "cleanses" are misguided. Plus, we talk to Joshua David Stein, freelance journalist who wrote an article on the culture of cleansing for the New York Press.

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Report: NY Mistreats Drug-Addicted Inmates

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A human rights group says New York State's prisons engage in cruel and inhuman punishment when it comes to their drug-addicted inmates. Human Rights Watch says inmates found with drugs are put in disciplinary segregation, known as the "box," for 23 hours a day for ...

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World’s Brightest X-Ray Coming to LI

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Long Island’s Brookhaven National Laboratory is getting a big jolt from the federal stimulus. The lab will receive nearly $185 million in new science funding to help jump start the construction of a new, state of the art facility for advanced research. This will build ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nut-Free

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pam Steel, nurse practitioner at the Duke University Medical Center and coordinator of their study on peanut allergies, talks about the potentially very promising results. Also, Dr. Clifford Bassett, NYU School of Medicine faculty member and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, gives advice ...

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Report: NYS Clinics Chronically in the Red

Monday, March 23, 2009

New York State’s ailing hospitals have garnered headlines as workers and management wage a very public campaign against Governor Paterson’s proposed budget cuts. A new study suggests the financial health of smaller clinics is also precarious. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The governor has pledged ...

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NYC Hospitals to Cut 400 Jobs, Reduce Care

Friday, March 20, 2009

The city is closing four community clinics and another four school-based mental health programs, citing state budget cuts. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Heath and Hospitals Corporation President Alan Aviles says HHC needs to trim about $100 million from its budget, en route to trimming ...

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Study Finds People of Color More Likely to go Without Insurance

Friday, March 20, 2009

One out of every three New Yorkers under 65 spent part of the last year without health insurance. That's according to a new study from the health care consumer group, Families USA.

REPORTER: The study says that people of color are more likely to go without ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Harold Varmus

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Harold Varmus has done it all: Nobel Prize–winning breakthroughs in cancer biology, masterful leadership of the National Institutes of Health, statesmanship of the highest order in global health, and cheerful trench warfare to bring biomedical publications to the open-source Internet age. Currently he's the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital and ...

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Brooklyn Hospital Lays Off Over 200

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Brooklyn hospital with one of the borough’s busiest emergency rooms is laying off more than 200 people. The move caught community leaders and elected officials by surprise. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Many hospitals have struggled with financial problems, especially in poverty-stricken areas like ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

YUEI: Small Business Insurace Follow-Up

Monday, March 16, 2009

WNYC reporter Fred Mogul and Troy Oechsner, deputy superintendent for health at the New York State Insurance Department, follow up on the Brian Lehrer Show open phones segment about rising health insurance premiums.

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Report: Health Care in NY Prisons Inadequate

Friday, March 13, 2009

A new report by an independent watchdog group says inmates in New York State's 70 prisons lack adequate access to health care. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more.

REPORTER: More than 60,000 people live behind bars in New York, and many have chronic diseases, like HIV. But ...

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Former NYC Health Commissioner On Tap to Lead the FDA

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A former city Health Commissioner is reported to be President Obama’s pick to lead the F.D.A. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Dr. Margaret Hamburg was appointed by Mayor Dinkins in 1991 and ran the Health Department during a period when public health often clashed with local ...

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Demand Growing at NYC Food Pantry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As unemployment grows, more New Yorkers are having a hard time putting food on the table. The increased need is straining the city's nearly one thousand food pantries. Eileen Markey spent an evening waiting on line at one of them, and has this story for ...

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Bedbug Avisory Board

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the battle against bedbugs, a possible new ally. The City Council is proposing the creation of a Bedbug Advisory Board, to help New Yorkers fight the pests. City Council speaker Christine Quinn says the board would include an entomologist, or bug scientist, and an ...

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Crane Collapse Blamed on Workers

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A report commissioned by the city's Buildings Department blames the crane collapse that killed seven people last March on workers, who didn't use the right equipment or procedures to raise the crane. Commissioner Robert LiMandri says his inspectors would not have caught the mistakes because, ...

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Stem Cell Researchers Expect Increase in Funding

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Local researchers say they’re optimistic that the reversal of Bush-era restrictions will lead to more funding for embryonic stem cell studies.

NYU’s Dr. David Levy has been investigating the basic mechanisms that let stem cells divide into various kinds of cells. His federal funding hasn’t been ...

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Corzine Releases Bad News Budget Today

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Today, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine delivers his annual budget address. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports on how he plans to cope with a state economy that shows no signs of recovery.

REPORTER: The Corzine Administration says it's keeping all options open to compensate for a projected ...

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Show Me the Money! Bloomberg Aides Upset with Governor

Thursday, March 05, 2009

In one of his sharpest breaks with Governor, Mayor Bloomberg is accusing David Paterson of shorting the city of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding from the federal stimulus package. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: With some fanfare yesterday afternoon, the Governor trumpeted ...

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Brain Docs Debate Memory Drugs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

It's a truism for most of us that if you live long enough, your mind starts to go. But only recently have neurologists begun to understand how memory loss works. Much of this knowledge has emerged while studying Alzheimer's Disease leading some researchers to wonder ...

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City State Brawl Over Medicaid Stimulus

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The distribution of Medicaid economic stimulus money in New York has spawned a full-on city-state brawl. It was started by Mayor Bloomberg, whose office issued a statement late last night accusing Governor Paterson of shortchanging the city. Congressman Anthony Weiner piled on today. His office ...

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