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Feds Say Kings County Hospital "Highly Dangerous"

Friday, February 06, 2009

Federal investigators say a public psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn continues to be riddled with violence and mismanagement – months after the hospital’s video camera showed a woman dying after being ignored for hours. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: A letter by the Department of Justice to ...

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WNYC News

Group Hopes to Jump Start 9/11 Health Bill

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A bipartisan group of local representatives is trying to get long-standing World Trade Center health legislation onto the floor of Congress. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would greatly expand programs for screening and treating people with World Trade Center–related ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Foresight

Monday, February 02, 2009

Dr. David Serwadda, dean of the Makerere University School of Public Health and the director of the Rakai Health Sciences Program in Uganda, and Dr. Jordan Tappero, acting deputy director for the CDC Global AIDS program and former Global AIDS program director for ...

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WNYC News

Unions Launch PR Campaign Against Paterson

Monday, February 02, 2009

TV ads released state-wide today show black and white, old and young, native and foreign-born New Yorkers excoriating Paterson for a proposed multi-billion-dollar reduction in Medicaid spending.

AD: Governor Paterson, your healthcare budget cuts are definitely all wrong.

REPORTER: The ads are produced by the Greater New ...

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WNYC News

HHC Hopes Federal Stimulus Will Offset State Cuts

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The city’s public hospital system is bracing for a mixed bag of budget cuts from Albany -- and possible federal stimulus money from Washington. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: At a community forum in the Bronx, a Health and Hospitals Corporation official laid out some ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Health Care: Sick in the Head

Friday, January 30, 2009

Find out how America’s health care system might change during the Obama administration. Luke Mitchell, author of the article "Sick in the Head" in the February issue of Harper’s, says it’s likely that the U.S. still won’t get the health care system it needs.

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WNYC News

Report: City Foster-Care Children
Weren't 'Guinea Pigs,'
But Weren't Well-Protected, Either

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In the 1980s and ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, New York City enrolled foster children in experimental drug trials -- at times, without the permission of parents. The issue emerged five years ago, provoking a storm of controversy, including allegations that black ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On Malaria

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dr. Ambrose Talisuna, Uganda representative for Medicines for Malaria Venture and the former head of epidemiology and surveillance for the Ministry of Health in Uganda, and Sally Ethelston, director of communications and advocacy for the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, discuss progress toward a malaria vaccine and ...

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WNYC News

Pfizer and Wyeth Reach Buy-Out Deal

Monday, January 26, 2009

Drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth reached a $68 billion buy-out deal today.

Pfizer will acquire Wyeth, paying about 50 dollars a share, according to early reports in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The deal will help Pfizer cushion itself against a steep revenue decline expected ...

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WNYC News

Health Insurer Agrees to Reform Rates

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has signed an agreement with one of the nation’s largest health insurers that he says will reform how they charge consumers. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Cuomo says United Health has over-charged Americans hundreds of millions of dollars by improperly setting reimbursement ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Yes Means Yes

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jaclyn Friedman, performer, activist, program director for the Center for New Words, and co-editor of Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape talks about her book, and contributor Latoya Peterson, editor of the blog Racialicious, talks about her essay, ...

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WNYC News

United Health Charged with Over-Charging

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has signed an agreement with one of the nation’s largest health insurers that he says will reform how much it charges consumers. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Cuomo says United Health has over-charged Americans hundreds of millions of dollars by ...

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WNYC News

FDNY Response Times

Monday, January 12, 2009

The city's fire department says response times citywide, on average, dropped by 15 seconds last year, compared to 2007.

Fire officials say the response time is the best in 14 years. Fire fatalities also decreased, from 95 in 2007, to 86 in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says ...

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WNYC News

NJ Assembly Takes Up Inequities in Prenatal Care

Monday, January 12, 2009

A recent New Jersey study highlights serious disparities among the quality of care for women with unplanned pregnancies. And some lawmakers want to see more young, pregnant minority women get the prenatal care they need. They'll be discussing their ideas when the Assembly's Health and ...

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WNYC News

City, Daycare Workers in Pay Negotiations

Friday, January 09, 2009

Days after a year-end deadline, the city and the state are still negotiating pay raises for more than 27,000 daycare workers. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The United Federation of Teachers represents these workers who provide daycare to low income families. Their average pay is less ...

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WNYC News

Paterson: Health Care a Top Priority for State

Thursday, January 08, 2009

PATERSON: Now let’s just stop right here. Let’s forget about the State of the State. I’m talking to you.

HOST: Governor Paterson used several minutes in his hour-long address to make one particular health care issue a top priority. WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains.

REPORTER: Paterson used his ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Records 2.0

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, assistant commissioner of the NYC Health Department's Primary Care Information Project Bureau, talks about New York City's push toward electronic health records. And Dr. David Blumenthal, Harvard Medical School professor, director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, and former ...

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WNYC News

NYS to Insure More Young Adults

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Governor Paterson wants to change how one group of young adults in New York gets health insurance. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: About a third of the state’s 25 million uninsured residents are between the ages of 19 and 29. Paterson wants private insurers to ...

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WNYC News

State of the State Address Previewed

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

After nearly 10 months in office, Governor Paterson gets to deliver his first State of the State address later today. As Karen DeWitt reports, the speech may give the governor a chance to discuss something other than the budget deficits he’s focused on for the ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Drug Money

Monday, January 05, 2009

Fred Mogul, WNYC reporter, reports on people participating in drug trials for the cash.

In a Recession, Getting Paid to be a Guinea Pig Gains Appeal

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