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Cash for Good Parenting Examined

Friday, January 02, 2009

It's still too early to tell whether a program that pays poor parents cash for taking their kids to school or to the doctor for check ups is working. But as WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, so far, families have received $7.6 million from the program.

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New Site Shows Illnesses by ZIP Code

Monday, December 29, 2008

A new website allows New Yorkers to find out which commonly preventable illnesses are more likely to occur in their own neighborhood -- and whether racial disparity plays a role in prevention.

The state Department of Health created the tool, which allows state residents ...

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New Health Web site Rates Hospitals

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New Yorkers can now learn more about the quality of their local hospitals by using a new state Health Department Web site.

It builds on earlier resources to provide detailed information about how well hospitals are doing at providing preventive care. For instance, you ...

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City Puts Modernization on Hold

Friday, December 19, 2008

To call the proposal to makeover senior centers in the city unpopular would be an understatement.

But the Department for the Aging said it was necessary because the city is graying and fast. And centers aren't being utilized with only two percent of seniors actually using ...

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New Yorkers Living Longer, City Says

Friday, December 19, 2008

“If you want to live longer, move to New York City,” Mayor Bloomberg joked yesterday. He was sharing the latest vital statistics, which puts life expectancy for local residents half a year longer than the national average. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Deaths declined by ...

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New Yorkers Live Longer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New health statistics suggest the city is continuing to outpace the national average for life expectancy. The latest figures show that a child born here in 2006, is likely to live to age 79. That's a four-month gain over the previous year. Health Commissioner Dr. ...

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New Commissioner for Dept. for the Aging

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has tapped Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to be the new commissioner of the Department for the Aging.

At the announcement of her new post, Barrios-Paoli says the economic crisis could pose serious challenges for seniors who may turn to the city for help:

BARRIOS-PAOLI: I think the ...

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Don't Drink & Ride

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dozens of people die in the New York City subway system each year. A new study looks at who these people are, and what led to their deaths.

Between 1990 and 2003, almost 700 people died in the subway system, according to researchers at Columbia University’s ...

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Does the Obesity Tax Work?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One of the fees and taxes the governor proposed yesterday would make New Yorkers’ Pepsi, Coke or Snapple more expensive. As WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, the so-called “obesity tax” could add some sugar to the state’s coffers, but might not subtract calories from peoples' diets.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Womb of Her Own

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Jeanne Flavin, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Fordham University, member of the board at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and the author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America, looks at the expanding role of the criminal justice system in ...

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New York Hospitals Expanding Amid Expected Cuts

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Many hospitals around New York state are expanding, even as they brace for steep spending cuts when Governor Paterson submits his 2009 budget on Tuesday. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Almost two dozen facilities made their case before the State Hospital Review and Planning Council last ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Insurance For One

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Elisabeth Benjamin, director of health care restructuring initiatives at Community Services Society, answers questions about buying single person and single family health insurance policies.

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Haitian Hurricane Relief

Monday, December 08, 2008

Governor Paterson says there's a new timetable to deliver long-delayed donations to hurricane victims in Haiti three months after four heavy storms hit the Caribbean nation.

He says 40 tons of water, food and medical supplies that have been stored in a Brooklyn Armory will be ...

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It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...

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Cuts to City's Elder Abuse Program Puts Weakest at Risk

Friday, December 05, 2008

With the city facing a budget deficit that’s expected to balloon to $4 billion over the next two years, city agencies have been instructed to cut 7.5 percent of their budgets. Everything from daycare slots for low income families to dental clinics for kids, have ...

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Cool New Treatment for Cardiac Arrest

Thursday, December 04, 2008

City ambulances will be taking a new tack with patients struck by cardiac arrest. Starting next year, EMS paramedics will take many heart attack victims to certain hospitals where their bodies can be cooled down, even if those hospitals with specialized cooling equipment are farther ...

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City Ambulances put Heart Attacks on Ice

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New York City ambulances will no longer automatically take heart attack patients to closest hospital. Instead, they will only go to facilities with special body-cooling units. As WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, the technology is relatively new but early research indicates a big boost in survival ...

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Remodeling City Senior Centers

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The debate rages on at City Hall as to whether the city should go forward with its planned modernization of the more than 300 senior centers around the city.

Many elderly New Yorkers and their advocates worry that the plan to update centers, or potentially lose ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Baby Blues

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Alex Kuczynski, New York Times style writer and the author of Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession with Cosmetic Surgery (Doubleday, 2006), talks about her recent NYT Magazine article "Her Body, My Baby" and her experience having a child through a surrogate.

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NY Food Pantries See Increase in Hungry

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The number of New Yorkers seeking food at pantries and soup kitchens jumped 28 percent this year, compared to last year, according to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The group says this uptick was a further increase from last year's survey, which found ...

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