Public Health

The Leonard Lopate Show

Posing as Scientific Authorities, Planted to Spread Confusion

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The secretive world of the charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities – while spreading confusion about public health threats.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Diacetyl: The Buttery Flavor Chemical That Damages Your Lungs

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Diacetyl is used to flavor candy, chips, coffee and e-cigarettes, and it is linked to hundreds of injuries – and five deaths – of workers in popcorn factories and flavoring companies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's Health Commissioner on #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, February 20, 2015

NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett talks about her piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, where she writes about #BlackLivesMatter and racial injustices in public health.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Net Neutrality; NYC Health Commissioner; Cricket World Cup

Friday, February 20, 2015

The FCC votes soon on net neutrality; NYC's Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett on #BlackLives Matter; the anniversary of Malcolm X's death; vaccine skeptics & the Cricket World Cup.

The Takeaway

The Truth About Electromagnetic Fields

Monday, December 01, 2014

Some studies in the late 80s showed a possible connection between cancer and living near power lines. Though subsequent researched showed no effect, it's tough to get people "unscared."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Should Soda Have a Warning Label?

Monday, November 17, 2014

A bill in Albany would warn consumers of sugary drinks: "Safety warning: drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." Good idea?

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Studio 360

VD on the Radio

Friday, November 07, 2014

How public health officials of the 1940s turned to the biggest stars of the day to help fight the scourge of syphilis and other STDs.


The Takeaway

U.N. Leader Offers Hope in Fight Against Ebola

Monday, November 03, 2014

Though the virus is killing thousands and frightening millions more, the fight against Ebola is in generating international cooperation on a scale not seen since the end of WWII.


The Brian Lehrer Show

To Quarantine or Not To Quarantine

Monday, October 27, 2014

After a barrage of criticism over mandatory quarantines, Governors Cuomo and Christie are grappling with how to handle travelers returning home from Ebola-stricken countries.

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The Takeaway

Ebola: What The Medical Community is Up Against

Monday, August 04, 2014

The most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of 887 people, making it the largest Ebola outbreak ever. But what are medical professionals up against as they attempt to treat and contain this disease?


The Brian Lehrer Show

How Worried Do You Need To Be About Ebola?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One epidemiologist says it's quite likely that someone with Ebola will arrive in the U.S., but he says the panic level should only be "at a 1 or a 2." Here's what you need to know.

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A Pill to Stop HIV: Here's What You Need to Know

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It’s called Truvada, and taking it every day can drastically reduce the chance that unprotected sex will result in an HIV infection. Like most drugs, there are medical side effects. But the cultural and behavioral side effects, like a potential decline in condom use, are more troubling for some. 

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Medical Community Calls for More Hepatitis Awareness

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Experts are voicing support for a bill that would require New York City to issue an annual report on its efforts to stop the spread of hepatitis B and C, the leading causes of liver cancer.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Being Poor Is Bad for Your Health

Monday, March 31, 2014

For the second part of this week's installment of Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Dr. Benard Dreyer, Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, and Dr. Peter Muennig, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, discuss the impacts poverty has on cognitive development and overall health, especially in children, and what policies could improve health and mental health of children and families.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Bridgegate Emails; Pedestrian Traffic Deaths; Scientific Parenting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz explains the implications of the new Bridgegate emails released earlier this week. Plus: a look at pedestrian traffic deaths in New York City this year; NYU's Dalton Conley on how he applies the science of parenting to his own kids; information on the measles outbreak from DOH's Dr. Jay Varma, the latest from Ukraine; and another round of "Advice Roulette."

The Brian Lehrer Show

Childhood Obesity Rates Fall

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CDC data show a 43% drop in obesity rates among American children age 2 to 5. Nutrition expert Marion Nestle says this is a very hopeful sign, but that follow-through is required to keep rates low as children move through life. One way to address that: new nutrition labels being announced by the FDA tomorrow. Nestle is hoping that "added sugars" will be included in labels from now on.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Corporate Power and the Failure to Protect Public Health

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The chemical spill that polluted the drinking water in Charleston, West Virginia, last month raised a lot of questions about the failures to prevent such an accident and protect the public. Nicholas Freudenberg argues that as the influence of corporations has grown, regulations have been weakened and consumer and environmental protection has been undermined. His book Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health examines how corporations have impacted public health over the last century. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taking on the E-Cigarette Haters

Monday, December 09, 2013

The City Council is currently considering a bill that would forbid the use of e-cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are currently banned, including bars and restaurants. Two public health professors make the case for tolerating e-cigs -- especially when the alternative is old-school smoke.

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'Vapers' Heat Up E-Cig Debate in Council

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


New York City Hall played host to a raucous—and vapor-filled—hearing Wednesday on a proposal to extend the city's smoking ban to also prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes indoors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

FDA is Eyeing New York's Trans-Fat Ban

Friday, November 08, 2013

Six years after NYC banned trans fats in restaurants, the FDA has started the process of a national ban. Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and author of Food Politics: How The Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health talks about the impact of the ban on public health and grocery bills.


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