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Bloomberg and the Mexican Soda Tax

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Mexico has just passed a soda and junk food tax to help fight obesity. Mayor Bloomberg's foundation has given $10 million over three years to finance anti-obesity advertising campaigns and research at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times correspondent in Mexico City, explains what's been called "the Bloomberg tax" in Mexico and what it says about his goals abroad.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

MacArthur Geniuses on Health Policy

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Camden physician and founder and executive director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Julie Livingston, public health historian and anthropologist at Rutgers University, have been named as 2013 MacArthur "Geniuses." They'll talk about their fellowship and their work in public health.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dr. Robert Lustig on Sugar, Fat, and Obesity

Monday, September 02, 2013

Dr. Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the growthof chronic disease over the last 30 years. In the late 1970s the government mandated that we limit fat in our food, and the food industry responded by putting more sugar in. Dr. Lustig argues that the result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. In Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease he presents strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress, and suggests ways to improve the health of the next generation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Ticks

Friday, August 16, 2013

There are more ticks in more places than ever before, and over the past two decades tick-borne illness has increased, especially in the northeast. Dr. Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and its TickEncounter Resource Center, and Dr. Thomas Daniels, Associate Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Vector Ecology Laboratory at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center, tell us all about ticks, the blood-sucking arachnids that can spread disease and how to protect against tick bites and prevent tick-borne disease.

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Transportation Nation

Study: Cities Safer than Countryside -- Because Car Crashes Deadlier Than Guns

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Do big cities have an undeserved reputation for danger? A new study says when all types of fatal injuries are considered, you're 20 percent more likely to die from injury in most rural areas than in urban ones.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Appealing Judge's Ruling on Plan B

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In a move that pits the Obama administration firmly against women's reproductive health advocates, the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge's decision to allow girls under 15 years old to have over-the-counter access to the morning after pill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the legal and political battle.

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The Takeaway

Can Facebook be Used to Predict and Fight Obesity?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A new study suggests that people's Facebook likes are good indicators of a neighborhood’s obesity levels. Rumi Chunara, an author of the study and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, explains her findings.

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The Takeaway

Obama Visits Mexico, Paying Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking, Is Immigration Reform Doomed?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Friends of Boston Bombing Suspect Charged | Major U.S. Companies Profiting from Labor Brokers Who Drive Down Workers' Wages | Could the Failure of Gun Control Legislation Portend Failure for Immigration Reform | Obama Visits Mexico, With Focus on Trade and Immigration, Not Drugs | Paying Pregnancy Women to Quit Smoking | Can Facebook be Used to Predict and Fight Obesity?

The Leonard Lopate Show

Lead Wars

Thursday, May 02, 2013

David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz look at lead poisoning during the past half century, focusing on one of the most contentious and bitter battles in the history of public health. Their book Lead Wars: The Politics and Science and the Fate of America’s Children chronicles the obstacles faced by public health workers in the conservative, pro-business, anti-regulatory climate that took off in the Reagan years and that stymied efforts to eliminate lead from the environment and the bodies of children.

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The Takeaway

Chemical Weapons in Syria, How Diversity Contributes to Prosperity, Harnessing Facebook to Predict Obesity Rates

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

With 70,000 Syrians Dead, Why are Chemical Weapons the Game Changer? | Chemical Weapons in Syria: Israel Responds | The Medical Ethics of Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers | A Royal Example | The Newest Fight Over Wounded Knee, South Dakota | Hope that the Tragedy in Bangladesh Will Inspire Change

The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor's Race Corruption Arrests; Maya Angelou; ADHD; World Peace Game

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Breaking This Morning: State Senator Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran have been arrested on charges of trying to fix this year's mayoral race. We'll be monitoring all morning with Ben Smith of Buzzfeed. A new study reports a 53% increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. New York Times health reporter Alan Schwarz explains the findings and takes your calls. Plus: Maya Angelou discusses her new book on how being raised by her grandmother impacted her relationship with her mother; John Elder Robison talks about life with Asperger's Syndrome and raising a son who shares his condition; and the World Peace Game's lessons on cooperation.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Lustig on Sugar, Processed Food and Obesity

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dr. Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a T.V. Show: Unsafe Sex on "Girls"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The depiction of unprotected sex on HBO's "Girls" has been criticized for sending the wrong message about how twenty-somethings should think about sex and risk. June Thomas, culture critic for Slate, and a sexual health expert talk about that message and how it compares to real life concerns about sexually transmitted disease and public health.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Food Passed Its Sell-By Date Okay?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and professor of Sociology at New York University, discusses the new Urban Food Initiative in Boston--and whether it's okay to serve meals cooked with food passed its sell-by date to low-income consumers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Optimistic News for NYC Kids' Health

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health Mental Hygiene, discusses a recent report that shows the first ever decline in childhood obesity in New York, and the news that the city is at an record low for infant mortality.

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Morning Headlines | Selected by the WNYC News Hub

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WNYC's morning news producers bring you a rundown of today's must-read stories.


New Jersey News

Sandy's Toll on Public Health

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Health officials are starting to see health effects from Sandy-damaged zones, including rashes, coughs and other respiratory ailments.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Bloomberg's Public Health and Safety

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Joyce Purnick, WNYC political analyst, longtime New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's policies on health and safety: sugary drink sizes; transfats; smoking; and guns.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Unafraid of Aging

Monday, July 16, 2012

Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, discusses her work and research into the intersection of aging and public health

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Peter Piot's Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

Monday, June 18, 2012

Peter Piot talks about his career in microbiology, from studying the Ebola virus to pioneering AIDS research and policy. As founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic. His book No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today’s deadliest diseases.

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