Spring is just around the corner in New York City. Barren trees are starting to show signs of leaves, flowers peek cautiously out from their planters…. and rats are emerging from their winter burrows and hitting the streets. With them come a host of health issues, and this allergy season, doctors are worried about their impact on respiratory health.
Congressional lawmakers continue to meet about the Republican tax bill this week. A key concern is the end of the individual care mandate, which critics say will leave millions of Americans without healthcare coverage. That particularly worries people with disabilities, who say it could cut them off from essential long-term care. Sarah Wyman spoke with advocates hoping to change the bill.
The number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City dropped last year by nearly nine percent compared to the year before, according to a new report from the Health Department. But some New Yorkers contracted the virus many years ago. They have been living with HIV for most of their lives, and they’re dealing with the stigmas of both growing old and being infected. Bhrikuti Rai has the story.
Mayor De Blasio recently pledged $38 million to combat the dramatically growing problem of opioid addiction. Nearly 1,100 (eleven hundred) New Yorkers died of opioid overdoses in 2016, more than homicides and car crashes combined. The increase in overdoses is largely attributed to Fentanyl — a powerful synthetic painkiller often mixed with heroin. To tackle the problem, lawmakers are embracing methods that were once considered controversial. Katherine Sullivan reports.
New York City’s first AIDS memorial was unveiled on World AIDS Day earlier this month. New HIV cases in the city are at their lowest rate since 1981 and no HIV positive babies were born in 2016 according to city health authorities. But while progress has been made, there’s still work to be done. Chloe Nevitt reports.
That was TKTKTKTKTK two-way. Now, the rappers Kanye West and Kid Cudi have undergone psychiatric treatment this month, sparking conversations that explore the taboo around mental health in minority communities. A charter school in the Bronx is taking steps to shatter the stigma by using hip-hop in its classrooms.
New Yorkers now have more options when dealing with the birth of a child or caring for a sick family member. Governor Cuomo signed a law last week that requires employers to give 12 paid weeks and set up a tax to fund it. The law will go into effect in January 2018. As Henriette Chacar reports, advocates say now the next level of work is beginning.
Host Intro: This week, doctors at John Hopkins University successfully performed an organ transplant between HIV-positive patients. It’s the first time such a procedure is performed in the United States. Up until 2013 people who were HIV-positive were banned from donating their organs. To get more details on the importance of this operation, I […]
While doctors celebrate the first HIV organ transplant, HIV activist groups rallied in cities around the world to protest what they say is a critical issue for people with chronic health issues – high drug costs. They marched to Pfizer headquarters in New York. Daniel Rostas stopped by the protest to find out more about their demands.
Benzodiazopine is the class of medications used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzos, as they’re sometimes called, include names you’ve probably heard – like Xanax and Valium. And according to a new study from Yeshiva University, overdoses of these drugs have quadrupled nationwide over the last two decades. In 2014, nearly 8000 people died from benzo overdoses. Shandukani Mulaudzi has the story.
By Asa Secher The community center Bronx Works is launching a social networking app, to give young people information about STDs and HIV. The Bronx has some of New York’s highest rates of STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea – and this is what the youth leaders at Bronx Works want to change. […]