New Tax Bill May Leave People with Disabilities Without Healthcare


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.

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HIV Diagnoses Drop in NYC, but Patients Still Deal with Stigmas


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.

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A City Tries to Combat Stop Opioid Overdoses


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.

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Hip Hop Therapy Helps Bronx High Schoolers Find their Voice

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.

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First HIV to HIV organ transplant successful in the U.S.

  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 […]

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New York Petitions FDA to Combat Benzo Overdoses


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.

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