After decades of decline, measles is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of cases has spiked in the past four months – to nearly 130. In New York City, 26 people were recently diagnosed. Some of them had received the Measles vaccine in childhood. Dr Richard Plemper leads […]
Host Intro: RAYMOND: For some who use tanning booths, the appeal is more than just looking good, it makes them feel good too. But there are health risks associated with getting an unnatural glow. CAROLINE: Yesterday, Hollywood Tans agreed to stop selling their unlimited tanning packages, after the New York Attorney General found they were […]
The emerging field of synthetic biology has hit a milestone: creating an entire chromosome—one of the 16 belonging to yeast—from scratch.
HOST INTRO: Every year, a million Americans elect to spend the final days of their lives in hospice. Going into Hospice care is an acknowledgement that a disease is terminal, that further treatment would be futile and that a person is going to die. Now, Medicare is experimenting with a program that aims to improve […]
Reporter Hilary Brueck laced up her running shoes to find out how new spring moves change how the body works AND how it looks.
New York City’s public e-cigarette ban goes into effect at the end of this month and some city e-cigarette users are outraged. One user has filed a lawsuit to stop the ban. Chris Mathias reports on how the jury is still out on e-cigarettes.
A Center for Disease Control report says autism diagnoses are on the rise in the United States. Katie Toth spoke with Lydia Brown, an autistic disability advocate and Georgetown University student who joined us on the phone from her academic exchange in Jordan.
Last week, a Health and Human Services study reported one third of nursing home residents suffer a preventable injury from substandard care. But new research has shown that telemedicine can prevent nursing home mishaps like falls and medication errors, all while reducing hospital time and medical bills.
At the New York Botanical Garden, New Yorkers of all ages come together to learn how to grow an edible and organic garden in their own homes.
SHABAYA: The world received exciting news yesterday — a second baby born with H.I.V. may have been cured of the virus that causes AIDS. Researchers announced that a California baby that began aggressive drug treatment only 30 hours after birth, showed no signs of the virus at 9 months. MOSSA: Later this year, the National […]
HOST INTRO: Fresh fruits and vegetables may be part of the solution to America’s childhood obesity problem, a new study finds. Hilary Brueck has the story. According to the study in the journal Pediatrics, places with a lot of obese kids need more people like Juan. (fade up street ambi) JUAN “One dollar strawberry, one dollar!” (fade […]
As prescription pills are becoming harder and harder to get, many drug users in New York are turning to heroin. Lawmakers are looking for ways to stem the tide of a new epidemic. One bill would increase access to naloxone, a life-saving drug for people who’ve overdosed. Another bill would increase access to treatment centers. And perhaps most controversially, a planned bill from State Senator Marty Golden would make harsher sentences for heroin possession.
According to a new study by Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley, growing up in communities with a high proportion of single mothers is the most important factor in limiting a child’s social mobility.
HOST INTRO: Last month, researchers at the Ohio State University released a study that showed a test you can take at home was effective in detecting early signs of dementia. Their findings peaked so much interest in the test that the university website briefly shut down. As Kate Cox reports, not everybody who studies dementia […]
Anti-smoking ads work, social scientists say. But they aren’t used often enough, according to a report on smoking the Surgeon General issued in January. The FDA is trying to fill the void, launching a new ad campaign with a new approach.