Archive for 'Health and Medicine'

Bikram Builds a Community in Harlem

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by .

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Starting a business where clients stretch, contort, and sometimes cry in a humid, 105-degree room doesn’t seem like a good idea during a recession. But for practitioners at Bikram Yoga East Harlem, this is a place of solace. Owner Stephanie Caffey opened the studio in Nov. 2008 on 116th street, a block away from where […]

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Trouble in Toyland

Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by .

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The deadline is quickly approaching for Santa’s elves to package gifts, but according to one consumer advocacy group, there’s trouble in toyland. Twenty-four toys – from Thomas the Tank Engine to a Fisher Price singing puppy – made the naughty list by the New York Public Interest Research Group, which says the toys can choke, […]

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Toys Still Cause for Alarm

Posted on 02. Dec, 2009 by .

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Sheryl Gaynor demonstrates an easy size-relationship test to determine if a toy is a choking hazard. While parents are looking for the hot toys this Christmas, others are keeping a watchful eye for potentially harmful playthings. Today, the New York Public Interest Research Group released its annual study of playthings, outlining the dangers of a […]

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Local Foods & Live Poultry

Posted on 27. Nov, 2009 by .

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It’s Bird season.  Thanksgiving’s over, Christmas is just around the corner.  Turkeys don’t fare too well in the months of November and December. However, after the holidays are over they don’t have too much to worry about until next year.  Unfortunately, it’s never a good time for birds at the T&S Live Poultry Market on […]

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The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Seeking to put a face behind the staggering statistics of HIV in Africa, UNAIDS brings a unique photo exhibit to the New York public. The House Is Small But The Welcome Is Big, a photography project initiated by Lynn Warshafsky, founder of Venice Arts, and Neal Baer, executive producer of Law and Order, opened at […]

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Cost Effective Modes of Healing: Acupuncture, Yoga, and Herbs in Recession Times

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Drug prices are rising faster than they have in years, according to the New York Times.  With the increasing amount of unemployed and uninsured people in the U.S. some advocates for holistic health are making a case for the increasing importance of preventing and treating illness and injuries through yoga, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. Romina […]

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"There is Universal Health Care in Trinidad..why not the U.S.?"

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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Edna Thompson, director of patient relations at the Bedstuy Public Health Clinic, has a passion for health care. She has worked at the health clinic, which takes insurance but also will take people without, for 25 years. She is from Trinidad, and can’t understand why, in her “third-world country, they have free health care but […]

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The Undocumented and Health Care

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by .

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There was an article in the Times recently about Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, which just closed its outpatient dialysis clinic. According to the article, the public hospital decided to close its dialysis clinic as a cost-cutting measure – because it has too many undocumented patients. “For Grady, which has served Atlanta’s poor for […]

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Taxing Unhealthy Foods

Posted on 21. Nov, 2009 by .

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Following up on this post and this one about unhealthy foods, I found an interesting statistic about fast food restaurants near schools. This study from the University of California at Berkely and Columbia University found that California 9th graders who attend schools with a fast food restaurant .1 mile away are 5.2 percent more likely […]

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Who decides which health tests we should get?

Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by .

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A firestorm of criticism and confusion was unleashed this week by two separate recommendations released by different groups regarding cancer screenings for women. The first announcement earlier this week was released by a federal agency many had never heard of, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, sponsored by the  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. […]

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