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Investigation: How NYC Nursing Homes Drug Seniors Into Submission

Feb 25, 2013

NEW YORK — George LaRocca Jr. and his dad ran a Brooklyn auto shop together. Even when Alzheimer’s robbed the elder LaRocca of his memories and ability to work, his

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A Looming Public Health Crisis In Storm-Ravaged New York?

Dec 02, 2012

FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — Weeks after floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy inundated his three-story home in Far Rockaway, Vern Clarke is pulling out the sheetrock and insulation from the walls of

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The Public Health Case for Paid Sick Days

Aug 13, 2012

Photo (cc) The Suss-Man NEW YORK — Many who oppose requiring businesses to give paid sick days to workers — among them Speaker Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and industry groups

The Soda Ban and the Power of the Board of Health

Jul 23, 2012

Examination of diseased cattle by the members of the Board of Health, 1868. NEW YORK – In September 2006, the city’s Board of Health announced it was weighing whether to require

Bronx senator's health quest

May 22, 2012

Photo ©iStockphoto.com/Ekaterina79 Visitors to state Sen. Gustavo Rivera’s Facebook page have become accustomed to seeing updates about the number of steps the Bronx politician has taken on a particular day. On Dec.

Health Problems Plague City Cab Drivers

Mar 07, 2012

Photo by Jonathan Camhi Marcelo Villagran administers a glucose test to driver Rafael Fernandez, age 62. Ramon Mosquea, a 58-year-old heavy set Dominican, looked away nervously and winced as a small needle

Stopping Apartments From Making Tenants Sick

Jan 30, 2012

Photo by Alec Hamilton On a cold January day, the wind funnels down Creston Avenue in the Morris Heights neighborhood of South Bronx like a river through a canyon. Buildings seem