In the Bronx, Artists Trade Talent for Medical Treatment

Bronx, Health, Video March 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

As the national debate over health care rages, Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx has a solution, at least for local uninsured artists. The hospital has launched a program for artists that allows them to contribute artwork or performances in exchange for credits that they can swap for their own health care.

Circumcisions are celebrated with aceremonial affair known as a "bris." This bris is not related to the current herpes case. (Photo via Jewish Week)

Circumcision That Transmitted Herpes Not Approved by State

Culture, Health March 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

As the Brooklyn District Attorney investigates the September death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, The Jewish Week reported that the New York State Department of Health has not allowed the practice since 2007.

Rodolfo Flores is the founder of American Family Community Services. (Photo by Gloria Medina/EDLP)

Immigrant Parents Confront Anger and Domestic Violence

Health, In the News, Queens March 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Latino immigrants struggling with anger management, domestic violence and parenting issues meet weekly at classes held by a non-profit organization in Queens, where organizers worry that increased class attendance points to a growing problem in the community.

The Mexican contraception Perlutal is one of the medications available without prescription in a bodega in El Barrio.

Bodega ‘Pharmacies’ a Risky Business, Experts Warn

Crime, Featured Posts, Health February 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

For those without health insurance, bodegas that sell under-the-counter drugs are sometimes the only option. But experts warn that taking unapproved medicines can be dangerous.

Stefan Komar led a demonstration against the use of the term "Polish Concentration Camps" outside News Corporation last year.

Voices in Focus: Fake Signatures Sink Petition to Extend Little Italy Fest

Crime, Culture, Health, Media, Opinion February 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

An update on the controversial request to extend Little Italy’s San Gennaro festival; the latest on the trails of soldiers accused of tormenting Pvt. Danny Chen; an Associated Press clarification fails to appease critics; and a plea to black mothers.

Bienvenido Hernandez, dean at Village Prep HS in Mott Haven, tries to help students make wise decisions about sex.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Remains High in The Bronx

Bronx, Education, Health February 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Even as New York City has begun to mandate a new sex education program for junior high and high schools, the pregnancy rate in the Bronx is alarmingly high, a November report from New York University found. The Mott Haven Herald took a look at what’s being done to address the problem.

Women paramedics will start their own volunteer ambulance corps to tend to Orthodox women patients.

Update: Orthodox Women EMTs to Start Their Own Ambulance Corps

Brooklyn, Health February 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

After their efforts to join Brooklyn’s all-male Orthodox Hatzalah ambulance corps were thwarted, a group of women emergency medical technicians will start their own volunteer ambulance corps, to be called Ezras Nashim.

Pedro Espada fears that his Soundview clinic will be replaced by Urban Health Plan's new location.

Pedro Espada Opposes New South Bronx Health Clinics

Bronx, Health, In the News February 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Several new clinics in the South Bronx could replace the services provided by former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.’s Soundview HealthCare Network clinic, which is on the verge of shutting down due to management problems.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

Roe vs Wade Anniversary march in the Bronx

Women protest anti-abortion center

Bronx, Health, In the News, New York, Politics January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

On the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision, about 30 protesters braved the winter freeze to march from a Bronx women’s health clinic that provides abortions to one that they say intimidates women into not having abortions. The Hunts Point Express reports: The protesters—comprised ofRead More

Deceased Ground Zero volunteer Rafael Hernandez

9/11 hero dies without honor

Health, Immigration, Latino, Mexican January 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Rapheal Hernandez died in his Queens apartment. He was one of many undocumented immigrants to work at Ground Zero, who have not been compensated, medically cared for, or recognized for their heroism.

Update: DA drops abortion charge

Culture, Health, In the News, Latino, New York January 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion filed against a 20 year old Washington Heights woman in December has been dropped. DNAinfo reports the District Attorney told a judge prosecutors did not have enough evidence to proceed with the case.

Food stamp users go organic

Food stamp users go organic

Economy, Featured Posts, Health, Manhattan January 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

A surprising statistic has emerged among New York City’s food stamp users. More of them are spending their federal dollars on fresh and organic food at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Secret sanctuary against abuse in East Harlem

Health, Housing, Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, New York January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Violence Intervention Program was founded in East Harlem in 1984 to provide services like counseling and emergency shelter or transitional housing for abused women. The organization is located in an inconspicuous building and its address is kept secret to protect victims in search of a fresh and safe start.

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

NYC cultures clash over Kimchi

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Health, New York December 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

A Korean restaurant consultant is tackling a clash of cultures that threatens the very existence of Kimchi in New York City. The traditional Korean delicacy is made from vegetables that must be fermented at room temperature. But Korean restaurants have picked up Health Department violations for Kimchi, because the cityRead More