Last year, police seized more than 6,000 bags of illegal pesticides as part of a raid on 12 Chinese suspects. (Photo via World Journal)

Feds Seize Dangerous Illegal Pesticides From Chinatown

Crime, Health May 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

A Chinatown store owner who was arrested last year for selling an illegal pesticide from China that sickened at least one person pleaded guilty last week in federal court.

While many African American caregivers have difficulty dealing with the stress that comes with providing care to those who need it, Gail Sharbaan, who volunteers at a senior center, enjoys spending time working with the elderly. (Photo by Adi Talwar/Norwood News)

‘Caregiver Burnout’ Plagues African-Americans

African American, Health May 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Two articles on seniors caught our attention this week, One, from Amsterdam News, examined the crisis of “caregiver burnout,” especially in the city’s African-American community. And another, from the Norwood News, offered an upbeat look at a program that draws out seniors’ artistic creativity.

Voices of NY's Chloe B. Park was on hand to shoot a photo essay of AIDS Walk New York 2012.

Photo Essay: AIDS Walk New York 2012

Featured Posts, Health, Latino May 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Marjorie Hill, president of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, spoke to El Diario La Prensa in advance of yesterday’s AIDS Walk New York about why Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. And Voices of NY’s Chloe B. Park was on hand to shoot a photo essay of the march.

(Image via The Jewish Daily Forward)

Voices in Focus: Forward Wins Battle to Display Washington’s Letter to Jews

Health, History May 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm

A victory for a newspaper that has campaigned for the public display of George Washington’s 1790 letter to Jews; Tony Avella defends his push for English signage; some advice for Latinas on how to deal with postpartum depression; and a new mural in Queens offers education with its art.

The indigenous Mexican band Sak Tzevul seeks to address violence against Mexicans on their current tour. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

Voices in Focus: In Divided Crown Heights, Teens Seek Connection

Culture, Health, Mexican May 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Four Caribbean teenagers’ mission to learn about their Lubavitch neighbors in Crown Heights; an indigenous Mexican band speaks out against violence against Mexicans in the United States; study links literacy, math skills to medication errors; and a massive rooftop farm for Sunset Park.

A illustration of a prescription pill on the wall along West 238th Street on Irwin Avenue in Kingsbridge, Bronx. (Photo by Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press)

Prescription Drug Addiction on the Rise Among Elderly in the Bronx

Bronx, Health April 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The Kingsbridge-Riverdale neighborhood in the Bronx has some of the city’s highest rates of prescription pain medication use — and misuse — found a study by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Senior citizens, in particular, are using addictive drugs at unprecedented rates, the Riverdale Press reports.

Wladyslaw Dubiel (right) with Chris Kort, owner of Prosthetics in Motion, a company that makes prosthetic legs. (Photo by Elżbieta Popławska/Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Greenpoint Pitches in for Subway Victim’s New Leg

Culture, Health April 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

In New York City’s tight-knit immigrant communities, the outpouring of support for an individual in a time of trouble can sometimes make all the difference. Case in point: a man who lost a leg in a subway accident is inching closer to getting a prosthetic leg, thanks to donations from Polish Greenpoint residents.

Errol Lewis will emcee the Ippies gala awards dinner on Thursday. (Photo by Solwazi Afi Olusola / Amsterdam News)

Voices in Focus: Errol Louis to Host Ippies Awards

Crime, Health April 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

The veteran New York City journalist Errol Louis, who will host our Ippies Awards dinner on Thursday, was profiled in the Amsterdam News; a tofu scare in Flushing; a setback for the lawyer trying to bring an accused Orthodox child molester to justice; and some context for the Strand Bookstore labor dispute.

With No Mandate For Paid Sick Days, Advocates Offer Recognition Instead

With No Mandate For Paid Sick Days, Advocates Offer Recognition Instead

Health, Labor March 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

Even as they lobby for a City Council bill that would require businesses to provide paid sick days for employees, advocates have launched a new program to promote local businesses that already give paid sick days.

In order to cope with the loneliness, Chinese seniors are strongly encouraged to visit senior centers. (Photo from World Journal)

Chinese Senior Suicides Prompt Outreach by Community Groups

East Asian, Health March 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

A recent spate of suicides among Chinese seniors has some community organizations concerned about the mental well-being of the elderly, World Journal reports.

José Ordóñez and Attorney John Dalli (Photo by Jose A. Rivera / EDLP)

Ecuadorian Has Yet to Tell Family of Debilitating Accident and $10 Million Payout

Health, Labor March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

When José Ordóñez, who worked for an asbestos removal company, fell from a malfunctioning construction lift in 2007, his injuries left him unable to work. Last week, a New York State Supreme Court jury awarded him $10,015,000. He plans to break both these pieces of news to his family over Skype this week.

Voices in Focus: Time to Dig Out That Doggie Leprechaun Costume

Health, Politics March 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

A stirring speech on the DREAM Act; French expatriates skew to the right; healthy eating through immigrant cuisines; a hold-up in efforts to make Lunar New Year a school holiday; and suggestions for getting away from the crowds this St. Patricks, including a dog costume contest.

Marcelo Villagran administers a glucose test to driver Rafael Fernandez, age 62. (Photo by Jonathan Camhi)

Taxi Drivers Struggling to Stay Healthy Get Some Help

Health, Transportation March 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

New York City taxi drivers, whose sedentary lives behind the wheel give them little time for exercise or healthy eating, face some dire health consequences, but there are efforts underway to address the problem. Several hospitals and health care programs around the city offer drivers health screenings and advice.

Latinos prefieren hierbas a medicamentos para poder dormir (Photo by La Opinión / Archivo)

Study Supports Latinos’ Choice of Warm Milk over Sleeping Pills

Health, Latino March 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

A recent study found that sleeping pills may lead to premature death. But in the Latino community, El Diario reports, “Whether due to a lack health insurance, custom, or tradition, when it comes to sleeping well, many Latinos prefer to use natural medicine or to follow the recipes of their grandmothers.”

Former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, shown on the cover of El Correo de Queens, has dedicated her fame to casting light on the problem of HIV/AIDS.

Opinion: Acculturation Does Not Mean Adopting Poor Eating Habits

Health, Latino March 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm

This editorial, translated from El Correo de Queens, warns Latinos that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.