Last week in D.C. the shutdown got shutdown, which as our previous columns show was not the result rightbloggers had been banking on. Indeed, in the final days of der Untergang, many of them were already spinning furiously, like Rich Lowry, whose broadcast from the National Review bunker was headlin ... More >>
Last week, after threatening to entirely defund the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, the Republicans in the House of Representatives refused to put forward a continuing resolution to keep normal government operations going that did not also delay Obamacare for a year -- which, in terms of logic an ... More >>
Remember back in 2010, when the new healthcare legislation was equated by Republicans with The Giver-style life planning, complete with executing newborns and murdering old people? After the apoplexy faded and Sarah Palin crawled back into her stasis pod, the debate entered a more reasonable registe ... More >>
Someone dies a diabetes-related death every 90 minutes in New York City, according to a disturbing new report out from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. That's 11 percent of citywide deaths in 2011, or nearly double the proportion it was in 1990, when 6 percent of citywide deaths had diab ... More >>
According to a new study by the Department of Health, New York City preteens struggle with mental illness at rates no higher than their counterparts nationwide. But the numbers are still startling: More than 145,000 city kids -- roughly one in five -- between the ages of six and 12 are reported to h ... More >>
All evening, knots of potential diners and mere passersby stopped to gawk at the yellow notice up in the window of John's Pizzeria. [Update, Thursday mornning 10:26am: The closure has finally been posted, with a whopping 45 violation points, down from 10 last May. Look below for the full list of v ... More >>
In Rep. Paul Ryan's 'The Path to Prosperity' budget, Medicare, the health insurance program that is loved by older Americans and hated by deficit hawks, will cease to exist some time around 2022. The program - a lasting stipulation of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society - will be transformed into a vo ... More >>
As Maine tries to come up with ways to manage its medical marijuana program, one of the state's lawmakers is speaking out against some proposed restrictions. As detailed by the Portland Daily Sun, Rep. Deb Sanderson worries that the state will implement rules that "are more restrictive and divergen ... More >>
Though the feds have come down on California dispensaries, including Oakland's Harborside Health Center, other states are pushing ahead with prescription pot initiatives. New Jersey, in fact, is so down with medical marijuana that one lawmaker has criticized state bureaucracy for taking too long to ... More >>
Wendy Long, New York's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has lots to say about your ladyparts. As we reported last week, Long is apparently against abortion in all cases and anti-birth control. Now, news has surfaced indicating that Long has put contraception in a patriotic context, saying in stu ... More >>
We're listening to the Brian Lehrer show and reading SCOTUSblog's liveblog as the Supreme Court sits for what will probably be the final time of this term. And...SCOTUSblog is saying that the mandate has survived as a tax, and that Chief Justice John Roberts has joined the left in this ruling. The ... More >>
The Times has a story today about Mayor Mike Bloomberg's battle with supersized sodas and how his fight is playing out in New York's poorest borough, the Bronx. Part of Bloomberg's move, the article explains, stems from the persistence of obesity in the Bronx. Though anti-obesity measures have bee ... More >>
Part 3 in a series. (Part 1 is here, part 2 here.) Despite being axed by the Jewish Guild for the Blind after working as their part-time music therapist for two decades, and despite having the organization lie to her clients that she cancelled on them, music therapist Debbie Moran is lobbying on ... More >>
Sharon S. asks: I was in a small restaurant the other day and when I asked where the restroom was, I was told there wasn't one. I thought any place that served food had to offer toilets. Am I mistaken? What's the rule? Dear Sharon: I had actually been under the same impression, but the law is a ... More >>
A "haggard-looking and hoarse-voiced" Mayor Bloomberg critiqued U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision tp prohibit girls under 17 from buying the morning-after pill over the counter. On December 7, Sebelius overruled a decision by FDA commissioner Margaret Hambur ... More >>
http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/A Texas woman who was denied food stamps fatally shot herself and severely wounded her two children in a state welfare office Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.
Kenya, East Africa?! It says so right there on the paper... (Haha, just kidding.) That's the birthplace of Obama's father, who shares the name Barack Hussein Obama, but was not birthed on August 4, 1961. Our president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Shut up, birther idiots. Shut up, Donald Trum ... More >>
The new 9/11 health bill requires "tens of thousands of cops, firefighters, construction workers and others who survived the worst terrorist assault in U.S. history and risked their lives in its wake" to prove to the government that they're not terrorists before they can receive medical care, ... More >>
Drowning in drink New Yorkers drink a lot, so there's always a steady stream of hospitalizations and emergency room visits because of booze, and some of the city's immigrant communities are leading the way, according to the Spanish-language daily. In 2009, alcohol led to 70,000 emergency room ... More >>
To mark the 1st anniversary of President Barack Obama's health care reform, Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York's 9th congressional district is taking questions on the popular social news site Reddit. The "IAmA" section, which has been home to people dying (but actually lying) and Jeopardy! champ ... More >>
Three Lives confers on itself the highest grade. The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene got something of a comeuppance when beloved Greenwich Village bookstore Three Lives & Co. posted their own version of the restaurant-rating letter grade.
None of you is the cow in this scenario.Some bad news on the butt sex, ladies. New York City knows you're having it, and they are ashamed! See, it seems that we've been a bit remiss on the whole protection side of things. And the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is not okay with our ... More >>
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (oh, really?) will "virtually eliminate" the Manhattan office of city pest control aides, reports AM New York.
The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace the deceased Ted Kennedy in the Senate from Massachusetts yesterday destroys the Democrats' 60-vote supermajority, widely presumed to be needed for passage of a health care bill, or so it would seem from headlines ("House Dems largely reject i ... More >>
When Nate Silver talks...New York is looking to the North today as Martha Coakley attempts to keep Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat for the Democrats. The Massachusetts senate race has the cover of the Post and has President Obama pleading with New York Democrats (via e-mail) to report to a phon ... More >>
Bees: good for rooftops.Someone at the Board of Health must have gotten a taste of honey: one year after council man David Yassky introduced a bill legalizing beekeeping in the city, the Board has proposed lifting the ban.
The city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an alert (pdf) to healthcare providers in response to a record mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey. The CDC traced the path of infection back to an asymptomatic 11-year-old boy who carried it from an epidemic in England to an ... More >>
The Values Voters Summit -- held in liberal D.C. rather than in Branson, Missouri, for some reason -- kicked off this morning, and has already heard from former Miss California Carrie Prejean, whose remarks are characterized by a sympathetic Dakota Voice: "She said she was raised by parents w ... More >>
According to the Fort Defiance website, the Red Hook bar and restaurant has been shuttered by the Department of Health thanks to "nonfunctional gas cooking equipment in the kitchen." Apparently, a restaurant with gas equipment but no gas service is a DOH no-no. Fortunately, St. John Frizell, Fort De ... More >>
Following last night's speech by President Obama on healthcare reform, Michael Pollan pens an op-ed pointing to the "elephant in the room" of the health-care debate: the way Americans eat. [NY Times] Tavern on the Green has officially filed Chapter 11, listing assets and liabilities of as mu ... More >>
A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that President Obama, in the middle of a contentious health-care debate, has a 57 percent approval rating. This sounds pretty good till you get to the spin: it's 12 points lower than it was in April. Hence, "Polls Show It's Time for Democrats to Drop ... More >>
Dole Food has filed the paperwork to go public, the second time it has done so after going private in 2003. The company, currently owned by LA billionaire David Murdock, hopes to raise $500 million. [NY Times] Since Whole Foods CEO John Mackey publicly criticized President Obama's health car ... More >>
A common and safe blue food dye called brilliant blue G -- a close relative of the popular dye Blue no. 1 -- was found to be useful in treating spinal cord injuries in rats by crossing into the spinal fluid and helping to block inflammation. [Reuters] President Obama's health-care reforms in ... More >>
Former New York health commissioner Antonia Novello has been charged with defrauding the government by using state employees for personal business. She has pleaded not guilty. This, you may remember, was how they got former controller Alan Hevesi, but at least he was having state drivers chauffeur a ... More >>
In an interview on the Today show earlier today, President Obama said the Food and Drug Administration needs to step it up. With a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter blamed for eight deaths and sickening over 500 people, Obama said he wants to examine how the agency operates. "I think that the FDA ... More >>
A notorious boob doc is shut down with finality. The lawsuits, however, are still ballooning
Aspects of proposed bill meet stiff resistance
A change in the way programs are funded affects local HIV/AIDS services
With health insurance out of reach, a generation braces itself for the worst
How a New Prescription-Drug Plan Could Drive Up Prices for the Elderly
Study Finds Poor Oversight of a Billion Health Care Dollars
Fighting to Reduce Infant Mortality Among Immigrants and African Americans
Therapists Take On Managed Care
Doctors regard AZT as an AIDS vaccine for babies. But South Africa says it's too expensive.
Is the Mayor Trying To Get Out of the Hospital Business?