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    September 15, 2014

    Two Lawsuits Filed Against the City Over Two Diabetes Deaths at Rikers Island

    #114284213 / On Aug. 24, 2013, 46-year-old Rikers Island inmate Carlos Mercado fell into a diabetic coma and then died. Less than three weeks later, on September 11, 39-year-old Rikers Island inmate Bradley Ballard died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication of the disease ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 20, 2014


    Better not eat your wheaties.

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    June 10, 2014

    Here's a Short Review of Recette

    Last week's review focused on The Gander (15 West 18th Street, 646-682-7949), Jesse and Lindsay Schenker's Flatiron follow-up to their cozy flagship Recette (328 West 12th, 212-414-3000). Now that Mr. Schenker is busting out tasty brisket-filled bar snacks and ambitious entrees northwest of Union Sq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    You Have Four More Days to Drink Negronis for Charity

    We're advocates of starting dinner (or, hey, lunch -- we won't judge) with a civilized negroni, a crisp and bittersweet blend of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. We're advocates of having a couple more negronis after that, too, and not just because they make particularly good patio sippers this tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Aidan Norvez, Brooklyn Technical High School Senior, Missing Since Thursday

    On Thursday, May 15, 18-year old Aidan Norvez had just finished an AP Econ exam, one of the last tests of his high school career, and he headed to Central Park with his friends to celebrate. But Norvez, who is scheduled to graduate one month from now, never came home from the park. The teenager is ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Scientists Discover Mutation That May Hold Key to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

    In October 2009, pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Arlene Mercado judged that five-year-old Claudialee Nicanor-Gomez was on track for type 2 diabetes. As we detailed in our October feature, Type Miscast, Claudialee and her mother Irma visited Mercado two more times over the next six months. At the end o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    The Little Beet's Franklin Becker: "I Fell in Love With Food the First Time I Put a Fork in My Mouth"

    In the 30 years since he first entered the kitchen, Franklin Becker has amassed shiny trophies of a successful culinary career: He landed "two very nice stars" from the New York Times while he was the executive chef at Local, earned a Best New Restaurant in America nod from Esquire for Capitale, and ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    A Look Around the Little Beet

    Is a sprawling fast casual chain the new three Michelin stars? Because we don't hear about a lot of chefs vying for the latter anymore, but almost every time we pose the question "What are your goals?" to a restaurateur, we get the former as an answer. And it would help explain why industry veteran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Steadfast Beer Company and its Gluten-Free Beer

    Finding a suitable beer when you can't consume barley or wheat is a challenge. But when there's an opening in the market, wait around long enough, and someone will fill the void. When Albany-based Steadfast Beer Company co-founder Jeremy Hosier decided to do just that, he wanted "to take gluten fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Type Miscast: Researchers See Potential Cure for Diabetes in Near Future

    "I believe it won't be long before we can cure diabetes with a number of different therapies depending on the needs of the patient," Dr. Paolo Fiorina, of Boston Children's Hospital said this summer. "Then, if the right screening techniques for diabetes could be developed, it would be entirely possi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Type Miscast: Misdiagnosis Is Most Common Cause of Medical Malpractice Payouts

    As we detailed in this week's cover story, six-year-old Claudialee Gomez-Nicanor died from complications related to her type 1 diabetes. When she arrived at the hospital after a night of nausea and fatigue, her blood sugar was five times the normal level. Her body had needed insulin to process that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Type Miscast: The Reasoning Behind Jury's $7.5 Million Punitive Award After Tragic Diabetes Misdiagnosis

    This week's feature tells the story of a diabetic six-year-old girl who died after her doctor misdiagnosed her disease. A New York jury found the doctor, Arlene Mercado, 100 percent liable for the death. And on top of the $500,000 in damages awarded the girl's mother, the jury hit Mercado with a $7. ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2013
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    June 10, 2013

    New York City's Diabetes Death Rate Has Hit an All-Time High

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    Is Commercially Mass-Produced Eggnog Unhealthy?

    When you want some eggnog this time of year, all you have to do is reach into the refrigerator case at your local supermarket or bodega and Bam! You've got some delicious eggnog. But are commercially produced products, even organic ones, always good for you? The Wisconsin-based organic agriculture t ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012
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    August 13, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg, Health Cop: Where's The War On Wheaties?

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg has declared war on sodium, baby formula, sugar and, most recently, soda. But if Hizzoner is so concerned with your health, where's the war on Wheaties?Wheat is actually pretty horrible in terms of its ability to turn people into unhealthy fatsos. And unlike soda, it apparently ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012



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    July 23, 2012

    Medical Marijuana: Can It Treat Diarrhea?

    Well then. We're not sure how accurate this item is, but it's interesting reading, to say that least: The Weed Blog claims that medical marijuana might be good for treating the runs.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Weed Wackiness: Here Are Common Drugs More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    As the debate over medical marijuana continues in New York and the rest of the U.S., there's bound to be a lot of conflicting information out there. Opponents of medical marijuana tend to argue that it is dangerous and has no therapeutic qualities. We're not medical experts, so we're not going to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Domino's Introduces Gluten-Free Crust

    Domino's Pizza is jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon. The chain restaurant has partnered up with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and will be rolling out a gluten-free crust. Ingredients: rice starch, water, rice flour, olive oil, and potato starch. "Domino's new Gluten Free Crust pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Parents Now Pushing Unneeded Surgeries on Obese Kids

    We're guessing that Dr. Ben Spock wouldn't suggest this... The New York Times reports that parents of obese kids are increasingly treating gallbladder ailments by having their children undergo invasive operations to remove the organ. Here's the thing: Most of the time, the kids don't need surgery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    New Guidelines for Gluten Sensitivity: Report

    ‚ÄčA panel of experts recently released a report that proposed a new way of classifying gluten-related disorders, according to the Wall Street Journal. The authors of the report, which was partially supported by a company that sells gluten-free products and published in the journal BMC Medicine, ass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    The Doctors TV Show Rips Paula Deen

    Here's the picture of Deen shown on this morning's The Doctors. First thing on this morning's episode of the CBS show The Doctors, the panel lit into Paula Deen. They first criticized her for knowing she had diabetes three years ago and still promoting unhealthy meals on TV, noting "80 percent of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    Bad Boats: Cruise Ships See Outbreak Of Norovirus

    Cruise ships have never been something we've found appealing, personally. Really, there's something about being trapped in a large vessel on the open sea with a bunch of people we don't know that has always kind of freaked us out. The boats themselves haven't been doing a lot to prove us wrong recen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Lexington Brass Chef Franklin Becker on Diabetic Cooking, Paula Deen, and Light Super Bowl Bites

    Photo courtesy Franklin BeckerFranklin Becker still loves chicken wings on game day...but grilled ones​Yesterday we spoke with Franklin Becker, the chef at both Abe & Arthur's and Lexington Brass, who told us all about revamping the menu at Abe & Arthur's and what food trends are here to stay. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Did Paula Deen's Diet Cause Her Diabetes?

    This article delves into the possibilities, wondering, "How can bacon-doughnut egg burgers possibly be good for you?"

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    January 17, 2012

    Paula Deen, Southern Butter Belle, Confirms Diabetes Rumors

    Paula Deen has diabetes, but the Southern belle of butter intends to keep on eating the fatty, sugary, salty foods linked to the disease, according to Time.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    The Cutest Guy On TV Right Now!

    No, that's not him in the above illustration -- though it might be his insides. I'm talking about the guy on the commercial for Crohn's disease, the awful condition that has to do with "damaging inflammations" of the bowels and lots of running to the toilet. I'm sure you've seen the ad (unless you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Almost Everyone in America Is Too Fat

    ​Good morning! Are you enjoying a delicious donut with this blog post? Do you have full-fat milk in your coffee? Did you get your full intake of pizza-as-vegetable last night? Maybe so! According to two new research from the American Heart Association, Americans are getting fatter and sicker f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Do Diet Sodas Make You Fat? A University of Texas Study Seems to Say So

    ​Do Not Drink? It was too good to be true - the idea that you could drink massive amounts of diet soda and suffer no ill consequences. The NY Post reports today on a University of Texas medical school study that shows that people who drink diet sodas are 70% more likely to suffer an increase ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011
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    March 25, 2011

    Imperial No. Nine's Sam Talbot on Being a Chef with Diabetes and Why Chefs Need to be Ego-Free

    Photo courtesy Sam TalbotGo fish, Sam Talbot.​ Yesterday we spoke with Sam Talbot, who is now helming sustainable seafood restaurant Imperial No. Nine in the Mondrian Hotel. Today he talks about growing up with diabetes and how that's influenced him to write a lifestyle-focused cookbook.

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    November 22, 2010

    Lose Weight With Preparation H

    ​I've heard for years about people who ingeniously use Preparation H to shrink the bags under their eyes, but I never imagined it would also be used to reduce one's waistline. So I was stunned when a dimpled male beauty contestant told me that he regularly smears his middle section in Prop. 8 ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Reinventing the Bête Noire of Vegetarian Dining

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger displays one of his creations.​Even though it's generally accepted that vegetarian food has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years, veggie burgers by and large remain stuck in the herbivore ghetto. There's the Morningstar-Boca Burger contingen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    A Look at the Latest Beer Gardens; Oil Spill Threatens Seafood Industry

    ​The Tribeca Grand's Church Lounge attracts an A-list crowd of bar, restaurant, and club owners; doormen; DJs; and promoters every Sunday for brunch. [NY Post] As Astoria's Bohemian Hall celebrates its 100th anniversary, a look at the city's newest beer gardens, including Mission Dolores in P ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    A Walk in a Corporate Garden; Grub Crawls A-Go-Go

    ​Corporations like PepsiCo have started planting organic corporate vegetable gardens, where employees can weed during breaks and take home the harvest. [NY Times] Grub crawls are all the rage these days. Neighborhoods like South Williamsburg and the Lower East Side are ideal for grazing at a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Things That Could Ruin Your Day, But Won't: Death by Asteroid

    Potential Proctologists Association campaign ad waiting to happen.​You know what asteroids and hemorrhoids have in common? Four letters at the end and the ability to severely fuck up one's day. You should enjoy today knowing that you missed at least one of them.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Simon Nunez, Missing Bronx Man, Found

    We mentioned that Simon Nunez was missing yesterday. Good news: The 74-year-old Bronx man, who suffers from Alzheimer's dementia and diabetes, has been found at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Nunez was about five miles from his Beach Avenue home when he apparently became disoriented and wandered ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010
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    November 12, 2009

    The Family That Makes Together: Studies in Crap Keeps Regular With Kelloggs' Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

    Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.​ Keep on the Sunny Side of Life: A New Way of Living Date: 1933 Publisher: K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Carly Simon Sues Starbucks; Are Burgers Bad?

    ​Should Americans banish burgers? Ground beef contaminated with E. coli bacteria has sickened, paralyzed, and even killed people. Bill Marler, an expert on foodborne illness litigation, has been trying to rid the American diet of burgers since the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak of 1993. [CNN ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Marion Nestle on Calorie Counts, 16 Months In

    When the New York City Department of Health regulated that chain restaurants must post calories, they promised huge health gains--calorie labels would prevent 30,000 cases of diabetes, they said, and reduce the number of obese New Yorkers by 150,000. Of course, it's too early to know whether or not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    "Snooze" Alarm: Today's Perky Daily News (And Other Great Headlines)

    Did they change up the coffee formula at 450 W. 33rd Street? I'm asking because today's Daily News is full of so many zings and puntastic headlines that I was cracking up before I even started reading any articles. Look at the front page, we get not one, but two rhyming headlines: "GOTTI NEEDS SHRIN ... More >>

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    June 8, 2007
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    December 19, 2006

    Repeat After Us: I Will Stop Eating Candy in 2007

    She gave up her addiction to strawberry laces and Milk Duds, and lived to tell the tale

  • NYC Life

    November 29, 2005

    Rotting Away

    Thousands of New York inmates have hepatitis C. Only a few hundred get treatment.

  • News

    April 23, 2002

    Hepatitis C in the NYPD

    Sick Cops Claim the Department is Dodging the Law to Deny Them Benefits

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    One Dead in Ohio

    An Inmate's Death Casts Doubt on the Company Picked to Run the City's Prison Health System

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    March 9, 1999

    Bad Blood

    FDA Catches Brookdale Hospital in transfusion confusion

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