Inmates are placed in solitary confinement at Rikers Island for "inexcusably extreme" amounts of time, a new report charges, "egregiously disproportionate" to the infractions they are alleged to have committed. While in solitary, it can be difficult for inmates to get access to the most basic of ser ... More >>
On March 21, Vikki (she requested we use only her first name) proudly tweeted a pair of photos of herself for #BeforeAfterFriday. On the left, dated 2009, was a ruddy-cheeked, button-nosed dude sporting a newsboy cap, black T-shirt, and five o'clock shadow. On the right was present-day Vikki, resple ... More >>
New York City has been fighting a long-running battle with anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, and today that fight advanced forward another inch. The city wants those CPCs to disclose to their clients that they're not medical facilities, that they don't have doctors on staff, that they don't of ... More >>
A doctor who ran a pain management clinic in Flushing was charged yesterday with manslaughter in the deaths of two patients who overdosed on powerful painkillers. Stan Xuhui Li, 58, of Hamilton, N.J., was one of the doctors mentioned in the recent Voice article about medical professionals who illeg ... More >>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed super-sized soda ban isn't the only controversial topic that is going to be discussed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene this week. Today, the Department is talking about the metzitzah b'peh -- a circumcision practice during which ritual practitioners ... More >>
WebMD describes whooping cough as a "disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months." It is a respiratory infection that can spread rapidly if untreated. And, in recent weeks, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that cases have been popping up across the co ... More >>
When the Brooklyn District Attorney's office announced that it would investigate the death of an infant who got herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, many decided to revisit the tradition, and ask whether it still has a place in modern society. Now, this particular case deals with a ... More >>
This just in: Mike Bloomberg will match up to $250,000 in donations to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America so the group can continue breast screenings for poor women, according to an official mayoral tweet. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation slashed $680,000 in ... More >>
This is reason #137 that we don't quite trust Pilates. (Yes, we know, some swear by it, but when we work out, we want to do more than make those weird little flappy motions with our hands, and "make a corset with our ribs," not to mention, there's the distinct sense that we're doing it all wr ... More >>
Rick Perry's Texas is a job-makin', low-taxin' oasis of economic growth. It's also a fantasy.
So a hospital in South Miami made an oopsy. Instead of leaving Vera Delgado's eight-day-old baby Mario intact and with-foreskin, they took the very moment that Mom went home to shower and change clothes to do the old snip-snip. Er, imagine her horror/surprise when she returned.
For those seeking proof that people are stupid, there is this: Cosmetic foot surgery, a/k/a, the "Cinderella procedure," the absolute latest in ridiculous plastic surgery trends. If you have ugly, questionable, too fat, too skinny, wrinkly, or otherwise compromised feet, you can fix them perm ... More >>
A Staten Island sonogram operator is accused of raping a patient while she was under medication. The patient, 30, came to the Richmond University Medical Center on December 11 complaining of abdominal pains and was put on Dilaudid. She was alone with the ultrasound technician, Kenrussell Sal ... More >>
A new study suggests that people who buy local and organic foods -- i.e., "virtuous shoppers" -- are more likely to be immoral. Specifically, green shoppers were found to be more likely to cheat and steal. [Slate] According to recent research, higher levels of acidity in oceans, which result ... More >>
When everyone was worried about swine flu vaccine shortages, the city concentrated on getting schoolchildren immunized and discouraged "healthy, non-elderly adults" from getting shots. But at the last weekend clinics, the Times reported unexpectedly low turnout. Now the city, awash in vaccin ... More >>
As part of Mayor Bloomberg's H1N1 flu plan for NYC, the Board of Health has opened vaccination centers this weekend in all five boroughs for middle school and high school students. Elementary school students above four years of age are also eligible for the free shots. Fifty private compani ... More >>
Though the CDC has stopped collecting swine-flu-specific info from states, Governor Paterson has apparently seen enough, including 75 s-f deaths since this whole PANIC kicked off, and has declared a swine flu emergency. What does that mean? The state will start allowing less-qualified medica ... More >>
*Jury duty... *An audit... *Or a colonoscopy? I'm guessing the worst of the three is jury duty. Only the biggest dummos with no lives to speak of relish the chance to be packed into a far-downtown room, where you spend several tense days trying to bullshit your way out of every trial. ("My ... More >>
Yes, he most surely was, as reported in this week's column [CLICK HERE], which is more packed with good stuff than a circuit queen's butt at the Black Party. Read this invigorating opus and you will also learn about:
"Reduction" is an ominous word in the food world, redolent with euphemistic starvation regimens and shadowy surgical weight-loss procedures. So it's difficult to shake off feelings of imminent doom when the word is applied to food magazines that are already facing financial difficulties. Case ... More >>
Partly Private, "the first funny film on the topic of male circumcision," is premiering on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival. How's that for a tip, ba dum pum? I bet they serve head cheese at the premiere party. Sorry for the jokes, folks, but as you can see, circumcision makes me a tad uncom ... More >>
After releasing an early morning statement saying that Governor David Paterson had checked himself in to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for migraine-like symptoms, his office explained that Paterson is undergoing a procedure to treat acute glaucoma in his left eye. The governor, who turned 54 on ... More >>
In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, there was no shortage of protest songs that sought to steer the nation off a post-9/11 collision course with a country that had nothing to do with the attack. The Beastie Boys, Cat Power, Thurston Moore, John Mellencamp, R.E.M. and Zach De La Rocha were among t ... More >>
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