Public Health

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Tenants Still Waiting for Judge to Approve NYCHA Mold Removal Settlement

    In December, the New York City Housing Authority and lawyers representing its tenants reached a settlement intended to cut down the absurdly long wait time for basic repairs. One of the provisions required housing officials to respond to mold complaints within 15 days. Everybody agreed this was good ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    NYCHA Mold Removal Settlement Has Wide Scope Thanks to High Asthma Rate

    The absurdly long wait time for basic repairs has seemed to become just another unfortunate but standard inconvenience of living in public housing. Leaking ceilings, broken door locks, dead light sockets. A resident calls to report something in need of fix and winds up at the end of year-or-more lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Gowanus Canal Is Terrifying, Filled With Shipwrecks and Will Cost Millions to Clean Up

    Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Is Lead Exposure Behind Cities' Schizophrenia Problem?

    In New York City, like in many other major metropolises, schizophrenia is a disease that can be more visible than most. In 1999, after a schizophrenic off his meds pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming N train, New York State even came up with a law to make the mentally ill seek compulsory tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Your Beer Probably Contains Arsenic

    Beer won't kill you, but the poisonous chemicals that come from the commonly used brew filtering process just might. NPR reports that German researchers recently found traces of arsenic in "hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water."

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Sunset Park Rent Strike Continues Despite New Management

    Last fall, it seemed as if justice was finally in the works for tenants in Sunset Park. In August, after organizing a year-long rent strike with three buildings on their block, residents finally had their day in court. At the time, Judge Sylvia Hinds-Radix seemed sympathetic, noting, "This building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    After the Storm, Mold is Taking Over Flooded Rockaways Homes

    Nearly three months after Sandy pushed the ocean clear across the Rockaway spit, there's a hidden aftermath. In basements and first floors across the peninsula, a vast bloom of dangerous mold is spreading across flood-soaked beams and floorboards, studs and drywall. Stakes are high. "What starts in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Gowanus Canal Cleanup Will Cost Half a Billion Dollars

    The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal Superfund site yesterday, and as expected, the process is going to be complicated, time-consuming, and mind-bogglingly expensive. Since its completion in the 1860s, the Gowanus has been the home of virtually eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2012

    9/11 Healthcare Worker Fund Will Now Start Covering Cancer Link

    Thankfully, this bit of news is a little more resounding for the World Trade Center anniversary on Tuesday than our report of the political dispute between Bloomberg and Cuomo over the Museum funds from earlier today.According to the New York Post, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Fracking Dangers: Does Hydraulic Fracturing Cause Deadly Lung Disease?

    As fracking spreads across the Marcellus shale formation and the rest of America with the White House's support, a government researcher has announced today that sand dust emitted during hydraulic fracturing might be one "of the most dangerous threats to workers." Citing a National Institute for Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Dangerous Dioxins: NYC Green Groups Call for Stronger Enforcement

    A little more than a month after the Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins, consumer groups have called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to officially stop buying products which contain these chemicals. New York's Center fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    EPA Releases Report on Dangerous Dioxins After 27-Year Delay

    The Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins -- toxic chemicals that abound in most consumer products. Though health advocates have been wary of dioxins for years, the FDA has said after a nearly 3 decades-long delay that the nasty carcino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Not Bad for You, Says the MTA

    Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Food Industry Wants to Keep Dioxins in Your Dinner: Report

    It's always good to know that the people who raise the nation's livestock and sow the country's crops really want to put health first. Or not. A group of top U.S. food producers has recently protested the Food and Drug Administration's upcoming demands for tougher dioxin limits in nutritional stap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    U.K. Docs: Cheap Booze Will Kill Us

    ​Public health experts in the U.K. have recently begged the government to ban cheap booze, saying that low-cost alcohol causes 13,000 cases of cancer yearly -- and 25 percent of deaths in young Britons, according to the BBC.

  • Voice Choices

    August 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Dying Is In Vogue: Americans' Life Expectancies Dropping

    ​Each week, Death by Science gets on its hands and knees and crawls around, searching the dark world of science and technology. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you run to the nearest 7-11 and stock up on canned goods and doomsday porn. This week, we found a stud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    9/11 Responders Must Show They're Not Terrorists Before Receiving Benefits

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Radioactive Water Gushing into Pacific From Nuclear Plant Is 'Millions of Times Over Limit'

    ​The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant seems to get worse daily. According to CNN, the radiation level of water now flowing into the Pacific from the plant is "more than millions of times above the regulatory limit." Radiation from samples taken over the weekend outside one of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2011

    Radioactive Water From Japan Plant Leaking Into Pacific; Arkansas Students Must Pull Up Pants

    via Reuters​Officials say that highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific from a crippled reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. Water from a concrete pit has been seen escaping through a crack into the ocean; radiation levels in that pit have been measured at "1,000 millisieverts per hour, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2011

    Berkeley Residents Panicking Over Almost Non-Existent Radiation

    ​The Daily has an article (not that I can read the whole thing in my iPad-less state!) about irritating Berkeley, Calif. residents being irrationally afraid of radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan. They are flocking to the area's health food vitamin apothecary-places to buy potassium iodide, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Radiation From Japan Is Headed for California...But Don't Worry

    ​Before you freak out over the words "radioactive plume" hitting Southern California, know that any radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan will be diluted and, via the New York Times, "at worst, would have extremely minor health consequences in the United States, even if hints of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Toxic PCBs Found in New York Public Schools

    alamosbasement​Low levels of PCBs, a chemical compound linked to cancer, have been found in public schools across New York. The New York Times reports leaky light ballasts are to blame. Parents are being told that there is no immediate danger, but that long-term exposure could increase health ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Gowanus Canal Is Totally Grody, Finds EPA

    ​After a yearlong evaluation of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, the EPA has released their report on the levels of contamination in the waterway. The results, published yesterday, aren't good for the Superfund site. Two suspected carcinogens -- PAHs and PCBs -- were found to be "widespread" in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Peter Vallone, Fluoride-Hating Councilman, Wants Your Teeth to Rot

    ​A city councilman from Queens apparently wants your your teeth to rot and fall out. The Daily News says Councilman Peter Vallone is planning to introduce a bill that would end New York's 45-year practice of adding fluoride to its tap water, citing safety concerns and comparing the miner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    People More Important Than Natural Resources, Says Lead-Fearing NYC Government

    ​Uh-oh. After finding "elevated" levels of lead in New York City tap water, the city's Department of Environmental Protection is warning New Yorkers to run their faucet for 30 seconds before drinking it, cooking it, or feeding it to their babies. While the DEP says the lead levels are "too sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Here's the 2010 Dirty Dozen Seafood (Dubious) Honor Roll

    Copyright GreenpeaceBluefin tuna: don't eat it.​Navigating the increasingly murky waters of sustainable seafood isn't an easy task, particularly when it's abetted by grocery stores whose eco-conscious posturing doesn't quite extend to what's being sold at their fish counters. Fortunately, Food ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    No Connection Between 9/11 Attacks and Disease?

    ​At this point, saying that science has yet to directly link 9/11 exposure to the wide range of ailments suffered by Ground Zero workers is like poking a gorilla in the eye with a stick or commanding a boulder to stop rolling downhill. After all, the city is ready to fork over more than $600 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    New York Schools Surprisingly Non-Polluted

    Few things can scare Americans into paying attention to the environment like risks to children's health. USA Today published the results of an interesting eight-month-long investigation this week. In "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools," the newspaper used the government's model ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    A Message From Your Webmaster

    Mama's taking off this week! I've got to tend to my bunions, catch up on my reading (The Globe and various word puzzle books), and idly sit around watching Obama plummet in the polls. So don't say I'm not busy! I can barely squeeze all this activity into just seven days! And it's not like I didn't w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 9, 2008


    Lia Halloran shreds the streets of L.A. for her art

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    Drink Tap

    You should already know the answer to the world's most obnoxious question. ("Sparkling or still?") Tap. Thanks. This week, March 16-22, these restaurants will ask you to donate one dollar for the delicious NYC water you usually drink for free. Each dollar will provide clean drinking water to a chil ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2008

    NYPD Seeks an Air Monitor Crackdown for New Yorkers

    A city councilman and the cops don't want you to have that Geiger counter without their permission

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    NY's Airports Are Worse Than Most: Report

    Delays at New York's area airports not only hurt the city's standing in the global marketplace but also pollute nearby communities, according to a report by Comptroller Bill Thompson. In a new report, “Grounded: The Impact of Mounting Flight Delays on New York City’s Economy & Environment" T ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 30, 2007

    Dangerous Dildos, Part 1

    In an unregulated industry, can sex toys be toxic?

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2006

    NY Pans Another EPA 9-11 Plan

    (Photo by Holly Northrop/ It seems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done it again, offering yet another false assurance to New Yorkers about fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At least, that's how many people who live and work in downtown Manhattan have come to vie ... More >>

  • News

    May 18, 2004
  • News

    April 15, 2003

    The Disease in Vogue

    Remember the Earth's Other Plagues

  • News

    January 28, 2003

    Grading the Speaker

    Miller's Council Gets 'A' for Courage, Mixed Results on Budget and Bills

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Lead Poison Legacy?

    Councilmember Dilan No Help on 'Lead Belt' Relief

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?

  • News

    September 25, 2001

    The Dust May Never Settle

    How Dangerous Was That Dark Cloud Hanging Over Manhattan?

  • News

    August 8, 2000
  • NYC Life

    April 18, 2000

    Cluster Bomb

    A New Map Shows Which Parts of the City Have Higher Breast Cancer Rates. Moving?

  • Long Island Voice

    October 12, 1999
  • News

    August 17, 1999

    City Council's Whitewash

    Speaker Vallone's Pamphlet Flies Like a Lead Balloon

  • News

    June 22, 1999

    Poisoned Politics

    Children Suffer While Peter Vallone Thins Lead-Paint Law

  • News

    June 8, 1999

    Peter's Poisoned Pen

    Will Vallone Write a Sickening Lead-Paint Bill to Please Landlords?

  • News

    January 26, 1999
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