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Gaby Hoffman swears by the placenta smoothie. January Jones prefers hers ground up and dehydrated, in pill form. Most mammals eat their placentas, too. Some women have started embracing placentophagy, the practice of consuming the placenta after pregnancy, and cite a myriad of health benefits such as prevention of postpartum depression and pain relief. The […]

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A new report by Keeping Track Of New York City’s Children, an advocacy group that compiles data about New York City youth and the problems they face, says that kids who live in the Bronx face the highest risks. New York City has the largest child population of any city in the country with 1.8 […]

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CityLab has obtained a circa-1870 “stench map,” which shows the locations of what were called “offensive trades,” or industries that made the city stink. 19th century medical science believed that bad smells and tainted air caused diseases like cholera. The map was created by the New York Metropolitan Board of Health and can be found […]

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The air we’re breathing in New York is so polluted it might increase our risk of stroke by almost 25%, according to a new study released by the NYU Langone Center on Wednesday. The study conducted cardiovascular screenings tests for 300,000 residents in the tristate area and concluded that “inhaling New York air can block […]

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According to a new study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, New York City’s rats are host to a flea that has been associated with the bubonic plague and the Black Death. Over the course of 10 months, researchers from Cornell and Columbia studied 133 rats from five different areas in the city, and found […]

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The FDA just released a letter detailing the conditions of an East Williamsburg Chinese food distributor and among the many insane findings there was a “rodent’s nest with multiple rodents in a plastic-lined box in a cooler that had thawing rib meat on top of melons.” Seriously. Daily Finance outlines the other prominent violations that were cited […]

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Andy Henriquez died in his solitary confinement cell from a torn aorta, in severe pain, while guards ignored his and other inmates’ cries for help, DNAinfo reports.  After a shocking report detailing institutionalized abuse, rights violations, a “culture of violence” and frequent medical emergencies experienced by young inmates at Rikers Island, other cases of systemic corruption are being brought to light, […]

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Last month, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law which prevented anti-abortion protestors from getting within 35 feet of a medical center’s entrance. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. cited New York City’s law as an example of appropriate legislation — “a permissible alternative” which balanced freedom of speech and the protection of patients. Current city […]

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According to a recent study, only 22% of adults in New York are in the donor registry, compared to 48% in other states nationwide. The lagging rate is mostly due to bureaucratic reasons. Nonprofits run the registries in the eight out of ten states with the highest sign-up rates for organ donation, leading to more direct advocacy. […]

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A new review of studies from the American Academy of Neurology confirms what many medical cannabis patients already know: that weed can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis like pain, stiffness, and overactive bladder. The study also looked at weed’s ability to treat other brain diseases, finding inconclusive evidence for whether pot could effectively treat […]

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