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My Heart Health Story

My Heart Health Story

BY JENNIFER GOODSTEIN | February 2 is National Go Red Day, dedicated to raising awareness about the issue of women and heart disease. As the number one killer of women, heart disease is too often viewed as “an old man’s disease,” causing women to ignore symptoms and fail to seek treatment. Heart disease became a […]

In American Heart Month, Two Survivors’ Stories

In American Heart Month, Two Survivors’ Stories

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | At 52, Michael Rizzo has endured a 13-year journey in combatting heart disease, one that began with shortness of breath and fatigue, a diagnosis of a heart murmur but nothing more serious, then a near-drowning incident that led to a more accurate diagnosis, followed, when he was 44, with open heart surgery. […]

Heart Health and Women

Heart Health and Women

BY JAMES HARNEY | Call it a “red alert” for women! New Yorkers will “Wear Red and Give” on Friday, February 2 to spread the message that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the US. The American Heart Association is uniting with communities across the city to “Go Red and Give” on […]

Mathilde Krim, AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

Mathilde Krim,  AmfAR Founder, Dies at 91

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Dr. Mathilde Krim, a geneticist and virologist who between 1983 and 1985 founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which became the leading private funder of research, advocacy, and treatment to battle the epidemic, died on January 15 at the age of 91 at her home in Kings Point on Long […]

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

Assembly Holds Hearing on Legalizing Pot

BY NATHAN RILEY | Demanding that New York State stop racist law enforcement patterns by legalizing adult use of marijuana, advocates told members of the State Assembly, including Health Committee chair Richard N. Gottfried, a Chelsea Democrat, that police stops are traumatizing black and brown New Yorkers. At a January 11 hearing in Lower Manhattan, speaker […]

LGBTQ Health Clinic Opens in Bedford-Stuyvesant

LGBTQ Health Clinic Opens in Bedford-Stuyvesant

BY JULIANNE CUBA | North Brooklyn and city leaders were on hand December 20 to snip a rainbow-colored ribbon celebrating the opening of the borough’s first NYC Health + Hospitals facility dedicated to treating the LGBTQ community. The opening of Pride Health Center at Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Woodhull Hospital is an inclusive step toward making sure no patients […]

Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

The New Age: Sex After 50, 60 & 70

The New Age: Sex After 50, 60 & 70

BY PERRY BRASS | Although this article’s title focuses on sex after 50, the truth is many men start to think of aging earlier, in their 40s or younger, and by 50 realize it’s going to happen, although this period of middle age has recently come out as a remarkably sexual period itself. In other words, […]

State PrEP Assistance Struggles to Attract Black Men

State PrEP Assistance Struggles to Attract Black Men

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While a state program that pays for a drug regimen that prevents HIV infection currently has just under 1,400 New Yorkers participating, it is lagging in enrolling African-American men, a population that will have to see substantial declines in new HIV infections if the state is to meet its goal of significantly […]

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

World AIDS Day Marked in Brooklyn

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | AIDS advocates, nonprofit leaders, and city and state health officials gathered at the historic and resplendently restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush to mark World AIDS Day with the fourth annual End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition gathering. The December 1 event represents the city and state’s commitment to bring down the […]