by on July 13, 2018
The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who until recently referred to marijuana as a "gateway drug," released a state Health Department report on Friday that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outweigh the potential negative impacts." "Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in developing this assessment," the 75-page document says. "No insurm...
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by on June 12, 2018
A new report looks at the impact of speaking fees, free meals and other perks on New York doctors' prescribing habits New York doctors who accepted speaking fees, honoraria, meals and other forms of payment from opioid manufacturers started writing more prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers, according to an analysis from the New York State Health Foundation. When comparing physicians in similar specialties who historically prescribed similar amounts of opioids, the researchers fou...
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by on June 10, 2018
The unusual move could hand Democrats an electoral advantage in November TO REPUBLICANS, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is the zombie that endures countless hits to rise from its knees and haunt America’s health-care industry. The signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, which brought health coverage to 20m Americans, faced dozens of House repeal votes during Mr Obama’s two terms in office and survived a pair of Supreme Court challenges (in ...
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by on June 5, 2018
Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Its headline: “Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic.” The city’s longstanding unequal and unjust marijuana enforcement was well-known and well-documented by news outlets including The Daily News, Politico New York, WNYC and organizations like The Drug Policy Alliance and Legal Aid Society. Over the last two years, more than 85 percent of...
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by on May 31, 2018
CBD is a chemical compound that, like THC, is derived from cannabis and hemp, but it’s non-psychoactive. Azuca's CBD-infused products include sugar and lemonade. The company will later introduce syrups. As mounting political pressure makes the legalization of recreational cannabis in New York likelier by the day, the founder of a popular brunch spot known for its family-friendly, wholesome vibe is getting ahead of the curve. Bubby’s owner Ron Silver, who founded his original upscale...
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by on May 30, 2018
New York might be getting a step closer to legalizing marijuana. The state health department has completed its much-anticipated study into the legalization of the drug, but as of the time of this writing it has not been released. Sources said Tuesday that the study — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo commissioned earlier this year — highlights the benefits of legalization on criminal justice reforms and a tax on the drug, but it stops short of fully endorsing the legalization. Two weeks ago, ...
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by on May 27, 2018
A POWERFUL MESSAGE FOR AN ISSUE THAT EFFECTS MORE THAN YOU WOULD THINK The cocoon illuminated at night. A south Bronx community and a Manhattan artist have taken a creative, unique approach to raise awareness of gun violence and its detrimental impact. Titled ‘Tracing the Bullet: a story of community and gun violence,’ artist Kate Browne and her Bronx-based team took three weeks to assemble a temporary, ten-foot tall, walk-able wooden cocoon at the Andrew Jackson Houses basketball c...
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by on May 26, 2018
The face of the legal cannabis industry could change once again this fall. This has certainly been a year for marijuana "firsts." Since the year began, Cronos Group became the first pot stock to uplist from the over-the-counter exchanges to a more reputable exchange, the Nasdaq, and Vermont made history by becoming the first state to OK adult-use marijuana entirely through the legislative process. Looking ahead to June, Canada aims to become the first developed country in the world to lega...
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by on May 24, 2018
The state of New York would gain an estimated $434 million annually in new tax revenue under a regulated adult use marijuana market, according to an analysis prepared by the New York City Comptroller's office. The report estimates the size of the statewide cannabis market to be $3.1 billion. "Our analysis shows that a 10% retail excise tax on marijuana sales, together with sales tax at the existing rate of 4%, would generate roughly $436 million in New York State tax revenue annually," au...
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by on May 23, 2018
Dr. Mitchell Katz is trying to change billing from an afterthought into a priority to help close the public health system's $1.8B deficit Most large health care providers have a sophisticated billing department that charges a patient's insurance for every aspect of each encounter and diligently negotiates with insurers over which procedures they're willing to cover and how much they will pay. But at the city's public hospital system, which has long been committed to serving people rega...
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by on May 22, 2018
A health care lifeline The federal Title X family planning program serves 4 million people annually and exists to help ensure that every person — regardless of where they live, their income, their background and whether or not they have health insurance — has access to basic preventive and reproductive health care, like birth control, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and annual health exams. As public health leaders committed to ensuring acc...
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by on May 21, 2018
Is there anything robots can’t do? They can perform our jobs, get periods and now . . . grow human organs. Scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed an automated system that uses robots to produce human mini-organs from stem cells. According to Science Daily, the ability to mass produce “organoids” promises to expand the use of mini-organs in basic research and drug discovery. “This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” the universit...
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