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Oversight By FDA Put Women At Risk of Cancer

According to a report issued on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, doctors and hospitals failed to tell the Food and Drug Administration about cases in which cancer was spread around inside women’s bodies by a surgical tool used to operate on the uterus. Scattering cancer cells worsens the disease and decreases a patient’s chances of long-term survival.   Due to a lack of information, the tool, called a power morcellator, was widely used for more than 20 years before the F.D.A. acted to limit it, after being alerted to the problem in 2013 by a patient who was harmed. The device,...

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Study Shows Minority Patients Underrepresented At City’s Elite Hospitals

According to a study released last Thursday in the International Journal of Health Services, black patients are under-represented at New York City’s academic medical centers.   The findings are consistent with other reports over the years that show the city’s academic medical centers take fewer Medicaid and uninsured patients than safety-net hospitals, and insurance is often a proxy for race.   In New York City, Medicaid patients were one-half as likely, and uninsured patients were one-quarter as likely, as privately insured patients to receive care at an academic medical center, according to the study.   But “insurance coverage did not fully account for the striking under-representation...

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City Council Can Protect NYC Construction Workers by Mandating Better Training

On Tuesday thousands of New York City construction workers assembled to mourn the tragic loss of 30 workers who died in construction accidents over the past two years. However, they weren't there only to mourn, but have turned their grief into an urgent call for action to help prevent future job-site fatalities. There's no question that the recent surge in construction activity in our city has delivered many benefits. But, unfortunately, it has also taken an intolerable toll in human life. “We gather at City Hall today to demonstrate our support for this critically important package of bills that will protect the...

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Construction Injuries & Deaths Rise While Safety Inspections Drop

Construction worker injuries and deaths have spiked in New York City in the last few years as the number of safety inspections dropped, according to a study detailed in the New York Daily News.   With an ongoing building surge, construction-related fatalities in the city rose from 17 in 2011 to 25 in 2015, and in the state as a whole, including the city, from 33 to 55, according to the report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. Incidents involving either fatalities or injuries jumped from 128 in 2011 to 435 in 2015 in the state as a whole.   Meanwhile, the...

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Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Crashes, Injures 103 Passengers

A Long Island Rail Road commuter train crashed at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday morning, injuring 103 passengers, officials said.   The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team to Brooklyn to determine what caused the second metropolitan area train crash in five months.   According to a representative for the New York Fire Department, "One of the rails actually pierced the bottom of the train ...

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