The Health Show
Welcome to the health show on North Gate Radio. We’ll hear about a cell phone app that can bring help before an ambulance gets to an emergency and meet some folks who are taking healthcare to the streets, where homeless people can get access. We’ll also hear how the city of Richmond aims to use a soda tax to curb obesity in young people.
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Laotian Americans in Richmond often catch their dinner right out of the San Francisco Bay. But some say it’s not the safest way to eat. The EPA has issued warnings about fish caught in Richmond’s inner harbor, which can be contaminated with dangerous chemicals like DDT.
Photo caption: A Laotian fisherman. Photo by Alexis Kenyon.
One thousand. That’s how many people go into sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. every single day. Now a new smart phone application that alerts nearby citizen who know CPR may increase a victim’s chance of survival. Stacey Kennelly has the story.
To learn more about the Pulsepoint Foundation, visit the official website.
Photo caption: The Pulsepoint Foundation’s official logo.
In November, Richmond residents will vote whether or not to place a penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks. The proposed measure would also use the funds the tax would raise to help pay for health programs. The tax has stirred debates in the city about fighting obesity.
To learn more about the soda tax, visit Richmond Confidential
Photo caption: A UN report has recommended soda taxes like the one the city of Richmond will vote on this November. Photo by Francisco Perez.
San Francisco has a long history of looking out for its homeless citizens, and more recently it has started looking out for their feline and canine companions as well. Street Outreach Services (SOS) and their veterinary counterpart (VET SOS) are mobile clinics that travel around the city, offering care directly to homeless people and their pets. Megan Molteni spent a few days tagging along for the ride.
To learn more about the mobile veterinary clinic, visit the Veterinary Street Outreach Services website.
Photo caption: The Vet SOS van held a mobile veterinary clinic on April 6, 2012 in the Bay View area of San Francisco. Photo by Megan Molteni.
The reluctance by American people to establish a universal healthcare system in the U.S. is often baffling to European observers. Swiss reporter, Francisco Pérez, gives a European take on the issue of healthcare in America, as the Supreme Court examines the Affordable Carte Act – dubbed ‘Obamacare’ -, which the Court could soon brand as unconstitutional.
To learn more about healthcare data, visit the Banks and the Economy.
Photo caption: America’s current healthcare system overspends and under-performs. Photo by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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