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Thursday, December 29, 2005
FLU ACTIVITY IS PICKING UP IN NEW YORK CITY
Daily monitoring of hospital emergency department visits suggests that flu activity is increasing in New York City. The growing number of New Yorkers experiencing cough and fever over the past several days – signs typically associated with the spread of community-wide flu – is a reminder for New Yorkers to get vaccinated for influenza.
PRESS RELEASE # 125-05




Wednesday, December 21, 2005
NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS AGAINST USE OF HERBAL MEDICINE PRODUCTS MADE IN INDIA THAT CONTAIN LEAD OR MERCURY
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today warned residents against the use of certain herbal medicine products made in India containing dangerous levels of lead or mercury.
PRESS RELEASE # 124-05




Tuesday, December 20, 2005
HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING ALL ESSENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES DURING TRANSIT STRIKE
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) remains open for business during the transit strike. All essential activities – including disease monitoring at hospital emergency departments – are operating normally to ensure public health and safety.
PRESS RELEASE # 123-05




Monday, December 12, 2005
BROOKLYN COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN HEALTH COMMISSIONER IN URGING RESIDENTS TO GET A FLU SHOT
To increase flu vaccination rates in central Brooklyn, where rates have been historically low, health and community leaders joined today to promote no-cost vaccinations at Kings County Hospital and other area clinics. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, along with Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, Pastor Brian Carter and Dr. Dexter McKenzie, urged all New Yorkers - especially those over 50 or with chronic medical conditions - to get a flu shot this year.
PRESS RELEASE # 122-05




Monday, December 12, 2005
MEDIA ADVISORY: BROOKLYN COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN HEALTH COMMISSIONER TO URGE RESIDENTS TO GET A FLU SHOT
To increase flu vaccination rates in central Brooklyn, where rates have been historically low, Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden - along with Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, Pastor Brian Carter and Dr. Dexter McKenzie - will join to promote no-cost vaccinations at Kings County Hospital.
PRESS RELEASE # 121-05




Friday, December 9, 2005
MEDIA ADVISORY: BOARD OF HEALTH TO MEET ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2005
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Health will hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 10:00AM. The meeting will be held at 125 Worth Street, Third Floor Boardroom, in lower Manhattan.
PRESS RELEASE # 119-05




Friday, December 9, 2005
NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS SERVICE AWARDS FOR UPCOMING FUNDING CYCLE
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in partnership with the Health and Human Services HIV Planning Council of New York, is committed to providing a full range of critical services to people living with HIV/AIDS. In this year’s federal Ryan White funding cycle, New York City received approximately $118 million of which $11 million was awarded in four recently re-bid service categories. The services, Treatment Adherence Support, Supportive Counseling and Family Support, Legal Services and Medical Services, will be provided by 27 agencies (list of awardees is attached).
PRESS RELEASE # 118-05




Thursday, December 8, 2005
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ENCOURAGES NEW YORKERS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM SECOND-HAND SMOKE BY GOING SMOKE-FREE AT HOME
In its latest monthly Health Bulletin, “A Smoke-Free Home,” the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene educates New Yorkers about the health benefits of making their homes smoke-free. The Bulletin lists the health risks of second-hand smoke and offers helpful tips for creating a smoke-free home.
PRESS RELEASE # 117-05




Thursday, December 1, 2005
200,000 MORE NEW YORKERS KNOW THEIR HIV STATUS THAN IN 2002
– In 2004, 2.7 million NYC adults said they had ever been tested for HIV – 200,000 more than four years ago. This means more people know their status, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said today at an event commemorating World AIDS Day 2005.
PRESS RELEASE # 116-05




Tuesday, November 22, 2005
3.2 MILLION NEW YORKERS ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
Although approximately 1 million New Yorkers – about one in five residents – are obese, only 39% of obese adults say “very overweight” when asked to define themselves, according to a new report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In addition, more than half of adult New Yorkers (53%) are overweight or obese, and only 44% are at a healthy weight.
PRESS RELEASE # 115-05



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