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Friday, October 19, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES SMOKE-FREE HOME CAMPAIGN IN HARLEM
The Health Department announced the launch of the Harlem Smoke-Free Home campaign to address the issue of secondhand smoke in East and Central Harlem. Children in Harlem are hospitalized for asthma at twice the rate of children citywide.
PRESS RELEASE # 087-07




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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES POSTER CAMPAIGN IN SCHOOLS AND CLINICS TO HELP ADDRESS HIGH RATES OF DEPRESSION IN LATINAS
The Health Department announced the launch of a new awareness campaign to help de-stigmatize mental health problems and promote positive coping strategies among young Latinas, who suffer from depression at higher rates than other groups. This fall the Health Department began distributing posters, palm cards and compact mirrors with the tag line, “Don’t keep it in – talk to us” in both English and Spanish.
PRESS RELEASE # 086-07




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Friday, October 12, 2007
WHAT’S IN A NAME? HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASES NEW YORK CITY’S MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES FOR 2006
Long gone are Mary, Margaret, John and James – favorite baby names of New Yorkers having kids in 1898. Madison and Mia, along with Jayden and Justin, are more the style of today’s New York City parent. These names ranked among the top 10 most popular baby names of 2006. Longtime favorites Ashley and Michael took the number-one spots among the 125,506 babies born here last year.
PRESS RELEASE # 085-07




Media Advisory


Wednesday, October 10, 2007
MEDIA ADVISORY: OCTOBER 11TH IS NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY
October 11th is National Depression Screening Day. Free screenings will be offered at sites throughout New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 084-07




Media Advisory


Tuesday, October 9, 2007
MEDIA ADVISORY: HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS ART BY MEMBERS OF MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITIES
The exhibit highlights the benefits of art-making for reducing stress, promoting recovery and improving mental health. Creating and exhibiting original work also helps lessen stigma and empower the artists.
PRESS RELEASE # 083-07




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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
CITY’S INFANT MORTALITY RATE DECLINED AGAIN IN 2006
New York City’s infant mortality rate – widely regarded as a barometer of a population’s general health – fell slightly in 2006. The rate in 2006 was 5.9 infant deaths for every 1,000 births, down from 6.0 the previous year. The City has made major progress in reducing infant deaths since the early 1990s, when the rate was double what it is today, but the decline has leveled off in recent years.
PRESS RELEASE # 082-07




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Monday, October 1, 2007
NEW YORKERS SHOULD DISCARD ALL TOPPS HAMBURGERS
The Health Department is urging New Yorkers to throw away any Topps ground beef hamburgers due to possible E. coli contamination. Topps, the manufacturer, has recalled this product in several states including New York.
PRESS RELEASE # 081-07




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Monday, September 17, 2007
94% OF INSPECTED RESTAURANTS IN COMPLIANCE WITH FIRST PHASE OF TRANS FAT REGULATION
Nearly all New York City restaurants are now complying with the first phase of the city’s new trans fat regulation. Those restaurants still using spreads or fry oils that contain artificial trans fat have just two weeks left to switch products to be in compliance with the regulation. The Health Department will begin issuing fines on October 1.
PRESS RELEASE # 080-07




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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
NEW HIV DIAGNOSES RISING IN NEW YORK CITY AMONG YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN
HIV infection is on the rise among young men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City, according to preliminary data from the Health Department. New HIV diagnoses among MSM under age 30 have increased by 33% during the past six years, from 374 in 2001 to almost 500 in 2006. New diagnoses have doubled among MSM ages 13 to19, while declining by 22% among older MSM. The under-30 group now accounts for 44% of all new diagnoses among MSM in New York City, up from 31% in 2001.
PRESS RELEASE # 079-07




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Sunday, September 9, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW 9/11 HEALTH WEBSITE
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of a new World Trade Center health website, the creation of which was a key recommendation of the Mayor’s Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11 report. The comprehensive website, accessible at www.nyc.gov, offers one-stop shopping for 9/11 health-related issues. It consolidates the latest information about scientific research and services, including where those affected can go for free treatment and medicine.
PRESS RELEASE # 078-07



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