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Press Release


Wednesday, July 11, 2007
CITY HOSPITAL, HEALTH OFFICIALS AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERTS PROMOTE BENEFITS OF REDUCING AIR POLLUTION IN NEW YORK CITY THROUGH CONGESTION PRICING
Air pollution has significant adverse health impacts, particularly for heart and lung health. New York City health officials and doctors from New York City’s medical community joined today at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan to promote the health benefits of improved air quality through a variety of measures, including congestion pricing, a plan proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to reduce congestion and air pollution by limiting traffic in the most heavily traveled parts of Manhattan.
PRESS RELEASE # 056-07




Health Bucks


Tuesday, July 10, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT EXPANDS “HEALTH BUCKS” PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MORE COUPONS FOR FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
New Yorkers have a healthy appetite for fresh, local fruits and vegetables, according to results from a pilot program designed to encourage healthier food shopping at farmers’ markets. New Yorkers redeemed more than 40% of the 9,000 Health Bucks coupons distributed last year to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. To build on that success, the agency will give out approximately 15,000 Health Bucks this summer, each one valued at $2.
PRESS RELEASE # 055-07




NYC DOHMH


Monday, July 9, 2007
NEW YORK CITY SYPHILIS CASES DOUBLE IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2007
After leveling off for more than two years – and declining in 2006 – new syphilis cases spiked in New York City during the first three months of 2007.
PRESS RELEASE # 054-07




West Nile Virus


Friday, June 29, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO TREAT MARSH AND OTHER NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS, AND BRONX WITH MOSQUITO LARVICIDE
To control mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Weather permitting, larvicide will be applied on Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6 from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. each day. In case of bad weather, the Health Department will begin the morning of Thursday, July 5 or the next possible day. While three days are allotted for this activity, the application may be completed in less time.
PRESS RELEASE # 053-07




Press Release


Friday, June 29, 2007
MORE THAN 80% OF NYC RESTAURANTS NOW USING ZERO GRAMS TRANS FAT OILS
Facing a July 1 deadline, most restaurants have already eliminated artificial trans fat in oils used for frying, a new Health Department survey shows. The agency reported today that 83% of restaurants were not using artificial trans fat for frying as of June 1 – a full month before the new regulation will take effect.
PRESS RELEASE # 052-07




Press Release


Monday, June 25, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT MOSQUITO SPRAYING IN THE ROCKAWAYS
To reduce mosquito activity in the Rockaways, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will spray pesticide from trucks in parts in the Rockaways in Queens from Wednesday June 27, 2007 at 8:15 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until Thursday, June 28 or the next possible night. No West Nile virus has been detected there, or anywhere in New York City this season, and no human cases of West Nile virus have been identified to date.
PRESS RELEASE # 051-07




Press Release


Thursday, June 21, 2007
NEW YORK CITY SMOKING RATE HAS DECLINED ALMOST 20% SINCE 2002
New York City’s smoking rate has plummeted since a comprehensive program against smoking was launched in 2002. The 2006 rate was nearly 20% lower than the 2002 rate – a decline that represents 240,000 fewer smokers. The City’s rate for 2006 is the lowest on record (17.5%), and smoking decreased among men (from 22.5% to 19.9%) and among Hispanics (from 20.2% to 17.1%). These large declines followed a year-long ad campaign aimed at prompting more smokers to quit.
PRESS RELEASE # 050-07




West Nile Virus


Friday, June 15, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO TREAT MARSH AND OTHER NON-RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF STATEN ISLAND, QUEENS, AND BRONX WITH MOSQUITO LARVICIDE
To control mosquitoes, the Health Department will apply larvicide by helicopter to marsh and other non-residential areas of Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx. Weather permitting, larvicide will be applied on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-21 from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. each day.
PRESS RELEASE # 049-07




Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Thursday, June 14, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATING CLUSTER OF HEPATITIS INFECTIONS AMONG PATIENTS SEEN BY SAME ANESTHESIOLOGIST IN NEW YORK CITY
The Health Department is investigating a cluster of three new hepatitis C infections in people who received intravenous (IV) anesthesia from the same NYC-based anesthesiologist in August 2006. Although the investigation is not complete, the available evidence suggests that the infections occurred during the administration of anesthesia medications during outpatient medical procedures. There is no indication that the medical procedures themselves caused the infections. The anesthesiologist worked at approximately 10 different outpatient (non-hospital) practices, all of which are fully cooperating with the Health Department. This anesthesiologist has stopped working during the investigation.
PRESS RELEASE # 048-07




Child Lead Poisoning


Thursday, June 14, 2007
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONINGS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND
Although childhood lead poisoning remains a serious problem, the number of new cases identified in 2006 marks the lowest level in more than a decade. The number of new cases identified in 2006 – 2,310 among children ages 6 months to 6 years – marks a 13% decline from 2005 and an 88% decline since 1995, when nearly 20,000 children were newly identified with lead poisoning.
PRESS RELEASE # 047-07



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