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Press Release


Monday, June 11, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PANEL
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the creation of the City’s World Trade Center Medical Working Group and the appointment of the World Trade Center Health Coordinator, both recommended in the City’s February 2007 report, "Addressing the Health Impacts of 9/11."
PRESS RELEASE # 184-07




Colonoscopy


Wednesday, June 6, 2007
AN ADDITIONAL 350,000 NEW YORKERS HAVE BEEN SCREENED FOR COLON CANCER SINCE 2003
More New Yorkers are getting life-saving colonoscopies than ever before, the Health Department announced today, and people of all races and incomes are benefiting. The test – which can detect, prevent, or cure colorectal cancer – is generally recommended once every decade for people 50 and older, and earlier for those with a family history of the disease.
PRESS RELEASE # 045-07




NYC Condoms


Thursday, May 31, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT GIVES AWAY MORE THAN 10 MILLION NYC CONDOMS
More than 10 million NYC Condoms are in the hands of New Yorkers, just three months after the launch of the country's first official city condom. The Health Department distributed 5 million NYC condoms during its first month, and 3.7 million in its second month—still more than twice the monthly distribution before the Gotham-themed packages debuted. Orders topped 10 million in early May, as almost 1,600 local organizations received free condoms by ordering at www.nyccondom.org or by calling 311.
PRESS RELEASE # 044-07




Smoke-free environment


Wednesday, May 30, 2007
MORE AND MORE NEW YORKERS RECOGNIZING THAT SECONDHAND SMOKE IS TOXIC
More than a million New Yorkers will still be smoking on World No Tobacco Day tomorrow, making secondhand smoke exposure a persistent public health concern in New York City. But new data suggest that many New Yorkers—smokers and non-smokers alike—increasingly prefer smoke-free environments.
PRESS RELEASE # 043-07




Kick Asthma


Wednesday, May 30, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND BOROUGH PRESIDENT STRINGER ANNOUNCE CREATION OF EAST HARLEM ASTHMA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE WITH GOAL TO REDUCE ASTHMA HOSPITALIZATIONS 50% BY 2010
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Borough President Scott Stringer today announced the creation of a new facility in East Harlem that will improve treatment of asthma, the most pressing public health problem in the neighborhood. The new East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence will be placed in a storefront location, train medical providers in the latest and most effective treatments and medications, and help reduce exposure to the environmental triggers that exacerbate asthma.
PRESS RELEASE # 165-07




Tuberculosis


Wednesday, May 30, 2007
STATEMENT ABOUT FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF EXTENSIVELY DRUG RESISTANT CASE OF TUBERCULOSIS
The New York City Health Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation have worked closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate and prevent transmission from this rare case of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in an Atlanta resident. Though this individual spent 72 hours at a New York City hospital, he was in isolation the entire time.
PRESS RELEASE # 042-07




Child Fatality Rates


Tuesday, May 29, 2007
NEW YORK CITY’S CHILD INJURY DEATH RATE IS HALF THE NATIONAL RATE
Kids in New York City are safer than in the nation overall, according to the first report of the New York City Child Fatality Review Team, released by the Health Department today. The City’s child injury death rate is half the national rate, thanks mainly to lower rates of car passenger deaths and homicides. While children in New York City are seven times less likely to die as car passengers, motor vehicles remain the leading cause of accidental child deaths in New York City.
PRESS RELEASE # 041-07




Beaches


Friday, May 25, 2007
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OPENS NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC BEACHES
The New York City Health Department today announced that all of the City's 20 public and permitted private beaches will be open for the season beginning Saturday, May 26 at 10:00 A.M. The Health Department performs regular testing of the City's beach water and inspects beaches to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations that affect recreational swimming safety.
PRESS RELEASE # 040-07




Lyme disease


Wednesday, May 23, 2007
REPORTS OF TICK-BORNE ILLNESS INCREASE IN NEW YORK CITY
Tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, have been increasing among New York City residents since 2003, and the Health Department reminds New Yorkers to protect themselves against ticks when they are outdoors this summer. The vast majority of Lyme disease cases in New York City are acquired outside of the five boroughs, in areas where the type of tick that transmits Lyme disease (Ixodes scapularis) is found.
PRESS RELEASE # 039-07




healthy lifestyles press release


Tuesday, May 22, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ANNOUNCE THREE NEW INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn today launched three initiatives to improve access to food support programs and promote healthy lifestyles in lower income communities: the creation of a public-private partnership that was awarded a $500K grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to encourage healthful eating and more active lifestyles; the implementation of technology that will enable more community-based organizations to enroll families in the Food Stamp program; and the addition of School Meals programs and other food benefits for low-income children and families to ACCESS NYC's online screening tool.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-07



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