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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
New Study Reveals Large Gaps in Diabetes Care in New York City
A new study from the Health Department reveals huge gaps in the care that New Yorkers with diabetes receive. High blood pressure and high cholesterol pose extreme hazards to people with diabetes, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Treating these conditions can spare persons with diabetes from complications and early death. But according to the new study, fewer than 10% of New Yorkers with diabetes are fully controlling their conditions.
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Health Department Launches Effort to Study Neighborhood Air Quality
The Health Department announced the launch of the New York City Community Air Survey, the first comprehensive effort to monitor street level air pollution in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Air pollution monitors mounted on 150 light posts throughout the city will be used to measure major air pollutants that contribute to health problems. The data collected will help the city better understand how pollution from traffic, buildings, and other sources affects air quality from one neighborhood to another.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Health Department Receives Federal Grant to Support Community Efforts to Expand Access to Exercise and Healthy Food
The Health Department and the New York Academy of Medicine announced that they have received a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build an alliance to reduce the burden of chronic disease in East and Central Harlem and the South Bronx. Its goal is to reduce smoking, increase physical activity and improve access to healthy foods in these neighborhoods, which have high rates of chronic illness.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Health Department Program Helps Prevent Infant Deaths by Providing Cribs to Low-Income Families
Every baby needs a crib to sleep safely, but some New York City infants are lacking cribs this holiday season, simply because their families can’t afford them. The Health Department’s Cribs for Kids program provides cribs at no-cost to families in need. Outreach workers contact new parents in eligible ZIP codes in the South Bronx, Harlem and Central Brooklyn to set up a home visit and see whether they need cribs or other assistance. The Health Department has provided cribs for more than 1,600 babies since May 2007, but many more families need help.
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Monday, December 1, 2008
Health Department Reports Early Success in Bronx-wide HIV Testing Initiative
Early results show that HIV testing has increased by 20% since the launch of a borough-wide testing campaign earlier this year. The Health Department released the encouraging findings today, as part of a city-wide commemoration of World AIDS Day. The Bronx Knows, as the initiative is called, now has more than 50 partners in the community and is well on its way to reaching the nearly 250,000 Bronx adults who have never had an HIV test.
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Friday, November 7, 2008
Health Department Reports that Seasonal Stomach Virus is Circulating in NYC
The highly contagious stomach illness that typically turns up in each fall is circulating in New York City, the Health Department reported. According to the department’s surveillance system, visits to the city’s emergency departments for vomiting and diarrhea have increased 19% in the past two weeks, to about 400 per day. New Yorkers can take basic steps to prevent the illness, such as washing hands thoroughly and regularly.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Health Department Launches Rat Information Portal
In a continuing effort to reduce the number of rats in New York City, the Health Department announced the launch of the Rat Information Portal – a one-stop resource website for New Yorkers' rat prevention needs. The new site, available at www.nyc.gov/rats provides easy access to information on how to control rats on properties and in communities.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
After More than a Decade, a Shift in the #1 New York City Baby Names
Move over Ashley and Michael – Isabella, Sophia and Daniel are now the names of choice for New York City parents. Ashley and Emily had been the city’s top girl names for more than a decade, and Michael had reigned uncontested since 1956, when he surpassed Robert as the boy of choice. But Ashley dropped to third place in 2007 as Isabella and Sophia tied for the top slot and Emily held the second. Michael also fell to third place, trailing both Daniel and Jayden.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
Health Department Urges New York City Women to Stand Up to Breast Cancer
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Health Department urges women 40 and older to mark it by scheduling a mammogram. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among New York City women. By spotting the disease at its most treatable stages, mammograms help make it less deadly.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
New Recommendations Mean More NYC Kids Need Flu Vaccine this Year
Influenza season is arriving, and now is the time to arm yourself and your family – by getting vaccinated. Following the lead of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Department is now recommending vaccination for all children between 6 months and 18 years of age. CDC changed the recommendation this year in response to research showing that children often spread influenza to family members and others.
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