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Monday, June 30, 2008
Final Phase of Trans Fat Regulation Takes Effect Tomorrow
New York City restaurants will be safer for the hearts of New Yorkers. The final phase of the City’s trans fat regulation takes effect July 1, requiring restaurants to clear artificial trans fat from all their menu items. As of July 1, all foods served, including baked goods, oils, shortenings and margarines used for baking, and pre-prepared items that contain artificial trans fat, must have less that 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving.
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Friday, June 27, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT URGES NEW YORKERS TO GET TESTED FOR HIV
New York City remains the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, with more than 100,000 residents currently living with HIV. However, less than half of those at highest risk of infection are getting tested for the virus, according to a new Health Department report.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES BRONX-WIDE HIV TESTING INITIATIVE
On June 27, National HIV Testing Day, the Health Department will launch the largest HIV testing initiative in New York City history. The goal: to have all Bronx residents between the ages of 18 and 64 learn their HIV status within the next three years. With the help of local groups, faith-based organizations, and doctors’ offices, the new campaign – “The Bronx Knows”– will strive to reach the 250,000 Bronx adults who have never been tested.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
SAFER SEX IN THE CITY
New Yorkers with multiple sex partners, and low rates of condom use, are putting themselves at risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, or unplanned pregnancy. According to a new Health Department report – Are New Yorkers Having Safe Sex? – rates of unsafe sexual behavior, particularly among men who have sex with men, continue at a high rate. In 2006 alone, more than half of all New York City pregnancies were unplanned and more than 60,000 new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported – including 3,745 new HIV diagnoses.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS OF THE SEASON FOUND IN STATEN ISLAND MOSQUITOES
The Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes for the first time this season. The virus, isolated in Port Richmond, Staten Island on June 18, has arrived earlier than usual. No human cases have been detected. Next week, the Health Department will start dispersing aerial larvicide in non-residential areas of Staten Island, Bronx and Queens to reduce mosquito populations (details below). Surveillance and control efforts will continue through the summer.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS NEW YORKERS TO AVOID CERTAIN TOMATOES DUE TO NATIONWIDE SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
The Health Department has linked six new cases of gastrointestinal illness to salmonella, bringing the number of cases to seven in New York City. The new cases are part of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has been linked to raw tomatoes. More than 200 people have been stricken nationwide, all with the sub-type Salmonella Saintpaul. The Health Department, saying that more cases may be confirmed in the coming days and weeks, reminded residents to avoid certain types of tomatoes while the outbreak continues.
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Monday, June 16, 2008
NEW YORK CITY RESTAURANTS TO BE TRANS FAT-FREE BY NEXT MONTH
In a few weeks, New York City restaurants will finish the job of eliminating artificial trans fat from the food they serve. The final phase of the City’s trans fat regulation takes effect July 1, requiring restaurants to clear artificial trans fat from all their menu items. When first implemented last year, the new standard applied only to fry oils and spreads. It will now cover previously excluded items such as baked goods, frozen foods, cannoli, and doughnuts as well. Foods served in the manufacturer’s original, sealed packaging, such as candy and crackers, are still exempt.
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Friday, June 13, 2008
ONE IN EIGHT LOWER MANHATTAN RESIDENTS HAD SIGNS OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER TWO TO THREE YEARS AFTER 9/11
For many residents of Lower Manhattan, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, had lasting psychological consequences. New findings, released today by the Health Department’s World Trade Center Health Registry, show that one in eight Lower Manhattan residents likely had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) two to three years after the attacks. The findings show that Lower Manhattan residents developed PTSD at three times the usual rate in the years following 9/11. The rate among residents (12.6%) matched the rate previously reported among rescue and recovery workers (12.4%). Residents who were injured during the attacks were the most likely to develop PTSD. The study was published online this week in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
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Monday, June 9, 2008
SURVEY FINDS GENITAL HERPES IS COMMON AMONG NEW YORKERS
More than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with Herpes Simplex Virus-2, the virus that causes genital herpes. HSV-2 is a lifelong sexually-transmitted infection that can cause painful genital sores in a minority of cases, but most people have no recognizable symptoms. The prevalence of the condition is also concerning because it facilitates the spread of HIV – doubling the risk that a person will contract HIV when exposed to it.
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
NEW YORK’S TWO ‘TOP DOCS’ URGE NEW YORKERS TO QUIT SMOKING AS NEW CIGARETTE TAX GOES INTO EFFECT
State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines and City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden jointly urged New Yorkers to quit smoking rather than pay an extra $1.25 per pack in state cigarette tax that takes effect today. The state tax on a pack of cigarettes now totals $2.75. New York City has an additional $1.50 tax bringing its total tax to $4.25 per pack – the highest cigarette taxes in the nation. Cigarettes will now cost more than $8 in New York City and more than $6 across the rest of the state.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-08



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