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Thursday, January 17, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS PARENTS TO KEEP CAMPHOR PRODUCTS AWAY FROM CHILDREN
The Health Department warned New York City parents and caregivers to keep products containing camphor away from children. Some camphor products can be toxic to children when accidentally ingested or excessively applied to skin. Camphor is a common ingredient in many products used for colds, pest control, to ward off illness, or as air freshener.
PRESS RELEASE # 006-08




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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS INCREASE IN INFLUENZA IN NEW YORK CITY
Influenza season is underway in New York City and the disease is spreading across the city. New York City residents who have not yet gotten a flu shot should get one now. Emergency department visits for influenza-related symptoms have increased 19% since November and there have been confirmed outbreaks in city nursing homes over the same period.
PRESS RELEASE # 005-08




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Thursday, January 10, 2008
NEARLY ONE FIFTH OF NEW YORK CITY ADULTS ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES AT RISK FOR HIV INFECTION
Nearly one fifth (18%) of New York City adults are putting themselves at risk of HIV by having sex with multiple partners or using needles to inject drugs, yet the vast majority (92%) do not think they are at risk. The survey also found that of people with multiple sex partners, most (60%) put themselves at risk by not always using condoms. Compared to national data, sexual risk-taking appears to be more common among New York City adults, but injection drug use appears to be roughly the same.
PRESS RELEASE # 004-08




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Thursday, January 10, 2008
HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES ENHANCED RODENT CONTROL PILOT PROGRAM IN THE BRONX
The Health Department today unveiled a new initiative designed to dramatically reduce rodent populations. Unlike traditional efforts that are largely based on exterminating rats in response to complaints, the new program uses intensive surveillance to identify and rid neighborhoods of conditions that foster infestation.
PRESS RELEASE # 003-08




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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
NEW YORK CITY DEATH RATE REACHES HISTORIC LOW
The death rate in New York City reached an all-time low in 2006, as the number of deaths fell to 55,391 – down from 57,068 in 2005 and 60,218 in 2001. Mortality declined in eight leading categories, including diabetes, HIV, chronic lung disease and kidney failure.
PRESS RELEASE # 002-08




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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
MAYOR BLOOMBERG, HEALTH COMMISSIONER FRIEDEN AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER MINTZ ANNOUNCE THAT THE SMOKING RATE AMONG NEW YORK CITY TEENS WAS LOWEST ON RECORD IN 2007
Data from the 2007 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that cigarette smoking among New York City teens declined by 20% between 2005 and 2007. The City’s teen smoking rate has dropped by more than half over the past six years from 17.6 percent in 2001 to 8.5 percent in 2007, the current rate that is about two-thirds lower than the latest available national teen smoking rate of 23 percent.
PRESS RELEASE # 001-08



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