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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Adults Directly Exposed to the World Trade Center Disaster Still Had Elevated Risk of Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms and New Asthma Diagnosis Five to Six Years Later
People directly exposed to the 2001 World Trade Center disaster were four times more likely than other people to report post-traumatic stress symptoms in 2006-2007, a new study shows. While many studies have documented the adverse physical and mental health conditions associated with 9/11, most have focused on the short-term health effects within the first three years following the disaster. In a new study, “Asthma and Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms 5 to 6 Years Following Exposure to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack,” the Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined the nation’s largest cohort of directly exposed people.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Health Department Warns Parents to Keep Illegal Teething Products Away from Children
In response to a reported case of potassium bromide poisoning in an infant, associated with the use of a locally purchased teething product called Monell’s Teething Cordial or “Cordial de Monell para la Dentición,” the Health Department is urging all parents to beware of the product and other illegal health remedies. Immediate effects from potassium bromide ingestion may include sedation, trouble breathing, low blood pressure and coma.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Avoid Wild Animals and to Vaccinate their Pets against Rabies
With the identification of several raccoons infected with rabies in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens in recent weeks, the Health Department is reminding New Yorkers to stay away from raccoons, skunks, bats, stray dogs and cats and other wild animals that can carry rabies. Six rabid animals – all raccoons – have been identified in New York City this year. Four were found in the Bronx, one in Manhattan (near Inwood Hill Park), and one in Queens (Long Island City). Raccoons are the most commonly reported rabid animals in New York City. Rabid raccoons are a relatively common occurrence in Staten Island and the Bronx, but rare in Queens and Manhattan. Bats with rabies have also been found in all five boroughs.

Press release

Monday, July 20, 2009
Health Department and Human Resources Administration Kick Off 2009 Health Bucks Season, Announcing Availability of 100,000 Coupons for Fresh Produce
Buying fresh fruits and vegetables just got easier at New York City’s farmers’ markets. The Health Department and Human Resources Administration announced that they will disburse some 100,000 Health Bucks this summer and fall, up from 15,000 two years ago. Health Bucks are $2 coupons that can be redeemed for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets.

Press release

Thursday, July 16, 2009
West Nile Virus Detected in Bronx Mosquitoes
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus (WNV) in New York City mosquitoes. The infectious mosquitoes were collected from Ferry Point Park in the Bronx. So far, no human cases have been detected this season. The Health Department has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the affected area.

Monday, July 13, 2009
New Report from the Health Department and the Department of Education Finds Physical Fitness Is Associated with Higher Academic Achievement among New York City Public School Students
Physically fit students tend to outscore their peers who are less-fit on academic tests, according to a report from the City’s Health Department and Department of Education. The observation comes from the comprehensive fitness assessment that public school students participate in each year. The analysis also shows that childhood obesity remains prevalent in New York City – a finding that underscores the urgent need to ensure that school-age children receive nutritious meals, high-quality physical education, and ample opportunities for physical activity.

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Health Department Advises New York City Doctors to be on the Lookout for Measles
The Health Department has identified 11 cases of measles in Brooklyn during the past two months, and is urging doctors to be vigilant and promptly report suspected cases to the agency. Nearly all the known cases have occurred in children who went unvaccinated, leaving them unprotected against the disease. Measles is not common in New York City, but it is highly contagious.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Board of Health Votes to Invite Public Comment on a Health Code Amendment Requiring New York City Tobacco Retailers to Post Health Warning Signs
The Board of Health voted to solicit public comment on a Health Code amendment requiring all tobacco retailers in New York City to prominently display point-of-sale warnings and cessation messages. The required signage would be developed by the Health Department and may include graphic images to depict the adverse heath effects of tobacco products, as well as provide information about how to quit.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Health Department Announces 28% Increase in HIV Testing Since Launch of “The Bronx Knows” Initiative One Year Ago
On June 24, the Health Department and community partners will gather at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate the anniversary of “The Bronx Knows,” a borough-wide HIV testing initiative launched one year ago. Participating clinics, hospitals and community organizations have improved HIV testing by approximately 28% since the initiative began. and have provided voluntary tests to nearly 160,000 Bronx residents in the past year, including many of the 250,000 who have never been tested before. The event honors the agencies and community partners that have worked together to reach this benchmark.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Death Rate among New York City Children Is More Than One Third Lower than the National Average
New data from the Health Department show that the death rate among children in New York City is more than one third lower than the national average. Between 2001 and 2007, the rate of child deaths was 15 per 100,000 children aged 1 to 12 years, compared to a national average of 20 deaths per 100,000. Most of this difference is due to fewer child injury deaths in New York City, especially motor vehicle-related injuries and homicides. In New York City, motor vehicle-related child deaths were less than half the national average (1.3 deaths per 100,000 in New York City versus 3.5 per 100,000 nationally). Homicide rates were also 30% lower than the national rate (1 death per 100,000 vs. 1.3 deaths per 100,000). Most fatal child injuries are unintentional and happen in the home.

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