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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Health Commissioners Daines and Frieden Sign Up As Organ Donors in New State Registry
State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines and New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden used New York State’s new organ and tissue donor registry to pledge their own gifts of life. They also urged other New Yorkers to help meet the critical need for donated organs and tissues.
PRESS RELEASE # 012-09




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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
More Than 2.5 Million Non-Smoking New Yorkers Have Residue from Toxic Second-Hand Smoke in their Blood
More than half of non-smoking New Yorkers have elevated levels of cotinine in their blood — meaning that they were recently exposed to toxic second-hand smoke in concentrations high enough to leave residues in the body. Cotinine, a by-product of nicotine breakdown, is not harmful itself but signals exposure to environmental tobacco smoke. A Health Department study shows that 57% of adult non-smoking New Yorkers (2.5 million) have elevated cotinine levels, compared to 45% of non-smoking adults nationwide. Second-hand smoke contains many harmful chemicals. It is known to cause cancer and heart disease in adults, as well as serious health problems for children.
PRESS RELEASE # 011-09




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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT CAN BUILD UPON NEW YORK CITY’S SUCCESSES
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg described New York City’s efforts to improve New Yorkers’ health by promoting disease prevention and wellness, improving the transparency and accountability of health providers and supporting the healthcare safety net. While in Washington, DC yesterday, the Mayor urged mayors in both parties to join him in supporting President Obama’s health care reform agenda. He also called on the federal government to build on New York’s reform efforts and to address the growing numbers of uninsured people and skyrocketing costs for both businesses and families.
PRESS RELEASE # 151-09




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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Cigarette Prices Will Top $9 per Pack in New York City Tomorrow
Starting April 1, New York City smokers will have to pay $9 or more for a pack of cigarettes. The 62-cent federal excise tax increase will push the cost of cigarettes to more than $250 a month for people smoking a pack a day. As many as 20,000 adult New Yorkers are expected to quit smoking as a result of the measure – a response that would prevent more than 6,000 premature deaths. To help New Yorkers who want to quit, the City will offer free nicotine patches at Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) locations and other community sites across the five boroughs. New Yorkers can call 311 or visit one of the locations to take advantage of this one-day giveaway.
PRESS RELEASE # 010-09




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Monday, March 30, 2009
Health Department Airs New Campaign Targeting Parents Who Smoke
Imagine how your child would feel if they lost you forever. This is the message of a new educational media campaign to get parents who smoke to think twice about the possible consequences of this deadly addiction. About 400,000 New York City adults who smoke live with a child. Sadly, smoking takes the lives of 8,000 adults each year in the city, many of whom leave children behind. New Yorkers are urged to quit smoking and to call 311 if they need help.
PRESS RELEASE # 009-09




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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Health Department Reports Continued Decline in Tuberculosis Cases
The number of TB cases reached its fifth consecutive record low in New York City in 2008, the Health Department announced. A total of 895 cases were reported in 2008 – a 2% decrease from the 914 cases in 2007 and a 78% decrease from the high levels seen in the early 1990s, when the city faced a TB epidemic. Queens experienced an increase, however – and the citywide TB rate is still nearly three times the national rate (11.2 versus 4.2 cases per 100,000 people).
PRESS RELEASE # 008-09




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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Health Department Reminds Parents to Keep Hazardous Household Items Away From Children
Common household products, such as bleach and laundry detergent were a leading cause of poisonings in New York City last year, prompting a fourth of all calls to the city’s Poison Control Center. To mark National Poison Prevention Week, health officials urged parents and caregivers to protect young children by keeping these and other toxic substances safely out of reach. The city’s Poison Control Center received nearly 70,000 calls in 2008, 37% of which were for children under five. About 90% of poisonings occur in the home.
PRESS RELEASE # 007-09




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Thursday, March 5, 2009
City Health Department and Public Hospitals Urge People 50 and Older to Get a Life-Saving Colonoscopy
The Health Department and the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today urged New Yorkers 50 and older not to skip a life-saving colon cancer screening because of a lack of health insurance. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month—and though times are tough, free and low-cost screening is widely available in New York City. Unlike some cancers, colon cancer can be prevented and treated effectively with screening. Last year alone, more than 20,000 New Yorkers were screened at public hospitals, and more than 3,600 patients had a precancerous growth identified and removed.
PRESS RELEASE # 006-09




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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Health Department Food Safety Course for Restaurant Operators Is Now Available Online in Spanish and Chinese
The Health Department’s Web-based food safety course is now available online free-of-charge in Spanish and Chinese, making it easier for restaurant supervisors with busy schedules to take the necessary food protection course. Under the New York City Health Code, every food-service establishment – whether it’s a restaurant or an institutional cafeteria – must have a certificate holder present during business hours to ensure food safety. The online course, available at nyc.gov/foodprotectioncourse, consists of ...
PRESS RELEASE # 005-09




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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND HEALTH COMMISSIONER FRIEDEN ANNOUNCE NEW YORK CITY GAINS IN 7 OF 10 KEY HEALTH AREAS SINCE 2004
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Health Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden announced today that New York City has made significant progress in meeting seven out of 10 ambitious public health goals set in 2004 under the City’s “Take Care New York” health policy. By 2007, the most recent year on record, New Yorkers had surpassed 2008 targets within four of the program’s priority areas: colon cancer screening, regular access to primary health care, tobacco smoking, and intimate partner homicide. The findings are detailed in the fourth annual Take Care New York progress report, released today, which outlines the strides the City has made over the past four years, and the challenges that remain. The Mayor and Dr. Frieden were joined at Brooklyn’s Maimonides Medical Center by Health and Hospitals Corporation President Alan D. Aviles, Maimonides Medical Center President and CEO Pamela Brier, Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center Medical Director Dr. Pascale Kersaint, Community Health Action of Staten Island Executive Director Diane Arneth, and other community partners.
PRESS RELEASE # 107-09



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