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Air quality monitoring

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Summertime Air Quality Report Links Heavy Traffic to Higher Levels of Pollution in Many NYC Neighborhoods
Air quality varies widely among New York City neighborhoods during the summer months, a new report from the New York City Community Air Survey shows. Four major pollutants are heavily concentrated in high-traffic areas such as Midtown and Lower Manhattan, as well as parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island that run along busy freeways. The report – Results from Summer Monitoring 2009 – is the city’s first comprehensive analysis of summertime air quality at the street level.

Mayor Bloomberg

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Stringer Open New Asthma Walk-In Center in East Harlem
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer today announced the opening of a new asthma walk-in center in East Harlem, where the rate of childhood asthma hospitalizations is the highest in the City. The new state-of-the-art center – an expansion of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence and a part of the City’s PlaNYC initiative – will aim to reduce childhood asthma hospitalizations by 50 percent over the next five years. The Mayor and Borough President were joined at the Harlem announcement by Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, State Senator José M. Serrano, Dr. Ben Ortiz from the Harlem Asthma Network, Center Director Dr. Betty Perez-Rivera, Janet Arroyo from the Manhattan Smoke-free Partnership and Acting Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Donald P. Brosen.

West Nile Virus

Friday, August 6, 2010
A Day after Reporting the Season’s First Case of West Nile Viral Disease, the
The Health Department identified West Nile viral disease in a 74-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman. Both are from Staten Island and both received hospital care. The new reports come a day after the agency identified the season’s first human case in a 61-year-old Bronx man, who was hospitalized with meningitis. West Nile viral infections typically begin around this time in the summer. In response to these cases, and the growing number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, the Health Department is urging New Yorkers, especially those 50 and older, to take steps to prevent infection.

West Nile Virus

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Health Department Reports First Human Case of West Nile Viral Disease for 2010 Season
The Health Department confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile viral disease in a 61-year-old Bronx man who was hospitalized with meningitis. In response to this case, and the growing number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, the Health Department is strongly urging New Yorkers to take steps to prevent infection.

Sugar-sweetened beverages

Monday, August 2, 2010
Health Department Launches New Effort to Wean New Yorkers from Sugary Beverages
The Health Department has launched a new awareness campaign to address the city’s obesity epidemic. In the spirit of last year’s “Pouring On the Pounds” campaign, it urges New Yorkers to consider what goes into a large serving of sweetened soda. The answer: up to 26 packets of sugar. The campaign comes amid indications that New Yorkers are starting to cut back on the nation’s leading source of excess calories. New research shows that that the proportion of New York City adults consuming at least one sugary drink each day fell by about 12% between 2007 and 2009.

Restaurant Grading

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Health Commissioner Thomas Farley Awards Spark’s Deli of Long Island City the Health Department’s First A Grade for Sanitary Conditions
The Health Department has launched New York City’s new restaurant grading system, awarding the first A grade to a well-kept deli in Long Island City. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley presented the grade to owners Jose and Antonio Araujo, congratulating them for performing so well on an unannounced sanitary inspection. He heralded the luncheonette as a model for the city’s 24,000 other eating establishments. To complement the posting of grades at restaurants, a revamped website was unveiled that makes it easier for consumers to find detailed, up-to-date inspection results for any of the city’s 24,000 eating establishments.


Friday, July 16, 2010
Health Department Reports High Level of West Nile Virus Activity in the City
The Health Department has detected West Nile Virus in several areas of New York City this week. The number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus is unusually high at this point in the season. So far this year, through regular sampling of mosquitoes collected from the five boroughs, mosquitoes with the virus have been found in Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. No human cases have been detected. The agency issued an alert today to medical providers throughout the city, asking them to be on the look out for possible cases of West Nile virus and to report them. Next week, the Health Department will conduct adult mosquito control spraying in affected residential and non-residential areas of Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx to reduce mosquito populations.


Thursday, July 15, 2010
Health Department Reports 75% of New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS Are 40 or Older and More than a Third Are over 50
HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors that spread it are often associated with youth. However, in the wake of the White House unveiling its first formal national HIV/AIDS strategy, the Health Department reports that 30 years into New York City’s epidemic older adults now account for a growing percentage of people living with the disease. Some 75% of HIV-positive New Yorkers are now 40 or older, and more than a third are 50 or older. Younger adults still account for most new infections –17% of the city’s new HIV diagnoses occur in older adults each year. But, as people with HIV live longer, the number of HIV-positive New Yorkers aged 50 and older continues to grow.


Friday, July 2, 2010
West Nile Virus Detected in New York City Mosquitoes
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes were collected from four locations in three boroughs: Old Town in Staten Island, East Williamsburg/Bushwick in Brooklyn and the South Jamaica/Rochdale Village and Auburndale/Pomonok neighborhoods in Queens. 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 areas.

Cigarette prices

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Cigarette Prices Hit $11 per Pack in New York City Today
Starting July 1, New York City smokers will have to pay $11 or more for a pack of cigarettes. The $1.60 New York State tax increase will push the cost of cigarettes to more than $300 a month and $4,000 a year for people smoking a pack a day. Although New York City has reached its lowest rate of smoking on record (15.8%), nearly a million New York City adults are still putting themselves, and often the people closest to them, at increased risk of cancer, heart disease, emphysema and many other deadly and disabling illnesses by continuing to smoke. The Health Department encourages New Yorkers to take this occasion to quit. Smokers can get help by calling 311 or 866-NY-QUITS.

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