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Child Fatality Report

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
NYC Children Die from Injuries at Half the National Rate, but Disparities Persist
Children in New York City die from injuries at half the national rate, according to a new report from the Health Department. From 2001 to 2008, the city recorded 4.2 injury deaths each year for every 100,000 children between 1 and 12 years old. The national rate was 8.9 deaths per 100,000 children. The city’s advantage stems mainly from a lower risk of transportation-related fatalities. Children die in traffic accidents in New York City at less than one third the national rate, due to New Yorkers’ high reliance on public transportation. Yet injuries remain the city’s leading cause of childhood death, accounting for 29% of the total. Despite the low citywide average, some large differences persist among different demographic groups.

The Bronx Knows

Friday, June 25, 2010
Health Department Announces that Bronx Residents have Received More than 375,000 HIV Tests since 2008, Surpassing a Three-Year Goal in Less than Two
Bronx residents have received more than 375,000 HIV tests since the launch of “The Bronx Knows” HIV Testing Initiative in 2008. The two-year milestone far exceeds the initiative’s three-year goal of helping 250,000 Bronx adults learn their HIV status. The Bronx Knows is a borough-wide collaboration among 75 community organizations, religious groups, health care providers and elected officials. The initiative has helped 1,275 people learn they are HIV-positive – a realization that is important both for their own well being and for the safety of their partners. Two-thirds of those diagnosed with HIV through the initiative have also been linked to care and services.

Sugar sweetened beverages

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Preliminary Findings Highlight Potential Health Benefits of Proposed Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
A proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could prevent 145,000 or more cases of adult obesity in New York State over the next decade, according to new research from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. By nudging consumers toward less-caloric beverages, the penny-per-ounce levy would prevent an estimated 37,000 or more cases of type-2 diabetes over the same period, the study finds – saving state residents an estimated $2 billion in health care costs.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010
New York City Reaches a Milestone in Effort to Improve Quality of Care through Information Technology
The Health Department has exceeded its goal of bringing 2,000 doctors into the digital age through the Primary Care Information Project, a groundbreaking effort to improve preventive health care by introducing electronic health records into community-based medical practice. For the more than 1.5 million New York City patients treated by these doctors, advanced technology offers customized alerts for overdue preventive screenings and potential drug interactions, as well as best-practice guidelines for treatment. Doctors enrolled in the Primary Care Information Project can also give patients online access to their medical histories and print visit summaries to remind them of at-home instructions.

Maternal mortality

Friday, June 18, 2010
New Health Department Report Underscores the Need for Continued Efforts to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Mortality
Giving birth has become vastly safer for women over the past century, but progress has recently stalled in this country. Neither New York City nor the nation has seen a significant drop in maternal deaths since 1990, and the city’s rate remains higher than the nation’s. In an effort to address the problem, the Health Department, beginning in 2002, enhanced its systematic investigation of every maternal death in the city. In a report released in concert with the New York Academy of Medicine, the Health Department lays out the findings from this enhanced surveillance effort.


Thursday, June 17, 2010
Health Department Reports Rise in Tick-Borne Diseases in 2009
The Health Department is warning New Yorkers to take extra precautions against tick bites from June through November, when ticks are most active. City residents should be aware of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Most tick-borne infections reported in New York City were acquired outside the city. The one exception is Rocky Mountain spotted fever which is known to be transmitted in NYC.

Restaurant grading

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Health Department Announces Final Restaurant Grading Rules
The Health Department announced the final rules and procedures to implement New York City’s new restaurant grading system. The rules ensure that the letter grades posted in restaurant windows reflect practices and conditions that relate to food safety. Starting June 15, 2010, the agency will offer free workshops on the new rules for restaurant owners and operators in every borough and multiple languages.

Color Coding of Cigarette Packs

Monday, June 14, 2010
Health Department Launches New TV Spot to Alert the Public to Tobacco Industry’s Color Coding of Cigarette Packs
The Health Department launched a new educational campaign to alert consumers to a deceptive marketing technique the tobacco industry is using to evade the federal ban on package labels such as “light,” “low-tar” and “mild.”

Prevent Falls this Summer with Window Guards

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Health Department Urges New Yorkers to Prevent Falls this Summer with Window Guards
In the wake of two recent incidents in which children fell from unguarded windows in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the Health Department is urging New Yorkers to make sure window guards are in place. The falls, both involving 2-year-olds, could have been prevented with properly installed window guards. Both children recovered after suffering minor injuries, but either fall could have been fatal and both were avoidable.

Air survey

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Second Air Quality Report Finds that Air Pollution from Nickel Varies Widely across the City
Airborne nickel concentrations vary widely across New York City during winter months, according to a report on street-level air quality, and building boilers remain a major contributor of air pollutants. The data come from the New York City Community Air Survey, a year-round study of urban air quality launched in 2008 to help inform the City’s efforts to reduce pollution.

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