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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Beach Season in New York City
In time for the holiday weekend, the Health Department announced that all of the city’s 21 public and permitted private beaches will be open for the season beginning Saturday, May 29. Swimming at public beaches is permitted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. when lifeguards are on duty. Public beaches will be open through Labor Day.

Cosmetic surgery

Monday, May 24, 2010
Health Department Reports Most Successful Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway to Date; Launches New Anti-Tobacco TV Ad
New York City’s Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway Program enrolled more than 40,000 smokers in 2010, nearly one and a half times more than last year’s enrollment of 28,000 smokers. Following the most successful giveaway program since its inception in 2003, the Health Department continues its anti-tobacco efforts with the launch of a new television spot. The spot, originally produced in Australia by Quit Victoria, was adapted by the Health Department to air in New York City. It will run in English and Spanish on network and cable television through June 13.

Cosmetic surgery

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Health Department Cautions New Yorkers that Cosmetic or Body-Enhancement Procedures from Unlicensed Providers Can Cause Disfigurement and Death
The Health Department warned New Yorkers about the dangers of going to unlicensed, non-medical providers for cosmetic surgery or body enhancement procedures. The agency has received and investigated several complaints of illegal medical practices in recent months. In February, eight women from New Jersey were infected with the bacterium Nocardia after receiving injections of unknown substances from unlicensed practitioners. In March, a Queens woman was hospitalized for a serious infection after undergoing liposuction by a salon operator without a medical license.

Restaurant grading

Friday, April 30, 2010
Health Department Invites Public Comment on Proposed Restaurant Grading Rules
The Health Department has proposed rules and outlined procedures to guide the implementation of New York City’s new restaurant grading system. The city’s Board of Health voted in March to mandate the posting of sanitary inspection grades in restaurant windows – a reform that will better inform consumers about restaurants’ sanitary conditions and motivate restaurant operators to improve them. The agency is currently accepting public comments on the rules through May 26.

Women at risk

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Health Department Highlights Health Risks of Unprotected Anal Sex among Heterosexual Women in New York City
Unprotected anal sex poses well known health hazards for men, but new research suggests that the practice is a significant health issue for women as well. According to a new report from the Health Department, many women are not taking the steps needed to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Mayor Bloomberg

Monday, April 12, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg Announces $1 Million Grant from the ASPCA to Mayor's Alliance for New York City Animals to Increase Adoptions
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a $1 million renewal grant from the ASPCA to support the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals--a coalition of more than 160 animal rescue groups and shelters that work with Animal Care & Control of New York City.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Less than 48 Hours Left to Get Nicotine Patches and Gum at No Cost
With less than 48 hours left in New York City’s annual Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway Program, the Health Department is reminding New Yorkers who want to quit smoking to act now. Smokers can apply to get patches or gum at no cost by calling 311 or completing an online application at The Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway Program ends Thursday, March 25 – at midnight.

Stop TB

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Health Department Reports Continued Decline in Tuberculosis Cases
In observance of World Tuberculosis Day, the Health Department released new figures showing a local decline in cases last year. New York City recorded 760 cases of TB in 2009 – a 15% decrease from 2008 and a 79% drop from the high levels seen in the early 1990s. The continued decline reflects improved surveillance and patient-management practices, both of which require cooperation between medical providers and the Health Department.

Vital Signs

Monday, March 22, 2010
New Health Department Report Underscores the Critical Need for Older Adults to Stay Physically Active and Socially Engaged
New York City’s older population is growing rapidly, as life expectancy increases and baby boomers age. More than 1 million New Yorkers are now 65 or older, up from 605,000 in 1950, and the number is expected to reach 1.35 million by 2030. In a new report, the Health Department examines the health of older New Yorkers and highlights the challenges this population faces. Only 24% of New York City’s older adults describe their health as very good or excellent, compared to 37% nationwide, but City agencies are working on many fronts to promote healthier aging. The new report demonstrates the importance of Age-Friendly NYC, a collection of 59 initiatives released in August by Mayor Bloomberg and the Department for the Aging (DFTA). The initiatives, designed to help seniors stay safe, healthy and active, include turning senior centers into health and wellness centers.

Poison Control

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Health Department Reminds Parents to Keep Hazardous Household Items Away From Children
Common household products were a leading cause of unintentional poisonings in New York City last year, prompting nearly 70,000 calls to the City’s Poison Control Center. Household and environmental chemicals were the leading causes of poisoning, but the center also received nearly 8,000 calls about medication poisonings in children less than 5 years old. Simple precautions could have prevented most of these exposures. To mark National Poison Prevention Week, the Health Department has launched an NYC Poison Prevention Facebook page to raise awareness of poison prevention and medicine safety.

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