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Restaurant Grade


Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Board of Health Votes to Require New York City Restaurants to Display Letter Grades after Sanitary Inspections
Following a public hearing and a month-long open comment period, the Board of Health today approved a reform measure to give consumers more information on the sanitary condition of New York City restaurants. The new initiative requires all restaurants to publicly display letter grades that summarize the results of Health Department food-safety inspections. Besides helping New Yorkers make informed choices, letter grades will promote food safety by making restaurants directly accountable to consumers.
PRESS RELEASE # 011-10




Patch


Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Farley Launch New Public Education Campaign Showing How Quitting Smoking Now Can Reverse the Damage Cause By Cigarettes
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley launched a bold new public-education campaign to highlight the benefits of quitting smoking, and the consequences of continued smoking, as part of the Administration’s intensive efforts to raise awareness about the hazards of tobacco. The campaign, called “Reverse the Damage,” features stark images of lung cancer and heart disease along with an emphasis on the potential for a smoker’s body to heal after quitting. To encourage New Yorkers to quit smoking, the Mayor and Health Commissioner also kicked-off the City’s annual nicotine patch and gum giveaway program, which will run from March 10 though March 25. Smokers may apply by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/nycquits.
PRESS RELEASE # 104-10




Power Button Image


Tuesday, March 9, 2010
New Yorkers Choose Queens Designer’s Power Button Image
The votes are in. After tallying more than 15,000 online ballots, the Health Department today reveals the winning design for the special limited-edition NYC Condom wrapper. And the winner is… the electronic power button submitted by Luis Acosta of Kew Gardens, Queens. With more than 23% of the votes, Acosta’s entry squeaked past four other finalists to claim first place. Acosta’s design symbolizes New Yorkers’ power to take control and practice safer sex. A high-resolution image of the winning design is available at nyc.gov/condoms.
PRESS RELEASE # 010-10




Drug Overdose Deaths Have Declined


Monday, March 1, 2010
New Health Department Report Shows that Drug Overdose Deaths Have Declined
Unintentional drug overdose deaths declined sharply in 2008, falling to the lowest level seen in New York City since 1999, the Health Department reported today. The annual number of deaths fell from 874 in 2006 to 666 in 2008, a new report shows, marking a 27% decline in the city’s drug-related death rate over two years. Yet drug overdose remains the third leading cause of premature death among New Yorkers between 25 to 34 years old, affirming the need to address the health consequences of drug use in the city.
PRESS RELEASE # 009-10




New York City’s Five Counties


Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Understanding Health Disparities among New York City’s Five Counties
In a report issued today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks counties on various measures of health. As expected, the findings show significant health disparities among counties in most states, including New York. Whether counties are ranked by “health outcomes” (rates of illness and death) or by “health factors” (characteristics that influence health), counties with large minority populations and high rates of poverty consistently rank as less healthy. Among New York City’s five counties (boroughs), Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island rank relatively high among the 62 counties in New York State. Brooklyn and the Bronx rank at or near the bottom.
PRESS RELEASE # 008-10




Rabies: Protect Yourself and Your Pets


Tuesday, February 16, 2010
New York City to Vaccinate Raccoons against Rabies in Upper Manhattan
The Health Department announced today that it will start vaccinating raccoons in and around Central Park to protect them and the surrounding community from rabies. Since December, health authorities have documented more than three dozen rabies cases among raccoons in Central Park and Upper Manhattan. The vaccination effort – a collaboration involving the Health Department, the Parks Department, the Central Park Conservancy and the US Department of Agriculture – is an attempt to contain the outbreak. Today, wildlife experts will start humanely trapping raccoons around Central Park, Morningside Park and Riverside Park. Each captured animal will be vaccinated and tagged for identification, then released in the same location.
PRESS RELEASE # 007-10




Morning Sickness Remedy


Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Health Department Warns of Lead and Arsenic in Morning Sickness Remedy
A traditional morning sickness remedy, commonly known as calabash chalk, has been found to contain lead and arsenic, the Health Department warned today. The agency warns pregnant women not to use the product, which was recently found in local New York City stores selling African remedies. The Health Department was alerted to the potential hazard by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The chalk-like substance – also known as calabash clay, nzu, poto, calabar stone, mabele, argile or la craie – can be sold as large pellets or in blocks that resemble clay or mud. It is often packaged in clear plastic bags, with or without labeling. The remedy is used mainly by women from West African communities.
PRESS RELEASE # 006-10




NYC Condom


Thursday, February 11, 2010
Health Department Unveils Five Finalists in NYC Condom Package Design Contest
After assessing hundreds of possible package designs for a special limited-edition NYC Condom, a panel of judges has selected five finalists. The Health Department has received nearly 600 entries since December 15, when it invited New Yorkers to design a wrapper that would “capture the city’s distinctive culture while promoting safer sex.” Designs have flooded in from all five boroughs, and as far away as Perm, Russia. New Yorkers can vote for their favorites starting Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 28.
PRESS RELEASE # 005-10




Mumps


Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Health Department Reports Outbreak of Mumps in Jewish Communities in Brooklyn
The Health Department continues to identify mumps cases in Brooklyn’s Jewish communities and is encouraging young adults – especially males – in the community to get vaccinated unless they know they have been fully vaccinated in the past. Young men in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park have experienced high levels of mumps for several months. Most cases have occurred in males and an increasing number of cases have been in young adults, ages 18 to 30. Complications from mumps can include viral meningitis, hearing loss and reproductive problems for men.
PRESS RELEASE # 004-10




PCIP


Monday, February 1, 2010
New Health Department Initiative Helps Physicians Fill the Prevention Gap
The Health Department’s Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) announced the launch of a new program to help primary-care physicians combat preventable health problems. Under the so-called Panel Management program, outreach specialists will work with physicians to identify patients in need of preventive health services such as cholesterol management or blood pressure control, and encourage them to make appointments for care and treatment. PCIP has equipped more than 1,700 New York City medical practices with electronic health records that highlight patients’ health risks before they cause acute conditions such as heart attack or stroke.
PRESS RELEASE # 003-10



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