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West Nile Virus


Tuesday, July 10, 2012
West Nile Virus Detected in Some Staten Island Mosquitoes
The Health Department has increased surveillance activity after detecting West Nile virus in some Staten Island mosquitoes for the first time this season. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the neighborhoods of New Dorp Beach and Bull’s Head on Staten Island. As a result, the Health Department is setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. No human cases have been detected this season.
PRESS RELEASE # 021-12




Extreme Heat


Friday, July 6, 2012
Health Department Urges New Yorkers to Take Precautions and Help the Vulnerable During Extreme Heat
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene warned New Yorkers of health risks from the dangerously hot weather forecast for tomorrow, following several days of hotter than normal weather. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for tomorrow, with temperatures forecast to reach near 100 degrees and humidity that will make it feel even hotter. The Health Department urges New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems or mental disability.
PRESS RELEASE # 020-12




Know Your Status


Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Health Department and Community Partners Remind New Yorkers on National HIV Testing Day to 'Know Your Status' and Get Tested for HIV as a routine part of medical care
In recognition of National HIV Testing Day, the Health Department and Brooklyn Knows community partners are hosting HIV awareness and testing activities across Brooklyn today. Brooklyn has been heavily affected by HIV over the past three decades and has some of the city’s highest prevalence rates. An estimated 27,000 Brooklyn residents were living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2010, and 904 were newly diagnosed with HIV that year. Currently, approximately one quarter of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in Brooklyn receive an AIDS diagnoses within 31 days of learning they have HIV, meaning that they were likely infected with HIV years earlier. These individuals could have likely benefited from treatment if they had been aware of their infection. And surveys suggest that 40% of Brooklyn adults have yet to receive an HIV test.
PRESS RELEASE # 019-12




Oral Health


Thursday, June 21, 2012
Health Department Report Finds that Nearly 60% of Adult New Yorkers at Risk for Oral Health Problems
More than one in three adult New Yorkers are at risk for tooth decay from consuming one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day, according to a Health Department Vital Signs report released today. Smoking, heavy alcohol use and diabetes are other causes of common dental problems – including gum disease and tooth loss – in New York City, which combined with sugary drink consumption, place 59% of New Yorkers at risk for oral health problems. More than one third (38%) of third grade children have untreated caries – tooth decay or cavities – and 25% of New Yorkers aged 65 and older have had all their permanent teeth extracted.
PRESS RELEASE # 018-12




Circumcision


Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Health Department Issues Statement Strongly Advising That Direct Oral-Genital Suction Not be Performed During Jewish Ritual Circumcision
Dr. Thomas Farley issued a statement strongly urging that direct oral-genital suction not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision, and announced that several hospitals, including those serving Hasidic Jewish communities and all Health and Hospital Corporation hospitals, have agreed to distribute a brochure that describes the risk of contracting the herpes virus from this practice, known as metzitzah b’peh.
PRESS RELEASE # 017-12




Mobile Food Safety


Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Health Department Clarifies Regulations to Improve Mobile Food Safety Practices and Encourage Compliance
The Health Department clarified mobile food vending regulations in an effort to help improve the sanitary practices of New York City’s vibrant street food culture. The reformulated regulations better explain equipment requirements to improve vendors’ sanitary practices and decrease the threat of food-borne illnesses, expand options for storing vending units overnight, and improve oversight of operations.
PRESS RELEASE # 016-12




Pain Killers


Tuesday, May 29, 2012
New Health Department TV Spot Shows Dangers Of Prescription Painkiller Misuse
The New York City Health Department this week launched a new TV campaign as part of the Bloomberg Administration’s ongoing effort to curb rising abuse and overdoses from prescription painkillers. The 30-second spot underscores the serious health consequences of misusing these drugs, which are called opioids. These drugs are prescribed by doctors but when misused can lead to addiction or fatal overdose. The release of the ad follows the publication in December 2011 of Health Department guidance to physicians on how to prescribe these more carefully, and the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Prescription Painkiller Abuse, co-chaired by Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt.
PRESS RELEASE # 015-12




NYC PARKS SMOKING BAN


Wednesday, May 23, 2012
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SMOKING IN PARKS DECREASED BY TWO-THIRDS ONE YEAR AFTER BAN
The Health Department announced today that, one year after a ban on smoking in parks and beaches took effect, smoking in select City parks declined by two-thirds between the fall of 2010 and the fall of 2011.  The Department also found that smoking-related litter on beaches declined by about two-thirds between the summer of 2010 and 2011, and there was a significant decrease in smoking litter on playgrounds, where smoking has been banned since 2002. The results are based on an observational study conducted by DOHMH.
PRESS RELEASE # 014-12




LATCH ON NYC


Wednesday, May 9, 2012
NEW YORK CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES “LATCH ON NYC” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS
New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley launched “Latch On NYC,” a new citywide initiative to support mothers who breastfeed their infants by asking city maternity hospitals to voluntarily sign on to support a mother’s choice to breastfeed and limit the promotion of infant formula in their facilities which can interfere with that decision. Twelve private New York City hospitals have already made the commitment and all 11 public hospitals run by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation also joined “Latch On NYC,” going beyond the significant steps they previously took to support breastfeeding when they banned formula from gift bags and promotional materials in 2007.
PRESS RELEASE # 013-12




Prescription Painkillers


Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Deputy Mayor Gibbs, Chief Policy Advisor Feinblatt and Health Commissioner Farley Release Latest Data on Opioids
Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs, Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt and Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today released new data showing that opioid painkiller prescriptions are rising in New York City and that 8,000 health care providers (15 percent) prescribe the majority of the drugs (82 percent).



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