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Carbon Monoxide


Monday, November 4, 2013
NYC Departments of Health and Environmental Protection Issue Safety Tips to Prevent Unintentional Carbon Monoxide Poisonings
As New Yorkers turned back their clocks this weekend, they were also reminded to change the batteries in their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to help protect themselves from carbon monoxide, an odorless, poisonous gas that can cause serious illness and death. Exposure to carbon monoxide can happen year round, but the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the heating season (Oct 1 – May 31), when people begin using home heating systems.
PRESS RELEASE # 039-13




Project Hope


Thursday, October 24, 2013
Health Department Launches Ad Campaign Highlighting Counseling Available for New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy
The Health Department today launched an ad campaign highlighting the free, confidential crisis counseling services still available to help New Yorkers cope with the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Project Hope crisis counselors can provide emotional support and help people find ways to cope with the traumatic impact the storm had on their lives. The ads, which highlight the hope and resilience of New Yorkers, will run in subway cars beginning this week through the month of January.
PRESS RELEASE # 038-13




Media


Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Health Department and CUNY School of Public Health Launch NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
The New York City Health Department and the CUNY School of Public Health announced that they are conducting the second New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES). From now until early next year, adults from 3,000 randomly selected NYC households will be asked to answer survey questions and take a physical exam that will provide a picture of the city’s health almost 10 years after the first NYC HANES. Funded by the de Beaumont Foundation, the survey enables researchers to examine changes in New Yorkers’ health over two points in time and assess the impact of several health policies that have occurred since 2004.
PRESS RELEASE # 037-13




Media


Monday, October 7, 2013
Health Department Announces Plan to Combat Hepatitis C
The Health Department released the City’s first-ever plan for reducing illness and death from the hepatitis C virus (HCV), a disease that now accounts for more annual deaths nationwide than HIV/AIDS. In Hepatitis C in New York City: State of the Epidemic and Action Plan, the Health Department calls for new efforts to expand testing for HCV and to ensure that all people with HCV infection are evaluated for treatment.
PRESS RELEASE # 036-13




Media


Friday, October 4, 2013
Health Department Announces Number of Young Children with Lead Poisoning At Historic Low
The number of young children with lead poisoning in New York City in 2012 is at a historic low, the Health Department recently announced in its annual report to the City Council. In 2012 there were 923 children under 6 years of age identified with lead poisoning, a 22% decline compared to 2011, when the total was 1,183. The number of childhood lead poisoning cases has declined 66% since 2005 when NYC implemented Local Law 1, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, and an 85% decline since 2000.
PRESS RELEASE # 035-13




RxStat


Friday, September 27, 2013
New York City Awarded Federal Grant to Address Prescription Painkiller Abuse
The City of New York has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Justice to continue the work of RxStat, a multi-agency partnership designed to address prescription painkiller abuse.
PRESS RELEASE # 312-13




Air Quality


Thursday, September 26, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City's Air Quality has Reached the Cleanest Levels in More than 50 Years
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced New York City's air quality has reached the cleanest levels in over 50 years, with dramatic reductions in pollutants in the air since the launch of long-term sustainability initiative, PlaNYC. The cleaner air enjoyed by New Yorkers today is preventing 800 deaths 2,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations from lung and cardiovascular diseases annually, compared to 2008.
PRESS RELEASE # 311-13




Take Care New York 2012


Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Health Department Releases Progress Report on City’s Take Care New York 2012 Health Agenda
The Health Department released its five-year progress report on Take Care New York 2012: A Policy for a Healthier New York showing progress in nearly all of the priority areas set forth in the 2012 agenda. Life expectancy for New Yorkers is at a record high, since 2007 fewer New Yorkers are smoking, and major strides have been made in reducing mortality from HIV/AIDS and premature cardiovascular disease. The City has also seen increases in HIV testing, improved air quality, and decreased teen pregnancy rates. Influenced by New York City’s health initiatives, the life expectancy at birth in 2010 in New York City is 80.9 years – 2.2 years greater than the national average of 78.7 in 2010.
PRESS RELEASE # 034-13




HepA


Friday, September 20, 2013
Health Department Warns Patrons Of New Hawaii Sea Restaurant In The Bronx Of Possible Exposure To Hepatitis A From September 7th To September 19th
In response to cases of hepatitis A infections in an employee and four customers at New Hawaii Sea restaurant, located at 1475 Williamsbridge Road in the Bronx, the Health Department is urging customers who ate at the restaurant, either in-store, through catering or delivery, between September 7th and September 19th to receive hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. Any leftover food from this restaurant should also be discarded.
PRESS RELEASE # 033-13




HepA


Thursday, August 22, 2013
Health Department Warns Patrons of An Upper West Side Market At 97th and Broadway of Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A from Aug. 9 to Aug. 22
A food handler who chops fruit that is placed in plastic containers developed hepatitis A. This person also prepared watermelon sliced into halves and quarters, shelled and cut coconut and peeled whole pineapples packaged in plastic wrap. There is a possibility that hepatitis A may have contaminated the food while the food was handled. While the risk is very small, as a precaution, the Department of Health is advising all patrons who ate chopped, ready-to-eat fruit either in store, through catering, or via delivery from Aug. 9 – Aug. 22, 2013, to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of developing hepatitis A. To date no one has become sick with hepatitis A as a result of eating fruit from this market. The Department of Health continues to monitor the situation closely.
PRESS RELEASE # 032-13



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