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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Joint Statement From Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Law Department Corporation Counsel Michael A. Cardozo on the Appeals Court Ruling
New York City applauds a Tuesday U.S. appeals court decision upholding a lower-court ruling banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in the City.

Oral Health

Monday, February 25, 2013
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign to Promote Oral Health for Young Children
The Health Department launched a new ad campaign to promote oral health for young children. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and dental problem in America yet it is largely preventable. In New York City, more than one out of three third grade children have untreated tooth decay and 55% of third graders have had a cavity. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain, infection, difficulty eating and speaking, and reduced self-esteem due to appearance. This new campaign educates the public of the risk factors for tooth decay and gives parents and caregivers of young children tips to help prevent tooth decay.


Monday, February 11, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Health Commissioner Farley Announce Results of National Effort to Reduce Sodium in Pre-Packaged Foods
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley today announced 21 companies met one or more of their voluntary commitments to reduce sodium content in pre-packaged or restaurant foods.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Health Department Introduces Form Requiring Parental Consent before Direct Oral Suction Is Performed During Jewish Ritual Circumcision
The Health Department established a written consent form that mohelim and others who perform direct oral suction as part of Jewish ritual circumcision are required to obtain from parents. The new rule is part of the Department’s ongoing effort to make parents aware of risk to infants of contracting herpes from the practice.

Opioid Prescription Painkiller

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Gibbs and Chief Policy Advisor Feinblatt Announce New Emergency Room Guidelines to Prevent Opioid Prescription Painkiller Abuse
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt today released the initial report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Prescription Painkiller Abuse, which includes new voluntary emergency room guidelines for the prescription of opioid painkillers to prevent abuse.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Dr. Farley Recommends Flu Vaccination
Influenza activity in New York City is increasing and we encourage any New Yorkers who have not received their flu vaccination to do so immediately.

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