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June 2014

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett on Court of Appeals Decision on Sugary Drink Case

The ruling does not change the fact that sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic, and we will continue to look for ways to stem the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes by seeking to limit the pernicious effects of aggressive and predatory marketing of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods.

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Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett and Supporters of New York City���s Sugary Drink Portion Rule

The link between sugary drinks and obesity is no longer in question. What we do need to question is the beverage industry's continued promotion of these unhealthy products in communities most burdened by obesity and diabetes.

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Timeline: Board of Health���s Response to Health Crises in New York City

May 2014

Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City for third straight week - keeping the total number of confirmed cases at 26 since February. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and others.

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April 2014

Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City for second straight week - keeping the total number of confirmed cases at 26. While the outbreak appears to be slowing down, it is too son to declare over.

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Amicus Brief Filed In Support Of NYC���s Sugary Beverage Rule

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and nine other organizations today filed a brief in support of the city's portion cap rule for sugary drinks.

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Health Commissioner On Proposed FDA Rule For E-Cigarettes

Proposed rule is an important first step towards protecting the next generation from a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

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Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

No new cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City. While the outbreak appears to be slowing down, we may continue to see new cases in the coming weeks.

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Health Department Confirms 26 Cases of Measles in NYC

Two new cases of measles have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 26. The outbreak remains centered in Northern Manhattan, with 12 pediatric and 14 adult cases confirmed to date. One of the new cases is unrelated to the outbreak and was associated with foreign travel. After more than two weeks since the last confirmed case, this is a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant.

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Health Department Updates New Yorkers on Measles Outbreak

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett announces that the total number of confirmed cases of measles in New York City has been lowered to 24. The Health Department has confirmed 11 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases since February. If you suspect you have measles, please call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.

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Health Department Confirms 25 Cases of Measles in NYC

Health Commissioner Mary T. Bassett announced that 25 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City. The Health Department has confirmed 12 pediatric cases and 13 adult cases since February. If you suspect you have measles, please call your medical provider before seeking medical attention to avoid exposing others to the measles virus.

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