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Hep C

Monday, July 28, 2014
Health Department Announces New Grant from Federal Government to Improve Treatment for Hepatitis C
The Health Department, the Fund for Public Health in New York and five community partners – the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, VNSNY Choice and HealthFirst – announced that they have received a $10 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to focus on hepatitis C (HCV).

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Health Department Health Department Warns New Yorkers of Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids
The Health Department warns New Yorkers not to use synthetic cannabinoids after becoming aware since Thursday night of 15 people experiencing severe adverse reactions to suspected ingestion of the products. Synthetic cannabinoids, marijuana-like substances which were made illegal in 2012 and are meant to imitate the effects of marijuana, are known by several street names, including K2, Spice, Green Giant, Geeked Up, Caution, Smacked, Wicked X, AK-47 and “legal marijuana.” The Department has seen a 220% increase in emergency department visits related to synthetic cannabinoids in 2014. In the last two days, 15 emergency department visits related to possible ingestion of synthetic cannabinoids have occurred among residents of East Harlem, Central Harlem and Chelsea.


Friday, July 18, 2014
Health Department Reminds New Yorkers to Avoid Excessive UV Exposure When Outdoors or Using Tanning Machines
As the weather gets warmer and people spend more time outside, the Health Department reminds New Yorkers that excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can be deadly. However, there are steps everyone can take to reduce their chances of skin burns, eye injuries and long-term risks of skin cancer while still enjoying the weather. The Health Department recommends using sunscreen with an SPF level of at least 15 before going out in the sun, and reapplying frequently, especially after swimming or an activity that causes you to sweat, and wear sunglasses that block UV rays to protect your eyes.

Medicaid Reimbursement

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Health Officials Announce New Initiative to Increase Access to Highly Effective Contraception Immediately After Childbirth
The New York City Health Department, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), New York State Department of Health and the New York State District of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced that health care providers will now be reimbursed for providing intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants immediately after childbirth for women who choose one of these methods. IUDs and contraceptive implants are safe, 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and can be removed at any time.


Monday, July 14, 2014
West Nile Virus Detected in New York City Mosquitoes, No Human Cases Reported this Season
For the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the Douglaston and College Point neighborhoods in Queens and Old Town from Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season. The Health Department will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. The Health Department will continue its efforts to kill mosquito larvae before they can bite by applying larvicide in the city’s catch basins, marshland, and areas with standing water.


Thursday, July 10, 2014
New York City Reports a Decrease in Severely Obese Children
The Health Department announced that severe obesity among New York City public school students in grades K–8 decreased 9.5%, from 6.3% in the 2006–07 school year to 5.7% in the 2010–11 school year. Among public school students in grades K–8, obesity also decreased during this period by 5.5% (from 21.9% to 20.7%), suggesting that the public response to the obesity epidemic is affecting all levels of childhood obesity. These findings were released in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.


Monday, July 7, 2014
Health Department Launches New Ad Campaign Highlighting Harm Excessive Drinkers Can Cause Others
The Health Department launched a new ad campaign to warn New Yorkers of the harms that excessive drinking can cause themselves and people around them. The ads caution that “Just one more drink can hurt,” and call on New Yorkers to think before ordering that “last drink” in order to prevent their friends from hurting themselves or others. The ads will run in subway cars through September and will be posted in the bathrooms of 97 bars across the city in August and September. The Health Department also issued a new report today outlining the harm from other people’s drinking.

Extreme Heat

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Office of Emergency Management and Health Department Urge New Yorkers to Prepare for Hot Weather and Help the Vulnerable as Temperatures Warm Throughout Summer
The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and The Health Department urge New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat throughout the summer, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems. New Yorkers who are vulnerable should use air conditioning to stay cool, go to a place that has air conditioning if it is not available at home, drink water at regular intervals, and limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Health Department and American Heart Association Bring Together 34 of The World’s Leading Scientists to Affirm That Sodium Reduction Is Key to Reducing Cardiovascular Disease
The Health Department and the American Heart Association have brought together 34 of the world’s leading scientists to affirm the benefits of reducing population sodium intake to reduce heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in New York City and the United States.

Dog Licensing

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Health Department Applauds State Legislature for Allowing New York City to Set Its Own Dog Licensing Fee
The Health Department applauds the State Legislature for passing a bill that allows New York City to set its own dog licensing fee and streamline the process so that applying for a license is easier. The bill, sponsored by State Senator José Serrano and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, was passed by the State Legislature on Friday. New York City is the only municipality in the state that does not have the authority to set its own dog licensing fees due to a State Law enacted in 1894 that limits the amount that the City may charge. All other municipalities across the state were granted the authority to set their dog licensing fees in 2010.

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