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NYC Health Dept Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2017 Season
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NYC Health Dept Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus for 2017 Season

The NYC Health Department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus of the 2017 season. The patient is less than 50 years of age with underlying medical conditions and is in serious condition at a Manhattan hospital. Human cases of West Nile virus occur each year in New York City, and most […]

MODRN SANCTUARY Opens MODRN SALT In Manhattan
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MODRN SANCTUARY Opens MODRN SALT In Manhattan

Modrn Salt, the new luxury Himalayan salt room featuring halotherapy, will open within Modrn Sanctuary on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Owner and founder Alexandra Janelli, a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach, brought in nearly 11,000 pounds of Himalayan salt to her acclaimed wellness center at 12 West 27th Street in Manhattan to create a special […]

Odds for Receiving a Kidney Transplant Now Equal for African-American Candidates
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Odds for Receiving a Kidney Transplant Now Equal for African-American Candidates

Improvements in national kidney transplant policy have evened the rates at which African-American transplant candidates receive kidneys from deceased donors, according to data from United Network for Organ Sharing(UNOS). UNOS serves as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under federal contract. National kidney allocation policy has been refined a number of times over the […]

Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Yellow Maradol Papayas
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Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Yellow Maradol Papayas

“The Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration are working together on a multi-state salmonella outbreak associated with yellow Maradol papayas. New Yorkers should not eat yellow Maradol papayas until we learn more about where the contaminated papayas came from.” Background There are 47 cases nationwide. 10 cases […]

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Detected in NYC for 1st Time this Season
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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus Detected in NYC for 1st Time this Season

For the first time this mosquito season, the Health Department has detected mosquitoes with West Nile virus in New York City. The infected Culex pipiens mosquitoes were collected in Rossville, Staten Island. No human cases have been reported to date. Mosquito season in New York City typically spans from April through September. The Health Department […]

New Citywide Campaign Promotes Safe Sleep Practices for Families with Infants
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New Citywide Campaign Promotes Safe Sleep Practices for Families with Infants

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and the Health Department have announced a new citywide campaign at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln to promote safe sleep practices for families with infants, building on a community-based training initiative that has seen over 12,300 New Yorkers trained on approved Safe Sleep practices since January 2016. […]

2015 Summary of Vital Statistics Data Showing Progress in Overall Life Expectancy & Mortality Rates in the Past Decade
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2015 Summary of Vital Statistics Data Showing Progress in Overall Life Expectancy & Mortality Rates in the Past Decade

The Health Department has released the 2015 Summary of Vital Statistics, which found that life expectancy in New York City was 81.2 years, a one-year, six-month increase since 2006. Premature death (before age 65) rates improved, decreasing by 19 percent since 2006. Death rates due to all three of the leading causes of death in the […]

Remembering History &  Black Public Health Champions During National Minority Health Month
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Remembering History & Black Public Health Champions During National Minority Health Month

In April of 1915, Booker T. Washington proposed “National Negro Health Week,” recognizing that “without health and long life, all else fails.” His idea gradually evolved into observing the month of April as National Minority Health Month to raise awareness and eventually help eliminate the health disparities facing racial and ethnic minorities. National Minority Health […]

Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care
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Pfizer and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Collaborate to Raise Awareness of Sickle Cell Disease and Need for Improved Patient Care

Pfizer Inc. and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association of more than 200 African-American–owned community newspapers from around the United States, are collaborating to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, a lifelong and debilitating genetic disorder that affects red blood cells. People with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease, have unique and […]

Manhasset High School Students Support Adelphi Breast Cancer Program
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Manhasset High School Students Support Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

Members of the Manhasset Junior Coalition, the youth arm of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, recently visited the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program to present a check for $10,000 to support the Adelphi program’s educational forums. After meeting with staff and breast cancer survivors in Garden City, a Junior Coalition member Charlotte […]

NYC Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day
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NYC Health Department Recognizes World Tuberculosis Day

In recognition of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the Health Department today released an annual summary of 2016 data on TB in New York City. The new report indicates the number of people diagnosed with TB in New York City decreased from 577 in 2015 to 565 in 2016, which corresponds to a rate of 6.9 […]

Health Department Releases Health Alert on Increase in Hepatitis A Cases
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Health Department Releases Health Alert on Increase in Hepatitis A Cases

The Health Department has released a Health Alert to notify providers of an increase in hepatitis A cases among men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. Five patients were identified in the first two months of 2017, none of whom had traveled internationally. The Health Department usually identifies zero to three cases […]

Dionne Warwick Named Goodwill Ambassador in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
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Dionne Warwick Named Goodwill Ambassador in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Legendary entertainer Dionne Warwick has released three new public service announcements (PSAs) designed to heighten public awareness about the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on older adults and women over the age of 50, especially African American women. The informational PSAs, which focus on Women and HIV, the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, and Older […]

Teyana Taylor Debuts Her FADE2FIT Workout Program
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Teyana Taylor Debuts Her FADE2FIT Workout Program

Singer-songwriter, dancer/choreographer, actress, Harlem native, and G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist Teyana Taylor – the world­wide über-workout presence on the worldwide sensation “Fade” video (over 58 million YouTube views since its premiere at the 2016 MTV VMAs) – has launched her Fade2Fit workout program. Teyana’s serious body-sculpting goals ramped up after the birth of daughter […]

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Partners with AHF’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition
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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Partners with AHF’s Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has announced ]that it has formed a national yearlong partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. through its Healthy Kappa Healthy Communities Initiatives to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment throughout the African-American community. The Healthy Kappa’s Healthy Communities’ initiative is spearheaded by the fraternity’s National Health and Wellness Committee led by […]