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NYC Health Department Launches "Look Before You Eat" Media Campaign
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NYC Health Department Launches “Look Before You Eat” Media Campaign

The NYC Health Department has launched the “Look Before You Eat” campaign, which reminds New Yorkers to look for the sodium warning icons on menus when dining in chain restaurants throughout New York City. The salt shaker icon – part of the City’s new mandated sodium warning rule for chain restaurants – must be posted next […]

GirlTrek Presents a Day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day
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GirlTrek Presents a Day of #BlackGirlHealing on Inauguration Day

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” — Audre Lord   There is a health crisis in America and Black women and girls are among the hardest hit. Black women die younger and at higher rates than any other group of women in the country. […]

NYC Health Dept Releases Data on the Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth
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NYC Health Dept Releases Data on the Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth

The Health Department has released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Health of Black New Yorkers by Country of Birth.” This data brief highlights differences in health risk factors for chronic diseases and disease prevalence among four Black groups based on their place of birth – US-born Blacks, Caribbean Blacks, African Blacks, and Other Blacks – in […]

NYC Health Department Launches New Zika Awareness Campaign
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NYC Health Department Launches New Zika Awareness Campaign

As mosquito season comes to an end and the holiday travel season begins, the Health Department has launched a new Zika awareness campaign and updated New Yorkers on its mosquito control efforts to date. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, travel to Zika-affected areas is expected to increase. The Health Department urges New Yorkers to remain vigilant […]

Over 1700 Free HIV Self-Test Kits Distributed to New Yorkers
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Over 1700 Free HIV Self-Test Kits Distributed to New Yorkers

At the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference in Denver, the New York City Health Department presented findings from a new and successful outreach effort that distributes free HIV self-test kits to New Yorkers among populations overrepresented in the NYC HIV epidemic – men and transgender people who have sex with men (MTSM). The outreach effort […]

2016-2017 Season Flu Shot Awareness Campaign: "I Got My Flu Shot...Not The Flu"
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2016-2017 Season Flu Shot Awareness Campaign: “I Got My Flu Shot…Not The Flu”

The Health Department has launched a public awareness campaign, “I Got My Flu Shot…Not the Flu,” reminding New Yorkers that the flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza and its terrible symptoms. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause significant illness and death. More New Yorkers die from influenza and pneumonia […]

Long Island Pharmacist Sentenced to Up to 24 Years in Prison for Selling Black Market HIV Meds
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Long Island Pharmacist Sentenced to Up to 24 Years in Prison for Selling Black Market HIV Meds

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced that pharmacist Ira Gross, 63, of Babylon, was sentenced to 8 to 24 years in state prison for his role in selling over $274 million dollars of diverted, medically worthless HIV medication. Gross was also ordered to pay back the amount he pocketed as a result of the scheme, which totaled […]

Columbia Mailman School Awards Public Health Prize to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett
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Columbia Mailman School Awards Public Health Prize to New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett

Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was awarded the Frank A. Calderone Prize by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health at a ceremony held this morning at the Paley Center for Media in Midtown. The Calderone Prize, the most prestigious award in public […]

New Report: Exposure to Loud Sounds & Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City
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New Report: Exposure to Loud Sounds & Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City

In recognition of National Protect Your Hearing Month, the Health Department has released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Exposure to Loud Sounds and Headphone Use Among Teens and Younger Adults in New York City.” The data brief highlights data on New York City (NYC) teens and younger adults’ exposure to loud sounds and headphone use. Exposure […]

African Americans Are High-Risk Group for Brain Aneurysm Ruptures
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African Americans Are High-Risk Group for Brain Aneurysm Ruptures

The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation (TLCF) revealed new survey findings about the African American population to help guide the focus of brain aneurysm education in the African American community. In addition to the startling lack of awareness re: the higher risk levels, 90 percent of Americans ages 18+ can’t fully identify what a brain aneurysm is […]

$27 Million Health Equity Initiative Aims to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths in African-American Community
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$27 Million Health Equity Initiative Aims to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths in African-American Community

The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization gathered philanthropic, civic, medical and business leaders in Washington today to formally launch a $27 million,10-city initiative to reduce breast cancer death rates among African-American women. “African-American women are almost 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the U.S. and in some […]

Health Dept Releases New Data on Suicides in NYC From 2000 to 2014
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Health Dept Releases New Data on Suicides in NYC From 2000 to 2014

  The Health Department has released an Epi Data Brief entitled, “Suicides in New York City, 2000 to 2014.” The most recent data show there have been more deaths in New York City from suicides than from either motor vehicle accidents or homicides, and that suicide rates have risen between 2000 and 2014. In 2014, 565 […]

Health Dept. Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus Infection For 2016 Season
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Health Dept. Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus Infection For 2016 Season

The Health Department has confirmed the season’s first human case of West Nile virus in a Brooklyn man who was diagnosed with encephalitis. The patient was over the age of 40 and has underlying medical conditions. Human cases of West Nile virus occur each year in New York City, typically between July and October. This first […]

New Report Shows Significant Decline in Impact of Second-Hand Smoke Amongst Non-Smoking Adults
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New Report Shows Significant Decline in Impact of Second-Hand Smoke Amongst Non-Smoking Adults

The Health Department and the City University of New York School of Public Health have published a study that highlights a 35 percent decline in secondhand exposure among adult nonsmokers from 2004 to 2014 (56.7 percent to 37.1 percent). The study, which used the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found a decrease […]

100% of McDonald’s Chicken Is Raised Without Antibiotics After Activist Push
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100% of McDonald’s Chicken Is Raised Without Antibiotics After Activist Push

McDonald’s has announced that it has eliminated antibiotics that are important in human medicine from 100 percent of its chicken supply. This announcement comes just a year and a half after McDonald’s publicly committed to require its poultry suppliers to stop using medically important antibiotics — and after a continued dialogue with Friends of the Earth and a coalition […]