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300 people die from falls each year in New York City

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Each year, about 17,000 older adults in New York City are hospitalized and 300 die as a result of a fall, city health officials say.
New York City running ads to remind residents to get flu shot

New York City running ads to remind residents to get flu shot

NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The New York City Health Department began a new ad campaign reminding city dwellers influenza germs are everywhere and vaccination is the best defense.
Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy may trigger emotional distress

Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy may trigger emotional distress

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The New York City Health Department is offering free, confidential crisis counseling for Hurricane Sandy victims as the disaster's first anniversary nears.

New York's cleanest air in 50 years preventing 800 premature deaths

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- New York City's cleanest air in 50 years is preventing nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits annually, the mayor says.
NYC urges hepatitis vaccine for those who ate at Bronx eatery

NYC urges hepatitis vaccine for those who ate at Bronx eatery

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- New York City health officials are urging all people who recently ate or worked at a Bronx Asian restaurant to get hepatitis A vaccines as soon as possible.
Doctors write prescriptions for locally grown produce

Doctors write prescriptions for locally grown produce

NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- New York City physicians are writing prescriptions for their overweight and obese patients who are children to get locally grown produce from farmer's markets.
A quarter of NYC adults ages 18-44 report hearing loss

A quarter of NYC adults ages 18-44 report hearing loss

NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- New York City Health Department data show nearly 1-in-4 18- to 44-year-olds who frequently listen to loud headphones report hearing problems, officials say.
Almost 5,700 in NYC died of diabetes-related causes in 2011

Almost 5,700 in NYC died of diabetes-related causes in 2011

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Almost 5,700 New York City residents died from type 2 diabetes-related causes in 2011 -- an all-time high, city health officials say.
NYC overdose deaths from prescription painkillers up 65%

NYC overdose deaths from prescription painkillers up 65%

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- From 2005-11, New York City's rate of overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers increased by 65 percent, city health officials say.

New York state develops health priorities

ALBANY, N.Y., April 3 (UPI) -- New York state's health commissioner said the 2013-17 Prevention Agenda will improve New Yorkers' health, quality of life and reduce health disparities.

NYC TB rate drops to record low

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- New York City's tuberculosis rate has dropped to a record low of 8 cases per 100,000 people, health officials say.

Men having sex with men should get vaccine

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- The New York City Health Department Wednesday recommended men having sex with men should be vaccinated for meningitis, officials say.

Court upholds NYC flavored-tobacco ban

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- New York City officials say they applaud a U.S. appeals court decision upholding the ban of the sale of flavored-tobacco products in the city.

NYC begins tooth decay prevention program

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The New York Health Department announced a campaign to promote oral health for young children because tooth decay is mostly preventable, officials say.

NYC hospitals to give fewer painkillers

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- New York City hospitals will now only give patients a three-day supply of painkillers to curb abuse of the addictive pills, officials said.

NY: 4 times as many flu cases as last year

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- There are more than 19,000 confirmed flu cases in New York, emergency rooms are crowded but officials say they are not calling a public health emergency.

NYC hospital food to become healthier

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Many people are not fans of hospital food, but the food in more than 30 New York City hospitals is slated to become healthier, officials say.
NYC pushes breastfeeding over formula

NYC pushes breastfeeding over formula

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's latest initiative promotes breastfeeding over infant formula, officials said.

West Nile detected in New York City area

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- New York City Health Department officials said they increased surveillance after detecting West Nile virus in some Staten Island mosquitoes.

Smoking in NYC parks down two-thirds

NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- New York health officials said smoking in select city parks has declined by two-thirds in one year, after imposition of a smoking ban in parks and beaches.

NYC asks to limit baby formula promotion

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- New York officials are asking city maternity hospitals to limit the promotion of infant formula, which can interfere with a mother's decision to breastfeed.

Two-thirds in NYC get colonoscopy

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- New York City's average colonoscopy rate rose to 67 percent in 2007 from 42 percent in 2003, city health officials said.

New NYC TB cases at all-time low

NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- The number of new cases of tuberculosis in New York City fell from 711 to 689 in 2011 -- the lowest number of cases on record, city health officials say.

NYC gives out nicotine patches, gum

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- New York City Health Department officials said they are distributing nicotine patches and gum to go with its ad campaign warning about smoking and cancer.

NYC suicide rate half of national rate

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- New York City's suicide death rate is just over half the national rate -- 6 deaths per 100,000 in NYC versus 11 deaths per 100,000 nationally, officials said.
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