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Tobacco Tax Hike Will Save Lives

The American Lung Association in New York applauds Governor David Paterson and the State Legislature for heeding our call to increase taxes on tobacco as a way to encourage more New York smokers to quit and prevent more children from ever starting to smoke.

Higher Prices = Less Soda Drinking

The American Journal of Public Health released a study yesterday finding that when the price of soda goes up, consumption goes down. From the news release: ...
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Hazards Of Drinking Sugary Beverages

On Thursday, a panel of experts from the New York City Department of Health will come together at P.S. 135 in East Flatbush to discuss the hazards of consuming sugary beverages and how it affects the health of New Yorkers....
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Asbestos & Mesothelioma

Asbestos (from Greek σβεστος meaning "unquenchable" or "inextinguishable") is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties. They all have in common their asbestiform habit, long, (1:20) thin fibrous crystals....
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Bronx Family Clings To Hope

At six months old, Sophia Lopez is fighting an unimaginable battle against a fatal disease. Diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Sophia and her family are in desperate need of a bone marrow donor to save Sophia's life. ...
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City's Hospitals Honor Bronx Volunteers

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) honored six outstanding volunteers who work in public hospitals in the Bronx at their Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony and luncheon....
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Jewish Home & Hospital Fined $50K

Based on a New York State Department of Health inspection report dated June 23, 2009, Jewish Home and Hospital, a nursing home in the Bronx, received several citations for failing to ensure that residents received the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical and mental well-being in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plans of care....
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Cultural Competence In Health Care

African-American and other women of color, together with health and human service professionals from across New York State, are invited to engage in a one-day Cultural Competence and Advocacy Conference on health care for diverse communities in Albany on May 12....
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Millions In Healthcare Costs Averted

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) today announced that infection rates in the 27 intensive care units in its11 public hospitals continue to fall and have dropped dramatically in the last five years. ...
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Mother's Day Mammograms

The following are events in support of the prevention and treatment of breast cancer in women in our area, commemorating this year's Mother's Day....
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Separate & Unequal Health Care In NYC

Separate and unequal care in New York City violates the civil rights of thousands of New Yorkers everyday. ...
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Soda Buy-Back Program In Brooklyn

On Wednesday April 14th, the Alliance for a Healthier New York will host a Soda Buy-back program at the New Lots Family Center in Brooklyn....
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Free Diabetes & Prevention Seminar

When people see the caloric measures on menu items, instead of being shocked, they are not affected at all or have become desensitized. The more people remain uneducated, the more prevalent diabetes will become in the Bronx....
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WSPT Announces SheFit Boot Camp

When one thinks of a boot camp, they typically think of soldiers in army fatigue running drills outdoors at the crack of dawn. At WSPT, when we think of boot camp we think of life changes....
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A Free Day Of Therapeutic Horse Riding

The event, which celebrates National Autism Awareness Month and is free to the public, aims to provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about autism and therapeutic riding and its benefits....
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On Bronx Anti-Soda Tax Petition Drive

The Alliance for a Healthier New York (AHNY) released the following statement today in reaction to an anti-soda tax petition drive in the Fordham neighborhood in the Bronx - a neighborhood with a 25% obesity rate, and a 12% diabetes rate, both well above the New York City averages:...
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Bronx Video On Urban Agriculture

Video from The Point, a TGC (The Growing Connection) site in South Bronx....
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Bronx Pancreas Transplant Program

The only pancreas transplant program in the Bronx and Westchester, and one of only several in Greater New York, Montefiore Medical Center’s new pancreas transplant program will treat patients with severe, end-stage diabetes....
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Governor Urged To Expand Sugar Tax

Today Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) sent a letter to Governor Paterson urging him to reduce and expand his budget proposal to assess a tax on sugar sweetened beverages....
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Dementia Incidence On The Decline

The incidence of dementia may be declining, new research suggests.
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Bronx Mom Says She Has Lead Hazards In Her Home And Needs A Transfer

A 32-year-old mother of three says she has lead hazards in her Bronx home and needs a transfer.
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Increased Number Of People In The US Living with HIV Are In Remission

In 2014, practically half of HIV patients in the US were in remission, according to the latest data recently released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That statistic may be only half the story.
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NYPD Officers Help Bronx Mom Deliver Baby Girl In Bathroom Of Her Home

It will be hard to beat this Bronx mom’s Labor Day story.
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NYC Denies Nearly 9K Kids With Disabilities The Services They Need

The city is illegally denying necessary services to thousands of students with disabilities — and the poorest kids get cheated the most often, according to advocates and data the Daily News obtained.
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Israeli Teens To Attend Kidney Camp Program In The United States

Three Israeli teenagers with kidney disease will be attending sleep-away camp at the Frost Valley YMCA in New York’s Catskills Mountains this summer as part of The Ruth Gottscho Kidney Foundation’s kidney camp program.
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Understanding New York State's Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, also known as CDPAP, is a service funded by Medicaid that is designed to provide assistance to those in the state that have chronic illness or that are physically disabled.
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Gaining Perspective Аnd Hope For Those With Dementia

PBS recently made the praise-worthy effort to address one of the most important public health issues – for today and the foreseeable future – when it aired a TV report titled, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts.”
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National Healthcare Decisions Week: Taking The Time To Plan

April 16 to April 22 is National Healthcare Decisions Week - A week set aside to encourage all of us to discuss and document important health care wishes before a stressful health crisis occurs.
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Opioid Epidemic Hits South Bronx Hard

Health officials say ground zero for New York City's opioid epidemic has shifted from Staten Island to South Bronx. The neighborhood is being hard hit with drug overdoses. While the NYPD, Health Department officials, and city leaders are activating new approaches the residents are trying to sidestep the fallout.

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Kiran Alvi

is working towards her M.S. degree at Columbia’s Journalism School with a specialization in digital media, covering the neighborhood of East Tremont. Kiran has previously worked for Nile TV in Cairo, Patch.com in West Hollywood and Redondo Beach, and Annenberg TV News and NeonTommy.org in Los Angeles. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2011 with a degree in broadcast journalism and Middle East studies.