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New York City's Soda Ban Fizzles Out For Good

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

New York City's efforts to revive former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's soda ban have finally fizzled out and gone flat. The state's Court of Appeals r...

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.

What's On the Menu? MenuStat Makes It Easy to Find Out

Dr. Thomas A Farley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Thomas A Farley

There have been many recent efforts to improve the healthfulness of restaurant foods. But until now, there hasn't been an easy, accessible way to compare similar items across many restaurants and to see how the nutritional content of foods has changed.

Nursing Home Evacuees Still In A Grim Limbo

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of elderly and disabled New Yorkers who were hurriedly evacuated from seaside nursing homes and assisted living residences after ...

Probably More Suicides Than Murders In NYC This Year

Posted 12.20.2012 | New York

The New York City murder rate is on pace to reach its lowest point in 52 years. According to the NYPD, as of December 12th, there were 388 murders...

Is NYC's Health Commissioner A Scold Or A Lifesaver?

Reuters | Posted 11.01.2012 | New York

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (Reuters) - Critics call him a puritanical scold, Gotham's Dr. No and a nursemaid to Mayor Micha...

Could Popcorn And Frappucinos Be Next?

Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

As Mayor Bloomberg's controversial proposal to ban large sugary drinks in New York City gains traction with the Board of Health, other highly caloric ...

15 Percent Of NYC Doctors Prescribed 82 Percent Of All Painkillers In 2010

Posted 05.04.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the New York City Health Department reveals the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions is steadily on the rise, with more...

NYC Rapped Up In Transgender Birth Certificate Case

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — He had been through sex-change surgery and wanted his birth certificate to reflect the man he'd become, at nearly 70. City health of...

How The Health Department Hurts Restaurants

Food Republic | Posted 03.15.2012 | Home

The Bloomberg administration ostensibly introduced the letter grading system for restaurants in order to inform the public of the apparent cleanliness...

Bloomberg: Letter Grades Have Meant Less Food Poisoning

AP | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 03.07.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Giving letter grades to the thousands of restaurants in New York City – from humble delis to celebrity chef-powered eateries –...

NYC Suicide Rate Half The National Average

Posted 02.24.2012 | New York

The suicide rate in New York City is almost half the national average, a new Health Department report reveals. There are now six suicides per 100,000 ...

Four Starbucks Locations, Including 30 Rock, Infested With Live Mice

Posted 02.02.2012 | New York

If a bizarre "Mister PeePee" and his mission to masturbate in every Starbucks bathroom in the city wasn't enough to gross you out, leave it to a batch...

Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Faces Health Inspection Problems | Posted 01.25.2012 | Black Voices

Jigga man does in fact have 99 problems, and his restaurant is one. Just one day after the star-studded grand re-opening of the rapper's 40/40 Club th...

110,000 New Yorkers Are HIV Positive

AP | CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Health officials in the nation's largest city are recommending that any residents living with HIV be offered AIDS drugs as soon as th...

42 Percent Of Accidental Subway Deaths Involve Alcohol

Posted 01.07.2012 | New York

Subways tend to get pretty sloppy and slurry at night, especially after bars in New York yell "last call!" Luckily, the collective morning-after hango...

No More Naked Group Baths In The 'Psycho Tank'

AP | Posted 12.31.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Naked museum visitors are no longer able to take dips together in a bathtub-like installation at a New York City museum after warnin...

STD Rates Spike In Greenwich Village Women

| Andrea Swalec | Posted 12.12.2011 | New York

MANHATTAN — Sexually transmitted disease diagnosis rates have risen among Greenwich Village women in recent years, according to analysis of the late...

After One Month Of NYC Smoking Ban, Only One Ticket Issued

Posted 08.27.2011 | New York

A month after New York City banned smoking in public parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, a New York Daily News photographer remains the city's only ...

Too Many NYC Restaurants Hide Bad Letter Grades

Posted 08.14.2011 | New York

The city's Health Department is cracking down on restaurants that don't properly display their letter grades, The New York Times reports. During a...

Bloomberg: Times Square Pedestrian Plazas Improving Air Quality

Posted 06.13.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg has a new report from the Health Department to rub in the faces of those who oppose Times Square's pedestrian plazas. The report foun...

Wanna Have Safe Sex? There's An App For That

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Need to find a condom in a hurry? The city's health department's has you covered. This Valentine's Day, the health department unveiled a free iPhon...

City Gives Le Cirque And Gramercy Tavern 'C' Grades

The Huffington Post | Grace Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The next time you read a restaurant review or are contemplating take-out from your local Chinese place, it might be worth finding out the restaurant's...

38 Percent Of All NY Pregnancies Ended In Abortion In 2009

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The city's health department released a report that says 38.7% percent of New York's pregnancies in 2009 were aborted. While the number of induced ter...

Report: New Yorkers Love To Binge Drink

Gothamist | [8] | | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The city's Health Department has just released a study [pdf] on the drinking habits of New Yorkers, and what they found may not shock you. We like to ...