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Health

November, 2017

Flushing

Another Legionnaires’ disease case reported in Flushing as outbreak appears to be ending

An additional person has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in downtown Flushing, raising the number to 15, the city Department of Health said Thursday. Comment
On Point

Wandering Creedmoor patients unnerve community

For decades, Creedmoor and its neighbors have lived side by side, in a generally non-contentious relationship. Sadly, over the past year, the relationship has become quite tenuous. Daily occurrences of aggressive panhandling by Creedmoor patients plague the surrounding communities, shopping centers and commercial strips of Union Turnpike. Aggressive panhandling is threatening and dangerous and nearby residents are demanding action. Comments (12)

October, 2017

The New York City Department of Health has confirmed 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the downtown Flushing area in the past two weeks. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital offers free milk to mothers

Jamaica Hospital will be the first medical center in Queens to offer a free milk depot for mother’s struggling to breastfeed their babies, according to spokeswoman Xavia Malcolm. Comment
Bayside

Smoke-free advocates announce new organization against tobacco use

The January victory of non-smokers at North Shore Towers has spurred a trend in northeast Queens with the creation of the Bayside Smokefree Housing Alliance. The announcement came at Tuesday news conference held at the office of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1)
The New York City Department of Health has confirmed 12 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Downtown Flushing area in the past two weeks. Comments (1)
Astoria

Community supports popular Astoria bartender in battle with Hodgkin lymphoma

A popular Astoria bartender is preparing for the fight of his life…with a lot of help from his friends. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria resident defeats breast cancer at 75 years old

Not every woman survives breast cancer at 75 years old. Meet Lydia Simbulan, an Astoria resident who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2016 and declared cancer-free a little over a year later. Simbulan attributes her recovery to the knowledge and care of her medical team and her faith in God. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica Hospital performs groundbreaking surgery

Angela Corker, a breast cancer patient at Jamaica Hospital, is the first in the outer boroughs to experience using AeroForm, a groundbreaking, one-of-a kind, FDA-approved implant for breast reconstruction that does not require a saline injection. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills tower cleared in Legionnaires disease probe

The city Department of Health has found that Parker Towers in Forest Hills is clear of Legionnaires disease after a series of tests were conducted in response to two cases at the Queens Boulevard complex, according to City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills). Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica health clinic renamed to honor Matilda Cuomo

The Brightpoint Health clinic in Jamaica was renamed the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Health Center late last month as it underwent renovations for an expansion. Comment

September, 2017

Forest Hills

Tenants voice fears after Legionnaires’ cases at Forest Hills building

Residents of Parker Tower gathered in the community room at 104-60 Queens Blvd. this week for a briefing by the city Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene about two cases of Legionnaires disease, which had recently broken out in the Forest Hills building. Comments (1)
Some staffers at the Queens Community Medicaid Office are dismayed by a last-minute change that will mean the consolidation of the borough’s Medicaid operations in one Long Island City location. Comment
The Health Department announced that to reduce the risk of West Nile virus it will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens Wednesday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

What’s so bad about making food easier to produce?

This week, our columnist wonders why we fear genetically modified food. Comments (1)

August, 2017

Rhymes with Crazy

Her son fell in love with Siri, so what?

Manhattanite Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK, then take “the A train from Howard Beach to West Fourth and then change to the B or D to Broadway-Lafayette. He’ll arrive at 77 Bleecker…” At which point, the boy continued, Daddy and Mommy “will do sex…” And then he went back to explaining more about the train transfers. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica mother with MS aims to inspire others

Lisa Ray, a single mother in Jamaica with multiple sclerosis, has been through many hurdles over the past eight years, but she refused to let them stop her from living a full life. Comments (5)
Bayside

Family of former St. Mary’s patient donates $27K to Bayside facility

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children dedicated a room in its facility to the memory of a patient who passed away just over three months after being born with a rare chromosomal condition. while the infant’s the parents made a generous donation to the Bayside institution. Comment
Astoria

Astoria infant gets breastfeeding diploma

Month-old Mason Wheeler, of Astoria, was honored last Friday during World Breastfeeding Week at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital, which was recently designated as “baby friendly” by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Comment
Forest Hills

West Nile to spray in 10 Queens neighborhoods

The city Health Department will spray 10 neighborhoods throughout Queens with pesticide from trucks Thursday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Breastfeeding program at Jamaica Hospital educates new moms

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, and to help raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, Jamaica Hospital threw a huge baby shower for mothers with newborns and expectant mothers at its Garden Room rehabilitation center. Comment
Flushing

Two Flushing residents struck by Legionnaires’

Two people in the Latimer Gardens Houses in Flushing have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease, according the New York City Health Department. Comments (3)

July, 2017

Letters

State committees let tobacco industry meddle

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law last Friday that will raise the statewide minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, from 19 to 21, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Time for ailing mom to receive rather than give

Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero. She was now a 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. Comment
Fresh Meadows ►Video

Cunningham Health Fair tries to save lives

On a picturesque summer’s day, hundreds gathered for a health fair at Cunningham Park last Friday on topics ranging from fire safety to holistic well-being and even to mountain bikes. Comment
Flushing

Flushing Greenmarket launches at Maple Playground

Flushing residents, from seniors to kids, attended the Flushing Greenmarket launch, which will provide the neighborhood with fresh vegetables all summer long. Comments (3)
Health

Ten best reasons for a veggie Independence Day

Here are the 10 Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year’s Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts. Comments (2)
Astoria

Simotas’ baby box legislation to reduce infant death passes

A Scandinavian innovation that reduces infant injuries and death could soon be adopted in New York state after both houses of the Legislature passed a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) last week. Her “Newborn Health and Safety Pilot Program,” also known as the “baby box bill,” will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law. Comments (2)

June, 2017

Health

Advisory: Health Department to begin mosquito spraying in Queens

The New York City Health Department will begin to spray pesticides throughout the summer in all five boroughs in order to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Comments (1)
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against 14 anti-choice protesters who have threatened patients of the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital dedicates new hospice center to Ferrara family

Jamaica Hospital celebrated the completion of its new hospice facility with a ribbon-cutting dedicated as the Ferrara Family Center, a step up from the prior unit, which offered few amenities and an atmosphere administrators did not believe was suitable for patients or families. Comment
Health

City health department launches new campaign warning of Zika virus risks

As the summer travel season begins, the city Health Department is urging women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, along with their sexual partners, to avoid traveling to areas where the Zika virus is active. Comments (4)

May, 2017

Letters

Avoid quackery, put faith in licensed medical experts

America is replete with consumers using a myriad of self-prescribed, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, inappropriate prescription dosages, and other treatments — such as chiropractic, homeopathic, acupuncture, acupressure, and psychologic — not prescribed by a licensed physician with an M.D. degree. Comments (6)
Editorial

Handle with care

When the House passed its bill to repeal Obamacare last week, photos of President Trump celebrating his victory in the Rose Garden were unsettling. There was the jubilant leader of the free world surrounded by a gaggle of middle-aged white men in white shirts and conservative ties glorifying a vote that could strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance. Comments (4)
Letters

May the force of skin protection be with you

Listen up, guys: Your sister or teen daughter aren’t the only ones at risk for skin cancer. An estimated 87,110 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year, with 4,900 cases expected in New York state, alone. But did you know that more than half of those cases will be men? Males age 50 and older are at increased risk of skin cancer, and by age 65, skin cancer rates in men are double that of women. Comment

April, 2017

Rhymes with Crazy

Is bottled water really safer than NYC tap?

Charming, handsome, and homeless, the 25-year-old we’ll call Bruce decided to join me for dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water. Comments (1)
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens celebrated the grand opening of its new Therapeutic Medicine Center Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Comment
The financial status of NYC Health + Hospitals is increasingly uncertain, as the implications of potential changes to federal health care funding exacerbate a system already marked by declining admissions and a drop in federal and state spending. Comments (3)

March, 2017

Rhymes with Crazy

Medical field embraces genetic testing

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and how about the odds of acne? Comments (1)
The city will fund a new effort to vastly reduce the spiking numbers of fatal drug overdoses in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. Comments (2)
An NYPD highway patrol officer was in the right place at the right time, helping to deliver a baby girl on the Kosciuszko Bridge Sunday afternoon. Police Officer Raphael Mohammed was the first on the scene in response to a 911 call from an Uber driver who was taking an Astoria woman to a Brooklyn hospital. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Northwell and NYC Health and Hospitals to build joint lab in Little Neck

Northwell Health and NYC Health and Hospitals have partnered together to build a jointly operated lab in Little Neck. Comments (2)

February, 2017

Health

Sudden onset unattractiveness

When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Comment
Health

ThriveNYC will raise budget for behavioral services, analysis finds

A little more than a year after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced ThriveNYC, a new behavioral health initiative to expand the availability of such services in the city, New York’s budget for behavioral health care is slated to grow by about 25 percent in the next few years, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (1)
Health

Northwell Health hosts ‘National Wear Red Day’

When it comes to women suffering from heart disease, the common warning signs are different from what men are taught to look for. Comments (1)

January, 2017

Letters

Concerns regarding new cultural unit

I read the article regarding the Indian cultural unit being implemented at Parker Jewish Institute (Parker Institute opens Indian Cultural Unit, Jan. 18). I find it interesting that in none of the articles I have read is there mention of how this is going to be accomplished. Comment
New Hyde Park

Parker Institute to open Indian cultural unit

The Parker Institute for Health care and Rehabilitation said it is planning to establish an Indian Cultural Unit, a facility dedicated to serving the Indian population of Queens and Nassau Counties. Established in 1907 as a shelter for 25 indigent men, the Parker Institute has grown into a network of community programs which oversee the health and wellness of adults. The new unit will focus on patients in Indian communities suffering from short and long-term conditions and their families. Comments (3)
Elmhurst

Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary gets green light to deliver

The borough’s only dispensary of medical marijuana is set to launch home delivery. Comments (2)
Health

New state drug reforms combat overdoses

As New York City announced a grim milestone in the number of drug overdose deaths in the city in 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a volley of new reforms aimed at curtailing the number of overdose deaths, including a requirement for health insurance plans to cover treatment services for addicted New Yorkers. Comment
North Shore Towers

Milestone for non-smokers at North Shore Towers

New Year’s Day started off with a great celebration for the residents of North Shore Towers, the 1,844 apartment co-op in Floral Park, Queens, as it became the largest smoke-free private residential building in New York (another No. 1 ranking for Queens County) as well as the United States. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Science fiction: Research shows ‘research’ just grabbing headlines

Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gear shift! Comments (1)

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