Dr. Thomas Farley

A smoker uses an e-cigarette, the battery-powered device designed as an alternative to cigarettes
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City Council To Consider E-Cigarette Ban

The City Council will consider a proposal to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and parks.

12/04/2013

New York City Health Department ads about the dangers of loud headphone use. (credit: NYC Health Department)

NYC Ad Campaign Aims To Cut Volume On Headphones

Blaring your headphones can cause irreversible hearing loss, city officials warn in a new ad campaign.

12/03/2013

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FDA To Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

The FDA planned to announce Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health.

11/07/2013

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NYC Health Department To Look At New Proposed Guidelines For Tanning Salons

Under the proposal, the health department would assume oversight of tanning salons from the state, which issues their permit.

10/15/2013

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Health Officials: Lead Poisoning In NYC Children At Record Low

The agency says that children under the age of six identified with lead poisoning declined 66 percent from 2005 to 2012.

10/04/2013

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City Launches CalCutter App For Home Cooks

The free mobile app announced Wednesday will let cooks enter the ingredients of a recipe and it will calculate the number of calories per serving.

08/21/2013

City Health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, July 23, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

City Announces Fruit And Veggie Prescription Program

Pediatricians at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and at Harlem Hospital are writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables to at-risk youths.

07/23/2013

A man relaxes with half his shirt on in Times Square on July 16, 2013. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Heat Taking Its Toll On New Yorkers, Transit On Fifth Day Of Heat Wave

Temperatures surged to potentially dangerous levels Thursday with relief from the largest heat wave of the summer still days away.

07/18/2013

FILE - A nurse teaches a diabetic patient how to draw her own insulin injections. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Diabetes-Related Deaths Hit All-Time High In NYC

The city Health Department said Monday that the disease was the underlying or a contributing cause of 5,695 deaths in 2011. That’s about 160 more such deaths than in 2010 and 1,260 more than in 1990.

06/10/2013

A destroyed home is viewed along the beach in Bell Harbor on April 29, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ad Campaign Highlights Counseling Services For Superstorm Sandy Victims

Project Hope was launched shortly after Sandy in November 2012 in order to provide crisis counseling and emotional support for those hit hardest by the storm.

05/20/2013

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NYC Health Dept. Officially Rolls Out Teen Reproductive Health App

The “Teens in NYC — Protection” mobile app was quietly made available in early spring before getting a more public rollout Wednesday at a health care center in the Bronx.

05/08/2013

Cigarette Display In NYC (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images News)

City Council Holds Hearing On Series Of Tough Anti-Smoking Measures

The bills before the City Council would reduce the visibility and accessibility of cigarettes. The council’s health committee took up debate Thursday on the proposals.

05/02/2013

FILE - A nurse teaches a diabetic patient how to draw her own insulin injections. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Health Department Issues Warning After Alarming Diabetes Study

In the wake of a new study showing that more than 10 percent of New York City adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued some reminders for control and prevention.

04/27/2013

FILE - A nurse teaches a diabetic patient how to draw her own insulin injections. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Study: More Than 10 Percent Of NYC Adults Diagnosed With Diabetes

An estimated 650,000 adult residents city-wide were diagnosed with the disease in 2011, the health department said.

04/25/2013

Cigarette Display In NYC (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images News)

New York City Proposing Raising Age For Tobacco Purchases To 21

On Monday it was personal. Queens Councilman James Gennaro teared up as he joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley to sponsor a bill to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in New York City.

04/22/2013

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