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Go healthy when kids go home
Go healthy when kids go home
Health Brandpoint 9/15/2013 at 10:03AM

The hours between the end of the school day and bedtime are a golden opportunity for parents to help children build healthy and safe habits that will last a lifetime. Here are some simple and free ways to incorporate messages about eating well, staying safe and avoiding injuries while kids complete homework, participate in team sports or recreational activities, and relax with [...]

Queens ranks fourth of five boros in obesity
Queens ranks fourth of five boros in obesity
Health Liam La Guerre 7/17/2013 at 10:43AM

The United States dropped to second place as the most obese nation, behind new champion Mexico, according to a recent report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. But when it comes to obesity, Queens is not the biggest loser among the boroughs, The Courier has learned. The county weighs in at fourth place [...]

Mount Sinai Hospital gets expansion approval
Mount Sinai Hospital gets expansion approval
Health Angy Altamirano 6/20/2013 at 1:30PM

Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens in Astoria has received approval from Community Board 1 (CB 1) to expand its helping hand. On Tuesday, CB 1 unanimously voted in support of Mount Sinai’s request for minor zoning variances. The hospital’s footprint will expand to take up 100 percent of its lot and reach all the way to [...]

Regal Heights Medical Adult Day Health Care Program celebrates 10 years
Health Queens Courier Staff 6/15/2013 at 8:29AM

The Regal Heights Medical Adult Day Health Care Program, located at 70-05 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights, celebrates 10 years of providing quality medical services, recreation and social interaction to the senior population of Queens. The program is offered Monday through Friday and provides medication and diabetes management, physical and occupational services, and other medical services while [...]

Bayside man recalls pioneering surgery that saved his life
Bayside man recalls pioneering surgery that saved his life
Health Queens Courier Staff 6/09/2013 at 11:19AM

Life was not easy for Phil Konigsberg when he was growing up. As a child and teenager, he faced more challenges than most. When he was only two years old, he was stricken with polio, and his loving family and doctors did everything they could to help him. He told his story at the Hospital [...]

Judge orders FDA to remove ‘morning-after’ pill age restrictions
Judge orders FDA to remove ‘morning-after’ pill age restrictions
Health Angy Altamirano 4/05/2013 at 10:33AM

A federal judge has ordered that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must make the “morning-after” pill available over the counter to females of all ages, going against the initial requirement of having a prescription for girls under 17, according to published reports. U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman issued the decision after a lawsuit [...]

Bloomberg ‘Tobacco Product Display’ bill gets mixed reaction
Health Cristabelle Tumola 3/19/2013 at 3:49PM

A week after a judge struck down his sugary drink ban, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going on another health crusade — this time targeting cigarettes. The mayor, who spearheaded banning smoking in bars, restaurants, beaches and parks, is proposing a bill that would require New York City retailers to keep tobacco products out of sight [...]

New cookbook shows how to make your food count
New cookbook shows how to make your food count
Health Cristabelle Tumola 2/24/2013 at 12:58PM

At first, a cookbook called “Clean Plates” may sound like a trendy new diet book or radical way of eating. Though the recipe and eating guide promises a healthier lifestyle, it is full of advice for anyone looking to eat better without sacrificing taste. “The Clean Plates Cookbook: Sustainable, Delicious and Healthier Eating for Everybody,” [...]

Flu demands respect
Health Queens Courier Staff 1/27/2013 at 8:50AM

BY SCOTT BREIDBART, M.D. In the universe of infectious diseases, influenza, or flu, doesn’t usually gather interest. Ebola kills almost all infected people, isn’t in the United States, and had a best seller written about it. Tuberculosis, or consumption, is worldwide, continuously threatens to become immune to all treatments, and has killed many famous people, [...]

Flu outbreak felt in Queens as Cuomo declares public health emergency
Flu outbreak felt in Queens as Cuomo declares public health emergency
Health Alexa Altman 1/15/2013 at 9:11AM

Two days after Christmas, Diane K. woke up with a bought of the flu. The 66-year-old Bayside resident, who preferred her last name not be used, fought off the viral infection’s high fever and aches over the next few days with Tamiflu and rest. But when it was announced that this season’s flu had reached [...]