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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 [...]

WATCH: NY Department of Health laboratory monitors the flu virus
WATCH: NY Department of Health laboratory monitors the flu virus
Health Queens Courier Staff 1/14/2013 at 12:00PM

This weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency for all of New York state, which allows pharmacists to give flu vaccinations to patients between six months and 18 years of age. There are already 19,128 cases of flu reported in the state this season, more than the 4,404 positive laboratory tests that were [...]

Flu season etiquette tips from The Emily Post Institute
Flu season etiquette tips from The Emily Post Institute
Health Brandpoint 1/13/2013 at 9:52AM

When the flu hits, manners may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, good “flu etiquette” and hygiene can go a long way in helping to prevent the spread of influenza. While most Americans recognize that the flu virus spreads easily, they admit to sometimes forgetting their manners when they have the [...]

NYC life expectancy reaches record high
Health Cristabelle Tumola 12/11/2012 at 12:56PM

Life expectancy in New York City has hit an all-time high of 80.9 years, surpassing the national average by 2.2 years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today. Between 2001 and 2010, the life span of a child born in NYC  increased by three years. During the same period, the nation’s life expectancy only went up by [...]

Many adults are not aware of important vaccinations they need
Health Brandpoint 12/08/2012 at 4:45AM

Which vaccinations should adults get? If you answered, “I don’t know,” don’t worry – you’re not alone. A new national survey of adults in the United States reveals that more than two-thirds don’t know which vaccinations they need beyond just the flu shot. Adults need vaccinations not only to protect themselves from serious diseases but [...]

Facing surgery? How you can help ensure the best outcome
Facing surgery? How you can help ensure the best outcome
Health Brandpoint 12/08/2012 at 3:39AM

When you’re facing surgery, it’s normal to feel anxious. Many people find it daunting to completely surrender their well-being to others. Common fears range from concerns about undergoing anesthesia, to how long the recovery period will last. That is why it is important to know and trust the physicians responsible for your anesthesia care. Fortunately, [...]

Dry eye – dealing with a common issue
Dry eye – dealing with a common issue
Health Brandpoint 12/08/2012 at 1:30AM

Dry eye affects up to 40 million Americans, has many causes, and a variety of symptoms. Those who suffer from dry eye know one thing: that it can be very uncomfortable. Common dry eye symptoms include scratchiness or grittiness, the feeling of a foreign particle in the eye, redness and even excessive reflex watering. Attacking [...]

This winter, don’t let dry, uncomfortable skin happen to you
Health Brandpoint 12/08/2012 at 12:27AM

With winter weather comes the inevitable – dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin due to loss of moisture. With harsh winds and snow outdoors, you’ll want to cuddle up with a loved one but dry, flaky and cracked skin could make you apprehensive warming up next to that special someone. It’s easy to get soft, smooth skin, [...]

Health Expo offers tips on staying healthy, financial fitness
Health Expo offers tips on staying healthy, financial fitness
Health Maggie Hayes 12/07/2012 at 7:12AM

North Shore Towers residents and other guests excitedly ventured around Towers on the Green, visiting each and every vendor offering advice on how to improve their quality of life. The Queens Courier’s annual Health & Financial Fitness Expo, held Friday, November 30, featured dozens of different business representatives from a variety of industries. After attendees [...]

Youth sports safety – 5 tips to help protect your little athlete
Youth sports safety – 5 tips to help protect your little athlete
Education & Kids Brandpoint 12/01/2012 at 5:54AM

Cringing at bumps, falls, trips and nudges is a common response among parents of young athletes. Seventy-two percent of parents of children ages 6 to 17 report that they are highly concerned about their child experiencing a head injury on the sports field, according to a recent survey conducted by NMI Research and DSM Nutritional [...]