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Preventing falls among seniors

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and experts from VNSNY CHOICE, an affiliate of the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, recently presented a free community health workshop on fall prevention for more than 100 East Harlem seniors at the ...

One-on-one for survival

Young African-Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as ...

Department of Consumer Affairs Welcomes Paid Leave to Employees

Starting today, New York City employees can use paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave law, which went into effect April 1st, allows employees to have no more than forty hours of sick leave.

Color your diet healthy with fresh fruits and veggies

Richly colored fruits and vegetables, such as those available fresh in New York from now through the fall, are colorful and tasteful additions to your table, and also vital to a healthy diet.

Getting a jump on razor bumps

A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed, and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there. There was no sign or reason as to why ...

Water running dry in Detroit?

Organizers from groups such as the National Action Network and the Working Families Party are voicing their outrage over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shutoffs and say the utility company is risking the public’s health.

Poison ivy is most dangerous in spring and summer

Although spring and summer are prime times for glorious flowers and plants, the Medical Society of the State of New York cautions that spring and summer are also seasons when poison ivy is most dangerous. During spring and summer, poison ...

A fast headache from fast foods

Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position at her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late. She relates that the tension created by her new job ...

Cutting for a cure aims to improve community health

Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem is hosting it’s fourth biannual 48-Hour Health Fair and Hair Cutting Marathon July 11-13.

Black churches offer first aid for mental health

African-American churches nationwide are turning to an innovative training program to equip their congregations with the skills necessary to recognize mental illness and respond to mental health emergencies. The program, Mental Health First Aid, helps people assess a mental health ...

Emotional triggers

I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”

Supreme Court deals blow to Obamacare with Hobby Lobby ruling

Corporations are not only people, they are people who can practice a religious faith. On Monday, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby concluded that chief executive officers of major corporations can deny health insurance coverage for ...

Nurses, caregivers hold protest for better jobs, care

It was a hot day in late spring, but health care workers were turning up the heat on their bosses last Wednesday.

New Yorkers take ‘Small Steps’ to get healthier

EmblemHealth, the New York-based health insurance and wellness company, kicked off a neighborhood-by-neighborhood campaign that encourages everyone to take small steps each day toward healthier living. On June 11, community leaders and media personalities launched the campaign at the Adam ...

Free national hearing test available by phone

Are Americans warming up to a free over-the-phone hearing test developed by Indiana University researchers and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? As news about the test spreads, the answer seems to be a resounding ...