Health

December, 2012

Elmhurst

Woodside Child Center gets new Elmhurst spot

The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, opened a new Elmhurst branch earlier this month in the name of one of its most dedicated members. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Queens Hosp. opens center

Queens Hospital Center marked off another project on its checklist Monday when the hospital community gathered to cut the ribbon on a newly expanded psychiatric emergency center. Comment.
Arverne

Rockaways face health crisis after Sandy

When Peninsula Hospital closed last year, many feared the Rockaways would plunge into a health crisis, and now in a post-Sandy world those fears are being put to the test. Comments (2).
Letters

Support state Tobacco Control Program

Every year, New Yorkers spend $8.17 billion on smoking-caused health care costs. The state could help trim those costs if only it would invest more fully in the Tobacco Control Program. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Inpatient psychiatric pavilion opens in Glen Oaks

Cathie LeMaire, who once suffered from severe depression, was smiling ear to ear Friday to be part of the opening celebration of a new Behavioral Health Pavilion at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale school sets example with healthy habits

PS 195 in Rosedale is helping to lead the way in encouraging students, parents and teachers throughout southeast Queens to develop healthier habits. Comment.
Long Island City

Life expectancy reaches new high in city: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy for New Yorkers is at an all-time high, outpacing life expectancy gains made in the rest of the country. Comments (2).
Bayside

Glendale car group delights St. Mary’s

Shining chrome and roaring engines signaled the beginning of the holiday season for some excited children in Bayside. Comment.
Floral Park

North Shore LIJ urges bone marrow donors to join registry

A 16-year old cancer survivor from Middle Village is using her experience with leukemia to urge others — especially minorities — to sign up to become bone marrow donors. Comment.
Letters

Stop lung problems caused by Sandy

The devastation of Hurricane Sandy was felt hard in the Northeast, and the aftereffects of the storm will remain with us for some time. For people with lung disease, exposure to damp materials and mold growth can trigger asthma and allergies and cause breathing problems. Comment.

November, 2012

Broad Channel

Medical van visits Sandy victims

The last thing victims of Hurricane Sandy should need to worry about is their health insurance coverage, doctors and administrators from North Shore-LIJ Health System said. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia College event hosts first CUNY greenmarket

Fruits and vegetables for sale straight from upstate farms have become common sights in many Queens neighborhoods, but last month marked the first time a greenmarket has come to a CUNY institution. Comment.
Ridgewood

Crowley, cancer center to offer mammograms

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is teaming up with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation to provide no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams to women over 40 Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a mobile care unit at PS 88, at 60-85 Catalpa Ave. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Y stops smokers from lighting up

The butts stop here. Comment.
New Hyde Park

LIJ provides funds to storm-hit staffers

After Hurricane Sandy devastated communities and families in the New York area, caregivers throughout the region have had to step up their efforts to help storm victims in need of food, shelter and medical care. Comment.
Bayside

Storm slows St. Mary’s visits by nurses to homebound kids

Though Hurricane Sandy drifted away from northeast Queens more than one week ago, the consequences of her devastating winds and storm surge still plagued residents throughout the borough, including hundreds of home nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. Comment.
Letters

Queens Library holds cancer talk

Queens Library invites everyone in Queens and around the world to learn more about prevention, detection and treatment of common cancers. An expert panel of doctors and social workers from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens, the New York University Langone Medical Center, the American Cancer Society and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society will present two free programs and answer questions. Comment.
Flushing

New York Hospital Queens issues alert about alternate phone number

The main phone number at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing is not working, according to staff there. Comment.

October, 2012

Jamaica

Jamaica center will use grant to fight HIV in the transgender community

Although HIV/AIDS rates have generally been on the decline, transgender women of color are still at alarmingly high risk of contracting the disease, although one Jamaica health clinic is hoping a new funding stream will allow it to reduce some of the exposure in the transgender population. Comments (2).
Bayside

Friends turn shared tragedy into chance to tackle cancer

The scene could have been just a typical Sunday in late September — family and friends gathered at an Irish bar, watching football surrounded by copious amounts of food and drink. Comment.
Jamaica

Pro-life rallies on rise at Choices Women’s Center

The president of the Choices Women’s Medical Center, which performs abortions among other women’s health care services, said protests against the clinic at its new Jamaica location have increased in recent months. Comment.
Flushing

Painting Corona Park pink

Breast cancer survivor Nadine Weaver lives in Manhattan, but she prefers to come back to her native Queens every year for the American Cancer Society’s annual breast cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park rather than attend the Central Park walk. Comment.
Long Island City

Obamacare funds bolster new LIC clinic

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) shouted when she got her first look at The Floating Hospital’s new community health center in Long Island City. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Grant to bring diabetes prevention to high-risk in Cambria Heights

EmblemHealth last week announced a partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will allow the non-profit insurance company to provide a diabetes-prevention program for some of its members in Cambria Heights. Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 honors dentists who back local drug program for children

Leaders on Community Board 11 recognized four borough dentists for supporting a Bayside-based free drug education program for city children. Comment.
Letters

Fight tobacco ads aimed at kids

It is the start of a new school year for thousands of Queens children. As children are walking to school this semester, I think it is important to think about what they are passing by on their way to school. Comment.
Douglaston

Woman chooses to stay on life support after court case

A quadriplegic woman who fought her Queens parents for the right to end her own life support finished another legal battle Tuesday, as her father dropped his bid to take over all decision making regarding her care. Comments (1).
Letters

Act on noisy LGA flight tests

In view of the arrogance and duplicity of the Federal Aviation Administration — in regard to the “Tennis Climb” departure trial run using the new RNAV navigational system at LaGuardia Airport’s Runway 13, which has environmentally affected Briarwood and other Queens communities from Feb. 13 to Aug. 13 — I recommend that plaintiffs who were medically and/or psychologically affected file a class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of the U.S. federal court. Comments (1).
Bayside

St. Mary’s children get new care center

It was a celebration of accomplishments for the hundreds of onlookers getting their first glimpse at the new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside — but for the 97 guests of honor, it was a first look at their new home. Comment.
Flushing

NYHQ wins maternal health award

New York Hospital Queens received two of the highest rankings in the nation for excellence in maternity care Tuesday, representing what leaders of the medical team said was a remarkable feat given the difficulty of the field. Comment.
Health

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September, 2012

Bayside

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children opens patient pavilion New, larger wing with improved rehab facilities and cutting-edge technology designed to aid healing

A new patient pavilion opens this week at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, the renowned Bayside facility that cares for children who require highly specialized medical care, and it looks like a facility out of the future. Comment.
Health

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St. Albans

St. Albans rally hopes to curb sickle stigma

About one in every 500 African Americans is born with sickle cell disease and advocates for a cure said those who suffer from the condition face stigmas due to a lack of understanding. Comment.
Health

Queens pols blast soda ban

After the city Board of Health last Thursday passed the so-called soda ban, which would limit the size of sugary drinks in many venues to 16 ounces, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) decried the controversial rule as the mayor was lauding its passage. Comments (1).
Bayside

Workers file charge against St. Mary’s

As a labor dispute continues, workers filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against Bayside’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, accusing the facility of withholding financial information related to contract negotiations. Comment.
New Hyde Park

City needs to reduce population of mosquitoes in Queens: Civics

Bellerose resident Angela Augugliaro says mosquitoes are so bad in her neighborhood she can barely go outside. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Zadroga Act altered to cover cancer cost

Many Queens residents had loved ones who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and some know people who continue to die from the complications of that fateful day. Comment.
Flushing

Mayor, Laurelton woman push ban on sugary drinks

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a Flushing recreation center Tuesday to give the latest push to his proposed ban on large sugary drinks. Comments (2).
Bayside

St. Mary’s brings healing power of the arts to children

Sophia, 5, sat perched up in a chair while Bronx sculptor John Ahearn covered her legs in bandages. Surrounded by already sculpted hands portraits from other children, she could hardly sit still as she anxiously waited for her plaster-cast portrait to be finished. Comment.
Queensbridge

Veggies $10 a bag at Queensbridge

Residents of Queensbridge will now be able to purchase bags of fruits and vegetables for $10 a week, thanks to a program run by GrowNYC and funded by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comment.

August, 2012

Edgemere

Bankrupt hospital nets potential buyer

The shuttered Peninsula Hospital has a potential buyer, a source familiar with the negotiations said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Ferreras introduces sick-day plan to protect workers

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), low-wage workers and small business owners rallied in Elmhurst Tuesday for a proposal that would protect employees’ jobs if they need to take sick days. Comment.
St. Albans

Health Department to spray for West Nile

The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2).
Flushing

Popular bubble tea jeopardized by ban

The mayor’s proposed ban on large sugary drinks has implications for a popular Asian beverage served on the streets of downtown Flushing, a group opposed to the proposal said. Comment.
Letters

Republicans hypocritical on Obamacare

One would think Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, mandate would be a win-win for both parties. After all, it was the Republicans’ concept and championed by the Heritage Foundation, an American conservative think-tank based in Washington, D.C. Comment.
Bayside

St. Mary’s union workers rally for a new contract

Outcries from St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital union workers were met with political support last week as members organized outside the facility to rally for a new contract. Comment.
Arverne

Mobile clinic offers free mammograms

The American-Italian Cancer Foundations’s mobile clinic will be providing no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams at locations across the borough throughout August. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK could spread disease

John F. Kennedy International Airport has the most potential of all U.S. airports to be the most influential global-superspreader of contagious diseases, according to a new study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Comment.
Bayside

St. Mary’s workers rally for new contract

Despite the pouring rain, nurses and caregivers of the 1199SEIU union from St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside took to the streets Wednesday to rally for better benefits, including health insurance and access to education. Comment.
Long Island City

Two sides weigh in on soda ban plan

Controversy over a proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks in many New York City food service establishments played out at a public hearing last week, with opponents blasting the so-called soda ban as government overreach but supporters saying it was an important measure to bring down obesity rates. Comment.

July, 2012

Oakland Gardens

Weprin celebrates restoration of Council Autism Initiative

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) announced last week he was a leading advocate in the city’s restoration of a $1.31 million allocation to the Council’s Autism Initiative in the fiscal year 2013 budget, which provides services to children and families affected by the disorder. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

New hospital unit heals pains

Elmhurst Hospital Center opened its new Chest Pain Observation Unit Monday, capping a long-awaited, $1 million project which the staff said will ease their crowded emergency room. Comments (1).
Flushing

DOE truck rolls into Flushing Meadows Park with free food

Those who frequent certain western Queens neighborhoods where a fedora is the preferred fashion know that food trucks are all the rage with the youth crowd these days, and the city Department of Education is taking notice, too. Comment.
Health

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Arverne

DOH closure report irks Rockaway pol

The state Department of Health issued its final report on the shuttered Peninsula Hospital last week, and local lawmakers are not satisfied. Comment.
Letters

Patients suffer during Ozanam Hall dispute

In response to the recent news coverage about Ozanam Hall and Local 342, we wanted to share our frustration about what is happening at the home to the residents and staff. Comments (3).
Edgemere

Shuttered Peninsula Hospital ranked boro’s safest: Report

Residents in Rockaway have one of the city’s safest hospitals at their disposal, but the only snag is it closed in April. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst greenmarket opens for its third year

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with officials from Elmhurst Hospital Center and the nonprofit GrowNYC Tuesday to celebrate the neighborhood Greenmarket’s opening day. Comment.
Letters

Gianaris works hard to provide health care for residents

I write to thank state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) for his support for increased health care options in western Queens, where we are plagued with pollution-emitting power plants that have caused a high rate of asthma and emphysema throughout the community. Comment.
Letters

Mayor’s sugar drink ban impractical

America’s obesity crisis demands our full attention. This epidemic is affecting our way of life, making us less healthy and less productive. The good news is that we have the power to make a real difference in the years ahead. By working together — communities, nonprofits, business and government — we can solve this crisis by empowering New Yorkers and other Americans to make balanced and healthier lifestyle choices. Comments (2).
Health

Obamacare still confounds boro business

Queens residents and businesses owners largely lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the president’s health care program, but when it came down to how the ruling would affect them, many still had unanswered questions . Comment.
Health

Queens Dems hail 5-4 vote on health care

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act last Thursday and, depending on who you asked in Queens, the decision was either great news or a source of stress and uncertainty. Comments (2).
Astoria

Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital celebrates 13th anniversary

Mount Sinai Queens Hospital in Astoria just turned 13, but at its anniversary party last Thursday Executive Director Caryn Schwab said the hospital did not see any bad luck ahead. Comment.
Letters

DOH must take care of Rockaways

First, I want to thank the members of our community who fought to keep Peninsula Hospital open. To those who spoke up at a recent public hearing held by the state Department of Health, I heard your concerns and share your outrage. It is unacceptable that the DOH has opted not to ensure that local families have access to the health care they need. Comment.
College Point

West Nile victim’s son criticizes Avella

During a rally Sunday where state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Electchester) called upon the city to do more to fight West Nile Virus in the wake of a 70-year-old College Point woman’s death, the woman’s son accused the legislators of not doing enough. Comments (48).

June, 2012

Health

Queens divided on Court upholding Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Health Care Act Thursday morning, giving the Democratic Party and its representatives from Queens a reason to celebrate. But the decision worried business owners in the western part of the borough, which is fast becoming a hub for entrepreneurship. Comment.
Health

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Letters

Do not ban drinks but restore program funds

I am writing to you regarding your proposed anti-obesity initiative, which would ban the sale of large sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and food carts. Comments (2).
I Sit and Look Out

Americans need to do more to fight obesity epidemic

I do not remember when I first heard the word “obesity.” It was not around when I was a fat kid. Comments (2).
Bayside

Poll: NYers largely oppose soda ban

Although several Queens political leaders publicly opposed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s intentions to ban large sugary drinks in the city, a Quinnipiac University poll showed mixed results for the potential beverage bust. Comments (3).
Flushing

NYHQ tracks diverse cancers

Treating cancer in the diverse population of Queens is unlike treating the disease anywhere else in the country, top oncologists at New York Hospital Queens said. Comment.
Editorial

The Nanny State

Sitting inside one of the more popular fast food restaurants in the city, a reader watched as a young girl danced to the music playing over the eatery’s sound system. The child was happy and full of life. Comments (3).
Letters

Astoria, LIC need another hospital

As an Astoria resident, I have often walked along 30th Avenue, passing by Mt. Sinai Astoria Hospital. I have watched as senior citizens enter the outpatient area arriving for scheduled appointments. Often an ambulance will arrive, with flashing lights and sirens blaring. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Employees battle the bulge on the way to healthy living

Any extra weight shed at casinos traditionally comes out of the customers’ wallets, but employees at an area gambling establishment are now getting in on the act and placing their bets on healthy living. Comment.
Health

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Rockaway Beach

Patients flock to St. John’s after Peninsula’s end

It is no day at the beach for anyone in the Rockaways in need of emergency medical care. Comments (4).

May, 2012

Jamaica

CDC tests health of Queens

Queens played a crucial role in giving the entire country its annual health checkup this month. Comment.
Bayside

Nursing home union in labor talks

Negotiations have heated up at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home as more than 400 members of the UFCW Local 342 union accused management of unfair working conditions and the employees reached out to the community to share their stories, distributing leaflets to visitors at the home. Comment.
Jamaica

Friends rally for senior center

Advocates for a Jamaica senior center that provides unique services for adults with special needs throughout southeast Queens are decrying the city’s plan to cut its funding, reasoning that the small amount of savings does not add up. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Fort Totten hosts eighth walk for St. Mary’s Hospital

Hundreds of St. Mary’s staff, patients and their families enjoyed a stroll around Fort Totten and other fun activities Sunday for the hospital’s eighth annual fund-raiser walk. Comment.
Long Island City

Urban design elements could fight obesity epidemic

In the midst of widespread infectious disease, New York City implemented numerous design changes more than 100 years ago that drastically improved its residents’ wellbeing. Comment.
Bayside

Avella ensnared in Ozanam talks

Supporters of union workers at Ozanam Hall gathered outside the Bayside nursing home last week to call on the bishop of Brooklyn to put an end to policies they contend are detrimental to patient care, although one area lawmaker was noticeably missing. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dee Richard’s last column for TimesLedger Newspapers

This week there were a number of interesting Queens events, as there usually are. Comment.
Letters

St. Mary’s should be source of Bayside pride

Bayside is fortunate to have St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in the community. Over the years, it has built a reputation for quality service to children and been recognized for such on a national level. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Peninsula rally cries fall on deaf city ears

Hundreds of Rockaway residents sickened by the closure of Peninsula Hospital aimed their ire directly at the city Department of Health at a public hearing last week. Comment.
Flushing

Cancer survivors on rowing team discover healing in Flushing Bay

The members of an all-women’s rowing team who gathered at the World’s Fair Marina Saturday have already been through the fight of their lives, but winning the battle against cancer does not make tidying up Flushing Bay any easier. Comment.
Bayside

Ozanam Hall nursing home union moves closer to strike

Tensions surrounding ongoing labor negotiations at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home mounted as members of the UFCW Local 342 union voted last week to authorize a strike, the group said. Comments (3).
College Point

College Point family mourns after mother’s West Nile death

A College Point family lost their mother to complications stemming from West Nile virus, and they point to standing pools of water and unkempt foliage across the street as the culprit. Comments (5).
Letters

Everyone should unite to prevent youth suicide

There is much to be addressed when our youth demonstrate behavior patterns that are red flags and warning signs as a cry for help. As a nurse practitioner with more than 24 years of nursing experience, I have cared for individuals and family members who have acknowledged, “If only I had done this or that.” Comment.
Far Rockaway

Peninsula shutdown created crisis: Pols

The front entrance to Peninsula Hospital was shuttered Sunday afternoon, as it had been since the beginning of the month. A sign on the door of the Lillian and Ira Lechtman Pavilion said that after 104 years, the Far Rockaway hospital had closed its doors for good and the nearest emergency room, at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, wasn’t for another two miles east. Comments (2).
Corona

Red dresses fill Citi Field in hopes of scoring for heart health

A local committee to raise awareness of women’s heart disease gathered at Citi Field Monday morning in preparation for its fifth annual fund-raising dinner. Comments (1).

April, 2012

Bellerose

Creedmoor residences unveiled, ready for 160

There’s a new home for 160 residents on the road to recovery in Queens Village. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside nursing agency keeps city healthy

They’ve become known to their clients as “the Bayside company,” and at the beginning of their 20th year, nursing agency Specialty Professional Services founder Marianne Hedberg Allyn said they’re still kicking. Comment.
Whitestone

Avella protests cluster of cell towers on office

The reception might be good near the intersection of 150th Street and Willets Point Boulevard in Whitestone, but state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his calls haven’t been answered yet. Comments (5).
Bayside

10-year-old patient to lead St. Mary’s walk at Ft. Totten

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has chosen one of its own to serve as the first grand marshal of the group’s eighth annual Walk for St. Mary’s Kids next month. Comment.
Bayside

Karaoke brings back that loving feeling at St. Mary’s

It’s music to their ears and also helps them heal. Comment.
Editorial

Shut the Parlors Down

There is a difference between legitimate health spas and whore houses posing as massage parlors. The residents of Dutch Kills and Long Island City have every right to be angry that two alleged houses of prostitution are operating in their neighborhoods pretending to be massage parlors. Comments (1).
Letters

Republicans want to destroy Medicare

Can you believe that the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., wants to end Medicare as we know it? Medicare was signed into law in reaction to seniors’ numbers having grown to 9.4 percent of the total population. Today, that percentage is much larger — 13 percent — making this a bad time to try to end Medicare, which our seniors depend on. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth cardiologist brings friendly back

The days of house call doctors with little black bags are long gone, but a good bedside manner remains a primary concern to at least one Maspeth cardiologist. Comment.
Bayside

Donated kidney gives Bayside man new lease on life

Bayside’s Tommy Chang spoke from the heart when remembering his kidney transplant after waiting almost nine years for the procedure. Comment.
Health

Queens gets highest health rank in city

Queens is New York City’s healthiest county, according to an annual survey of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties. Comment.
Jamaica

Senior center faces shutdown after cuts

After lawmakers set aside $2 million to build a new home for a Jamaica program that provides services to adults with special needs, the city told the Friendship Center it would eliminate its funding next fiscal year — a move the center said will force the operation to end after more than 30 years in the neighborhood. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Peninsula shuts its doors after rescue bids fail

Sources close to Peninsula Hospital gave a negative prognosis to the chances of the Far Rockaway facility ever opening its doors again as a hospital after they were shut for good Monday. Comment.
Flushing

Bloomberg hears plea for help on Flushing senior center tour

An 89-year-old Queens woman begged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help bring her son back from the Dominican Republic to the United States during a news conference Tuesday at the Selfhelp Ben Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Salvation may be on horizon as Peninsula plans to shutter

As Peninsula Hospital made final arrangements to shutter its doors, a possible savior for the embattled Far Rockaway facility was touching down on the other end of Queens. Comment.
Jamaica

Doctors react to crazed clash after Jet Blue pilot’s arrest

Psychiatric experts at Jamaica Hospital said anything from a brain tumor to weight-loss shakes to the stresses of navigating airport security could have led to the highly publicized breakdown of a JetBlue pilot on a flight that originated at Kennedy Airport last week. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing diners unnerved by report of botulism in tofu

Officials said tofu sold at an unidentified Flushing store is the likely culprit for at least one case of botulism, but a restaurateur said the news has not caused diners to turn up their noses at the soy-based product. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Chicago group floats plan to save Peninsula Hospital

The president of a Chicago-based group with its sights set on rehabilitating the embattled Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway was scheduled to present his plan to the community Tuesday night. Comment.
Bayside

City’s restaurant grades bad for biz: Uncle Jack’s

After more than a year of striving for an A grade, one Bayside restaurant owner is giving bad marks to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to regulate health standards in eateries. Comment.
Bellerose

Cross Isle Y begins policy for smoke-free outdoors

Anyone looking to light up near Bellerose’s Cross Island YMCA better think twice. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside diner’s boxing event benefits St. Mary’s kids

The Terrace Diner of Bayside hosted a boxing-themed charity event last week in conjunction with Winner Take All Productions to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Comment.

March, 2012

Corona

Quinn comes to Queens promoting heart health

Diet Coke and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) teamed up with Elmcor last week, turning the Corona nonprofit’s gym into a red-tinted runway to celebrate women and raise awareness of heart disease. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Qns. hospitals rank poorly

A spokesman for North Shore-LIJ Health System said the hospital was committed to improvement after Consumer Reports released a ranking of New York City area hospitals that put Forest Hills Hospital at 62 percent below the national average in hospital safety. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Speedy Ridgewood students race toward healthy lifestyle

Youngsters from PS 305 in Ridgewood burned rubber and chased down their fitness dreams at the New York Road Runners Youth Jamboree — having fun and getting fit along the way. Comments (1).
Arverne

Peninsula Hospital to close its doors

Borough President Helen Marshall said there is a health-care crisis on the Rockaway peninsula, one she narrowly avoided being a part of herself. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein to hold spring blood drive

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a spring blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. The drive will take place April 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Long Island Rail Road Bayside station on Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue. Comment.
Jamaica

York opens new nursing lab

York College celebrated the opening Friday of its state-of-the-art nursing lab, the first four-year nursing program offered in Queens. Comment.
Far Rockaway

State inspectors halt Peninsula surgeries

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors last week issued a report on alarming discoveries found in a crucial laboratory at the Far Rockaway facility. Comment.

February, 2012

Far Rockaway

State orders Peninsula to stop admitting patients

The state Department of Health ordered Peninsula Hospital to stop admitting patients and cancel all upcoming surgeries after inspectors found problems with a crucial laboratory in the facility, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Comment.
Flushing

Katz Women’s Hosp delivers baby No. 1

In the four times Rosa Kichikova has given birth, she never mistook the hospital for a hotel. But that almost happened the fifth time, when the Flushing mother last week became the first woman to deliver a baby at the new Katz Women’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Little Avital Kichikova was brought into the world at 10:24 p.m. Jan. 24, the first birth at the new hospital. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills man credits marriage for longevity

Forest Hills resident Bob Schreibman said he is not sure how he is still ticking at 91 years old, but he thinks the answer may lie in the 66-year-old marriage he had with his wife, Marjorie. Comment.
Health

Boro legislators’ bill would end smoking in cars with kids

Two Queens lawmakers are pushing a bill to ban smoking in private vehicles if a passenger is less than 14 years old. Comment.
Health

Hospice Care Network seeks volunteers

Hospice Care Network is seeking volunteer, licensed massage therapists to work with patients, caregivers and staff in Queens. Comment.
Bellerose

LIJ event sheds light on women’s cardiovascular health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and each year more women than men die from the disorder. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing nurses ratify contract

The nurses at Flushing Hospital Medical Center voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a new three-year contract after a tentative agreement was reached last week, the union announced Friday. Comment.

January, 2012

Flushing

Flushing Hospital to resume talks next week

Flushing Hospital Medical Center, facing a strike threat early next month from its registered nurses, said it is planning to begin talks with the union again next week. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria residents condemn pharmacy merger

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) held a recent rally attended by about 30 people at an Astoria pharmacy to protest a proposed merger between two pharmacy benefit management companies, saying the plan would be a detriment to local businesses. Comment.
Letters

Tell your elected officials to fight drug lobbyists

Are you as startled as I every time a commercial on TV from an attorney’s office informs us that if we took a certain medication to contact their office because the medication causes all kinds of problems, including death? Comment.
Editorial

Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon consumers in New York state if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comment.
Flushing

Nurses slam Flushing Hospital for suspending pension

Unionized nurses negotiating a contract with Flushing Hospital are furious that management did not sign an agreement to continue their pension plans while the two sides duke it out at the bargaining table. Comment.
Editorial

Prescription Benefits in Danger

Imagine that one day you head to a local pharmacy to pick up a prescription and find out the store no longer accepts your employer’s pharmacy plan. This could happen soon to New York state consumers if the Federal Trade Commission signs off on a plan to merge two of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers. Comments (3).
Bayside

Bayside has city’s lowest death rate: Report

Bayside once again has the lowest death rate in New York City with Queens Village and Flushing close behind in a report proclaiming that the city keeps getting healthier. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans VA supporters take fight to Web

A group of concerned Queens residents is using the Internet to send a message to the president to get him to support a measure that would help halt any attempt to break up the site of the St. Albans VA hospital. Comments (2).
Health

Tip of the week

Health

Bloomy touts rise in city life expectancy

What is the key to living a longer life? Comments (1).
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