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Going to the Kentucky Derby? Here's why health officials want you to get theHepatitis A shot

Since November 2017, hepatitis A has infected over 300 people and killed at least three in Kentucky, and most of these cases have occurred in the Louisville area where the Kentucky Derby will take place on May 5. Michigan has reported 800 cases and at least 25 deaths, and since January, cases in...

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:16pm

State health officials warn of possible measles exposure in Brooklyn

State health officials are warning of possible measles exposure in Brooklyn as well as Orange and Putnam counties after tourists from Europe were confirmed to have the infection. Officials issued a warning to anyone who may have been in contact with the tourists, as measles is a highly contagious...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:37am

NYC mice are carrying antibiotic-resistant bacteria

New Yorkers know to steer clear of the city’s rats for a multitude of reasons, one being that they can carry diseases. Now, a new study out of Columbia University is reminding residents of another rodent to be wary of. Mice in New York City carry disease-causing bacteria, some of which may...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:44am

Running the marathon? Here’s how to prevent injury and recover

If you’re running the Boston Marathon, your months of training are about to come to a close. But there’s still a lot to know and prepare for in the days before the big race. If this is your first foray into running 26.2 miles, you might also want to know what to expect after you cross...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 4:04pm

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigaretteregulation gets wrapped up in bill

Debate over raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 has largely focused on the health risks of smoking and the ability of teenagers to obtain cigarettes from older friends, but pending legislation also restricts certain smokeless and tobacco-free products. In addition to increasing the legal...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 2:59pm

This new fitness app lets you train like a celeb

When you think of celebrity workouts, it’s hard not to picture Chris Pratt abs engaged in pool-side planks or Michelle Obama arms banging out push-ups at a weekend boot camp. But, in reality, every one of us can kill those HIIT sessions and 30-minute barre classes with equipment we can't...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 10:47am

Scientists can finally explain the sound of knuckle cracking thanks to math

Knuckle cracking is very common. Many people do it everyday instinctively, but never figure out why or what causes the popping sound.  There have been debates about what the sound of knuckle cracking is for decades, with several theories and published reports attempting to explain what’s...

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 3:35pm

Scientists create system to forecast the flu like weather

Weather forecasts can show a storm brewing over the ocean, predicting when it will hit land so that residents can prepare. What if the same could be done for the flu? Scientists at Columbia University’s School of Public Health have developed a system that can predict the geographic spread of...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 5:02am

Flu cases decrease in New York for first time this winter

For the first time this winter, there looks to be some relief from the flu in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that throughout in New York, there was a 25 percent drop in the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu last week — a first for the state since the health...

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:26am

Australian tourist may have exposed New Yorkers to measles, health department says

Some New Yorkers may have been exposed to the measles virus last week after a tourist with the infection visited several city and state attractions, the state health department warns. A tourist from Australia who was confirmed to have measles, a viral disease that causes fever and rash, visited...

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:12am

Andrew WK preaches the 'healing joy' of partying

Stop trying to fit partying into your schedule. Stop dividing your life into categories. The party is already happening, all around you. Known for songs that overwhelmingly feature the word “party,” Andrew W.K. gets philosophical when asked to define it. “The pressure is that...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:23pm

How to talk to your kids about school shootings

While many adults across the country are reeling and wondering “Why?” after last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida, children likely have their own questions and concerns about the tragedy. Metro asked Dr. Daniel Schechter,...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:25am

Are e-cigarettes safe? Doctor lays out benefits and harms

There’s plenty of evidence that smoking is bad for you, but the ruling on e-cigarettes isn’t so clear. Do they help people quit smoking, or do they get people to pick up the habit? Nancy Rigotti, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor,...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:51pm

Advocates raise awareness for victims of 9/11-related illnesses

A group of former students from a Lower Manhattan high school and other advocates held a public health forum Thursday to continue raising awareness about 9/11-related illnesses — and share their experiences to urge others to step forward and get treatment. The coalition included former...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:44am

Lower infant mortality, teen smoking among findings in Health of Boston report

Boston is known as a health hub thanks to its grade-A hospitals and health-related innovations, but how healthy are the city’s residents? A new report from the Boston Public Health Commission out Thursday helps shed light on just that. The 2016 - 2017 Health of Boston report looked at data...

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 11:16am

Lawmakers urge Procter & Gamble to change look of Tide Pods

Lawmakers are trying to pass a state law that would require Procter & Gamble to change the look of Tide Pods to make them look less appealing to children. State Senator Brad Hoylman and New York State Assemblymember Aravella Simotas sent a letter to Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor on...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 10:20pm

Health officials urge flu-riddled New Yorkers to stay home

The day after an 8-year-old girl from Queens died from flu-related symptoms during the state’s worst flu season in more than a decade, New York City health officials urged residents to get flu shots — and stay home if they are sick. “If you are sick with the flu, avoid contact...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 4:44pm

8-year-old Queens girl dies within day of flu diagnosis: Officials

An 8-year-old girl from Queens died Monday morning, the day after she was diagnosed with influenza during New York’s worst flu season in more than 10 years, authorities said. The unidentified child, who lived in Corona and was prescribed Tamiflu to treat her flu symptoms on Sunday, stopped...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2:07pm

State Obamacare had record 4M signups this year

More than 4 million New Yorkers signed up for the state’s Obamacare in 2018, setting a new record of enrollment for the program, state officials said Thursday. Upward of 4.3 million residents, approximately 700,000 more than those who signed up during last year’s open enrollment, will...

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 12:39pm

Harlem HOPE Center breaks stigmas surrounding mental health in black community

Many people who battle mental health issues face stigmas that could prevent them from seeking the help they need, but one city organization is at the forefront of changing that for residents of Harlem — and, perhaps, beyond. The HOPE (Healing On Purpose and Evolving) Center, a mental health...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 5:03am