Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene


Stricter Rules Fail to Dent Black Market for Vendor Permits

Friday, May 01, 2015

There’s a shadowy backstory to kimchi tacos and falafel platters served out of food trucks. Many vendors pay high prices to “rent” other people’s permits on the black market.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's Health Commissioner on #BlackLivesMatter

Friday, February 20, 2015

NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett talks about her piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, where she writes about #BlackLivesMatter and racial injustices in public health.

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Religious Schools Lead the Vaccine Opt-Out List

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

In dozens of schools around metropolitan New York, more than 10 percent of students are unvaccinated for measles.

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When We Quarantine — And When We Don't

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Around 10,000 Americans have tuberculosis, including hundreds in the metro area. Almost all are closely monitored. Only a handful are forcefully quarantined.



Answers to Ebola Questions for New Yorkers

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Surprise — hand sanitizer may work.    


The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the City's Health Commish

Thursday, June 05, 2014

After her first few months on the job, Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, discusses the health department's priorities, including reducing health disparities, reducing restaurant fines and attacking so-called "rat reservoirs" in neighborhoods with chronic rat problems.


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The Way to Curb Overdose Deaths, One Spray at a Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remember that scene in the movie "Pulp Fiction" when the John Travolta character plunges a syringe full of adrenaline into the chest of Uma Thurman, who is overdosing? It turns out a real heroin overdose is easier to reverse — and much safer.

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Mosquito Season May Have More of a Bite This Year

Thursday, May 24, 2012

This year's mild winter could come back to bite New Yorkers this spring and summer – literally. The city is in the midst of mosquito breeding season.

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Hundreds of Restaurants Fail to Post Letter Grades, DOH Says

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A year after the city began issuing letter grades to eateries based on their sanitary inspection records, hundreds of restaurants still aren't displaying their grades to the public as required by law, according to the Department of Health.