Monday, July 31, 2017

Engel, House Dems Continue Push to Improve the Affordable Care Act

Washington D.C. - Congressman Eliot Engel, a top member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, cosigned a letter with close to 90 House Democrats calling on Speaker Ryan to take up key reforms to help improve the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual markets and expand options for consumers.

The four reforms, devised by Democrats, include reauthorizing and making permanent federal reinsurance programs; ensuring funding for the cost-sharing reduction payments – which President Trump has threatened to cut off – that help millions of American families purchase affordable health insurance; expanding premium assistance to bring down costs; and affording retirement-age Americans the option to buy into Medicare.

“Democrats have long said that, while the ACA has done a wealth of good for the American health care system, it is not perfect. But just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it needs to be scrapped entirely. You don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Congressman Engel said. 

“Every major piece of legislation, including Medicare and Social Security, has required tweaking after its initial passage to make the law work better. The ACA is no different. But, instead of working with Democrats to build on the ACA’s progress, Republicans have clung to their political crusade against the law. They have worked to sabotage the ACA at every turn, and made a mockery of the legislative process as they rushed to pass bills that would steal health care away from millions. It is time for the GOP to move on from the disaster that was Trumpcare and get down to the business of actually governing.

“Democrats have real ideas on how to restore certainty to insurance markets, bring down costs, and expand consumer choices. Now, we must come together in a bipartisan way to make those ideas a reality. I urge my Republican colleagues to carefully consider our proposals, so we can meaningfully improve the health and lives of our constituents.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NYC Cooling Centers Open

13 Tips on How to Beat the Heat Wave

HEALTH- The New York City Emergency Management Department and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene today advised hot weather that could be dangerous to vulnerable populations is forecast for Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday. High heat and humidity are expected, with heat index values in the upper 90s.

To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City will open cooling centers throughout the five boroughs on Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 20. Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, and NYCHA facilities that are open to the public during heat emergencies. 

To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or visit the NYC Cooling Center Finder at beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“Extreme heat is dangerous, especially for vulnerable New Yorkers,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Stay safe during the hot weather by drinking plenty of water, going to a cooling center if you need a place to take a break from the heat, and checking in on vulnerable neighbors who are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses.”

New Yorkers are encouraged to take the following steps to stay safe and cool:

A small but crucial gesture can help ensure that we all have a safe and healthy summer. 

Get to know your neighbors, and contact neighbors and relatives – in person or by phone – at least twice a day during heat waves or extreme heat.

Pay special attention to vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors such as the elderly, the very young, and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. New Yorkers should check in on older neighbors who may be isolated from friends and family.

In New York City, most heat-related deaths occur after exposure to heat in homes without air conditioners. Air conditioning is the best way to stay safe and healthy when it is hot outside, but some vulnerable people do not have an air conditioner or do not turn it on when they need it. Encourage them to use air conditioning. Help them get to an air-conditioned place if they cannot stay cool at home. Make sure they are drinking enough water.

The Department of Homeless Services has issued a Code Red Alert and has enhanced outreach. Single adults can present to any shelter to seek refuge from the heat. Transportation is also available to cooling centers via DHS outreach teams, which are checking on vulnerable, at-risk clients with greater frequency.

The Department for the Aging has opened senior centers as cooling centers, and home care agencies are on the lookout for clients who may need assistance. Case management agencies are also calling homebound seniors.


Stay out of the sun and avoid extreme temperature changes.

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. 

Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.

Water is the safest liquid to drink during heat emergencies. Avoid beverages containing alcohol and/or caffeine.

Eat small, frequent meals.

Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.

If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day.

Cool down with a cool bath or shower.

Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at a mall, or swimming at a pool or beach.

Cover all exposed skin with an SPF sunscreen (15 or above) and wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head.

Never leave your children or pets in the car.

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Heat illness is serious. Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. The added stress caused by heat can also aggravate heart or lung disease even without symptoms of heat illness. The risk for getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:

Do not have or do not use air conditioning.

 Are ages 65 or older.

Have chronic medical or mental health conditions.

Take certain medications, which can disrupt the regulation of body temperature.

Are confined to their beds, have trouble with being mobile, or are unable to leave their homes.

Are overweight.

Consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

Know the warning signs of heat stress. If you or someone you know feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. If there is no improvement, call a doctor or 911.

Call 911 immediately if you have, or someone you know has:

Hot dry skin OR cold clammy skin.

Trouble breathing.

Rapid heartbeat.

Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness.

Nausea and vomiting.


Avoid dehydration: Pets can dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water.

Exercise early and late: When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.

Know when your pet is in danger: Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. Animals with flat faces like pugs and Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. They should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Keep cats safe by installing screens in your windows: Unscreened windows pose a real danger to cats, as they can fall out of them often during summer months.


The improper opening of fire hydrants wastes 1,000 gallons of water per minute, causes flooding on city streets, and can lower water pressure to dangerous levels and hamper the ability of FDNY to fight fire safely and quickly.

Properly used “spray caps” reduce hydrant output to a safe 25 gallons per minute while still providing relief from the heat. To obtain a spray cap, an adult 18 years or older with proper identification can go to his or her local firehouse and request one.


During periods of intense electrical usage, such as on hot, humid days, it is important to conserve energy as much as possible to avoid brownouts and other electrical disruptions. While diminishing your power usage may seem like an inconvenience, your cooperation will help to ensure that utilities are able to continue to provide uninterrupted electrical service to you and your neighbors:

Set your air conditioner to the highest comfortable temperature. Each degree you lower the thermostat drives up your bill by 6 percent.

To reduce heat and moisture in your home, run appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or late at night when it’s cooler outside.

When the air conditioner is running, close doors to keep cool air in and hot air out.

Keep shades, blinds, and curtains closed. About 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.

Turn off air conditioners, lights, and other appliances when not at home and use a timer or smart technology to turn on your air conditioner about a half-hour before arriving home.

Keep air conditioner filters clean.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Top Tips for Avoiding Injury and Illness this Summer

By Daniel Fein, M.D., attending physician, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

HEALTH– From the first day of school in September, millions of children look forward to summer, and it’s what we, as parents, look forward to all year long as it presents an opportunity to relax, have fun with our children, enjoy new experiences with them and continue family traditions.

Summer means hot sunny days filled with biking, rollerblading and skateboarding, barbecues, swimming in the pool, relaxing at the beach and stunning fireworks displays. These are the things that create lasting memories. However, each of these activities also has dangers and we should do all we can to protect those most precious to us. Here are some tips on how to do so and what to do when accidents do occur.

Hot sunny days: After the cool and rainy days of Spring, many people relish a blistering hot day outside. However, the sun can pose numerous threats, especially to young children.

Sunburn – In all likelihood, you’ve probably woken up with sunburn in the past and reprimanded yourself for not taking better precautions the day prior.

The best protection from the sun is, of course, not to be in it – especially during the middle of the day when the sun is the most intense. Stay in the shade, under an umbrella!

However, sunburns can happen even on cloudy days as harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate clouds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a suntan lotion SPF 15 or higher, and it is important to reapply every two hours or after swimming. Children can also be protected with physical barriers – such as sunglasses with UV protection, rash guards and a hat with a brim – though none of these are a replacement for suntan lotion.

Children 6 months and younger should avoid direct sun exposure, have their skin covered and wear a hat. Of course, sunburn may still happen, so when it does you can apply cool compresses to the area for comfort, give an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain control and try topical lotions that contain aloe vera – remember not to use a petroleum based lotion as this will trap heat in your skin!

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion – Heat illness is a spectrum, ranging from benign (but painful) heat cramps to heat stroke. Children are at higher risk than adults for these heat-related illnesses. As with sunburn, prevention is key in avoiding these conditions. Keep children out of direct sunlight and make sure they stay well hydrated.

Additionally, always make sure to double-check the back seats in your car and ensure your children have gotten out when you reach your destination. Signs of concerning heat-related illness include vomiting, headache, fatigue, rapid heart rate and altered mental status. If you are concerned your child has heat-related illness, seek emergency care immediately.

Biking, rollerblading and skateboarding – Carefree summer days are times when children love to ride. Protecting their heads with an appropriately sized helmet is crucial – irrespective of the distance they are traveling. After all, most accidents happen close to home.

Modeling such behavior for children is also important when we ride. Elbowguards, wrist guards and knee guards are advised when rollerblading or skateboarding. As a pediatric emergency room physician I see way too many fractures and head injuries that may have been prevented had the child been wearing the appropriate safety equipment.

Barbecues – While we all love a freshly grilled hotdog, barbecues pose tremendous safety risks for children. Never leave your barbecue unattended, and make sure that young children are not in the vicinity – even after you are done cooking. Keep a spray bottle of water nearby, and, if possible, a fire extinguisher.

Be extremely careful with grills that are self-assembled as they tend to be less sturdy and easier to knock over. A typically unrecognized risk of barbecues are that metal bristles from brushes used to clean the grates can break off, find their way into food being cooked, be ingested and cause serious injury. Again, prevention is key – use an alternative method to clean your grill.

Swimming in the pool – Nothing is more refreshing than a dunk in the pool on a hot summer day, but while you are having fun yourself – make sure to watch your children.
Never allow a child to swim unattended and never let them out of your sight in the vicinity of a swimming pool. Accidents can happen in a split second, so make sure that those responsible for watching children swim are not distracted themselves. Ensure that children who cannot swim are wearing approved life jackets (not inflatable flotation devices), that there are rescue devices at hand and a phone near the pool. Be wary of a child getting stuck under a large pool toy, and if a child is missing near a pool, make sure to look in the water first. And of course, if you have a pool in your backyard, make sure you have a fence at least four feet high that has no entry points aside from a doorway that remains locked when the pool is not in use.

Relaxing at the beach – In addition to the aforementioned water safety tips, when relaxing at the beach always make sure your children are swimming by a lifeguard and pay attention to local beach and ocean forecasts. Teach your children to respect the ocean – while a great time can be had, it can be very dangerous as well.

When playing in the ocean with younger children never keep them more than an arm’s length away even if you are just by the edge. Teach your older children about rip-currents – narrow streams of fast-moving water that run perpendicular to the coast. If caught in one, stay calm, call for help and don’t swim against it – you will only tire yourself out by doing so.

Jellyfish stings – If you have been to a beach you have seen jellyfish in the ocean (or on the sand). Never touch the tentacles of a jellyfish that is laying on the sand – occasionally they can still cause a sting. If stung, scrape the area with the flat edge of an object (e.g. a credit card) to remove any remnants from your skin. Your best bet for pain relief is to flush the affected area with sea water and soak it in hot water. Other topical treatments – including vinegar, meat tenderizer and baking soda may or may not be helpful (and may in fact be harmful) and contrary to what many believe, urine will not be helpful!

Firework displays – Fireworks can be the made-for-television moment at the end of an exhausting summer day, but can be life-altering if not handled with caution. Children should never play with firecrackers, rockets or fireworks as they pose a risk to not only injure the user but also nearby spectators. Even sparklers, a seemingly harmless item, reach temperatures hot enough to melt metal. Never point fireworks in the vicinity of others, and never allow a child to pick up a ‘dud’. If any injuries are sustained from fireworks seek emergency care immediately.

Summer is the best times of our children’s lives. It is up to us parents to ensure that they not only enjoy the summer to their fullest extent, but that they do so safely.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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