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(NAPSI)—The American Heart Association estimates that there are nearly seven million stroke survivors in the United States. Sixty percent (n=504) of stroke survivors live with a debilitating condition known as spasticity.
SJ Jung, president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, was forced to end his eight-day fast in Washington, DC to promote immigration reform due to deteriorating health.
He and other proponents have been at a Fast for Families Tent on the National Mall near the Capitol Building. Participants are only drinking water.
Former Mayor David Dinkins was instrumental in securing the National Tennis Center and the US Open as fixtures in Queens.
And it was there that Dinkins attended a meet-and-greet last Friday prior to a book signing of his new memoir.
(BPT) - Seventy percent of people 64 and older say that selecting the right Medicare coverage impacts their ability to live a healthy life, according to a national survey of Medicare-eligible Americans conducted this year by Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. As a result, seniors are taking the plan-selection process very seriously – spending nearly a full day, an average of 22 hours, on their plan decision.
(Family Features) When it comes to deciding what to feed your baby, having access to credible information and available options is critical. With Hispanic babies now accounting for more than 25 percent of births in the United States according to the U.S. Census, there is an increasing need for Hispanic moms to have access to Spanish-language resources that can help them make an informed decision about what is best for the nutrition of their babies and families.
Austin Shafran, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 19 City Council seat in September’s Democratic primary, has been named New York legislative director of the Working Families Party.
Shafran, 32, of Bayside, lost to Paul Vallone by only 193 votes in a five-person race. It was the first time he ran for office, although his career has centered around working for Democratic Party officials.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
For the first time in two decades, the District 22 City Council seat will not be taken up by a member of the Vallone family.
Due to term limits, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) will be stepping down from the post he has had for 12 years.
(StatePoint) While you’re probably already accustomed with conventional ways of looking and feeling your best, this winter, consider more natural approaches to health and wellness.
Last weekend the Queens Museum kicked off the “Poets in the Galleries” series, an interactive exploration of the Queens International 2013 exhibition in which poets lead gallery walkthroughs, stopping at artwork that interests them and reading accompanying texts.
The series was curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, and will feature poets Tan Lin, Stephen Motika, Charles Bernstein and Patricia Spears Jones.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.
Blaming the city for holding back roughly $3.5 million in matching funds for his mayoral run, Comptroller John Liu announced last Friday that he is suing for damages.
The former Flushing city councilman filed a notice of claim that seeks an unspecified amount of money from the city. The papers were filed in the Comptroller’s Office, which is the legal channel when suing the city. He will recuse himself from the case.
Residents who need financial assistance to help them heat their homes this winter will be able to go to Queens Borough Hall beginning on Monday to apply for grants from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
HEAP is a federally-funded grant program that helps low-income homeowners and renters defray the cost of home heating fuel. Eligible recipients can receive several hundred dollars per year.
She was an outspoken, longtime representative of Southeast Queens in the state Senate. She displayed an increasingly disturbing pattern of public behavior before a highly publicized run-in with the law. And she lost her Senate seat in a primary even with the Democratic Party endorsement and a large fundraising advantage.
Her name was Ada Smith.
When the 52nd governor of New York began public school he couldn’t speak English. Meanwhile, Mario Cuomo’s father slowly worked his way from ditch digger to storeowner with his wife in South Jamaica. It was a struggle for his parents who left their native Italy to pursue a better life for their family in the 1920s. Six decades later, he would speak of their trials as Gov. Cuomo when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
It was 1983 that marked the start of Cuomo’s 12-year tenure, the longest for a Democrat. He balanced 12 consecutive budgets, though many were late, reduced state income taxes by 20 percent and enacted the nation’s first seat belt law credited with reducing fatalities. Though seen by many as a clear choice for the presidential nomination, it never was for Cuomo. To run on a platform that said he could balance the nation’s budget while his own state was still without one would be a politically “foolish” move, as he said in a 1998 New York Magazine article.
(BPT) - In their 20s and 30s, most men feel invincible. The last thing on a young man’s mind is cancer – let alone testicular cancer. At the age of 37, Sean Kimerling, a beloved, Emmy-award winning sports anchor and pre-game announcer for the New York Mets, was living his childhood dream when he was diagnosed. Before the disease was identified, Kimerling experienced pain that he attributed to a potential workout or sports injury. When he eventually saw a doctor, his cancer had already progressed too far. He passed away about 30 days after his diagnosis.
(BPT) - While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior of your house deserves some tender love and care as well.
(Family Features) Family reunions are a wonderful time to celebrate history and enjoy the company of those near and dear. While reflecting on your family's heritage, it is also important to look ahead to the future of your family by discussing health concerns.
(BPT) - Every year, thousands of Americans survive a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction (MI), return home from the hospital and continue on their patient journey. However, according to AHA data, more than one in four women and nearly one in five men died within a year of having a heart attack.* The risk factors for death after an MI may include a patient’s age, medical history, multiple medical conditions, severity of the heart attack, lifestyle behaviors, and adherence to treatment. Heart attack patients may be able to impact their health by managing the risk factors which are under their control, such as following their doctor’s instructions around making lifestyle adjustments and taking their medications as prescribed. Caregivers can be a valuable source of help for their loved ones during this difficult time.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
(NAPSI)—A recent study in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that one out of five cases of total tooth loss in the United States is linked to diabetes. While complications are part of managing diabetes, for the nearly 26 million people in the U.S. living with the condition, tooth loss and other dental health problems are unlikely to be on their radar.
(NAPSI)—Recent research may bring good news to the one in every 1,000 children diagnosed with scoliosis and their families.
(NAPSI)—A national Web-based program is working to increase student interest in science and technology by giving young people an opportunity to make a difference in their communities.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.