public health

By - 11/18/15 - 4:00 pm

That includes the new vaping stuff, Walsh said today:

We know the consequences of tobacco use are real and can be devastating. These proposed changes send a strong message that Boston takes the issue of preventing tobacco addiction seriously, and I hope that message is heard throughout Boston and across the entire country.

The Boston Public Health Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 3 and then vote on Dec. 17.

By - 11/16/15 - 7:22 am

WBUR posts statistics from Boston EMS about responses to drug overdoses in the city - with the odd fact that most overdose deaths happen between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

By - 10/7/15 - 2:23 pm

Flu-fighting staffers at Beth Israel get down to this. sick. beat.

H/t Nick McNulty.

By - 10/7/15 - 12:48 pm

A resident cleaning up leaves at the Langone Park bocce courts had to spend a night at Mass. General after being pricked by a discarded needle Monday evening, City Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) said today. Read more.

By - 9/3/15 - 10:29 am

The City Council yesterday approved an ordinance banning the use of smokeless tobacco at all professional and amateur sports venues in the city. The measure needs the signature of Mayor Walsh, but since he originally proposed it, he'll probably sign it.

At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty said the measure is a step towards helping young people avoid oral cancer and other problems the stuff can cause.

By - 8/24/15 - 7:47 pm

City and state health officials warned today that Scarboro Pond in Franklin Park appears to be experiencing a bloom of blue-green algae and are warning visitors to stay well away from the water - and to keep their dogs away as well. Read more.

By - 8/12/15 - 5:07 pm

City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) thinks local schools need to educate students on what to do if they find syringes, needles and similar implements in public spaces.

McCarthy's district includes Readville, where a 7-year-old girl was pricked by a discarded needle at Iacono Playground last month. Read more.

By - 8/11/15 - 4:55 pm

Boston Magazine reports there's a drug that can cure the infectious liver disease - but it costs $84,000 for a full course.

By - 7/29/15 - 8:39 pm

Results from Monday testing of Jamaica Pond water show cyanobacteria levels more than three times higher than the maximum considered safe for people and their pets, the Boston Public Health Commission reports. Read more.

By - 3/13/15 - 9:11 am

A city health inspector shut Little Haiti International Cuisine, 1184 Hyde Park Ave., yesterday for a series of health violations.

The "rodent droppings on serviceware stored as clean," were only ranked as "non-critical," which, by themselves, are not enough to get a place shut down. But the inspector also found:

Live adult and nymph roaches observed on multiple surfaces throughout kitchen shelves by hand wash , floor, behind equipment, on serviceware plates.

That was a "critical" infraction.

By - 2/3/15 - 2:59 pm
Flu on the increase in Boston

ILI="Influenza-like illness." Source: BPHC.

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an increase in flu and flu-like cases over the last few weeks in Boston.

By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.

The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.

In a statement, the commission said samples from street purchases by Boston Police "have not indicated more potency or drugs laced with particular potentially-fatal substances."

By - 12/3/14 - 1:27 pm

City officials will meet with residents tomorrow evening to discuss their plans for the Radius Specialty Hospital on Townsend Street.

The Bay State Banner reported last week the Boston Public Health Commission is thinking of using the facility for 265 beds in "closed campus" programs - participants would be bused in and out and would not be allowed to leave the Radius campus during their stays.

By - 7/4/14 - 7:42 pm

The Globe reports the Boston Public Health Commission is warning doctors about chikungunya after four area residents returned from Caribbean trips with it - barely a year after it first showed up in the Caribbean. The commission isn't concerned about the disease taking hold here because the kind of mosquito that spreads it doesn't live around here - it can't tolerate our winters.

By - 9/4/13 - 8:39 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on the confirmed cases in the last half of August.

By - 2/19/13 - 12:55 pm

The MetroWest Daily News alerts us:

The state Department of Public Health issued a consumer advisory about possible gasoline odors in 3- and 5-gallon jugs of Poland Spring bottled at the company's Framingham plant that sickened at least one person.

The state blames people who used Poland Spring bottles after Sandy to transport gasoline, then returned them to the company.

By - 1/18/13 - 3:40 pm

Stats for last week show Boston experienced the same number of flu cases as the week before - and that ER visits for flu like symptoms actually went up.

Statewide, the number of flu cases dipped from the week before.

By - 1/11/13 - 11:24 am

Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.Confirmed flu cases (l) and rates of ER visits for flu-like symptoms. Source: BPHC.

City statistics for the week ending Jan. 5 show Roxbury and Hyde Park had the highest percentage of emergency-room visits due to flu-like symptoms while Charlestown had the highest per-capita number of confirmed flu cases. The latest Boston Public Health Commission flu report shows a total of 750 confirmed flu cases city wide for this flu season - 231 of them since Dec. 31. Most are Influenza A with a small number of Influenza B cases.

On Wednesday, Mayor Menino declared a public-health emergency in part because health-care facilities are now at or near capacity. One out of four of the confirmed cases have been among people who had to be hospitalized; four people have died.

Neighborhood health centers are running free flu-shot clinics for Boston residents this weekend and next week.