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What is causing that sniffle?

Its allergy season again the staff at Doctors Express in the Bronx are gearing up for a particularly challenging season of dust, molds, pollen, dander and everything under the sun.

This winter brought lots of snow accumulation and it stayed on the ground and didn’t melt completely until well into April.  This has kept the ground very moist and increases the potential for more spores, molds, and pollen in the air.  Even people who normally don’t suffer with allergies have been coming in with complaints of allergy symptoms.

What is causing that sniffle?  Is it a cold or allergies?  What’s the difference?

Usually an allergy LIKE a cold causes a runny nose with a clear, thin, watery discharge with sneezing and congestion. But UNLIKE a cold, allergies cause wheezing, itchy nose, throat, ears, and eyes with commonly sneezing spells.  A colds nasal discharge starts out watery but will become thick and yellow or green.  Colds are more often associated with low grade fever, weakness, fatigue and muscle aches.  Sneezing spells and itchy eyes are uncommon with colds.

With allergies the symptoms begin immediately after the exposure and if the allergy is seasonal then the symptoms usually begin the same time each year.  With colds the symptoms develop fully within one to three days and can last for five to seven days.  Allergies can last as long as you are exposed to the allergen or even longer.

Allergies are usually treated with antihistamines, nasal steroids, and decongestants which can be bought over the counter or prescribed by your physician.  The same medications can be used to treat cold symptoms also with the addition of Ibuprofen for body aches and fever.

So how do you help prevent or keep the allergy symptoms under control?

  • Do your best to avoid the allergens you react to.
  • Common allergens are pollen, dust, mites, mold, pet dander and cockroaches.
  • Get tested to see what you may be allergic to.
  • Check the pollen count. If allergic stay indoors on days it is elevated.
  • Start using the air conditioning early on in the season
  • If working in yard or taking spring walks make sure remove clothes indoors,
  • Put them in a plastic bag separate from laundry and wash regularly
  • Shower often

If after all of these preventive measures you still are suffering with allergies go to Doctors Express in the Bronx.   There is always a Board Certified Physician on staff to help you with allergy problems and all your medical needs.  They are located in the new Throggs Neck Shopping Center, at 843 Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10465.  They are opened Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM and Weekends 8 AM to 8PM.  For more information, you can call them at 718-925-4400 or visit their website at DoctorsExpressBronx.com.

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Press Release from NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

May 3, 2015

The Health Department today announced the results of an undercover investigation of underage access to alcohol in New York City conducted last year. Using a $147,000 grant from the Health Department, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) created a dedicated unit to investigate and document underage sales by licensed retailers throughout New York City. Between April and September, the SLA conducted visits with underage decoys to 911 pharmacy, grocery and liquor stores throughout the five boroughs. This reflects 10 percent of New York City stores with liquor licenses. Fifty-eight percent of the stores sold alcohol to the decoys, who were all under 21 years of age. Costs associated with underage drinking, such as healthcare and law enforcement, are estimated to exceed $1 billion per year in New York State.

“The Health Department is stepping up education efforts to reduce underage alcohol consumption, because we know that the younger someone starts drinking alcohol the more likely the person is to become dependent on alcohol,” said Commissioner Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH. “Furthermore, reducing access to alcohol will also curtail underage drinking and reduce the nearly 7,000 alcohol-related emergency room visits among New Yorkers under age 21.”

“The youth of this city are very important to the law enforcement community,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “The sale of alcohol to underage persons is against the law and creates the potential for negative and deadly consequences. We will continue to partner with the Health Department to prevent underage drinking and focus our resources on businesses that do not obey the liquor laws designed to prevent individuals under 21 from having easy access to alcohol.”

“We will continue do whatever it takes to crack down on underage drinking and hold accountable those who sell alcohol to minors,” said State Liquor Authority Chief Executive Officer Kerri O’Brien. “These underage details will continue, as will our commitment to preventing children from purchasing and abusing alcohol.”

In a letter sent that will be sent to all New York City stores licensed to sell beer, wine, or liquor, Commissioner Bassett requests their help in reducing the negative consequences of underage drinking. The letter includes information about the negative effects of underage drinking and encourages retailers to ensure that IDs are checked during alcohol purchases and to seek additional training to help staff avoid selling to minors. The Health Department also unveiled a new social media video that reminds adults to help reduce youth access to alcohol by calling 311 to report stores that sell to underage buyers (see below).

In response to this investigation, the Health Department in the next few months will sponsor Alcohol Training Awareness Programs (ATAP) for stores that sell alcohol. This training program equips participants with skills, such as recognizing fake IDs, which will help reduce the frequency of sales to underage buyers. In addition, the Health Department translated the SLA Handbook for Retail Licensees into two languages most often requested by callers to the SLA: Mandarin and Arabic. In the coming months, the Health Department will support expanded NYPD enforcement to ensure retailers follow alcohol beverage control laws.

Licensees charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses. During this investigation, stores with previous violations were less likely to sell than stores without recent citations. Proof of participation in ATAP can reduce the penalties levied upon businesses that unknowingly sell to minors.

For more information on the risks of underage drinking, visit nyc.gov/health.

Alcohol Awareness Training Flyers in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese & Arabic.

 

 

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25th Annual Bronx Day at the New York Botanical Gardens

2015-BGBxDay

The 25th Annual Bronx Day at the New York Botanical Gardens with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is slated for May 30th, 2015 at the  Clay Family Picnic Pavilions. The event, which starts at 11:00 AM and finish at 3:00 PM, will include musical entertainment, face painting and other events for the family, and Informational Kiosks.

Parking for the event is $15, but the required advance tickets to the park are FREE To receive your free tickets, send a self addressed, stamped envelope with the number of tickets (maximum 6) to: 

Elizabeth Figueroa, Director of Community Relations
New York Botanical Gardens
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, New York  10458-5126

For more information, please call (718) 817-8990 .   To view the flyer, click here –> 

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Tennis Anyone?

NYTCopenhouse

Who would have thought that you could find a great place to enjoy a game of tennis right here in The Bronx.

Nestled in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, you’ll find the New York Tennis Club.  You’ll feel like you’re in the suburbs as you enjoy the shaded lawns, flowerbeds and deck areas, and a clubhouse surrounding the six Har-Tru tennis courts.  The clubhouse comprises a cozy lounge, indoor eating facilities, lockers, showers, tennis supply shop, racquet-stringing services and a TV/Game Room.  With plenty of on site parking, you’ll be able to enjoy your play as soon as you get to the club.

Unlike most clubs, the New York Tennis Club does NOT charge any additional court fees, so members can have the flexibility to play at will — and as often as they choose.

Members generally arrive at their convenience and find others ready for play, or they may also arrange games in advance so you know exactly what time your singles or doubles game will start. Play is unlimited all day long! Our friendly game-arranger coordinates a round-robin scramble every Tuesday and Thursday morning for all players at all levels, and weekend games and tournaments, too.

The New York Tennis Club officially opens for the outdoor summer season on May 9, 2015, but they are offering a low new-member introductory rate during this winter season, which I assume is before May 9, 2015.

The club, located on 3081 Harding Avenue in the Bronx will have two open house events this April where visitors can meet, greet, play & learn about the LOW new-member introductory rates (HALF PRICE SUMMER RATE FOR FIRST-TIME WINTER JOINERS). The first open house will be on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 1PM to 3PM and the second open house will be on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1PM to 3PM. The events will include snacks and round robin tennis matches.  For more information, you can call the club at (718) 239-7919.

In round robin matches, players are organised into groups of three or four players and compete against all other members of the group. 

Open House Flyer

Open House Flyer

 

 

 

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Bronx Business Bridge To Success

Grand Opening - Bronx Business Bridge
Bronx Business Bridge, a business incubator with sponsorship from Lehman College and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams of starting a business. Startups, as well as businesses expanding in the Bronx and New York City,  will receive the necessary business services to guide participants as they develop strategic business plans for their startup. In addition to meeting office space needs, Bronx Business Bridge offers a full suite of business management support services, training on business fundamentals, and access to a loan program and early stage capital for eligible participants.

The following is a list of some of the services Bronx Business Bridge provides:

  • Flexible office space
  • Access to experienced mentors from the New York financial, business, and legal community
  • A Certificate In Entrepreneurship tailored specifically for startup entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Workshops on marketing, legal, and tax issues
  • Connections to market products and services to local institutions
  • Technical advice and assistance from industry experts and Lehman College faculty
  • Access to a select group of interns from Lehman College

Pre-Applications for our next cohort are available now. Contact us at business.incubator@lehman.cuny.edu or 718-960-4684 for more information.   Pre-Apply Online for the Bronx Business Bridge

For more information on the program, please visit NYCEDC and Lehman College

 

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