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August 26, 2014

The Town of Rotterdam Wins the Title of Best Tasting Drinking Water in New York State

Acting Health Department Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D. today announced that the Town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County, has claimed the top spot in the New York Tap Water Taste Contest, held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The Village of Remsen in Oneida County was the runner-up.

August 21, 2014

State Health Department Releases New Reports Detailing 30-day Readmission Rates for PCI and CABG

Approximately 11 percent of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) and 15 percent who have coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, according to two new reports released today by the New York State Department of Health.

August 15, 2014

Inaugural Class Awarded Master’s in Laboratory Science Degrees from Wadsworth Laboratory at NYS DOH

The New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Wadsworth Center today conferred Master of Laboratory Science (MLS) degrees upon its first class of graduates from the program. The MLS Program, established in 2012, is the brainchild of Wadsworth Center Director Emeritus Dr. Lawrence Sturman, who delivered remarks at the ceremony.

July 18, 2014

State Health Department Using DNA Sequencing to Combat Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Pinpointing the source of a salmonella outbreak may soon take less time and be more accurate, thanks to next generation DNA sequencing techniques being used at the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center Laboratories.

July 1, 2014

State Health Department Announces Updated School Immunization Requirements

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced it has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to meet updated national standards. The updated requirements, which do not add any new vaccines for school entry, but update the number of doses required and the minimum intervals between doses, go into effect today, July 1, 2014.

New York State Department of Health Institutional Review Board Achieves AAHRPP Accreditation

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Institutional Review Board (IRB) for safeguarding human subjects of research. The AAHRPP accreditation demonstrates to researchers worldwide that New York State has a top-quality Institutional Review Board that exceeds government standards. DOH began the accreditation process in 2012.

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