Local Dems, Hospitals Hype ‘Obamacare’ Benefits

As House Republicans attempted to demonize the Affordable Care Act in Washington, DC, local Democratic lawmakers in the Bronx began promoting the healthcare reform package, often referred to as “Obamacare,” as a significant improvement in how Americans pay for and receive health care.

Print Preview: Latest Norwood News Out Now!

The latest print edition of the Norwood News is out now on Bronx streets. This issue includes some heavy stories about the the roll out of Affordable Care Act’s new health insurance marketplace and what it looks like for New Yorkers, Montefiore’s takeover of Westchester Square Hospital, the 52nd Precinct’s new commanding officer, an update on the conroversial 86th Assembly District race and much more! Pick up your copy today in local libraries, banks, community center, hospitals, medical offices, laundromats and restaurants. Or you can download the entire issue right now. Enjoy!

Bronx Notes: Free Cancer Screenings Today

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, 234 E. 149th St., offers free mammograms and screenings for cervical and colorectal cancer for the uninsured on July 17. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 227-2345.

Speaker Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Joined by health and anti-smoking advocates, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced last week that the Council would introduce legislation that ups the minimum age requirement on tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. If passed, New York City will become the first major city in the United States to hold a 21 years of age minimum.

Be Healthy: Time to Start Preparing for Spring Allergy Season

An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. More commonly called hay fever, seasonal allergic irritation results in symptoms that include itchy eyes, nose and throat, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, tearing or dark circles under the eyes. Listed here are some tips to help you reduce the affects of spring allergies.