info 05.8.17

By the Numbers: Health


LEAD POISONING
There's been a 69% decline in the number of NYC children with lead poisoning since 2005. There are currently 2.7 cases per 1,000 children tested.




BULLYING
Last year, 14.8% of the city's kids were bullied on school grounds.




AIR QUALITY
"Short-term exposures to sulfur dioxide can harm the human respiratory system and make breathing difficult." Wintertime SO2 levels have declined by 84% over the past decade thanks to heating oil regulations.




DIABETES
Some 740,000 NYC adults have diabetes and an additional 1.3 million have prediabetes. That's a nearly 50% increase since 2002.




MENTAL ILLNESS
A 2012 study found that nearly 40% of New Yorkers with serious mental illness did not receive any treatment for it in the past year.




TRAFFIC AIR POLLUTION
Fine particulate matter (less than 2.5 microns in diameter) is produced by a variety of sources, including car fuel, power plants and industrial activities. This kind of particulate matter, abbreviated PM2.5, is "the most harmful urban air pollutant…resulting in adverse respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes and contributing to an increased risk of death and lower life expectancy." 17% of all emissions comes from traffic. PM2.5 levels from all traffic sources are 50% higher in high poverty neighborhoods relative to low poverty neighborhoods.




SMOKING
14.3% of NYC residents smoke. That's about 950,000 adults. 15,000 public high school students currently smoke cigarettes.




OPIOIDS
From 2000 to 2013, rates of overdose death from opioids increased 256% in New York City. Staten Island has the highest overdose death rate.




CHOLESTEROL
In a 2013-2014 sample survey, 25% of NYC residents had cholesterol levels higher than 240 mg/dL.




HEALTH INSURANCE
Rates for individuals are more than 55% lower than before establishment of New York's Health Exchange, adjusted for inflation.











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