Health & Wellness

August 25, 2019

TRENTON  —New Jersey became the 34th state in the country to to mandate ignition interlock devices for all drunk-driving offenders, that includes those convicted for their first offense.  The law actually loosens overall penalties and suspension as New Jersey seeks to allow offenders to be able ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A cutting-edge heart valve created to help patients with a narrowing of the aortic valve has been implanted for the first time in the state by doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Two minimally invasive heart valve replacements were implanted during a procedure ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Offering a new, minimally-invasive option for brain surgery, the ROSA Brain robot has been used -- for the first time in New Jersey -- by the pioneering, nationally-acclaimed neurosurgery team at Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center. Created by device manufacturer Zimmer ...

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FLEMINGTON, NJ – A New Jersey-based company is recalling its “Natural Pig Ears” product that it believes may have caused dog illnesses in two pets, which may be related to potential Salmonella contamination noted during an ongoing FDA investigation. Edison-based Lennox International, Inc. said ...

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One in Four Households Have a Member Who Has Taken Prescription Pain Relievers In Past Year NEW BRUNSWICK and MADISON, NJ – Nearly 85% of all respondents believe use of prescribed and illegal opioid drugs is a “very” (67%) or “somewhat” (28%) serious problem in New Jersey, according to a ...

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SUMMIT, NJ – Alzheimer’s Association Greater New Jersey Chapter (AAGNJ)—the state’s leading voluntary not-for-profit health organization focused on Alzheimer’s care, support and research—teamed up with Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute last week to host a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - When select pharmacies across New Jersey give away free does of naloxone next week as part of Gov. Phil Murphy's pilot program, one pharmacy in the Hub City will be taking part.  The Walgreens at 20 Jersey Ave. is on the list to distribute doses of the drug that is commonly ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Environmental Commission (NBEC) is partnering with other local agencies on Saturday to host a bioblitz - an event focused on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Saturday's free daylong event ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Showcasing the talents of team members in a fun and entertaining way, Atlantic Health System hosted its first-ever 'Atlantic's Got Talent' event at The College of St. Elizabeth. Twelve finalists treated the audience to vocals, instrumentals, dance performances, an original poetry ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Since January 2018, 100 New Jersey preteens have attempted suicide by drug overdose, according to data released by the New Jersey Poison Center. “This trend should sound the alarms. We have young children attempting suicide by overdose at a rate which continues to increase,” ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – The medical director for Atlantic Health System Cancer Care was one of four distinguished honorees at the American Cancer Society Starry Night Gala on May 18. Eric Whitman, who oversees oncology services for Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, was nominated for his leadership ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Targeting a key gene before birth could someday help lead to a treatment for Down syndrome by reversing abnormal embryonic brain development and improving cognitive function after birth, according to a Rutgers-led study. Using stem cells that can turn into other cells ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Try as he might, Dr. Kiwon Lee couldn't get the scissors to work during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday. Everything else about the neurocritical care unit unveiled by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, however, is state of the art. The unit, where patients with ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - As we get older, it is even more important to schedule routine physical exams with your general physician. Men over the age of 40 years old are at increased risk for problems with their prostate, which is a small walnut-sized organ that produces seminal fluid. Due to its location, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Girls are more often bullied than boys and are more likely to consider, plan, or attempt suicide, according to research led by a Rutgers University‒Camden nursing scholar. “Bullying is significantly associated with depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, suicide planning, and ...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A rabid raccoon was identified by the New Jersey Department of Health Laboratory on April 23. The raccoon attacked a resident's dog in the backyard of a home in the Brunswick Acres development in the area of Paul Avenue on April 17. Animal Control was able to retrieve the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the New York City Fire Department will conduct an infectious disease response and containment exercise on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon on the hospital’s New Brunswick campus, the hospital announced Tuesday. Areas that may be ...

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SOMERSET, NJ — If you noticed your tap water smelled a bit like a trip to the town pool for the past two months, you weren’t imagining it. New Jersey American Water, which supplies water to customers in the town, this week announced it had changed its treatment process to one using “free ...

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EAST AURORA, NY - Fisher-Price recalled all Rock 'n Play Sleepers sold since 2009 due to infant deaths according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.  More than 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which uses research by Rutgers University, shows a significant increase in the percentage of 4-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder in New Jersey. The study found the rate increased 43 percent from ...

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Sister2Sister, Inc.. a non-profit corporation devoted to breast cancer awareness in the underserved and minority community is hosting a Community Health Summit and Screening open to the public on March 30th from 8-11:30 a.m. at The Imperia, 1714 Easton Ave., ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Time changes are always rough, and no one likes to lose an hour of sleep.  But for about two million New Jerseyans, setting the clock ahead on March 10 will be brutal.  Why?  Because about 30 percent of Garden State adults report having problems sleeping. Among the findings ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Rutgers University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, and the university has sent a message to other students about steps to take as a precaution. The student with the disease was hospitalized Monday is receiving treatment and is recovering, Dr. Melodee Lasky, ...

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Raritan Valley Habitat Youth to Host 3rd Annual Rainbow Run 5K  SOMERVILLE, NJ - Looking forward to enjoying some spring weather with your friends and family and for ways to help your community?  Come to support Raritan Valley Habitat Youth, a group of civic-minded local high school students, as ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city hospital next month will offer free dental exams for children without dental insurance, but parents have to call an appointment. On Feb. 7, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will provide exams to children who did not see a dentist in 2018. The exams, being ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Parents and their teenage sons and daughters are invited to a frank and open discussion on the ramifications of drug abuse and ways to prevent it at the Somerville YMCA from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The event is free and open to the community; the Y is located at 2 ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Legislation signed last summer prohibiting smoking at public beaches and parks in New Jersey goes into effect today. The bill, S-2534, updates the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006.” According to the American Lung Association, more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - These days there is one item people keep with them constantly: a smartphone. Now a Rutgers University professor has received a $400,000 grant to see if those smartphones can gather data on the effects of conditions that literally cause people to shake, such as Parkinson's ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The happy part of Happy New Year came less than three hours after the ball dropped for families who each welcomed new babies born just minutes apart at New Brunswick's two hospitals. Adina and Binyamin Bril became parents for the first time when their daughter was born at ...

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NEWARK, NJ — State health officials said any person who was in Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, December 24 between noon and 4 p.m. may have been exposed to measles. Someone flying from Brussels, Belgium, had the highly contagious infection and arrived in Terminal B at the ...

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