Health & Wellness

February 16, 2020

PARAMUS, NJ - Eligible North Jersey veterans will now be able to receive referrals for care at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, following the hospital's approval as a VA Community Care Network (CCN) provider, according to a joint federal and county announcement on Feb. 14. This will provide North ...

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NEW JERSEY – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation on Tuesday to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to impose a permanent ban on flavored vape products. The legislation (S3265) prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored vape products, including menthol. According to the press ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Updated vaccination procedures designed to protect New Jersey college students against meningitis outbreaks were signed into law last week, according to legislators. The legislation, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson), ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - One-fourth of children under age 8 with autism spectrum disorder — most of them black or Hispanic — are not being diagnosed, which is critical for improving quality of life. The findings, published in the journal Autism Research, show that despite growing awareness about ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation Thursday allowing municipalities to adopt an ordinance to enter properties to perform lead service line replacements, after providing notice to residents.  The bill was sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor and ...

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Family caregivers and people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease are at risk for increased stress during the holidays – but holiday visits can be a joyous time with adjusted expectations and careful planning. Mary Catherine Lundquist – program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - The members of the Hawthorne Senior Center recently participated in a new and exciting program called “Ageless Grace” which incorporates 21 simple tools for lifelong comfort and ease. Boyd Lowry, owner of FirstLight Home Care of Bergen, was the certified instructor for this ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — November is both National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, and although the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey's Walk to End Alzheimer’s events have already taken place for this season, there are still “More Than One Million ...

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About 41.1 million children in the United States - dressed as superheroes, shambling zombies or preening princesses - trick or treat on Halloween night. Bruce Ruck, managing director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The Borough of Prospect Park announced that there will be a free rabies clinic held by the Board of Health for residents.  Those interested should mark their calendars for Saturday, November 9, between 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The clinic will be held at the Brown Avenue ...

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The Mental Health Association of Passaic County is offering a free Mental Health First Aid Training class on Nov. 5 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 470 Chamberlain Ave., Paterson. This course is for adults 18 and up. What you will learn: How to recognize signs of mental health disorders such ...

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RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Bergen and Passaic County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support ...

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TRENTON, NJ - "Stop selling electronic cigarettes.  Stop targeting minors."  That was the message sent on Thursday by the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force created by Governor Phil Murphy in delivering their recommendations and guidelines to protect New Jersey residents from the hazards of ...

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NUTLEY, NJ - In a letter sent to parents Thursday, Nutley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Julie Glazer reported that the Nutley Health Department confirmed that there was a case of measles in Washington Elementary School. In her letter, Glazer stated that the district has been "tracking this ...

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PROSPECT PARK, NJ - The first Health Fair was held on Saturday afternoon in the gymnasium of Prospect Park Elementary School on Brown Avenue.  Inside, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., local and area doctors and medical organizations volunteered to be a part of the borough's first health exhibition for ...

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HAMILTON, NJ - New Jersey Lottery officials and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) kicked off New Jersey Lottery’s annual “Not 18 Yet? No Bet” awareness campaign. The campaign seeks to remind residents and retailers that New Jersey law prohibits the sale of lottery tickets ...

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Legislation requiring public facilities and offices to provide on-site lactation rooms was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday. The legislation requires the New Jersey Department of Health to provide information about lactation room availability and the New Jersey Department of ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ – Alisha Cornett wants your vote for Ms. Health & Fitness 2019 as she competes, now in the semi-final round, for a chance to take the top prize. Cornett believes in sharing the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  “I’ve been involved in sports in Hawthorne for my whole life,” she ...

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Nearly 6,000 of the brightest minds in dementia research, including representatives from the Greater New Jersey Chapter of Alzheimer's Association (AAGNJ), recently convened in Los Angeles, recently convened in Los Angeles for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference ...

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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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On sunny and hot days, heat and sunlight react with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides emitted by internal combustion engines like automobiles, trucks and gasoline powered lawn equipment. These mix to form a ground-level layer of ozone. The National Weather Service issued an air quality alert ...

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One in Four Households Have a Member Who Has Taken Prescription Pain Relievers In Past Year 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 joint Rutgers-Eagleton/Fairleigh ...

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The dog days of summer are here and with the rise in temperatures comes the need to keep pets cool and safe. “If it is hot for you and me, it’s hot for your pet, too,” said South Plainfield resident and animal activist Adriana Bayone. “The difference is they do not have a voice and cannot tell ...

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PARAMUS, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy was on hand Tuesday morning at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for the partnership announcement with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s largest health insurer, which now expands coverage to more than 230,000 residents in Bergen ...

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Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit. Candy. Extended bedtime. Too much television. Carefree fun. They like to spoil their grandchildren. A new study by Rutgers and other researchers finds that today’s ...

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Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron has been voluntarily recalled by Perrigo Company. The infant forumula, sold exclusively at Walmart, is being recalled due to the potential presence of metal foreign matter, said the company in announcement. According to the ...

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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 research symposium ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - June 28 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots — sparked when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City — which is credited with launching the gay rights movement.  “In many ways, the riots also brought attention to the unique health care ...

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HACKENSACK, NJ – The Bergen County Department of Health Services has received confirmation of 5 of the 6 suspected cases of mumps in the Bergen County Jail with no additional cases at this time being reported, according to county officials. A sixth suspected case of the mumps came ...

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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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