Health & Wellness

November 30, 2020

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers is leading a clinical trial that aims to assess the combination of three drugs’ ability to treat people 21 or older who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial is testing to see the efficacy of nitazoxanide, ribavirin and hydroxychloroquine in ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Do people with healthier sleep habits have a better chance of avoiding the flu? This is very likely, said Dr. Jyoti Matta, a pulmonologist and director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center — and that even includes people who have gotten a flu shot. A ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The COVID-19 pandemic has not relented on New Jerseyans since March, claiming loved-ones, putting families in financial ruts, and setting change the fabric of the holiday season to come.  With three days to go until Thanksgiving, Gov. Phil Murphy shared resources for those feeling ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven Fulop is “realistic” about how many residents will, even in the wake of newly enacted state guidelines calling for very limited gatherings, celebrate Thanksgiving next week. Despite advice from medical professionals that even family dinners, especially those ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Between 36% and 47% of New Jerseyans say they will “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against COVID-19, with response rates varying depending on how the question is asked, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Among individuals reluctant to get vaccinated, ...

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, we sat down with Dr. Michael L. Loftus, the chief medical officer at Jersey City Medical Center, to ask him some questions about the safety of gathering with friends and family during a pandemic. Q: What do you advise people to do about Thanksgiving ...

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Like many in the medical profession in New Jersey, Dr. Deven Unadkat is concerned about the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, especially in Hudson County. Since flattening out over the summer, the number of new positive COVID-19 cases has been steadily climbing. On August ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) is quarantining, and will continue to do for 14 days, the legislator announced Tuesday. The decision comes after her daughter Ana’jah, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. McKnight has tested negative, as have other family members, ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Efforts to squash the spread of COVID-19 among Jersey City’s most at-risk residents through the launch of two new mobile units will give the homeless population additional mobile sanitation and hygiene solutions, Mayor Steven Fulop announced recently.  The buses, designed to ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Seeking to reduce the number of reasons for residents not to wear face coverings, the Jersey City Health and Human Services Department and Office of Innovation will be mailing one to every residence in the city. Mayor Steven Fulop made the announcement this week, unveiling a ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City's Jane DO announced it is holding a virtual fitness class series during NO Leak Week to raise funds for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. Proceeds from this week’s virtual fitness class series, Get Lifted, will be directed to support the 1 in 4 low income women ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Joseph Bilotta began experiencing shortness of breath in October last year when it was recommended he see a pulmonologist, who prescribed an inhaler. The inhaler seemed to work fine until this summer, when his shortness of breath returned, but even more severely. That’s when ...

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NEW YORK, NY - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has announced that people utilizing its mass transit hubs will face a fine for not wearing a facemask. "Anyone using Port Authority facilities – including airport terminals, PATH stations and trains, AirTrain stations and trains, and ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announced that Jersey City Medical Center has earned 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Residents of Jersey City may see discolored water running from their taps over the next week, but need not be concerned, city officials said. The discoloring may be the result of ongoing repairs to the Jersey City aqueduct that runs from the Jersey City Waterworks under the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - A family is desperately searching for a donor to help save the life of a young boy with severe kidney disease. "My seven-year-old son, Modak, is in need of a kidney donor," say Nirmesh Kumar. "His kidneys are functioning at 6.5%." Modak, a 2nd Grader at Golden Door Charter ...

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HUDSON COUNTY, NJ – Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that residents will have the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs during National Drug Take Back Day Residents can ...

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Stefan Balan, MD is the director of Oncology Services at Jersey City Medical Center. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. We sat down with Dr. Balan for a one-on-one discussion about his background, why he chose to practice at JCMC and what he sees for the future of ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Both the Fulop Administration and Councilman Rolano Lavarro have responded to a report by NorthJersey.com that suggests city officials waited more than 11 hours to issue a boil water advisory, despite knowing that tests showed E Coli in the city water system in August. As ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven Fulop is 20 one America’s fittest mayors, according to Health Fitness Revolution (HFR). HFR annually recognizes politicians who live a healthy lifestyle while also promoting physical activities in their communities.  In making their determination, HFR noted that ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ — Medical staff at Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) this week marked a significant milestone for the hospital’s maternity center, home to Hudson County’s top Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The facility has gone seven years without a Central Line-associated Bloodstream ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – West New York resident Elizabeth Vega had been having issues with her hip for years. Like many people, however, she held off seeing a doctor, worried about having to undergo surgery and going through a long recovery process. She knew it was finally time to address the issue ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - Christ Hospital has been issued $36,627 in fines by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release issued by the federal agency the Jersey City-based hospital was one ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - For expectant mothers, fretting about where to give birth can be a source major anxiety – one heightened in the midst of a pandemic. The maternity staff at Jersey City Medical Center wants expectant moms to cross this concern off their list. As the only hospital that ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ - New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson was in Jersey City last week touting a state sponsored program that oversaw the distribution of naloxone, a nasal spray that, when administered properly, can temporarily reduce the risk of an overdose caused by ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Governor Phil Murphy was joined by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Thursday morning for a live virtual conversation on COVID-19 (coronavirus) in New Jersey. The national expert in infectious disease said that he often points ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The state is piloting a mobile app that will notify residents if they have been in close, prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said state employees as well as students from Montclair State University, ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ  – Birth, death, and everything in between. Over the past few months, Dr. Peter Lee has experienced it all. As an attending physician and the associate director of Emergency Medicine at RWJBarnabas Health’s Jersey City Medical Center, Dr. Lee has been on the front lines of the ...

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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Four pharmacies in Jersey City will dispense Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, for free from Sept. 24 to 26. Under the state-sponsored program, residents will be able to anonymously obtain the drug with no prescription and no appointment, according to an announcement ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday that he will be holding a live virtual conversation with one of the nation's leading experts on COVID-19 (coronavirus) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.  There have been more than ...

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