Health & Wellness

May 15, 2021

EAST ORANGE, NJ — It was a perfect day in East Orange. The parking lot of the ShopRite shopping center (Roberto’s Pizza side) was full of excitement. Smiling eyes could be seen behind the masks everywhere.  Black cars pulled up, and out popped Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy. He was ...

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TRENTON, NJ — In commemoration of Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and the 25th anniversary of a volunteer program to help older adults keep their bones strong, New Jersey Human Services today announced the recipients of the 2021 Osteoporosis Prevention Awards.  High school students, ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said. The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three staff members from Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and RWJBarnabas Health were recently honored for their outstanding service to the Livingston community when the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) teamed up with the Livingston Township Council to ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange, the healthcare providers know that many community members have postponed necessary home care for their family members due to concerns about COVID-19 exposure and that isolation and loneliness have had a major impact on seniors over the ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke, an acute condition that can prove devastating for many, and fatal for one in six victims. Thanks to the unparalleled expertise at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, then ...

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Despite facing the trials and tribulations that many small businesses endured as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, StretchLab of Livingston has regained its former success since reopening in June 2020 by enhancing its services and maintaining a steady stream of loyal members. When ...

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NEW JERSEY — Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey is launching a “Shot and a Beer” program, encouraging eligible residents, ages 21 and over to get vaccinated. Any New Jerseyan who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery ...

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The latest COVID-19 statistics show that the number of cases is slowly decreasing. A little more than 3 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated, which is almost half of the 6.9 million adults. The state's objective is to vaccinate 70%, or 4.7 million, residents by June 30.  Another 4.2 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A study published recently in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows vaccines may offer some protection for the babies of pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, according to the CDC, there is still limited and uncertain information about its safety for ...

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Springfield, NJ -- Medrite Urgent Care has a new location in Springfield where they offer the Covid-19 PCR Test, also called a molecular test. This COVID-19 test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A sample is collected with a nasal ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Community members have contributed more than $40.3 million toward the critical renovation and expansion of  Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and Goryeb Children’s Hospital, significantly exceeding the initial campaign goal of $38.5 million, announced ...

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    After operating for six years on Morris Turnpike in Short Hills, upscale physical fitness center YB Fitness closed on April 3, following a year of COVID-19 regulations.   President Alex Crispo posted on their Facebook page, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of YB ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Here is the upcoming schedule of Coronavirus testing sites sponsored by Essex County; the tests are being offered to Essex County residents free of charge. To make an appointment, please visit www.EssexCovid.org or call 973-877-8456. Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., ...

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According to Governor Philip Murphy's office, vaccine eligibility will be expanded on April 5th. The following groups are eligible: Age 55+ Individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities Higher education educators and staff Librarians and library ...

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In five weeks, variant cases rose 830% in NJ, and only 2% of cases are tested for new virus strains. Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — John Tirado, a radiation therapist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, was among those honored last week by the New Jersey Devils on Healthcare Hero Night Saturday, March 13. Tirado, a veteran of the United States Navy, was designated the Hero of the Game "for his tireless ...

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SUMMIT, NJ — Wife and mother of three sons, Summit's Lisa Stockman-Mauriello is, in her own words, "fighting for my life and asking for your help." A change.org petition -- that has already garnered more than 15,000 signatures -- is seeking to persuade the CEO of a Cambridge, MA-based ...

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A healthcare communications and marketing leader at RWJBarnabas Health has been recently installed as the 2021 chair of the Public Relations Society of America's Health Academy. Dennis Wilson, Jr., of Basking Ridge, is vice president of Strategic Marketing for the Northern Region and Creative ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange has received the distinguished 2021 Best of Home Care — Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care ...

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It's been a long pandemic, and I was happy to be at the Essex County Vaccination Site at the Livingston Mall yesterday receiving my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. All the volunteers, Essex County Police and medical staff on site were very welcoming and friendly. I arrived early for ...

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NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening. The first-ever TAPinto ...

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging throughout New Jersey, HVAC professionals are constantly looking at ways to help reduce the spread of the virus indoors.  According to Mike Iarrapino, founder and owner of Edison Heating and Cooling, boosting fresh air, regulating ...

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NEW JERSEY - According to information released by ShopRite's Wakfern Food Corporation on Monday January 4, 39 ShopRite Pharmacies throughout the Garden State will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers. The Spotswood Pharmacies include ones located in the Spotswood ShopRite on Old ...

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NEW JERSEY -- New Jersey has begun its program for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. The state currently has in place a two-phase plan to administer the vaccine to the general population. Stage 1A that provides vaccine access to Health Care workers and Long-Term Care residents is currently in ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following weeks of preparation, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston administered its first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, marking the opening of its COVID-19 vaccination clinic for high-risk, frontline employees. Administrative, medical and ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, has once again awarded Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) an “A” for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety, marking the hospital as on of only 29 in the country to be awarded an “A” in every ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Maritza Beniquez, a University Hospital emergency room nurse, became the first person in New Jersey to be inoculated against COVID-19 on Tuesday.  The frontline health care worker, who also turned 56 on the history-making occasion, said receiving the vaccine was the best gift she ...

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MORRISTOWN, NJ – Atlantic Health System has announced the groundbreaking opening of a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center at Morristown Medical Center last week as the state’s top ranked hospital undergoes the first phase of expansion at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. The new Infusion Center ...

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