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Rutgers—Camden Professor Looking for Way to Treat Pain Without Opioids

January 14, 2019

CAMDEN, NJ– In an effort to reduce chronic pain patients’ reliance on opioids, a Rutgers University–Camden researcher is looking for a non-addictive way to treat pain.

Nathan Fried, a Rutgers University‒Camden assistant professor of biology, is studying the brain’s role in determining how humans perceive different types of pain and how different techniques and ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Due to Cold Weather Forecast

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s Code Blue procedures are being activated through Monyday, Jan. 14, due to extreme cold weather in the forecast, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced on Thursday.

When a Code Blue is declared, a network of warming stations operated by the county and its municipalities as well as ...

2019 Welcomes Owen MacBlane, First Baby of the New Year at Clara Maass Medical Center

BELLEVILLE, NJ - The first baby born in 2019 at Clara Maass Medical Center is Owen MacBlane.

He was born at 2:28 p.m. New Year's Day and weighed in at 8 lbs. 1 oz.

His proud parents are Timothy MacBlane and his wife, Charity Knowles. 

For those keeping track of these things, Owen will be graduating High School with the class of 2036

Clara Maass Medical Center is ...

New Jersey Brain Aneurysm Survivor Uses Second Chance to Save Lives

LIVINGSTON, NJ — After surviving a ruptured aneurysm and fully recovering without the permanent damage that is common among survivors, 20-year-old Livingston resident Justin Gelman immediately knew he had to use his second chance at life to help others who face similar situations.

Gelman, whose aneurysm ruptured while he was alone in his Duke University apartment in February, has joined ...

Newark Airport Health Alert: Potential Measles Exposure on December 24

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 airport, according to the N.J. Department of Health (DOH). The person, whose name was not released, ...

Seniors in Taxis Program to Discontinue in 2019, Says Montclair Officials

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Due to lack of taxi company options, the Seniors in Taxis program will discontinue in 2019.  It was an impactful pilot, and they are looking into additional transportation options, officials announced.

In the meantime, Montclair residents 55+ and residents with disabilities of any age can schedule a ride with the free Montclair Senior Bus.  The bus will pick you up at ...

Murphy's Monitor Appointed to Temporarily Head University Hospital

NEWARK, NJ -  The woman who was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy to oversee University Hospital will be the new acting president of the embattled agency after its former leader resigned.

University Hospital’s Board of Directors Thursday passed a resolution appointing Judith Persichilli to the position. John Kastanis, the former president, announced his resignation on Dec. 6, one ...

Spread Cheer, Not Foodborne Illnesses This Holiday Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Hosting a holiday gathering this holiday season? The United States Department of Agriculture wants to make sure you're not spreading bacteria that can cause harmful foodborne illnesses.

A study performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service along with North Carolina State University found that 48% of spice containers, 11% of ...

VIDEO: New Jersey Debuts One-Stop, Online Benefits Application for Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey seniors and individuals with disabilities now have an online tool to see if they're entitled to a host of health- and household-related benefits and savings.

The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Aging Services has launched NJSave, a new online application to help qualifying New Jerseyans save money on Medicare premiums, prescription costs ...

University Hospital President Steps Down Amid Scrutiny of Bacterial Infections

NEWARK, NJ - The president of University Hospital announced he will be stepping down as the hospital’s leadership faces intense scrutiny from state and local officials after three babies with a bacterial infection died after receiving care there.  

John Kastanis will officially leave his post as head of the hospital on Dec. 14, according to a statement from the hospital.

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NJ Law Banning Smoking at Public Beaches and Parks Begins

January 17, 2019

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 exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death ...