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Update: Health Authorities Still Investigating Flu Death of Elizabeth Schoolgirl

February 19, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to investigate the cause of the passing of elementary school student Daniela Genaro after it was confirmed that the student had been diagnosed with influenza. Officials said it "presently remains unclear whether or not the virus was the primary contributing factor to the child's passing."

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Breaking News: Elizabeth Schools Report One Student Has Died from Flu Virus

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth School District has reported that a student has died from the flu.

“It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of its own,” Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer wrote in a letter to parents over the weekend. (The full letter follows below.) Grief counselors will be ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

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The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

High School Student Says ‘It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here’ - Trend Grows in Westfield, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Elsewhere

Editor’s note: This story about the rise in teen e-cigarette use, written by Westfield High School student Greta Frontero, originally ran in the Jan. 8 edition of WHS student newspaper Hi’s Eye.

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 12th-grade Westfield High School female said she doesn’t bring her Juul to school, but will use someone else’s if the opportunity ...

As Flu Hits Scotch Plains-Fanwood Area, Urgent Care Beefs Up Staff, Pharmacists Find Solution to Tamiflu Shortage

WESTFIELD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Health has reached out to local schools to inform administrators and teachers of the severity of this year’s flu virus. According to Laura Scanlon, the public health nursing supervisor at the Westfield Regional Health Department, the message from the DOH was clear: “It’s serious and in some cases can cause ...

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Goes Red for Women

SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Women (and men, too) across the country showed support for women's heart health education by participating in the American Heart Association's annual "Go Red for Women" campaign on Friday, Feb. 2. The effort calls attention to heart disease, the silent killer, which leads to the deaths of more women than any other cause. 

Workers at the ...

Despite Ad Campaigns, Majority of NJ Residents Surveyed 'Not Very Concerned' About Dangers of Prescription Opioids

MILLBURN, NJ -- Outgoing Governor Chris Christie's $42 million anti-opioid advertising campaign appears to have had little effect on New Jersey residents' perceptions of the drug epidemic.

Nearly half of Garden State residents who participated in a recent survey report little or no concern about the potential dangers of prescription pain medication to themselves or a family ...

Go Red Fanwood! Women’s Heart Health Fair on Feb. 2

FANWOOD, NJ --  The annual Women’s Heart Health Fair will again be sponsored by Go Red for Women by the American Heart Association, The Chelsea at Fanwood and Big World Little Hearts on "Wear Red Day,"  Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The event at The Chelsea at Fanwood (295 South Ave.) will offer a variety of hors ...

Health Department Sees Spike in Flu Cases, Offers Clues to Prevent the Flu

WESTFIELD, NJ -- In line with both statewide and nationwide data, our area is seeing an increase in confirmed flu cases, according to the Westfield Regional Health Department, which also serves Chatham, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park and Summit.

“It’s here. It’s in New Jersey. It’s in all of our towns,” said Laura ...

Over The Counter Dietary Supplement May Prevent Epileptic Seizures

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects an estimated 3 million adults and 470,000 children in the U.S. It is characterized by unpredictable, recurrent seizures that can occur when brain cells become hyperactive. This leads to surges of electrical activity that disrupt signaling between brain excitability in the learning and memory region of the brain (the ...

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Giving Back: Learn How to Help Victims of Sexual Violence

February 22, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Every year since 1984, trained volunteers with the Union County Rape Crisis Center have helped victims of sexual violence through the emotional, medical and legal aftermath of trauma. New volunteers are welcome to join the next series of training classes beginning on Thursday, March 22.

No previous experience in crisis counseling is necessary.

“Over the years our Rape ...