Carrier Clinic Hosts "Barn Warming" Party for Therapy Animals

January 12, 2018

BELLE MEAD, NJ - Carrier Clinic hosted a welcome party this week to introduce the staff to their newest "colleagues" - six therapy animals, two horses, two miniature donkeys and two goats.

Therapy horses Faith and Hope were the first to take up residence on the 100-acre campus in December; they were joined by Lily and Sally, the miniature donkeys, and the two goats, Hazel and Chyna ...

Somerville Hospital Gives Disabled Advocate a Second Chance at Life

SOMERVILLE, NJ – What started as an oozing wound for Evelyn Ramundo turned into acute kidney failure, three surgeries, a medically-induced coma, two weeks in the hospital and five months of rehabilitation.

But thanks to the Center for Wound Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, the 45-year-old Hillsborough resident is back to work, ...

Somerset County Agencies Join Forces to Combat Opioid Abuse


SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County has adopted a cooperative approach between its Human Services Department and Prosecutor’s Office to combat the growing abuse of opioid drugs.

At a recent Board of Freeholders’ meeting, county Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Coordinator Ivana Pareja was joined by Human Services Director Michael J. Frost and county Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson ...

NJ Nonprofit Provides Transportation for People with Disabilities

The statewide nonprofit Community Access Unlimited has introduced a new transportation service that picks up and drops off riders according to their schedule.

"Too often people with disabilities are limited in their ability to get around," Sid Blanchard, executive director of the agency said. "Either they are dependent on family members who have other things going on in ...

Deep Freeze Gripping Somerset County Heightens Safety Concerns

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions over the next several days as low temperatures and high winds combine to create frigid outdoor conditions, which can lead to serious health problems, including hypothermia, frostbite and worse.

Take the necessary precautions and know how to identify cold-weather health issues:

First and ...

Somerville YMCA Hosts Free Events to Inspire Healthy Living in the New Year

SOMERVILLE, NJ – For a healthy start to the New Year, the Somerville YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, invites the community to three free events designed to inspire healthy living and a sense of community.

The first event is a community day on Monday, Jan. 1, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; the second event is an open house on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. The third ...

Checklist: 'Tis the Season to be Wary, Vigilant and Cautious

Another toy, another disc battery.

So far this year, the NJ Poison Control Center has sent over 30 children into hospital emergency rooms for swallowing a disc battery.

X-rays must be taken to be sure a disc battery is not stuck in the esophagus where it may go undetected and eventually kill a child.

The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it gets hectic with cooking, ...

Lucy's Legacy: Somerville Hospital Helps Mom Honor Daughter's Memory with Blood Donation

SOMERVILLE, NJ - For Lois Ricci, blood donation comes from the heart.

Four years ago, the Hillsborough woman gave birth to her daughter, Lucy Grace, who was born eight weeks premature and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and transient leukemia. Every day for the two and half months of her life, she needed some type of blood product as part of her treatment.

“By the grace of God and ...

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Brain Cancer Study Opens at Overlook Medical Center - One of Four Sites in Country

January 15, 2018

Kurt Jaeckle, MD, co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Overlook Medical Center, and medical director of the Atlantic Center for Research, is leading a phase III study of novel drug VAL-083, which has already shown promise in Glioblastoma and other cancers.  The study is for patients whose glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma has progressed during or after treatment ...