Health News for New Jersey Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:47:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lesson on Nutrition: ‘Let Food be Thy Medicine’ byers_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MICHELE S. BYERS

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food," declared Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived nearly 2,500 years ago and is considered the father of modern medicine.

If Hippocrates were to visit present day America, he’d surely be dazzled by our array of medical advances and astounded at our immense variety of foods. But after seeing how many diseases are caused by poor diets, he’d probably be more convinced than ever about food being medicine.

And if Hippocrates were to come to Morristown, N.J., on May 2, he’d find lots of others in agreement about the right foods making all the difference in health and vitality.

On Saturday, May 2, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey, better known as NOFA-NJ, will present the “Food as Medicine Conference,” an all-day exploration of the relationship between food and health.

Healthquest Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:41:45 +0000
Barnabas and Robert Wood Johnson Hospitals by the Numbers rwj071615_optBY BOB HOLT

Hospitals are consolidating across the United States, and New Jersey has proven to be no exception.

Pending approval, an agreement will create RWJ Barnabas Health, which would become the largest hospital chain in New Jersey.

Modern Healthcare reported that Barnabas Health of West Orange and Robert Wood Johnson of New Brunswick have agreed to merge their hospitals into one health system. Barnabas has seven hospitals while Robert Wood Johnson operates four.

RWJ Barnabas Health will have a combined operating revenue of $4.5 billion, and have 30,000 employees.

Healthquest Wed, 15 Jul 2015 18:15:37 +0000
3 Reasons for Ebola Virus Scare in New Jersey ebola8914_optBY BOB HOLT

Remember the Ebola virus fears from last fall in New Jersey and beyond? They almost came back in Lakewood Tuesday night.

A Neptune man was hospitalized in Monmouth Medical Center after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.

Lakewood Scoop reports that the man was seen vomiting and showing other symptoms at a Lakewood Wawa, and was taken to the hospital. But Centers for Disease Control officials notified Lakewood officials that the man had contracted malaria.

There had been obvious concerns because according to The Asbury Park Press, the CDC says symptoms of the Ebola virus include diarrhea, fatigue, fever, severe headache, vomiting and unexplained bleeding or bruising. These signs show up anywhere from 2 to 21 days after an individual is exposed.

Healthquest Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:29:23 +0000
Seton Hall Medical School: 10 Things to Know setonhalllogo_optBY BOB HOLT

The plans to bring a private medical school to the old Hoffman-LaRoche locations in Nutley and Clifton have been finalized.

An agreement between Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network will create the first private medical school for New Jersey.

"We are excited to build a world-class institution that will prepare future healthcare professionals in an innovate curriculum,” said Hackensack University CEO and president Robert Garrett, according to PR Newswire. “The opportunities are endless when combining our clinical expertise and Seton Hall University's academic reputation."

Healthquest Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:25:51 +0000
NJ Measles Warning MEasles2_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey residents are being warned that the measles virus may be in the area.

Measles can cause serious problems for certain people. The virus got national attention earlier this year after an outbreak occurred from Disneyworld. reported that according to the state Department of Health, a person carrying the measles virus exposed others to it at the Flynn and Son Funeral Home in Middlesex County The person visited the funeral home between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on May 11, and between 1:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on May 14.

Healthquest Sun, 31 May 2015 02:22:12 +0000
How Can Eye Drops Be Deadly? visine50115_optBY BOB HOLT

We live in a very different day and age. Central Regional High School teacher Kelly Grosse landed in the hospital after her iced coffee was spiked at the school.

Grosse was taken to Community Medical Center in Toms River with stomach pains.

According to an Asbury Park Press story in USA Today, authorities said the student put what was thought to be Visine eye drops into Grosse’s coffee when she went into the hallway during homeroom. The Berkeley Township Police Department said the student, a minor, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

CBS New York reported that the Food and Drug Administration said swallowing saline can cause nausea, restricted breathing, and vomiting. In extreme situations it could put a person into a coma, the FDA said.

"She was so upset yesterday, and it wasn't just because her stomach hurt," said Kelly’s husband Thomas Grosse, a Berkeley Township councilman, according to the USA Today report. "She loves those kids so much, and she was so upset that this happened."

Healthquest Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:40:07 +0000
10 Ways to Battle Extreme Pollen Conditions in New Jersey njmap071610_optBY BOB HOLT

The allergy season is in full swing in New Jersey- and some experts say it’s going to be a bad one. Some are calling it a “tsunami.”

If you think last winter was bad, it’s still hurting those who suffer from allergies, according to one New York doctor.

Dr. Clifford Bassett of Allergy and Asthma Care said the rough winter delayed birch and oak trees from pollinating, and now they are coming out at the same time as alder, ash, and poplar. "The early and mid-spring tree pollen and the grasses are hitting all at once to create misery and suffering," Bassett said, according to NBC News.

Dr. Leonard Bielory from Springfield’s Asthma and Allergy Research Center suggested that allergy sufferers should stay inside as often as they can, and check the daily pollen count, according to Pollen counts have already passed the 4,000 mark, and are rising.

Healthquest Sat, 09 May 2015 13:50:04 +0000
New Jersey’s New Car Seat Belt Rules for Children carseat051615_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey took steps toward updating its car safety regulations for children last week.

New seat belt rules are scheduled to go into effect in September.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the legislation on May 7. According to CarseatBlog, children under age 2 and less than 30 pounds in weight have to use a rear-facing carseat that has a 5-point harness. Children ages 2 through 3 are required to be secured in a rear-facing or forward-facing seat with a 5-point harness until they reach 40 pounds, when they can move to a booster seat.

CarseatBlog adds that children of ages 4 through 7 and under 4 foot 9 inches tall are required to be in a forward-facing seat with a 5-point harness or a booster seat. And children of ages 8 to 17 have to use a regular, properly adjusted seat belt.

Healthquest Fri, 15 May 2015 17:09:46 +0000
The World's Most Popular Weed Killer Can 'Probably' Cause Cancer health_opt-2BY WILLY BLACKMORE

Since the first genetically engineered crops were approved for commercial production in the United States in the mid-1990s, GMO corn and soy have come to nearly dominate the industry. More than 90 percent of both crops are now genetically engineered, and GMO cotton, alfalfa, and sugar beets have enjoyed similar commercial success.

In many cases, the crops have been genetically modified to withstand the herbicide glyphosate, which Monsanto sells under the brand name Roundup. While there’s been endless emphasis on the possible—and yet unfounded—health risks associated with consuming the GMO crops themselves, perhaps the focus should have been on the herbicide itself. The altered crops allow farmers to spray their fields and only kill unwanted weeds, a boon that has caused glyphosate use to skyrocket over the last two decades, jumping from 20 million pounds used per year in 1992 to more than 250 million pounds in 2011. On Friday, the World Health Organization’s cancer group, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, announced that it is “probably carcinogenic.”

Healthquest Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:19:43 +0000
The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol PALCOHOL_optBY DORY DEVLIN

Remember Tang? Substitute alcohol for the fruit-flavored powdered drink of the astronauts and you have “Palcohol.” The packaging for the powdered alcohol product received approvals from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco and Trade Bureau in March and before it hits the market, legislators are moving to ban it as concerns about how it will be used grow.

Palcohol’s creator, meanwhile, is attempting to quell concerns by explaining why Palcohol was conceived and dispel predictions of how it could be abused, especially by teenagers and young adults. Mark Phillips of Arizona-based Lipsmark said he envisioned Palcohol as a convenient way to pack alcohol on backpacking or kayaking trips, and is fielding interest from the airline and other industries eyeing it for cost savings. He says he is skeptical that the powdered substance would be snorted or used to surreptitiously spike others’ drinks because the amount of powder equivalent to six ounces of liquid alcohol is sizable and not practical.

“Palcohol is not some super-concentrated version of alcohol; it’s simply one shot of alcohol in powdered form,” Phillips says in this video demonstration.

Healthquest Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:03:37 +0000