Health Newjerseynewsroom.com News for New Jersey http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/health/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:02:29 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bipolar is not Bi-Winning: A Bipolar Comedian's Perspective on Mental Illness http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/bipolar-is-not-bi-winning-a-bipolar-comedians-perspective-on-mental-illness Hayne2_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MICHAEL HAYNE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In the wake of Robin Williams’ untimely death, the thing to know about most comedians is this: we're not pleasant, content, or well-adjusted. We're bothered, peevish, and often overwhelmed damaged goods who consistently worry, fret and nitpick. Adding mental illness to this already volatile mixture of emotions can lead to a very difficult, and at times unbalanced, life.

Society knows little about mental illness, and this ignorance leads to the stigmatization of its sufferers. Sure, mental health has come a long way from the dark days of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and the Affordable Care Act mandates that mental wellness be given the same importance as physical health. But it's not all rainbows and Pharrell songs.

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Healthquest Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:24:53 +0000
N.J. Labor Day Walk for People With Disabilities http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/nj-labor-day-walk-for-people-with-disabilities disability_opt-1BY SALVATORE PIZZURO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The parents and families of people with disabilities will engage in a walk for the “Civil Rights of all vulnerable citizens” at the Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair on Monday, September 1, 2014.

It is the position of many who will participate in the walk that people with disabilities are “second class citizens” who are denied their civil, human and due process rights.

People with disabilities are often denied the opportunity for appropriate housing, healthcare, employment and community acquiescence.

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Healthquest Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:12:06 +0000
N.J. Labor Day Walk for People With Disabilities http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/nj-labor-day-walk-for-people-with-disabilities disability_opt-1BY SALVATORE PIZZURO
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The parents and families of people with disabilities will engage in a walk for the “Civil Rights of all vulnerable citizens” at the Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair on Monday, September 1, 2014.

It is the position of many who will participate in the walk that people with disabilities are “second class citizens” who are denied their civil, human and due process rights.

People with disabilities are often denied the opportunity for appropriate housing, healthcare, employment and community acquiescence.

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Healthquest Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:12:06 +0000
Deadly Fresh Water Parasite Responsible for Child's Death Not Found in New Jersey Yet http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/deadly-fresh-water-parasite-responsible-for-childs-death-not-found-in-new-jersey-yet swimmingpool_optBY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A brain-eating amoeba that occupies bodies of fresh water is to blame for the death of a 9-year-old girl in Kansas Monday night.

The Johnson County-native Hally Yust fell victim to primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a rare and deadly brain disease caused by the parasite, according to abcnews.go.com.

According to Shon Yust, Hally’s father, she had been exposed to freshwater for two weeks when symptoms began July 6. It started off with a headache followed by nausea until the disease progressed to July 8 when she was described as being “delirious,” and died July 9, abcnews.go.com reports.

Naegleria fowleri is a parasite that breeds in warm bodies of freshwater, making it more common during summer. It gains access to the brain through the nose.

According to nj.com, cases are rare, but more likely to be reported during heat waves when air and water temperatures are warm. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club said: "We're going to be seeing more and more environmental and health impacts from climate change over the next few years."

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Healthquest Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:46:06 +0000
6 Reasons Catholic Church Against ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/6-reasons-catholic-church-against-als-ice-bucket-challenge cross052809_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is the cause behind the ice-bucket challenges that have raised millions of dollars all over the world. The disease attacks the nerve cells of the brain, and leads to paralysis.

But some groups and Roman Catholic churches are saying that the Ice Bucket Challenge conflicts with their beliefs.

Mic.com reported that the Newark Roman Catholic Archdiocese has informed 218 parishes and 94 Catholic schools that they should not hold the events. Why? Because money from the Ice Bucket Challenge is used by the ALS Association to fund embryonic stem cell research.

The archdiocese may be speaking out against the challenge events because they have warned parishioners about other fundraisers in the past.  NorthJersey.com reported that the archdiocese sent out letters regarding the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer research, and about Planned Parenthood, which offers abortions and contraception.

According to an Associated Press report on WJLA.com, the Catholic Church connects embryonic stem cells research to abortion and has said it violates the sanctity of human life. Catholic teachings are not against the use of adult stem cells in research.

NorthJersey.com reports that Archbishop John J. Myers gave his blessing to the Newark Archdiocese. Myers has been outspoken in his position against same-sex marriage and abortion in the past.

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Healthquest Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:43:27 +0000
New Jersey Pharmacist One of Many Charged in Drug Trafficking http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/new-jersey-pharmacist-one-of-many-charged-in-drug-trafficking drugs_opt_copyBY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A pharmacist from Bellville was one of 16 individuals involved in a drug ring, which was exposed this week.

77-year-old Vincent Cozzarelli, pharmacist and owner of Rossmore Pharmacy, was involved in an operation to illegally obtain and sell oxycodone, which is a medication commonly prescribed for pain.

According to northjersey.com, an investigation carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration, uncovered that Cozzarelli provided accomplices in the drug trafficking operation with oxycodone in addition to other substances under full knowledge that these drugs would be distributed against the law, and that the prescriptions for them were also illegally obtained.

Nj.com reports that the 16 participants in the DTO were charged Wednesday with single accounts of preconceived plans to possess and sell the drug. The punishment for these charges can consist of up to 20 years in prison or up to $1 million dollar fine.

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Healthquest Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:57:34 +0000
Fire Challenge: NJ Warns Against Lighting Self on Fire http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/fire-challenge-nj-warns-against-lighting-self-on-fire firechallenge82314_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

We live in a very different day and age. There are times when following trends has taken the place of taking initiative and using common sense.

A twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has led to a number of serious injuries among teenagers across the United States.

According to Gothamist, in something called the “Fire Challenge,” teenagers pour a flammable liquid over their skin and light it on fire while another teen films the event.

Apparently we need reminders not to play with matches. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has addressed the issue in a statement. “Photos and video are subsequently uploaded to various social media sites for the world’s online community to watch and share,” the statement read, according to pfanj.org. “The imbecilic act is supposed to elicit laughter as onlookers and Internet viewers watch the reaction from the person who is on fire.”

The statement added that many teenagers did not consider the possibility of being hurt badly in the fire. "I have seen some people who have died from burns. It's just devastating," Hamilton Township Fire Department official Frank Primavera said, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia. “Adults need to speak with their teenagers and find out why they would even want to do something like this and explain to them how devastating burns can be."

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Healthquest Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:38:17 +0000
NJ Hospital Isolates Patient for Ebola Virus http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/nj-hospital-isolates-patient-for-ebola-virus ebola8914_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Symptoms of the Ebola virus usually occur between three days and three weeks after a person is infected. Fatality rates for the disease have been up to 90 percent in past outbreaks.

There is said to be little chance of Ebola reaching the United States, but local hospitals are using extra precautions.

CentraState Medical Center in Freehold kept a patient who had just come back from Africa in isolation after the person began to exhibit flu-like symptoms. The Asbury Park Press reports that according to the Medical Center, "After consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New Jersey Health Department, it was determined that the patient, despite recent travel history, has no known exposure to Ebola.”

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Healthquest Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:55:09 +0000
New Jersey's Elderly Pedestrians at Higher Risk of Fatalities http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/new-jerseys-elderly-pedestrians-at-higher-risk-of-fatalities pedestriandeaths_optBY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A report done by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign shows that senior pedestrians living in the tri-state area are a greater risk of suffering a fatality by car or truck.

The report was based off of data from the years 2003 to 2012 gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System as well as the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the report, although people of ages 60 and older made up about 18 percent of New Jersey’s population, they were found to make up about 30 percent of fatalities in the state for those years.

Even worse was the risk for pedestrians 75 and older. NorthJersey.com reports that people of that age frame made up 6.5 percent of the state’s population, however, made up 14 percent of pedestrian deaths.

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Healthquest Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:35:31 +0000
Drunk Nanny Came From Care.com http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/healthquest/drunk-nanny-came-from-carecom police8514_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A babysitter hired from an online sitting service needed some care of her own after staying with a young boy on Friday.

The Toms River mother left her son in the care of a nanny she hired from Care.com, and returned to find the woman drunk.

An Asbury Park Press story in USA Today reported that according to police, nanny Susan Porfido-Gibson was passed out drunk on the floor when the baby’s mother returned home at about 1:45 p.m. Meanwhile, the boy was crying, and his diaper was soiled.

According to WABC, the 50-year old Porfido-Gibson then woke up and ran out the door, stumbling and mumbling. A short time later police said she hit a fire hydrant and dislodged it from the ground. Police said they found three empty alcohol bottles in the car, and Porfido-Gibson’s blood alcohol reading was three times more than the legal limit.

Care.com issued a statement on the story. “We are disheartened by this news,” a spokeswoman told the New York Daily News. “As this is an active investigation we are working with local authorities and cannot comment further.”

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Healthquest Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:26:51 +0000