Health News for New Jersey Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:43:46 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cancer Research Budget Cuts in New Jersey wimberly_optBY REGINA WILDER

TRENTON – New Jerey Assemblyman Benjie E. Wimberly released the following statement after the Assembly Budget Committee heard from the Department of Health on reduced funding for cancer research:

“Last year, $1 million for the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research was diverted to the general fund.

“Now, this fiscal year, we see a similar proposed action, along with a reduction of funding for the South Jersey Cancer Program of Camden and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Together, the total of reductions amounts to nearly $30 million.

Healthquest Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:54:03 +0000
NJ AIDS/HIV on Rise but not for Chris Christie HIV14_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey’s AIDS Drug Distribution Program gives life-sustaining medications to those individuals who don’t earn enough money to afford the drugs.

But there are conflicting reports in the number of people who will need treatment from the program versus the New Jersey population affected by HIV or AIDS. reports that Governor Chris Christie’s 2015 budget projects that the number of people signed up for the Aids Drug Distribution Program will fall from 7,800 to 4,500, about a 40 percent drop. At the same time, those living with HIV/ AIDS are expected to rise to 42,210, an increase of 3,400 people. Kathy O’Brien, executive director of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation said, "It makes no sense."

Healthquest Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:58:40 +0000
An Important Message: Go Outside and Play! fitness_opt-1BY MICHELE S. BYERS

Here’s some homework! Explore the woods, climb a tree, race through a field, build a fort. Splash in the water, catch a fish, explore a city park, turn over a log. Sleep in a tent, gaze up at stars, follow a trail, listen to birds. Play in the mud, hold a frog, plant a garden, follow animal tracks.

These once-common activities – from back in the days when parents sent their kids outside and told them not to come home until dinner - may not be real school assignments. But they could be if some New Jersey legislators get their way!

Healthquest Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:59:04 +0000
NJ Allergy Season: What to Expect njmap031912_optBY BOB HOLT

New Jersey has finally seen a taste of spring with 70-degree temperatures this weekend. But some of us are still paying for the winter that refused to end.

When the spring is shorter due to the prolonged cold weather, plants tend to pollinate all at once, raising havoc for allergy sufferers.

“This year we had an unusually cold winter that lasted longer than normal, and that set back pollen release significantly,” said Estelle Levetin, a biology professor who studies pollen, according to “Each individual plant is not pollinating much more than normal. We’re just having a lot of plants pollinate simultaneously.”

Healthquest Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:07:40 +0000
What is Oil Pulling? paltrow_optBY BOB HOLT

The latest trend in oral hygiene involves an old Indian remedy that supposedly clears up oral diseases.

Benefits from oil pulling are said to include cleaning up of plaque and whiter teeth.

The all-knowing celebrity mom Gwyneth Paltrow is an advocate of oil pulling. She explains, according to, "I just started 'oil pulling,' which is when you swish coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes, and it's supposed to be great for oral health and making your teeth white. … It's supposed to clear up your skin as well."

Healthquest Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:25:02 +0000
3 Reasons Fat Dads Causing High Rate of N.J. Autism OBESITY_optBY BOB HOLT

Research has indicated that obesity in the male parent can create a bigger risk for autism spectrum disorder in children than the mother.

The recently published study determined that maternal obesity offered only a weak link to autism. reported that 43 percent of fathers in the study were overweight, compared to just 22 percent of the mothers. Ten percent of both parents were classified as obese.

Healthquest Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:58:00 +0000
New Jersey and the Pot-ential Legalization of Marijuana marijuana_opt_copy_copyBY ABBIE SARFO

New Jersey legislators are pushing to decriminalize marijuana, and they’re not blowing smoke.

While Jersey has a strict medical marijuana program in place, state Senator Nicholas Scutari thinks New Jersey, and the country, can do better. Last month, Scutari introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana, reported.

The proposed plan closely mirrors laws already effective in Colorado: Adults (meaning those 21 and over) can have up to an ounce of marijuana, and grow up to six plants.

“It’s time to update our archaic drug laws and get real about the detrimental effects that they’re having on the residents’ lives here in New Jersey,” Scutari said in a quote pulled from

Healthquest Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:46:51 +0000
Silly Putty Ingredient Used to Advance Stem Cell Research

Silly Putty has amazed and intrigued children of all ages since its invention in the 1940s. It bounces and flows like a liquid, but breaks when hit hard enough. But now it’s time for Silly Putty to amaze the world.

Researchers at the University of Michigan are using the main component of Silly Putty, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), to enhance stem cell growth, reported the Australian.

Stem cells are unique cells that can differentiate into more than 200 cell types, including bone, muscle, and nerves, reported Bioscience Technology. Research shows that stem cells may be able to treat a multitude of disorders, from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

Healthquest Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:50:02 +0000
11 Reasons to Raise Chickens in New Jersey chicken_optBY BOB HOLT

An expanding part of today’s environmental movement is for people to “grow local,” and to know what goes into producing their foods.

In North Jersey, they need the eggs. People are raising egg-producing chickens in their backyard.

People are more health conscious nowadays, and they want to know where there foods have been. points out that they are more concerned about the antibiotics, genetic engineering, growth hormones, herbicides, and pesticides that go into their foods before it reaches their dinner table.

Healthquest Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:40:38 +0000
Fort Hood Shooting Prompts N.J. to do More for Vets

Last week’s shooting at the Fort Hood military post in Texas has brought to focus a larger national issue: combat related posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. It is something the military has been paying a lot of attention to lately.

The Wounded Warrior Project estimates that at least 320,000 U.S. service members have suffered a traumatic brain injury and about 400,000 are currently dealing with PTSD, according to The National Center for PTSD also suggests that children of veterans suffering from mental injuries are at risk of developing what is referred to as “secondary traumatization,” in which the child exhibits many of the same symptoms as the injured parent.

Healthquest Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:52:08 +0000