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Pandemic-Related Decline in Childhood Vaccines Prompts State Plea to Parents

Department of Health also urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear factor

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJspotlight

With a dramatic decline in childhood vaccine rates during the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey officials urged parents to ensure their kids are properly immunized to protect them from measles, mumps and other infectious diseases.

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Saliva Tests Available In Asbury Park, Freehold, Keyport and Red Bank

Monmouth County residents who fear having a swap stuck deep inside their nasal cavity as much as they fear the diagnosis of COVID-19 now have an alternative.

The Visting Nursing Service of Central Jersey Community Health Center is administering the recently approved saliva test, which was developed at Rutgers, at their Asbury Park location this week. The test will be available at their Freehold, Keyport and Red Bank locations next week.

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O’Scanlon: Time for NJ to reclaim its manufacturing -pharmaceutical industry leadership role

Senator Declan O’Scanlon today called on the Legislature and Governor’s office to coordinate efforts to spearhead a rebirth of New Jersey’s once world-leading manufacturing and pharmaceutical research and production industries.

“The time is right now for New Jersey to be planning to take a lead role in re-domesticating these critical industries” said Senator O’Scanlon. “We still have the educated workforce, we still have incredible research universities, we still have the capital and investment resources and we still have the foundation of industrial knowledge and capability that made New Jersey the pharmaceutical and industrial capital of the world last century.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: April 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Health Care, New Jersey, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

Los Angeles (AFP) – The first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed on US soil, a woman in her late 50s who was “medically high-risk,” President Donald Trump said Saturday, as he urged Americans not to panic.Health officials said the woman in Washington state was one of a handful with no known links to global hot zones to have contracted the virus — indicating that the pathogen was now likely spreading in communities.The death occurred in King county, the most populous in the state and home to Seattle, a city of more than 700,000 people, officials in the state told AFP.The vi… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Donald Trump, Health Care, News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

U.S. Surgeon General: “STOP BUYING MASKS”

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Posted: February 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Get the facts on coronavirus –Video

Posted: February 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Get the facts on coronavirus –Video

The coronavirus crisis should make us focus on our problematic public health system | Opinion

By Steven Landers

The possibility that coronavirus (Covid-19) or some other new disease could wreak havoc in the United States and overwhelm our public health systems should give us all pause. The status and visibility of public health in America is so diminished that many people probably do not know what the term “public health” means, and most cannot name key public health leaders, for example, who is our surgeon general?While the coronavirus spreads, the public is looking for expert advice and clear plans, but our leaders are failing. President Trump is sharing off the cuff unscientific opin… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The coronavirus crisis should make us focus on our problematic public health system | Opinion

Smith statement on coronavirus threat

Congressman Chris Smith, the ranking member of the House global health subcommittee, today called on Congress to immediately act on President Donald Trump’s  request for emergency funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and other agencies’ response to the threat from the coronavirus.

“This week, the Trump administration is requesting at least $2.5 billion in additional funding to combat the coronavirus,” said Smith.  “The President, Secretary Azar, and others have moved swiftly to identify comprehensive ways to protect US citizens and prepare for a potential pandemic.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Health Care | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Spring Lake Heights Native’s Journey Continues To Inspire Thousands While Raising Awareness About Addiction Crises

When we met Jessie Grieb in Highlands last October, she was three months into her 2575 mile walk from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida.  Now, six months later, she’s less than 400 miles from her destination and has touched thousands of lives in her mission to raise awareness about the opioid addiction crises which takes more American lives annually than the entire Vietnam War took.

Jessie spent the night camped outside of Cocoa Florida Police Department earlier this week. Her story inspired the department to compile this inspiring video of her travels for their facebook page.  The Monmouth County leg of Jessie’s journey made the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 24th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Heroin, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Why “Medicare for All” Is a Pipe Dream

By Alieta Eck, MD

Dr. Alieta Eck

As I listened to the Town Hall where Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proclaimed his dream of Medicare for All, I realized that he was speaking in vague generalities that were void of realism. Medical care would be “free at the point of service with no co-pays.” Would there be any brakes on the over-utilization of services? He had no answer. He thus needs to understand that the demand for medical services is limitless when other people are paying the bill.

A pipe dream is an allusion to the dreams experienced by smokers of opium pipes. The suggestion that “Medicare for all” would save money is surely an example of a pipe dream promoted by politicians seeking votes.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »