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NJ virus confirmation prompts warnings

New Jersey health officials have put the right people on alert after receiving confirmation the state has its first case of a potentially dangerous respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68.

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Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

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US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.

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First NJ case of respiratory virus reported by health officials

New Jersey seems to be in the clear for now, but a respiratory illness is causing quite a scare in other parts of the United States.

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Heroin battle: making progress, far from over

Efforts have been made locally and statewide to combat the issue of heroin and opiate abuse in New Jersey, but the fight is far from over.

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Helping those who are contemplating suicide

As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, several groups across New Jersey are doing their part to raise awareness about suicide.

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Hospitals in NJ, NY, Connecticut struggled during Sandy, feds say

When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast nearly two years ago, hospitals found themselves dealing with surges in patients, lost power supplies and employees who couldn't get to work -- problems that a new federal report finds they were not prepared to handle.

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CDC study: Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

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Study: 9 in 10 parents move child from booster seat too soon

Many parents are allowing their children to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough, according to a new study by Safe Kids Worldwide as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

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Study: Better access to psychiatric care needed in NJ

A new study by the The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) finds access to psychiatric care to be inadequate in New Jersey.

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