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NJ falls in nationwide health rankings

New Jersey has dropped out of the top 10 healthiest states in the country, but is still making strides in certain areas, according to the latest report from United Health Foundation.

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Drug research at Merck. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Drug research at Merck. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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New HPV vaccine from Merck strengthens cervical cancer protection

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

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Time Magazine cover for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, announces the Ebola fighters as its Person of The Year for 2014
Time Magazine cover for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, announces the Ebola fighters as its Person of The Year for 2014. (AP Photo/Time Magazine)
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Ebola fighters named Time ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday.

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(Zeljko Bozic, ThinkStock)
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Rutgers scientist to develop rapid Ebola test

The idea is to quickly diagnose patients in remote locations where the spread of Ebola has been rampant. A Rutgers researcher has received a grant of nearly $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a rapid test to diagnose Ebola along with other viruses that can cause symptoms similar to the deadly disease.  

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A kit of Naloxone, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is displayed. Naloxone is administered nasally. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A kit of Naloxone, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is displayed. Naloxone is administered nasally. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Price of heroin overdose antidote increases

Earlier this year, as New Jersey's heroin epidemic continued to get worse, police departments and EMS crews began carrying and administering the opiate antidote naloxone to overdose victims. However, an increase in cost for the drug may mean prevent some providers from having adequate supplies on hand.

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Merck dives into ‘superbug’ chase with Cubist

Merck will spend $8.4 billion to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals and move deeper into treating so-called "superbugs" that have drawn dire warnings from global health organizations.

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Data: Few Americans with depression receive treatment

Nearly eight percent of the U.S. population has depression of some kind and yet, only a third of those suffering receive treatment, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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A sign lets customers know they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store in Indianapolis.
A sign lets customers know they can get a flu shot in a Walgreen store in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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Flu vaccine may be less effective this winter

NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Nov. 12.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

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(Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
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Anxiety becoming more common in children

Anxiety is increasing among children and adolescents, and some of them may already be stressing about having to return to school after the upcoming winter break.

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