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White House orders plan for antibiotic-resistant germs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.

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Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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CDC urges healthy adults not to forget their flu shots

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

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Reach out to friends who may be suicidal

As we mark Suicide Prevention Awareness month in September, the experts are reminding all New Jersey residents they should speak up whenever a friend or loved one becomes severely depressed and makes even a passing reference to harming themselves.

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NJ virus confirmation prompts warnings

New Jersey health professionals are 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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Government Assistance Programs Aid Underprivileged Communities In New York State
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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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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic
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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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Study: Caregivers spend almost $50,000 on loved ones

Adults in their 50s and 60s are shelling out more than they anticipated caring for aging parents, according to a survey by Caring.com.

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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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Suicide
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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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