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School lunch vs. packed lunch: Which is healthier?

New research claims lunches packed at home are not as healthy as the lunches served at school.

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Hundreds of kids harmed by detergent ‘pods:’ Study

CHICAGO (AP) -- Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications.

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Home health industry faces supply and demand problem

Faced with an aging population, the home health care industry in New Jersey and across the country is bracing for what could be its highest demand ever.

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Dr. Robert Fuller provides medical care to an earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010. (AP Photo/International Medical Corp, Margaret Aguirre)
Dr. Robert Fuller provides medical care to an earthquake survivor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010. (AP Photo/International Medical Corp, Margaret Aguirre)
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Ebola volunteers wrestle with quarantine mandates like NJ’s

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Robert Fuller didn't hesitate to go to Indonesia to treat survivors of the 2004 tsunami, to Haiti to help after the 2010 earthquake or to the Philippines after a devastating typhoon last year. But he's given up on going to West Africa to care for Ebola patients this winter.

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AAA: Drowsy driving kills thousands each year

More than 20 percent of fatal crashes in the U.S. involve driver fatigue, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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New insurance tool for parents of disabled children

In an effort to help parents, the Children's Specialized Hospital has come up with a new online tool to help parents of special needs children choose the right insurance.

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Diabetes on the rise in New Jersey

As the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow, health officials are trying to raise awareness of the disease during National Diabetes Month. This year there is a special focus on the impact diabetes has on heart disease.

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NJ business group says healthcare costs continue to soar

Almost 90 percent of the companies that participated in the 2014 New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Health Benefits Survey said they continue to offer healthcare coverage to their employees, despite the fact that 85 percent of them reported their healthcare costs have increased in the past year.

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Governor Chris Christie (R) at a press conference (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Gov: Ebola quarantine policy not changing

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and then wound up under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, broke another quarantine in Maine Wednesday night when she spoke to reporters in her driveway.

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NJ hospitals score high on safety

New Jersey's hospitals are in the top five nationwide for safety, according to the newest report card from The Leapfrog Group.

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