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Beware of germs at the workplace

It's the most wonderful time of the year for catching germs from your co-workers.

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NJ ranks last in anti-smoking programs for kids

A new report titled "Broken Promises to our Children," finds New Jersey could be doing much better in its efforts to stop kids from smoking. In fact, the state ranks last in the nation when it comes to funding tobacco prevention programs.

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Damage from Superstorm Sandy in Point Pleasant
Damage from Superstorm Sandy in Point Pleasant (Dennis Malloy, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Study: Heart attacks up in New Jersey after Sandy

NEW BRUNSWICK (AP) — Rutgers University researchers say there was a spike in heart attacks and strokes in the New Jersey counties hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.

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An injured passenger of a New Jersey ferry accident is loaded into an ambulance, in New York
An injured passenger of a New Jersey ferry accident is loaded into an ambulance, in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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42.9 million in US have unpaid medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers - 42.9 million people - have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Syvia Burwell
Secretary of Health and Human Services Syvia Burwell (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires. That could squeeze access just when millions of new patients are gaining Medicaid coverage.

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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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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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