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NJ Cracks Down on Prescription Drug Abuse [AUDIO]

With the problem of prescription painkiller abuse continuing to get worse, New Jersey officials are adding new high-tech safeguards to prescription blanks used by doctors, so they can't be copied or forged.

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Should NJ Ban Smoking at Beaches and Parks? [AUDIO]

The state Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee is expected to consider a bill Thursday that would prohibit smoking in popular outdoor locales.

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Heroin Use Soars in New Jersey [AUDIO]

Heroin use is on the rise in the Garden State, and the apparent overdose and death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought the issue into the spotlight once again.

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Feds Checking Heart Safety of Pain Pills

Federal health experts are taking a second look this week at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains.

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Heart Disease Takes Nearly 18,000 Lives in NJ Yearly [AUDIO]

Heart disease is the number one killer in the nation and the world. In fact, one in three people nationwide and nearly 18,000 New Jersey residents die from heart disease each year. In most cases, it is preventable.

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New Company Offers Online Medical Shopping [AUDIO]

You can go online and shop for discounted cars and hotels, so why not do the same thing if you need an operation? A company called MediBid is allowing patients to do just that.

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Immunizations: Not Just for Children [AUDIO]

Immunizations are just as important for adults as they are for children. Each year, 30,000 Americans die of vaccine-preventable diseases, and 95 percent of those who die are adults.

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The Doctor Will See You in a Month [AUDIO]

New patients in this region of the country could wait close to four weeks for a routine physical, according to a national report on physician appointment wait times.

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Survey Cites NJ Nursing Shortage [AUDIO]

A statewide survey of registered nurses in New Jersey found understaffing is a common problem in the state's hospitals and health care workplaces.

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Report: New Jersey Gets Mixed Results for Tobacco Control [AUDIO]

A new report from the American Lung Association on the tobacco battle gives New Jersey mixed grades.

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