Flu still hitting N.J. hard, Monmouth County has the most cases

flu-preventionNew Jersey remains one of just seven states where the flu is still widespread, according to the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases of the illness have receded from their seasonal highs in most other regions of the country. “We are trending downward, although not as quickly as the other… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

All That Hoppy Beer You Hate Might Save Your Brain From Dementia

BeerMany a beer drinker has heard about the health benefits of red wine over the past few years. In fact, there have been so many studies on the supposed elixir of life that there’s a good chance some beer drinkers, looking to confer the same benefits, have converted into wine connoisseurs. But convert not my fellow… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Study blames Craigslist for rise in HIV infections

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MINNEAPOLIS — Cruising for sex on Craigslist personal ads resulted in a 15.9 percent increase in HIV infections after the website entered various U.S. markets, according to a study by the University of Minnesota published in MIS Quarterly. The study estimates that the Craigslist effect led to about 6,000 additional HIV cases a year from 1999… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Over Half of Dr. Oz’s Advice Is Unfounded: Study

Booker and Dr OzHere’s one to tell your mother: Not everything Dr. Oz says should be interpreted as gospel. A new study tried to fact-check the advice dished out on Mehmet Oz’s medical show and didn’t have much luck. “The research supporting any of these recommendations is frequently absent, contradictory or of poor quality,” Christina Korownyk, an associate professor… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, Health Care | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Obamacare enrollment deadline looms

Heathcare.govThis time, the Obamacare deadlines actually mean something. New and returning enrollees have until late Monday to sign up for health insurance on the federal online exchange and be covered by Jan. 1 – a hard deadline and stark turnaround from last year, when glitches on HealthCare.gov blurred pre-Christmas deadlines. Instead of fretting over a website,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Study finds dramatic jump in heart attacks after Superstorm Sandy struck

Downtown HIghlands Monday morning during Hurricane Sandy2
Superstorm Sandy ripped houses from their foundations, reshaped the Jersey Shore and shuttered countless businesses in October 2012, but now researchers at Rutgers University tell of another devastating consequence: It increased the rate of heart attacks and stroke among people grappling with the disaster, leading to many additional deaths. In one of the first studies of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Medicare To No Longer Cover Penis Pumps, Saving $444 Million


Men who can't afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Men who can’t afford the little blue pill often turned to penis pumps which were covered by the federal government.Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Medicare may soon be prohibited from spending money on vacuum pumps that treat erectile dysfunction in the coming years — an effort that could save up to $444 million but might upset those who can’t afford drugs like Viagra to treat their condition. The plan of cutting coverage of the pumps was proposed to help offset… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Obamacare approval hits new low – 37 percent – in survey


Thirty-seven percent of Americans say they approve of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, while 56 percent disapprove, according to a new Gallup poll. The 37 percent approval rating is 1 percentage point below the previous low from Gallup in January. Approval of the law is largely split along party lines; 74 percent of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , , | Comments Off

Online Help for New Jersey’s Uninsured, Just in Time for Open Enrollment


2152Uninsured New Jerseyans will have a new tool to help them buy health insurance this fall, just in time for the next Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, a website geared to connecting them with people and resources that can make it easier to sign up for coverage. The New Jersey for Health Care coalition, which… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Obama, Obama Administration, ObamaCare | Tags: , | Comments Off

Interactive Map: Where Are NJ’s Safest Hospitals — and Which Were Rated ‘Poor?’


Hospitals MapZoom in and move the map to see facilities in areas where a number are close together or search by municipality. More than half of New Jersey’s hospitals aced the safety report card issued twice a year by a healthcare watchdog organization, but that doesn’t mean patients are completely safe from preventable errors. Earlier this week,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off