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Free blood lead screenings offered

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:48 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Cape May County Department of Health is offered free blood lead screenings through a grant partially funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Hurricane Sandy caused unprecedented damage to Cape May’s housing infrastructure, placing residents potentially at risk for lead exposure, according to a press release. The legacy of lead in housing, soil and water often creates unacceptably high exposure levels to children, adults, pets and wildlife.

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Wellness Briefs

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 am

Wellness briefs Wellness briefs

 

Healthy Home Class

A one-hour healthy home class for will be offered 10-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the Atlantic City Public Library, 1 N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. Information about lead, carbon monoxide, ventilation, poisons, mold, insects and water/flood damage cleanup will be provided. Participants will receive a free bag of green cleaning products. To register call 609-652-3800, ext. 308. 

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Cape May County offers free blood lead screenings

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 12, 2015 12:00 am

The county Health Department is offering blood lead screenings to area residents through a grant partially funded by the state, and Superstorm Sandy Recovery.

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, and the storm surge, swept over regions of the shore from Cape May to Raritan Bay.

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Health officer’s tips to stay healthy during flu season

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Written by David Benson Monday, December 29, 2014 10:31 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY – It’s not too late to get a flu shot, a health official said recently, but sniffles and misery are surrounding southern New Jersey, and residents should get the shot quickly.

“Right now, it’s been a slow start with the flu in the state this year,” said Keven Thomas, the health officer for Cape May County. “Maryland has started. Delaware has started. But it’s just beginning in New Jersey.”

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Support Groups

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Mom to Mom: Get together with other moms and share your experiences 1-2 p.m. every Monday in the Jenkins Room at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. Free. New moms are encouraged to bring their babies. Valet parking is available.

LA LECHE LEAGUE OF CAPE MAY — A breast-feeding support group, every second Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Route 9, Cape May Court House, at 7 p.m. Any pregnant or nursing mother needing support or information is welcome. Call 609-861-5956 or 609-465-5567.

 

Health & Fitness Calendar

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, December 14, 2014 12:00 am

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Resources and Support for Casino Workers

Individuals, families and workers who are affected by the closure of Atlantic City casinos and in need of mental health information and referrals for legal, housing, employment, rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient and self-help can call NJ Mental Health Cares helpline. Trained professionals available 8 am to 8 pm.  TTY and multi-language capability. Confidential, no cost. Call 866-202-HELP or www.njmentalhealthcares.org .

Stop Putting Off ‘The Talk’ with Aging Parents

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Report: Comparison shopping could make a big difference in health insurance costs

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, December 09, 2014 06:33 am

New choices and more competition in the Health Insurance Marketplace are giving New Jersey consumers affordable options during Open Enrollment this year, and the majority of returning consumers who shop can save money on premiums, according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

With 25 percent more issuers participating in the marketplace in 2015, based on analysis of 35 states, more than 90 percent of consumers nationwide will be able to choose from three or more issuers—up from 74 percent in 2014. In New Jersey, consumers can choose from six issuers in the marketplace in 2015 – up from four this year.  New Jersey consumers can also choose from an average of 45 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage—up from 26 in 2014.

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AMI offers low-dose CT screening, a powerful new weapon in fight against lung cancer

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 am

Atlantic Medical Imaging is now offering low-dose CT lung screenings, considered to be a breakthrough tool for detecting lung cancers in their earliest stage in high-risk patients.

Today 85 percent of patients diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States will die from it within five years. With more than 160,000 deaths per year, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in America, claiming more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined.

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The case for partial knee replacement

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Written by Advertiser submission Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 am

By George C. Alber, MD

The knee is composed of three separate compartments. Osteoarthritis often develops in only one compartment of the knee while the other two compartments remain relatively healthy. Patients who have osteoarthritis in only one compartment, the inner side, may be candidates for partial knee replacement.

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County health officials share information about Ebola

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 am

LONGPORT – Officials from the Atlantic County Division of Public Health will be visiting libraries and community groups over the next several weeks to educate the public about Ebola, enterovirus D68 and seasonal flu, and dispel rumors and misinformation about the diseases.

The first of seven public information sessions was held at the Longport Library Monday, Nov. 10.

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Noreen DiPadova appointed to Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation Board

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 am

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE –Ellen Kravet Burke, chairwoman of the Cape Regional Health System Board of Trustees, has announced the appointment of Noreen DiPadova, RRT, to the Board of the Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation.

DiPadova also serves as the director of performance improvement and quality at the medical center.

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Dry eye syndrome can affect quality of life

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Written by Advertiser submission Monday, November 10, 2014 02:08 pm

Burning, stinging, redness, scratchiness and eye pain are some of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, a health problem that can have a significant effect on quality of life.

Millions of Americans suffer from DES. About 6 percent of women under age 50 and 10 percent over age 75 are affected, according to Coastal Jersey Eye Center. Younger women and men are also affected. A recent survey found that DES sufferers are three times more likely to have trouble driving, reading and using a computer, according to Coastal Jersey Eye Center.

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Dispose of unwanted medication anytime in new drop box

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, November 06, 2014 12:00 am

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Police Department installed a new medicine drop box that allows residents to dispose of unused medications 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

The department joined the N.J. Attorney General’s Project Medicine Drop initiative, which included installing a box outside the municipal building at 3515 Bargaintown Road.

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Christie activates New Jersey Ebola preparedness plan

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:37 am

Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference to announce the activation of a statewide Ebola preparedness plan at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack Wednesday, Oct. 22. Administration officials, state agencies and departments will work in a coordinated manner to ensure the health and safety of New Jersey residents is protected and to execute on decisions in an efficient and effective manner. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 164 on Oct. 22, creating the Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team to implement the state’s Ebola preparedness plan. The plan covers airport travel, public transportation, schools and universities, and hospitals.

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Levenson to chair healthy lifestyle campaign

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 09:06 pm

Margate resident Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO of Cooper Levenson law firm of Atlantic City, has been appointed chairman of the American Heart Association Southern New Jersey campaign, which serves residents, businesses and communities in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

In an effort to encourage more Americans to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, the American Heart Association is bringing its national health, wellness and fitness movement, “My Heart. My Life” to southern New Jersey, according to Levenson. 

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JCC Kidz Fit offers boxing, Tabata, agility training and more

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 10, 2014 03:52 pm

MARGATE – The Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., has added a new Kidz Fit group exercise program for children ages 6-16 beginning Monday, Oct. 13.

Expanding the group fitness program to meet the needs of area residents is one of the main goals of the Katz JCC Fitness Facility, group exercise coordinator Antoinette Wood said.

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Flancia named director of nursing at Bacharach Renaissance Pavilion

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 07, 2014 11:00 pm

Registered nurse Maria Teresa A. Flancia was named director of nursing for the Renaissance Pavilion at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation.

In her new position, Flancia will be responsible for all day-to-day nursing operations at Renaissance Pavilion, Bacharach’s 30-bed subacute rehabilitation unit. She most recently served as a weekend supervisor and acute rehab staff nurse at Bacharach. Prior to that, she worked at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center as a staff nurse in units including trauma intermediate intensive care, neurology, orthopedics, progressive critical care and the emergency room. 

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How you see as time goes by

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 24, 2014 01:39 pm

How you see as time goes by How you see as time goes by You may barely notice the changes at first. Maybe you’ve found yourself reaching more often for your glasses to see up close. You might have trouble adjusting to glaring lights or reading when the light is dim. You may even have put on blue socks thinking they were black.

As more Americans head toward retirement and beyond, scientists expect the number of people with age-related eye problems to rise dramatically, according to the National Institutes of Health website. You can’t prevent all age-related changes to your eyes. But you can take steps to protect your vision and reduce your risk for serious eye disease in the future.

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Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards Digging a vegetarian diet can reap health rewards

Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees.

But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health website. They generally live longer, and they’re more likely to avoid heart-related and other ailments.

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Experts: Keep active as you age

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Experts: Keep active as you age Experts: Keep active as you age We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it’s as true for older people as it is for any age group? You’re never too old to get moving, get stronger and improve your health.

Fitting exercise and physical activity into your day can enhance your life in many ways, according to the National Institutes of Health website. Regular physical activity can improve your balance and boost or maintain your strength and fitness. It may also improve your mood and help you manage or lessen the impact of conditions like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression.

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Walking is a step in the right direction

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 05:22 am

Walking is a step in the right directionx Walking is a step in the right direction

Have you been thinking of adding more physical activity to your life? Starting a walking program can be a great way to be more active and has many health benefits, according to the National Institutes of Health website.

Walking is the most popular physical activity among adults. Taking a walk is low cost and doesn't require any special clothes or equipment. It may also lower your risk of health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, strengthen your bones and muscles, help you burn more calories and lift your mood.

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Beat the winter blues with light, conversation

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 23, 2014 03:16 am

As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there is less natural sunlight.

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have been studying the “winter blues” and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, for more than three decades. They’ve learned about possible causes and found treatments that seem to help most people.

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Protect your tendons and prevent pain

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Protect your tendons and prevent pain Protect your tendons and prevent pain

You’ve probably heard of such sports injuries as tennis elbow or jumper’s knee. These are just two examples of tendinitis, a painful condition caused by overusing and straining the joints in your body.

Tendons are the tough but flexible bands of tissue that connect muscle to bones. You have about 4,000 tendons throughout your body. They make it possible for you to bend your knee, rotate your shoulder, and grasp with your hand.

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Body In Balance opening Parkinson Life Center

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Written by Advertiser submission Monday, September 22, 2014 11:00 pm

LINWOOD – Body In Balance Physical Therapy & Fitness Center in Linwood has opened The Parkinson Life Center of Southern New Jersey, which will provide a “clinic of excellence” to those people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease and research supports the importance of exercise to control and hopefully “slow down” its progression, according to a press release.

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Important to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 09:14 pm

When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away. Acting fast could save your life or someone else’s.

Heart disease and stroke are two of the top killers among both women and men in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health website. Someone dies from a heart attack about every 90 seconds, and stroke kills someone about every 4 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Clinics to be offered in Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 07:00 pm

VILLAS — The Cape May County Department of Health will provide clinical services in Lower Township. Public health clinics will be held at the Lower Township Senior Center at 2612 Bayshore Road. Clinics are to be scheduled by appointment for the first and third Thursday of each month starting 2:30 until 5:30 p.m.

“Access to health care services is an ongoing challenge to the New Jersey health care system. With a physician shortage, aging population and a growing prevalence of chronic disease, the lack of accessible and convenient public health services is critical,” reads a statement from the county.

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Satellite clinic set to open in Lower Township

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 01:23 pm

LOWER TOWNSHIP – The Cape May County Department of Health is opening a satellite clinic in Lower Township to help meet the need for greater access to health services and bridge gaps in patient care, according to Freeholder Kristine Gabor.

Public health clinics will be held at the Lower Township Senior Center located at 2612 Bayshore Road in Villas. Clinics are to be scheduled by appointment for the first and third Thursday of each month from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

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Pressure is on to reduce sodium in children’s diets

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, September 22, 2014 01:15 pm

Pressure is on to reduce sodium in children’s diets Pressure is on to reduce sodium in children’s diets

About 90 percent of American children ages 6-18 eat too much sodium daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Ten common types of foods contributed more than 40 percent of the sodium eaten by children. One in 6 children has raised blood pressure, which can be lowered in part by a healthy diet, including less sodium.

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Dry mouth a common side effect of medication

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Written by Advertiser submission Monday, September 22, 2014 01:10 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Most people experience dry mouth occasionally, a result of being nervous or upset, under stress, or dehydrated. But if you experience dry mouth more regularly, it may be caused by a chronic condition or a side effect of the medications you take.

No matter what the cause, dry mouth can be a dangerous condition that can lead to ill effects, said Scott Reef, owner and pharmacist at Reef Pharmacy in Cape May Court House.

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Choosing the therapy for you often depends on the therapist

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Written by Advertiser submission Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Whatever kind of problem you have, there is a therapy out there that is just right for you, according to Dr. William Hankin, a board certified general psychiatrist in Cape May Court House.

As many self-help books as you can find on the bookshelves, there are nearly as many different kinds of therapy that are designed to help you get better. There is physical therapy, acupuncture, aroma therapy and chiropractics in the domain of physical problems. In the spiritual and mental domains there are faith healings, religious experiences, general counseling about life problems and various psychotherapies.

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