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Health & Wellness

July 3, 2022

Parents, caregivers, and health care providers are being warned to not use neck floats with babies for water therapy interventions, especially with babies who have developmental delays or special needs, such as spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy, ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A fox was euthanized after being injured following an illegal trapping in Montclair. As a result, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — June has long been recognized as Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall riots that took place in New York City in June 1969. A symbol of gay pride, the rainbow flag reflects the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and the spectrum of human sexuality and gender. At Cooperman ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Township Animal Shelter officials are seeking the public's help in locating the individual who ejected a kitten from a car window on Friday, they announced. According to published reports, Montclair animal control officers say that an unidentified person who threw ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Monday the first possible case of monkeypox in the state. A PCR test conducted by the Department’s Public Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed the presence of orthopoxvirus in a Jersey City individual on June 18. A ...

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TRENTON – In an announcement by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone 6 months of age and older can now be protected against COVID-19. On June 17, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years ...

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Dr. Gloria Bozor is currently launching her first book, “The ABCs of Child Sexual Abuse.” Bozor, a New Jersey mental health case manager for almost a decade, is also a sociologist, child advocate, woman activist, mother and author. She’s made it her mission to bring awareness, education and ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Michael L. Loftus, MD, MBA, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility located in Livingston. As an experienced healthcare executive with expertise in designing and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses. Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes. The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Parents took the opportunity to bring up two main concerns during the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education special meeting this week: A lack of communication and inconsistency in regard to COVID-19 and the removal of former second grade teacher Tamar Herman after she was ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood experienced nearly double the number of COVID-19 cases in April than in March, said township Health Officer Candice Davenport at this week’s meeting of the Maplewood Township Committee. Davenport said there were 232 COVID-19 cases in March compared to 438 in April.

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Babyganics is voluntarily recalling two lots of 20-ounce bottles of babyganics® 20oz chamomile verbena bubble bath, due to the presence of the bacterium Pluralibacter gergoviae, announced the company. It was discovered, during internal testing, that two specific lot numbers of this product ...

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Newark, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will hold a Community Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, at Lincoln Park in Newark to spread the word about Operation Helping Hand. Operation Helping Hand is a diversion ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – People taking advantage of New Jersey’s first day for the legal sale of recreational cannabis got up early on Thursday; they were waiting in line at 6:45 a.m. outside the TerreAscend Apothecarium cannabis shop on Springfield Avenue. The Maplewood shop is one of 13 statewide that ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There have been many comments both pro and con the operations of WONDER Trucks appearing on SOMA Lounge basically having started on Monday, April 18th. Due to these comments, South Orange Trustee Bob Zuckerman invited Stephanie Brown and the Community to attend the monthly ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - On Monday April 25, the South Orange Board of Trustees (BOT) will hold the second reading of a proposed ordinance to limit and regulate the use of leaf blowers. A summary of the proposed ordinance can be found on the South Orange website and the full ordinance can be ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Kimberley Mui Owies the Senior Director of Brand and Channel Marketing for TerrAscend attended Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss the four conditions set by the township, before approval consideration. “Per April 5th’s township meeting we have remediated the four contingencies ...

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WASHINGTON, DC — The nationwide mask requirement for public transportation will remain in place for at least another two weeks. On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was extending the order, which was set to expire Monday, until May 3 as it monitors ...

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Aphasia — a condition that can occur suddenly after a stroke or traumatic head injury or develop slowly from a growing tumor or disease — has been in the headlines lately due to actor Bruce Willis’ decision to retire due to his recent diagnosis.    According to the National Aphasia Association, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Anthony Brooks, formerly of Maplewood, and now a resident of West Orange has only one kidney. The other one was removed because he had cancer in the kidney and that was the best treatment. All was well until he developed cancer on the remaining kidney, and the doctors have advised ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – March 31 was the International Transgender Day of Visibility. To celebrate the day, a ceremony was held on the front lawn of Maplewood Town Hall.  Following a short ceremony which featured a greeting from Ana De Archuleta, and was followed by statements from several of the young ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) recently announced the appointment of Robert Weitzman as the Vice President for Ambulatory Care at the Livingston-based hospital. “We welcome Rob to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center,” said Richard Davis, president and chief executive ...

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Maplewood, NJ __ Columbia High School says it is offering students counseling and urging them to talk to friends and family following the death of a student on Tuesday. "Today was a very sad day for all of us," Principal Frank Sanchez wrote in a letter to students on Wednesday. "We thank our ...

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SOUTH ORANGE - The General Assembly floor in the State House in Trenton, NJ was abuzz with monumental activity on March 24, 2022. JESPY’s Board President Dr. Ahadi Bugg-Levine was honored with an Assembly Resolution alongside medical professionals, first responders, educators, and other women ...

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Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer products have been recalled due to the possible bacterial contamination, announced the FDA. Select units of Jergens® Ultra Healing Moisturizer could show the presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacterium. The baterium typically poses little medical risk to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Health Department has connected with Braven Health to provide FREE monthly wellness screenings for all residents. A Community Health Nurse will do the screenings, including Blood pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Count. No reservations are necessary, and the ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - As many of the mask mandates enacted in New Jersey to curb the spread of COVID-19 are lifted, there’s still one place Garden State residents must wear them —while using public transportation. The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday it will extend the ...

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It is that time of year once again for us to spring ahead into the new season.  The temperatures start to rise, birds begin to chirp, leaves start to bloom, and we turn our clocks forward Moving into spring is always initiated by the tradition of turning our clocks forward by one ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Rahuldev Bhalla, MD, a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist has joined the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health. Dr. Bhalla is affiliated with Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and will provide urologic oncology services in ...

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