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Certified Therapy Dogs Visit Long-Term Care Residents at Jefferson Health Care Center

Long-term care residents at the Jefferson Health Care Center (JHCC) in Washington Township recently enjoyed a special visit from certified therapy dogs Cole and Cece — along with their owners, Chris Hannah and fiancée, Nicole Sapello. The visit, held in collaboration with Angelic Health, was part of the Team Cole Project’s annual summer "Kindness Tour" to area schools, hospice patients, and veterans' homes. South Jersey dogs Cole, five, and Cece, 15 months, are anything but your typical canines, as the pit bulls were both born deaf. Cole has learned some American Sign Language commands from Chris. The Team Cole Project... Read more →

Jefferson Washington Township Nurse Honored by NBNA/South Jersey Chapter

Jefferson Washington Township Hospital ICU Nurse Renee Stephens, BSN, RN, CCRN, a resident of Glassboro, was recently honored with a Nurse Excellence Award by the South Jersey Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Stephens, who has been a nurse with us for 25 years, was celebrated with other award winners at a special ceremony held this month at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill. The first Jefferson Health nurse in New Jersey to receive a COVID vaccine in December 2020 – Renee was honored for her commitment to nursing and to the communities we serve. She is... Read more →

The Cooper Foundation Announces Inaugural Recipients of Linda Brand Scholarship

Scholarship program in memory of Cooper’s Linda Brand (1948-2023) (CAMDEN, NJ) - The Cooper Foundation recently announced the recipients of the inaugural Linda Brand Scholarship, a testament to the enduring legacy of a beloved leader and colleague. The scholarship was established by Linda Brand, assistant vice president for patient access and financial navigation at Cooper University Health Care, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in October 2023. "Linda was not only a talented leader but a cherished friend to many at Cooper. Her dedication to nurturing talent and empowering others was unparalleled," said Philip A. Norcross, Esq., chairman of... Read more →

Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation Donates $45,000 to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Washington Township, NJ

The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, recently donated $45,000 to the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund at Jefferson Health in New Jersey. Last year, dozens of cancer patients who needed help with rent, utilities, or transportation received financial assistance from this fund, allowing them to continue focusing on their treatment and care. "Living with cancer is challenging for patients and their families, and can be made harder with financial worry,” said Tamara LaCouture, MD, Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Cherry Hill & Washington Township Hospitals. "We thank The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation... Read more →

Virtua Health Launches Complete Weight Management Program

to Help Patients Achieve Safe and Sustainable Weight Loss (Marlton, NJ, April 25, 2024) …Virtua Health, the largest health system in South Jersey, has recently launched the Virtua Complete Weight Management Program. Patients in the program receive personalized, medically supervised weight loss plans that may include weight loss medication options and bariatric surgery options based on health history, health status, and goals. The plans also include support from behavioral health specialists, registered dietitians, exercise physiologists, and nurse navigators. “Obesity is most definitely a chronic and multifactorial disease—as mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey special,” explained Gaurav Sharma, MD, director of obesity... Read more →

Jefferson Health Employee Receives BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Jalen Stewart, a Patient Transport Associate at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, was recently honored with a Being Extraordinary Everyday (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers. The Pennsauken resident was nominated for building trusting relationships, treating others with dignity and respect, and placing patients and families first to promote a positive hospital experience. “Patients recognize, smile, and look forward to seeing Jalen. I know my patients are in good hands with him,” wrote a nursing colleague. “A team player, Jalen stays at work late and never leaves a patient until we meet all their needs. The Post-Anesthesia Care Unit recently had many... Read more →

Ribbon Cutting Celebration Held for New Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Oncology Suite in Cherry Hill

Dozens of well-wishers, community leaders and Jefferson Health physicians attended a Ribbon Cutting event and reception for the new Oncology Suite at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Cherry Hill. This location is part of the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Jefferson. The new, expanded Medical Oncology suite includes 20 infusion chairs and 10 examination rooms. Other services offered within the suite include blood draws, a clinical trials office, patient navigation services, social work, genetic counseling, and nutrition counseling — providing a wide array of cancer services, all in one location. This expansion at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer... Read more →

Understanding White Maeng Da Kratom: Health Benefits and Safe Usage Tips

Kratom, a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, has leaves that contain compounds capable of affecting the mind and body. Among the various strains of kratom, White Maeng Da is particularly notable for its perceived potency and effectiveness. This article explores the health benefits and safe usage tips for White Maeng Da Kratom, offering insights into its therapeutic potential and guidelines for its responsible consumption. Origin and Characteristics White Maeng Da Kratom is primarily harvested in the dense rainforests of Thailand and parts of Malaysia. Unlike its red and green counterparts, White Maeng Da is distinguished by its quicker and... Read more →

Mom and Daughter, both Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Tell Their Story of Survival

Merlise Diaz, 48, and her daughter, Leslie Grullon, 32, of Orange, NJ, were diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and HER2-positive breast cancer three years apart and have no other confirmed family history of the disease. When Diaz received her stage two diagnosis at 44, genetic testing was performed to help guide treatment options. A negative test would lean toward standard options and a positive one might warrant additional drug therapy. Diaz’s tests were negative, meaning they showed normal findings with no gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer. Grullon and Diaz both felt relieved that the risk... Read more →

CNBNews Exclusive: The Concerted Effort By The Left to Shut Down Free Speech is Spreading

BY CNBNEWS STAFF GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (MAY 6, 2024)--In 1993, the United Nations declared a special day to highlight the significance of journalism in free societies. It was CNBNews graphic file named World Press Freedom Day, celebrated every year on May 3rd. Its purpose is to emphasize the essential role of journalism in promoting transparency and democracy. However, The Guardian reports a new study finds political attacks on press freedom, including the detention of journalists, suppression of independent media outlets, and widespread dissemination of misinformation, are on the rise. The findings stem from the annual World Press Freedom Index published... Read more →

State of the Air Report: Camden County Continues to Receive Subpar Grades

Camden County reacts to State of the Air Report with New Air Quality Team (Camden, NJ) – Last week, the American Lung Association released their 2024 State of the Air report measuring air quality and the impact that air pollution has on public health. Although there have been improvements, Camden County continues to receive subpar grades for our high number of days above the national standard for ground-level ozone, a pollutant that can cause respiratory problems and other ailments for young children, the elderly, and those with asthma. To help address the issue, the Board of Commissioners is pleased to... Read more →

Two Jefferson Hospitals in NJ Earn ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog Spring 2024 Safety Report

Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital each earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade in the Spring 2024 rankings from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. “Patients have healthcare choices. It is important for them to understand the differences in how healthcare systems treat individuals and deliver on the promise of improving health,” said Aaron Chang, President of Jefferson Health – East Region. “The Leapfrog organization allows our South Jersey community members to compare, and it gives me great pride to know that we stand out with our top-tier... Read more →

Jefferson Cherry Hill Nurse Manager Presents at NJ Nursing Leaders Conference

Kristina Johnston, DNP, RN, CMSRN, NE-BC, a Nurse Manager at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, presented a poster at the recent annual meeting/conference of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ), held in Princeton. Some 200 nurse executives and leaders from across the state -- including direct care providers, managers and administrators from all practice settings encompassing acute care, post-acute and long-term care, academia, and industry -- attended the event. Johnston’s poster was titled Development and Evaluation of a Nurse Leader-Driven Pre-Fall Huddle in High-Fall Risk Patients on a Medical-Surgical Unit. Johnston, left, is shown at the event... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Announces Nursing Excellence Award Winners

Trauma Step Down Unit Nurse Named “Nurse of the Year” (CAMDEN, NJ) — Cooper University Health Care has named Genalyn Vargas, MSN, RN-BC, of Somerdale, New Jersey, as the recipient of the William A. Schwartz, Jr. Nurse of the Year Award. Vargas, who works in Cooper’s Trauma Step Down Unit, also received The Ruth Parry/Moorestown Auxiliary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented in conjunction with National Nurses Week (May 6 to 12). The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize exceptional professional nurses and advanced practice nurses throughout the health system, as well as... Read more →

Unlocking Mental Clarity: Top Natural Nootropics for Boosting Cognitive Function

In the quest for enhanced mental clarity and cognitive function, natural nootropics stand out as powerful allies. These substances, derived from natural sources, are known for improving memory, focus, and overall brain health without the side effects often associated with synthetic alternatives. This article explores the most effective natural nootropics, providing insights into how they work and how you can incorporate them into your daily regimen to support cognitive performance. Understanding Nootropics and Their Impact on Brain Health Nootropics, often called "smart drugs," are substances that can enhance brain performance. They are particularly effective in increasing memory, concentration, and the... Read more →

Exploring Natural Alternatives for Pain Management: The Rise of Kratom in Modern Healthcare

In recent years, the search for effective pain management solutions has expanded beyond conventional pharmaceuticals to include a variety of natural alternatives. One such alternative gaining prominence is kratom, a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves contain compounds that can affect the brain similarly to opioids, making it a point of interest for both individuals dealing with chronic pain and the medical community seeking new therapeutic avenues. Kratom's Bioactive Compounds Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) contains multiple phytochemicals, but two alkaloids, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, are primarily responsible for its pain-relieving properties. These substances interact with opioid receptors in the brain,... Read more →

Magic Mushrooms Could Be the Next Big Thing for Diabetes Patients

Diabetes can have wide-ranging impacts on sufferers and impacts their overall quality of life and health. Experts project that the global prevalence of diabetes may exceed 1.3 billion people in the next three decades, affecting individuals of all ages and genders worldwide. As the prevalence of this condition continues to increase, more and more people are looking to buy magic mushrooms in their desire to get alternative treatments. Key Takeaways: Diabetes affects the quality of life and health of sufferers. Projections reveal an increase of over 1.3 billion people in diabetes prevalence. More and more sufferers turn to the use... Read more →

Choosing the Right Cannabis Seeds: A Comprehensive Overview

Total control over the process, from seed choice to harvest, is what inspires many people to try growing cannabis at home. The choices begin with the right seed based on what you want. Before buying any seeds, consider the following to make sure you find something that will end up being perfect. Where Will You Grow the Cannabis? Carefully consider where you're going to be growing the plants if you need cannabis seeds. If you're growing outdoors, you will want to look for something that's going to grow well in your local area. You may also want to check for... Read more →

CNB Medical: Never One to Shy Away from a Challenge - Including Testicular Cancer

James Harabedian Jr. has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Growing up in NJ, he and his competitive nature fell in love with ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse. So when the 28-year-old sales manager and lacrosse coach was diagnosed with testicular cancer last winter, he knew it would be the greatest test of his adversity to date. And in this ultimate competition with cancer, Harabedian is prevailing. Last February, the Berkeley Heights man discovered a lump in his left testicle. Startling because he knew it wasn’t there the week before. He didn’t hesitate to take action. Within... Read more →


John Driscoll | Special to CNBNews “The Debate between Autism Awareness’ Blue Identity and Autism Acceptance’s Red Identity. (Historically, Autism Awareness has been associated with Blue Lighting and Autism Acceptance with Red.) Can I accept something that I am not aware of? In 1988 President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring April as Autism Awareness Month. Around that time there was a shift in economic “policies” regarding funding for care for persons with disabilities. Many of the government-operated institutions began to shut down and many school districts began offering greater services for children with disabilities. Programs like “early... Read more →

Jefferson Stratford Hospital Nurse Receives DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Lori Harris, RN, CAPA, an Emergency Department nurse at Jefferson Stratford Hospital, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A resident of Glassboro, NJ, Harris saw a community member in need in the hospital lobby and stopped to talk to him. Lori, who was returning to the building with her food truck Hospital Week celebratory meal, then offered her meal to this resident. Harris says she believes in doing good and that her reward was his thanks and appreciation. She consistently shows professionalism and a positive attitude toward her co-workers and patients. Part of an international program,... Read more →

Jefferson Health Employees Receive BEE Award for Extraordinary Caregivers

Two Jefferson Health Patient Care Technicians in New Jersey were recently honored with a Beyond Expectations of Excellence (BEE) Award for Extraordinary Caregivers — Lisa Hawkins, of Clementon, NJ, and Rosa Lopez, of Philadelphia. Hawkins, a Jefferson Stratford Hospital 2-East Unit tech, received a patient compliment for being an helpful, friendly person who responds quickly to call bells with a smile. Lopez, who works in the Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital ICU, is described by her co-workers as a caring and personable tech who goes above and beyond with patients. She is also an immense help to the dietitians by always... Read more →

1000th Robotic Surgical Procedure Milestone Reached at Jefferson Stratford Hospital

It was a day for celebration as the 1000th Robotic Surgery using the da Vinci Xi surgical system took place at Jefferson Stratford Hospital. Robotic surgeries at the hospital began in January 2022. Surgeon Adeshola Fakulujo, MD, performed the 1,000th robotic procedure on March 27. Dr. Fakulujo (seated, front row, right) is shown with members of the Jefferson Stratford Hospital surgical services team. The surgical robot at Jefferson Stratford Hospital is used for bariatric (weight loss) surgery, along with gynecologic, urologic, and general surgery procedures. Jefferson Health in New Jersey also offers robotic procedures with the da Vinci Xi system... Read more →

How Does an Intensive Outpatient Program Contribute to the Effectiveness of Drug Addiction Treatment?

The fight against drug addiction is a complex and multifaceted journey that requires a comprehensive approach developed to individual needs. While inpatient residential programs have long been a foundation of addiction treatment, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) have emerged as a vital component in the recovery process. IOPs offer a flexible and sustainable path to lasting sobriety, providing individuals with the support they need while allowing them to maintain their daily routines and responsibilities. Imagine a scenario in which you or a loved one made a courageous decision to get out of the grip of substance abuse. The initial detoxification process... Read more →

CNB MEDICAL: Alzeimer's Disease Facts Report

The Alzheimer’s Association has released its 2024 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figuresreport which provides an in-depth look at the latest statistics on Alzheimer’s. According to the report, there are currently 6.9 million people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s in the United States. In Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania alone, 489,000 people live with Alzheimer’s and more than 768,000 family members and friends serve as their caregivers. Our new special report, Mapping a Better Future for Dementia Care Navigation, reveals that dementia caregivers find difficulties in navigating dementia care. Nationally, a majority of caregivers (70%) report that coordination of... Read more →

Ensuring Purity and Safety: What to Look for in Your Next THC Cartridge

With the increasing acceptance and legalization of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes, the market for THC cartridges has exploded. These convenient, discreet devices offer a way to consume cannabis without the smoke and odor of traditional methods. However, with this booming market comes a plethora of options, and not all cartridges are created equal. Ensuring the purity and safety of the THC cartridge you choose is paramount to a positive experience. This article aims to guide you through the critical aspects to consider, helping you decide on your next purchase. Understanding THC Cartridge Composition THC cartridges, often referred to... Read more →

Is Belly Liposuction Safe? Everything You Need to Know About Belly Liposuction Risks

Belly liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that has become increasingly popular for those looking to remove excess fat and contour their belly. Despite its allure, it's crucial to understand the risks and complications associated with this surgical procedure. This blog will guide you through the essential aspects of belly liposuction, ensuring you're well-informed before making a decision. What is Liposuction / Lipoplasty? Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove fat deposits from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. This cosmetic procedure aims to contour and sculpt the... Read more →

Jefferson Health Opens Nurse Emeritus Program to Retired Area RNs

A Jefferson Health program that offers retired nurses an opportunity to help new-to-practice nurses hone their skills through in-person mentoring is being expanded to potential hires from outside of the health system. “We’ve had great success with our Nurse Emeritus program, originally offered to Jefferson Health nursing retirees, and we’re ready to take it to the next level,” said New Jersey Program Coordinator Marilyn Goodman, MSN, RN. First established during the pandemic in 2022, more than 12 nurses who had retired within the past three years (a requirement of the program), joined the Nurse Emeritus team at Jefferson in New... Read more →

Congressman Norcross: Celebrating 14 Years of ACA

Fourteen years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law – extending quality, affordable health care coverage to millions of Americans with the stroke of a pen. In the years since, this historic legislation has decreased income inequality, protected people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination, increased access to preventative care like cancer screenings and vaccinations, and saved lives. Health care is a fundamental right, and I’m working every day to strengthen the ACA, lower health care costs, and build a future where no one has to choose between visiting the doctor, paying the bills, or putting... Read more →

From Seed to Harvest: A Comprehensive Timeline for Growing Cannabis from Seed Bank

Embarking on the journey of growing cannabis from seed can be an exciting and rewarding experience for both novice and experienced cultivators alike. However, it's essential to understand that successful cultivation requires careful planning, patience, and attention to detail. From selecting the right seeds to harvesting the mature plants, each stage of the growing process plays a crucial role in determining the outcome. In this comprehensive guide, we'll take you through the entire timeline of growing cannabis from the seed bank, highlighting key milestones and essential tasks. Choosing the Right Seeds: The first step in the journey from seed to... Read more →

THC Carts: How They Work and Why They're Popular

In recent years, THC cartridges, often referred to as "carts," have surged in popularity within the cannabis community. These discreet and convenient devices offer a portable and efficient way to consume THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how THC carts work, why they've become increasingly popular, and the factors driving their widespread adoption among cannabis enthusiasts. Overview of THC Carts: THC cartridges are small, pre-filled containers typically filled with cannabis oil or distillate containing high levels of THC. They are designed to be attached to a compatible battery or vaporizer pen, allowing... Read more →

CNB MEDICAL NEWS: Some Medicines and Driving Don’t Mix

If you’re taking a medication, is it safe to drive? Most likely, yes. Still, before driving or operating other heavy machinery, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises you to make sure it is safe to do. Although many medicines will not affect your ability to drive, some nonprescription (also called over-the-counter, or OTC) and prescription medications can have side effects that may make it unsafe to drive or operate other heavy machinery. Side effects can include: sleepiness/drowsiness blurred vision dizziness slowed or uncoordinated movement fainting inability to focus or pay attention nausea excitability Some medicines can affect your driving... Read more →

Jefferson Leaders attend NAWBO Gala

Members of Jefferson Health’s New Jersey leadership team were out for a night of networking and knowledge at the recent “Beyond the Glass Ceiling” Gala held by the National Association of Women Business Owners of South Jersey (NAWBO). Jefferson was the Gold Sponsor for the event, held at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees. The gala honored extraordinary individuals and businesses for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well to as the community at large. Jenny Breunig, Vice President of Operations at Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, spoke about Jefferson’s continually expanding patient-focused programs and services, as... Read more →

Are Utah Doctors Performing Unnecessary Surgeries on Children?

A Utah Cleft Palate Team Says Its Approach Is Innovative. Others See a Pattern of Unnecessary Surgeries on Children. by Megan Rose ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Returning to his home state of Utah, where more babies are born with cleft lip and palate than is typical, Dr. Devan Griner made plans to open his own practice, joining the small cohort of plastic surgeons nationwide who treat the condition. As he recruited doctors to fill out a team in 2017, Griner had... Read more →

CNB Medical News: Taking Z-drugs for Insomnia? Know the Risks

ZZZZZ. Remember sleeping through the night? Not lately? If you’re lying awake night after night, unable to sleep, you may want to talk to your health care professional about it. They may prescribe insomnia medicines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, such as eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata) and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist). Sometimes known as “Z-drugs,” they might help you get a good night’s sleep. But as with any medicine, there are risks. Prescription Z-drugs work by slowing activity in the brain. Used properly, they can help you sleep. Quality sleep can have a positive... Read more →

CNB Medical News: Syphilis Is Killing Babies. The U.S. Government Is Failing to Stop the Disease

by Anna Maria Barry-Jester ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Karmin Strohfus, the lead nurse at a South Dakota jail, punched numbers into a phone like lives depended on it. She had in her care a pregnant woman with syphilis, a highly contagious, potentially fatal infection that can pass into the womb. A treatment could cure the woman and protect her fetus, but she couldn’t find it in stock at any pharmacy she called — not in Hughes County, not even anywhere within... Read more →

What Defines the Strongest Weed Strains? Unraveling Potency Levels

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, enthusiasts and consumers are increasingly curious about the potency of different weed strains. The term "strongest weed strains" often floats around, but what exactly defines potency in cannabis? This blog aims to unravel the intricacies of potency levels in weed strains, exploring the factors that contribute to their strength and the implications for consumers seeking a specific experience. Understanding Potency in Cannabis: Potency in cannabis refers to the concentration of cannabinoids, particularly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana use. However, it's important to note that potency isn't... Read more →

Jefferson Health's 2024 New Jersey Gala: Elevating Healthcare and Celebrating Excellence

Jefferson Health in New Jersey held its major fundraiser of the year at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City in late February. Some 400 guests attended the event, which raised nearly $400,000 to support Jefferson's programs and services. A highlight of the evening was the announced winners of the 2024 Giving Tank, an initiative inspired by the popular "Shark Tank" television show. Through generous donations, the Jefferson Health Foundation - New Jersey awarded $225,000 in grants to employees’ best ideas for elevating patient care or employee well-being. The top $100,000 grant was given for anoscopy equipment and... Read more →

Jefferson East Region Gala Held Giving Tank Winners and Healthcare Heroes Named

Some 400 guests enjoyed a night of dining and dancing – as well as recognition for some special Jefferson team members -- at the recent 2024 Gala held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Nearly $400,000 dollars was raised though the event, held on February 24, to support programs and services in the Jefferson - East Region. The entertainment headliner was DJ Jazzy Jeff. A great time was had by all! Thank you to everyone who supported this important fundraising event for our region. Winners of the 2024 Giving Tank – a “Shark Tank” type contest... Read more →

The 2024 Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Awards

The 2024 Cardiac Rehab Persons of 2024 It’s the leading cause of death in the United States - heart disease - with someone having a heart attack every 40 seconds. Statistics show approximately 1 in 5 of these patients will be readmitted to the hospital for a second cardiac event within five years - but this doesn’t have to be the case. Cardiac rehabilitation can’t change the past, but experts say, it can absolutely help to improve a patient’s future. Just ask this year’s Cardiac Rehab Persons of the Year Award winners - Chrisanne Belina and Lawrence Freirich. “Like so... Read more →

Chronic Stress Increases Risks for Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease

Newswise — Stress is inevitable. But too much of it can be terrible for our health. Chronic stress can increase our risk for heart disease and strokes. It may also help cancer spread. How this works has remained a mystery—a challenge for cancer care. Xue-Yan He, a former postdoc in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Adjunct Professor Mikala Egeblad’s lab, says, “Stress is something we cannot really avoid in cancer patients. You can imagine if you are diagnosed, you cannot stop thinking about the disease or insurance or family. So it is very important to understand how stress works on... Read more →

Cumberland County Providing Opioid Education for Healthcare Professionals

BRIDGETON – The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office have teamed up to provide healthcare professionals with essential training in safe opioid prescribing practices. The Prosecutor’s Office will provide free scholarships for Cumberland County healthcare professionals to earn state-mandated continuing medical education provided by PDFNJ through its webinar, “Do No Harm: Exploring Strategies for Safer Prescribing of Opioids.” The course is tailored to a wide range of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists, and medical students. This educational initiative aligns with New Jersey’s 2017 opioid legislation, which not only limits initial opioid prescriptions... Read more →

Jefferson Surgery Center Nurse Receives DAISY Award

Blackwood, NJ, resident Barbara Lamaina, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPEN, a Jefferson Health nurse based at its Washington Township Surgery Center, was recently honored with a Daisy Award for Nursing Excellence. “Her kindness, compassion and sincerity is contagious and promotes a positive work environment,” says Regional Chief Nursing Officer Diane Juliano. Barb assisted a fellow RN with the discharge of a patient who was apprehensive about returning home without a nurse to assist with post-op care. Barb, overhearing the conversation, knew her co-worker needed support and volunteered to talk with the patient. After speaking with Barb, the patient felt confident and... Read more →

Reasons Why You Should Get A Full Body Massage

Are you looking for an indulgent experience to relax and destress after a long, tiring week? If yes, a massage session would do the trick. The process of applying pressure, rubbing, and kneading different muscle groups can offer deep relaxation. If you specifically feel tense around your neck, back, hands, or feet, let your massage therapist know. They can concentrate on those problem areas to relieve tension. When we hear the word massage, we often think of its physical benefits. These could include improved circulation and flexibility, decreased inflammation, and muscle stiffness. But a massage can also boost your mental... Read more →

My Father’s House Helps those Struggling with Addiction and Family Members Too

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)The clinical staff at My Father’s House is a team of close-knit professionals providing comprehensive and individualized substance abuse and mental health treatment to residents of Camden County and the surrounding South Jersey areas. We strive to serve our consumers by instilling hope for sobriety, tools for change, and support where it is needed most. ​ We are dedicated to providing outpatient assessment, intervention, and treatment, including prevention and education, for the disease of addiction while facilitating spiritual recovery and personal growth for all adults and adolescents. WHO WE ARE A Shining Light My Father's House Inc.... Read more →

CNB Medical News: I’d Never Felt So Sick in My Life’

Washington, DC (January 30, 2024) – With the respiratory illness season far from over in the U.S., health officials are reminding people of all ages to get vaccinated against preventable diseases. To encourage older adults to get their recommended vaccines, the Alliance for Aging Research has released its latest video in its Real Stories of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases video series, focused on influenza—commonly called “the flu.” In the latest video released this month, Allison Miller tells her harrowing experience of contracting the flu at 33 years old, her need for hospitalization and life-sustaining interventions due to the flu, and the physical... Read more →

How does TMS contribute to the management of treatment-resistant mental health conditions?

In the field of mental health, treatment-resistant conditions can cast a long and challenging shadow over the lives of those affected. Traditional therapies may sometimes fall short of providing the relief individuals desperately seek. Enter Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a promising frontier in the battle against treatment-resistant mental health conditions. In this article, we'll look into how TMS contributes to managing these conditions, offering a beacon of hope for those processing the complexity of mental health challenges. Understanding Treatment-Resistance Understanding the challenges posed by treatment-resistant mental health conditions reveals the daunting battle that individuals endure in confronting persistent disorders. Conditions... Read more →

New Leaders Appointed at Jefferson Health in New Jersey

Jefferson Health, which includes Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Washington Township Hospital in New Jersey, has announced promotions and appointments of several leaders: Diane Juliano, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, has been named regional Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, Dr. Juliano has overall responsibility for patient care services and nursing operations, with oversight of more than 1,400 RNs and nursing staff. Dr. Juliano joined Jefferson in 2019 as Corporate Director of Nursing for the Stratford Hospital and, in 2021, was promoted to Assistant VP of Clinical Services. Most recently, she had served as Associate Chief... Read more →

NJ Law Allows More Residents to Receive “Hospital at Home” Care

New Law Enables More N.J. Residents to Receive ‘Hospital at Home’ Those with private, commercial health insurance or Medicaid are now eligible to receive comprehensive, acute care at home. Virtua Health is among N.J.’s largest providers of Hospital at Home (MARLTON, NJ…January 23, 2024) An emerging form of health care that enables patients to receive hospital-level services at home is now available to many more New Jersey residents, thanks to a law enacted today (Jan. 23). Called Hospital at Home, this care model is now available to both Medicaid participants and people with private, commercial health insurance, when medically appropriate.... Read more →

Student Musician Sends an Important Message

...With His Song that Addresses Substance Misuse Among Teens MILLBURN, NJ — After Matthew DiTizio from Egg Harbor Township secured the third-place position in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey's (PDFNJ) Your Song! Your Voice! Shout Down Drug competition, he experienced a notable expansion in his musical journey. His song "Revealed" garnered attention in the 2023 competition, signifying a key achievement for the then-senior at Egg Harbor Township High School. "After winning the contest, I was actually connected with a few other artists who I've been able to work with," Matthew said. These new connections marked a pivotal moment... Read more →