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German Researchers Discover How Sleep Can Fight an Infection

Source Newsroom: The Rockefeller University Press Credit: Dimitrov et al., 2019 This diagram shows how the effects of Gαs-coupled agonists on T cells can be influenced by sleep or disease. Newswise — Researchers in Germany have discovered why sleep can sometimes be the best medicine. Sleep improves the potential ability of some of the body’s immune cells to attach to their targets, according to a new study that will be published February 12 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The study, led by Stoyan Dimitrov and Luciana Besedovsky at the University of Tübingen, helps explain how sleep can fight off an infection, whereas other conditions, such as chronic stress, can make the body more susceptible to illness. T cells are a type of white blood... Read more →

A Nebraska COTA Family is Celebrating American Heart Month

Thanks to Their Toddler’s Heart Transplant February 1, 2019 -- February is the month to celebrate love and hearts. Since 1964, February has been known as American Heart Month throughout the United States. For the Protiva family of Omaha, Nebraska, February truly is a month to celebrate selfless gifts from the heart. Their son, Abel Falcon, is alive and able to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year because of the new heart he received nearly two years ago. The Protiva family’s transplant journey started when Wendy was 20 weeks pregnant. Wendy remembers she and Jason were shocked when they heard the words ‘heart condition’ during a pregnancy checkup that was supposed to reveal whether they were having a girl or a boy. From that day forward... Read more →

The Norcross Family, The Michaels Organization, NFI, and The Cooper Foundation Announce a New $1 Million Grant Program for Non-Profit Community Organizations in City of Camden

CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 29, 2019): George E. Norcross, III, the Executive Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew and chairman of Cooper University Heath Care (CUHC), John J. O’Donnell, the Chief Executive Officer of The Michaels Organization, Sidney Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of NFI, and Susan Bass Levin, the President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, today announced the establishment of a new $1 million grant program to benefit City of Camden non-profit community organizations. “Camden is undergoing an unprecedented renaissance, with historic drops in crime across the city and in every neighborhood, rising test scores, and new development and job opportunities for Camden residents. By working with area non-profits and community groups, we can ensure that every community is sharing and participating in... Read more →

Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the U.S. south

CAMDEN City, NJ -- A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled into the CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices) program out of Boston Medical Center’s Center for Health Equity, Education and Research, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. All birthing hospitals in Greater New Orleans, and 18 in Mississippi, signed up. Breastfeeding initiation at CHAMPS hospitals rose from 66 to 75 percent, and, among African Americans, from 43 to 63 percent, over the 3 years. The gap between White and Black breastfeeding rates decreased by 9.6 percent. “This project is... Read more →

Rowan University announces $3+ million in funding for research in Camden

Rowan University has announced the first grants of the Camden Health Research Initiative, a $50 million pledge by the University to fund research in and/or impacting the City of Camden during the next 10 years. Rowan awarded the initial grants, totaling $3.06 million, to faculty working on 24 projects in 16 departments/divisions in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), School of Osteopathic Medicine, Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, College of Science & Mathematics, College of Education, College of Communication & Creative Arts, and Cooper University Health Care. All proposals were externally peer reviewed. The goal of the initiative, approved by Rowan’s Board of Trustees in December 2017, is to stimulate medical and bioscience research at Rowan and CMSRU and with partners and... Read more →

SURVEY: Parents worried about risks, but still think opioids are best for kids’ pain relief

Newswise — Headlines filled with frightening news of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: while more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids are more effective at managing their child’s pain after surgery or a broken bone than non-prescription medication or other alternatives, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists(ASA). “The survey results shed light on the country’s conflicted relationship with and understanding of opioids. While most parents said they were concerned about side effects and risks such as addiction, improper or recreational use and overdose, they still thought opioids... Read more →

New $1 Million Grant Program for Non-Profit Community Organizations in City of Camden

Sponsored by The Norcross Family, The Michaels Organization, NFL, and The Cooper Foundation CAMDEN, NJ: George E. Norcross, III, the Executive Chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew and chairman of Cooper University Heath Care (CUHC), John J. O’Donnell, the Chief Executive Officer of The Michaels Organization, Sidney Brown, the Chief Executive Officer of NFI, and Susan Bass Levin, the President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, today announced the establishment of a new $1 million grant program to benefit City of Camden non-profit community organizations. “Camden is undergoing an unprecedented renaissance, with historic drops in crime across the city and in every neighborhood, rising test scores, and new development and job opportunities for Camden residents. By working with area non-profits and community groups, we can... Read more →

Infectious Disease Researchers Unveil the Secret Life of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

HOUSTON-(January 2019) – Using a tool first used for strep throat in horses, Houston Methodist researchers unveiled the secret life of flesh-eating bacteria and learned how it causes severe disease while living deep within muscle. The team focused on necrotizing myositis, a devastating human infection with a very high mortality rate. Caused by group A streptococcus, this flesh-eating disease attacks the muscle, resulting in death up to 50 percent of the time and often leaves survivors with severe deformities and missing limbs. “We call this identifying the secret life of group A strep because before this novel work was done we really did not understand the full range of different genes that were contributing to this terrible infection,” said James M. Musser, M.D., Ph.D., chairman... Read more →

Alcohol-Linked Disease Overtakes Hep C As Top Reason For Liver Transplant

By Rachel Bluth JANUARY 22, 2019 REPUBLISH THIS STORY (Westend61/Getty Images) An estimated 17,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant, and there’s a strong chance that many of them have alcohol-associated liver disease. ALD now edges out hepatitis C as the No. 1 reason for liver transplants in the United States, according to research published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine. One reason for the shift, researchers said, is that hepatitis C, which used to be the leading cause of liver transplants, has become easier to treat with drugs. Another could be an increasing openness within the transplant community to a candidate’s history of alcohol and addiction and when a candidate combating these issues can qualify for a liver. For years, conventional... Read more →

Cooper University Health Offering Furloughed Federal Workers Primary Care Appointments

Within 24 Hours of Request for Duration of Government Shutdown Camden, NJ – Cooper University Health Care announced today it is offering furloughed federal government employees, and their immediate family members, access to the health system’s primary care providers within 24-hours of their call for an appointment during the federal government shutdown, now the longest in American history. Cooper has set up a dedicated phone number, 856.536.1300, for furloughed federal employees to call to make an appointment with a Cooper provider, or they can visit the health system’s website at www.cooperhealth.org. “We understand how stressful this time can be for furloughed federal employees and we wanted to do something to assist them and make it easier for them take care of their health during the... Read more →

Liver cancer patients can be treated for Hep C infection

Newswise — DALLAS – Jan. 18, 2019 – A large, multi-center study refutes earlier suggestions that antiviral drugs for treating hepatitis C may lead to a higher recurrence of liver cancer. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center studied the records of patients who had been successfully treated for liver cancer at 31 medical centers in North America, comparing those who were and were not given direct-acting antivirals for hepatitis C. The study found no significant difference in the recurrence of liver cancer between the two groups. Similarly, the study found no difference in the aggressiveness of the cancer in those patients who did experience a recurrence. “Our study was inspired by a single-center study from Spanish investigators in 2016. That study gained a lot of... Read more →

Cooper Health Care to Host Training for Elite Army Resuscitation Forward Surgical Team

(CAMDEN City NJ ) (January 18,2019)– Cooper University Health Care recently entered into an agreement with the United States Army to provide advanced surgical trauma training to the U.S. Army’s elite Forward Resuscitation Surgical Team (FRST). Cooper is the first trauma center in the nation to begin providing this training. “This is another first for Cooper, and we are honored and proud to train this elite Army medical team,” said George E. Norcross III, Chairman of Cooper’s Board of Trustees. “As a high-volume, academic tertiary care Level I Trauma Center, our experience and reputation uniquely positions us to provide the hands-on training and skills this elite team needs to help them save lives on battlefields around the world.” The program is the result of a... Read more →

Camden City Resident Mutota Amon, age 39, Shot and Killed

CNBNews graphics file CAMDEN CITY, NJ (January 17, 2019)--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in Camden on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Camden County Police responded to reports of a person who was shot at the intersection of Morton and Norris Streets in Camden at approximately 2:48 p.m. When officers arrived they located the victim, Mutota Amon, 39, of Camden, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 3:05 p.m. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kevin Courtney at... Read more →

How to Help a Child Who Is Overweight

Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA PA (January 14, 2019)(Childrens Hospital of Pennsy--Obesity is a critical and growing health problem in the U.S., and it starts at a young age. One in every 6 children and teenagers is obese (18.5 percent). That’s more than three times the rate found in the early 1970s. Most of us are aware of the health risks that come with obesity — high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of heart disease. Obesity is also associated with sleep problems, asthma and type 2 diabetes. And being overweight can lead to children being bullied and suffering from depression. With all of those health and emotional concerns, it can be upsetting to be told by a doctor that your child... Read more →

O’Dowd and Mazzarelli Named Co-CEOs of Cooper University Health Care; Adrienne Kirby Retires

(Camden City NJ) – Cooper University Health Care announced today that Adrienne Kirby, executive chairman and CEO, will be retiring effective June 1, 2019. Cooper’s Board of Trustees has appointed current co-presidents, Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli and Kevin O’Dowd, to take on the role of co-CEO effective June 1, 2019. Dr. Mazzarelli and Mr. O’Dowd have been serving as co-presidents since March 2018. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank Adrienne for her leadership and the positive impact she has had on our health system,” said George E. Norcross, III, chairman of the Cooper University Health Care Board of Trustees. “Under Adrienne’s leadership, we have experienced tremendous growth as more people than ever have come to trust Cooper for their health care... Read more →

NJ Awarded $2.3 Million to Enhance Pediatric Mental Health Care through Telehealth

TRENTON, NJ (January 10, 2019)(CNBNewsnet)--The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) was awarded more than $2.3 million to enhance primary, behavioral and mental health care for children and adolescents through telehealth consultation and new education programs. “Creating new, innovative ways for New Jersey’s children and teens to better access behavioral and mental healthcare is a vital step in ensuring they receive the best possible care,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “Expanding integrated treatment options with telehealth will alleviate some of the logistical challenges associated with receiving care and encourage those who are not receiving treatment to seek help.” The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded DOH $445,000 for five years — a total of $2,225,000. The Nicholson Foundation is supporting this initiative with... Read more →

January National Blood Donor Month; Make a Difference through Blood Donation

Every January, National Blood Donor Month provides people an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and donate blood or pledge to give blood at a time of the year when this lifesaving resource is typically in short supply. Blood donations typically decrease due to unpredictable weather conditions that often result in blood drive cancellations. In addition, blood donations normally decline during the busy end-of-year holidays, so blood centers and hospital collection sites often face shortages at the beginning of the New Year. “While 60 percent of people in New Jersey are eligible to donate blood, only 3.6 percent of them do,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “National Blood Donor Month is an excellent time to make a blood donation and make a significant difference... Read more →

Trinity Health Ministries in Delaware, NJ and PA Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Trinity Health ministries in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, effective January 2019. These specific ministries include: Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (comprising Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center andSaint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington), Lourdes Health System and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. “Increasing the minimum wage is the right thing to do for our colleagues and the right thing to do for our community,” said James Woodward, President and CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, which is comprised of Mercy Health System, St. Mary Medical Center and Saint Francis Healthcare (Wilmington). “This is a clear demonstration of the commitment to colleagues at every level of our organization.” Since 2016, Trinity Health ministries have increased... Read more →

Does Your Insurance Card Matter When You Have a Heart Attack?

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Medicaid reimbursement to health care facilities on ST-elevation myocardial management — or STEMI, a serious form of a heart attack — is often lower when compared with the reimbursement rate of private insurance, according to a study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The findings were made by a team of cardiovascular researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Utilizing the largest in-patient database — the National Inpatient Sample — investigators from UAB summarized the impact of the reimbursement gap between Medicaid and private insurance on management and in-hospital outcomes among patients admitted for STEMI. “We conducted a retrospective study to examine the differences in management and outcomes between Medicaid beneficiaries versus privately insured STEMI hospitalizations... Read more →

Make Taking Care of Your Brain Your New Year’s Resolution

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers tips to promote good brain health and healthy aging in 2019 Newswise — NEW YORK (December 2018) — With people worldwide getting their New Year’s resolutions ready, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging individuals to take 10 steps to promote good brain health and healthy aging in 2019. “Taking care of your brain is a New Year’s resolution that everyone should make and, more importantly, keep,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and CEO. “Just as we focus on improving other parts of our bodies, we need to look after our minds too. There are steps and lifestyle changes which we encourage individuals to take to support their brain health and wellness in 2019 and beyond.” “The... Read more →

STUDY: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Pattern Linked to Higher Kidney Disease Risk

Highlight In a study of African-American men and women with normal kidney function, a pattern of higher collective consumption of soda, sweetened fruit drinks, and water was associated with a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Newswise — Washington, DC (December 27, 2018) — Higher collective consumption of sweetened fruit drinks, soda, and water was associated with a higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a community-based study of African-American adults in Mississippi. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), contribute to the growing body of evidence pointing to the negative health consequences of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages. Certain beverages may affect kidney health, but study results have been inconsistent. To provide... Read more →

Up To A Third Of Knee Replacements Pack Pain And Regret

Danette Lake sits on her front porch after walking her dogs, Zoe and Chloe. A doctor told Lake that knee replacement surgery could reduce her arthritis pain by 75 percent. One year after the surgery, however, she’s still in extreme pain and unable to work. (Rachel Mummey for KHN) Danette Lake thought surgery would relieve the pain in her knees. The arthritis pain began as a dull ache in her early 40s, brought on largely by the pressure of unwanted weight. Lake managed to lose 200 pounds through dieting and exercise, but the pain in her knees persisted. A sexual assault two years ago left Lake with physical and psychological trauma. She damaged her knees while fighting off her attacker, who had broken into her... Read more →

The Medical Minute: Screening for Hepatitis C can reduce chance of liver disease

Newswise — Hepatitis C is a good news, bad news kind of disease. The bad news is that many with the liver-attacking virus may not even know it. The good news is that once discovered, doctors can effectively treat and even remove it. “We can eliminate the virus and keep people from developing liver disease,” said Dr. James Spicher, an internal medicine physician at Penn State Health. “But we can only do that if we find it. That’s why screening is so important. Otherwise, it’s a silent disease.” Unlike Hepatitis A, which is contracted through contaminated food or water, or Hepatitis B, which spreads through blood, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The virus causes chronic, low-level inflammation of the liver, which, over time,... Read more →

Fatty Liver Disease Could soon be the No. 1 reason for liver transplantation

Newswise — More than 100 million Americans have potentially deadly fatty liver disease and most do not even know it. Overeating and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol this holiday season could put someone with the disease on the fast track to liver failure. “There are no symptoms associated with fatty liver disease and no pain, so most people never get checked or treated for it and, over time, if it is not diagnosed the condition can cause severe liver damage,” said David Victor, M.D., a hepatologist at Houston Methodist Hospital. “In fact, the disease is so prevalent that it will soon overtake hepatitis C as the number one reason people need a liver transplant.” Fatty liver disease is fat inside the liver cells. Alcohol, drugs,... Read more →

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Expands Community Asthma Prevention Program

in Partnership with Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation Published on Dec 17, 2018 in CHOP News PHILADELPHIA PA (December 2018)--Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), today announced a new Community Asthma Prevention Program Plus (CAPP+) Home Repairs Program, developed to address the impact of unhealthy housing on pediatric asthma outcomes in West Philadelphia neighborhoods. CAPP+ is the pilot initiative of Healthier Together, CHOP’s new umbrella initiative that focuses on some of the most pressing health and economic needs in neighborhoods surrounding the hospital’s campus. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Madeline Bell, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney, PHDC Executive Director David Thomas, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and other... Read more →

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Announces Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neuroblastoma Research

Published in CHOP News Yael Mossé, MDPediatric oncologist and researcher Yael Mossé, MD, Director of the Neuroblastoma Development Therapeutics Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been named the inaugural holder of the Patricia Brophy Endowed Chair in Neuroblastoma Research, established to support the discovery and development of new therapies for patients with neuroblastoma. “Dr. Yael Mossé is a proven innovator as a member of CHOP’s world-class neuroblastoma team, a global leader in bringing new treatments and potential cures to reality,” said Joseph St. Geme, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and holder of the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at CHOP. “Dr. Mossé also has a special connection to Alex’s Lemonade Stand and founders Liz and Jay Scott,... Read more →


Teens using vaping devices in record numbers

Opioid misuse at record lows with marijuana use remaining stable. America’s teens report a dramatic increase in their use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017. These findings come from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of a nationally representative sample of eighth, 10th and 12th graders in schools nationwide, funded by a government grant to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The annual results were announced today by the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, along with the scientists who lead the research team. Reported use of vaping nicotine specifically in... Read more →

New Findings on Concussion in Football’s Youngest Players

Newswise — New research from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5%, sustaining a football-related concussion each season. Published in The Journal of Pediatrics, the study summarizes the research team’s key findings from data collected during two, 10-week fall seasons in partnership with the Northwest Junior Football League (NJFL). Licensed athletic trainers from Seattle Children’s treated and recorded concussion from the sidelines at NJFL games to allow researchers to characterize concussions in this age group – from how often players sustained a head injury to factors that influenced their risk of injury. “Measuring the incidence of concussion in... Read more →

Some people uncomfortable discontinuing colorectal cancer screening

Study finds mixed feelings about using age, life expectancy and risk calculators to guide screening decisions Newswise — ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Get screened. Screening saves lives. It’s a simple message, but as screening recommendations become more complicated, what happens when the message becomes “maybe get screened” or even “stop screening”? A new study finds 29 percent of veterans who underwent recommended screening colonoscopies were uncomfortable with the idea of stopping these screenings when the benefit was expected to be low for them personally. “The ‘get screened’ message is simple, aimed at getting people to complete the prevention task. But prevention is only part of the story,” says senior study author Sameer Saini, M.D., M.S., associate professor of gastroenterology at Michigan Medicine and a research... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care Chairman Praises Health Systems for Raising Minimum Wage

George E. Norcross, III (photo courtesy of Philly Voice) (Camden City, NJ)(December 10, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross, III, issued a statement commending and thanking the leaders of health systems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for employees at their institutions. “I want to thank our colleagues at the health systems that have joined Cooper in raising the minimum wage for their employees to a minimum of $15 an hour,” said Norcross. “Our colleagues at these health systems are demonstrating their leadership and commitment to their employees, patients, and the communities they serve. I am not surprised so many have joined us because it is the right thing to do, and these... Read more →

The Growing Concern of Diabetic Eye Disease: What Can Be Done to Protect Your Vision?

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diabetes kills more Americans each year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.1 It can cause serious problems throughout the body, but eye health can become critically compromised. November is both American Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Month, bringing even more attention to this disease. In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the population, were living with diabetes, with about 1.5 million more being diagnosed every year.2 The longer someone has diabetes increases their chances of developing diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Between 40-45 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.3 While being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle are certainly linked to diabetes, social and environmental factors such as poverty, stress,... Read more →

Cold Weather Woes and Dry Eyes

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As cold winter months arrive, many people will live in dry, indoor conditions with the heat on all day, which contributes to the season’s being the most common time people complain about dry, itchy and watery eyes. Dry eye occurs when there is low tear production, or when the tear quality is poor and the tears evaporate too quickly. When people blink, tears spread evenly over the eye, keeping them smooth, healthy and clear. This is an important step for healthy, comfortable vision. However, it is estimated that 4.88 million Americans age 50 and older have dry eye, and suffer from irritated, burning and scratchy eyes. In most cases, dry eye can be managed successfully; but colder weather is a... Read more →

Two Premature Infants Die Associated With Bacterial Infection Outbreak in University Hospital

NEWARK, NJ (November 27,2018)(CNBNewsnet)--As part of an ongoing outbreak investigation of a bacterial infection in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of University Hospital in Newark, the New Jersey Department of Health learned late yesterday that two premature infants with confirmed cases of A. baumannii died last week. The infants contracted the infection six weeks ago and, due to other medical conditions related to being born premature, the bacterial infection may not be the cause of death. No new NICU infections have been confirmed since October, when the Department ordered an external infection prevention expert to guide efforts in the NICU. A Department survey team is on-site today to investigate the hospital's internal notification policies, governance, and other factors that relate to reporting of deaths... Read more →

Additional Exposures Associated with Ocean County Measles Outbreak

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents of additional exposures associated with an outbreak of measles— a highly contagious disease—in Ocean County. A highly suspect case of measles associated with the Ocean County outbreak has potentially exposed individuals in Passaic County. This Passaic County resident could have exposed others to the infection while in Passaic County between November 17 and November 18. In addition to the highly suspect case, a 15th case of measles has been confirmed in Ocean County. There are no known public exposures related to this individual. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to the measles: Passaic Chill Youth Drop In Center 217 Brook Ave., Passaic, NJ on November 17 between 8:30 p.m. and midnight Junior’s... Read more →

Eyes of CJD patients show evidence of prions

Finding could help early diagnosis, raise concern for eye exams and transplants. Ocular tissues tested by real time quaking-induced conversion.Ryan Kissinger, NIAID What National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues have found evidence of the infectious agent of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in the eyes of deceased CJD patients. The finding suggests that the eye may be a source for early CJD diagnosis and raises questions about the safety of routine eye exams and corneal transplants. Sporadic CJD, a fatal neurodegenerative prion disease of humans, is untreatable and difficult to diagnose. Prion diseases originate when normally harmless prion protein molecules become abnormal and gather in clusters and filaments in the body and brain. Scientists hope that early diagnosis of prion and related diseases—such as... Read more →

Allowing Kids to Drink at Home is Encouraging Addiction Say Experts 

CNBNewsnet (November 24, 2018--The Health Service Executive in Ireland has issued a stark warning to parents who encourage their underage kids to drink at home. Whilst many progressive parents believe it’s sensible to introduce their kids to alcohol in a safe, inclusive environment, experts say that exposing children to alcohol at a young age can increase the likelihood that a child will develop a full-blown addiction later in life. Royalty Free Photo It has become increasingly acceptable to offer children alcoholic drinks in the home. Parents often assume that allowing their child to drink small amounts at home is a good thing. They think it teaches their child to drink responsibly. In fact, this is far from the truth. Drinking is Socially Acceptable Being exposed... Read more →

Time for Young Men to Get Smart About Testicular Cancer

Newswise — DALLAS – Nov. 20, 2018 – In November, some men grow mustaches to bring attention to men’s health issues. It’s also a good time for young men to learn about testicular cancer, the cancer that is most likely to strike them in the prime of life. Although relatively rare – about 9,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year – testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men ages 15-40 years old. “In addition to underlying genetic changes, it’s likely that post-puberty and hormonal changes play a role in the development of testicular cancer, which is why it hits young men,” says Dr. Aditya Bagrodia, Assistant Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a specialist in testicular cancer. Testicular... Read more →

News & Events From the Cooper Foundation

Make it a Holiday of Hope this Season The Cooper Foundation offers several ways you can give back to the community this season and make it a holiday of hope for those in need. Trauma Snowflake Fundraiser – Click here to purchase a snowflake in honor or memory of a loved one and support trauma patients and their families. Your snowflake will be on display in the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden in December. Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Help children in need by donating a book, game or toy to the Johnny M. Playroom at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Check out our Amazon wish list here. Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive through Dec. 31 – Visit the Deptford Barnes & Noble at 1553... Read more →

Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Causes Asthma Symptoms in Child Allergic to Cannabis

Newswise — SEATTLE (November 16, 2018) – It’s well established that secondhand smoke from cigarettes is a risk to anyone who suffers from asthma. New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows it’s possible for both children and adults with uncontrolled asthma to find their symptoms worsening due to cannabis allergy and exposure to marijuana smoke. “A 6-year-old boy suffering with severe asthma had family members who frequently smoked marijuana in the house,” says allergist Bryce Hoffman, MD, ACAAI member and lead author of the study. “Even though family members didn’t smoke marijuana in the same room as the child, he was exposed to traces of smoke and plant material. It was not clear why... Read more →

Free admission to Delaware’s state parks and the Brandywine Zoo on Black Friday 

DOVER (Nov. 16, 2018) – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, and Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), invite the public to #OptOutside this Black Friday by visiting Delaware State Parks. This year, visitors can enjoy free entry to state parks on Black Friday, Nov. 23. The Brandywine Zoo is joining in on the outdoor fun and will also be waiving admission all day. “The ‘Opt Outside’ event is now a tradition at DNREC’s Delaware state parks, and the numbers of visitors are increasing each year,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Between the Brandywine Zoo and our parks across the state, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Those willing to forego shopping and opt instead for a day of hiking, biking, and adventuring will find... Read more →

South Jersey Steps Out for Lifesaving Research

South Jersey businesses, organizations and families came together for a morning of wellness and fundraising to benefit heart and stroke research. Robbinsville, NJ, November 15, 2018— Businesses, organizations, families and community groups took steps last week to live Healthy for Good at the American Heart Association’s 2018 Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk. The fundraising and wellness event was held on Saturday, November 10 at the scenic Cooper River Park. The event raised over $135,000 for the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Donations help fund research and education, advocate for better health, improve patient care and allow the Association to reach at-risk populations. The Southern New Jersey Fall Heart Walk was locally sponsored by... Read more →

Action Wellness Presents: Action Heroes Wear Red

AmeriHealth Caritas Proudly Joins Campaign to Raise Awareness About HIV on the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day...World AIDS Day - Saturday, December 1, 2018 Philadelphia, PA (November 2018) - On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Action Wellness will observe World AIDS Day in partnership with AmeriHealth Caritas. As a part of their annual campaign “Action Heroes Wear Red”, friends and allies are asked to wear red, or a red ribbon, on this day to raise awareness for World AIDS Day. This day is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness. Here’s how you can become an Action Hero: Step 1: Put on your favorite red clothing item! Step 2: Make a... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour for All Employees

Wage Hike by Largest Employer in Camden City and County Will Benefit 10% of Workforce (Camden) – Cooper University Health Care Chairman George E. Norcross, III today announced the health system will increase the minimum wage it pays employees to $15 an hour, the first health system in New Jersey to make such a commitment to its full-time, part-time, and per-diem employees. The new minimum wage policy will go into effect on January 1, 2019, and will benefit approximately 10 percent of Cooper’s 7,500 employees, one third of whom are Camden city residents and over 450 of whom are Camden County residents. All other employee benefits and compensation will remain in place. “We have an absolute obligation, as the largest employer in both the City... Read more →

12th Case Identified in Ocean County Measles Outbreak

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents that a twelfth case of measles — a highly contagious disease — has been confirmed in Ocean County. This individual could have exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County between November 6 and November 9. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles: Fountain Ballroom, 725 Vassar Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 October 30-October 31 between 6:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Mesivta of Eatontown, 1300 New Hampshire Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701 and 107 East Harvard St, Lakewood, NJ 08701 November 6-November 9 Bais Shalom AKA Alumni, 345 9th St, Lakewood, NJ 08701 November 6 between 1:15 and 6:45 p.m. Motor Vehicle Commission, 1861 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753 (The Motor... Read more →

5 Cases of Ocean County Measles Outbreak

The New Jersey Department of Health is warning residents that 5 additional cases of measles — a highly contagious disease — have been confirmed in Ocean County. This brings the total to 11 confirmed cases. These individuals could have exposed others to the infection while in Ocean County on November 1. Anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed to measles: Office of Dr. Eli Eilenberg, 150 James St, Lakewood, NJ 08701 November 1 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Department is working in collaboration with the Ocean County Health Department to identify and notify people who might have been exposed during the time the individuals were infectious. For a comprehensive list of exposures identified to date related to this outbreak, please... Read more →

HHS Releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition

Federal physical activity guidance updated for the first time since 2008 (Chicago) – Today, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health, announced the release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions meeting. The second edition provides evidence-based recommendations for youth ages 3 through 17 and adults to safely get the physical activity they need to stay healthy. There are new key guidelines for children ages 3 through 5 and updated guidelines for youth ages 6 through 17, adults, older adults, women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, adults with chronic health conditions, and adults with disabilities. The United States currently has low levels of adherence... Read more →

Trumpeted New Medicare Advantage Benefits Will Be Hard For Seniors To Find

CNBNews graphics file by Susan Jaffe published here with permission of Kaiser Health News For some older adults, private Medicare Advantage plans next year will offer a host of new benefits, such as transportation to medical appointments, home-delivered meals, wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars or air conditioners for asthma sufferers. But the new benefits will not be widely available, and they won’t be easy to find. Of the 3,700 plans across the country next year, only 273 in 21 states will offer at least one. About 7 percent of Advantage members — 1.5 million people — will have access, Medicare officials estimate. That means even for the savviest shoppers it will be a challenge to figure out which plans offer the new benefits and who... Read more →

Liver Cancer Combined with Other Liver Diseases Driving Higher Death Rate and Health Care Costs

...for U.S. Seniors Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that hospitalizations and death are increasing among Medicare recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma, mainly due to co-existing alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis C virus infection (commonly called HCV) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly called NAFLD). Liver cancer is the fifth most common cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, is the primary liver cancer, and its incidence is increasing in the United States. Researchers at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Health System in... Read more →

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Patients Have Higher Rates of All Non-Liver-Related Cancers

image courtesy of https://kashmirreader.com Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – Preliminary data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that rates of malignancy occurring outside of the liver were higher in adults with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease than among adults across most types of cancers. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (commonly called NAFLD or fatty liver disease) is used to describe liver complications that arise from the buildup of excess fat in the liver. NAFLD is estimated to affect more than 80 million Americans. Malignancy is among the most common causes of death in patients with NAFLD. To examine whether increased malignancy risk is similar across all types of... Read more →

Rushing Children to Specialize in One Sport May Not Be Best Path to Success

Newswise — It may be tempting for parents or coaches to urge young children to specialize in one sport early on to help maximize their chance at making it to the big leagues, but that might not be the best path to success. In a study that looked at the sports histories of professional and collegiate ice hockey players, Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that on average, the athletes played multiple sports as kids and waited until around age 14 to focus solely on ice hockey. Dr. Matthew Silvis, professor of family and community medicine and orthopedics and rehabilitation, said the results help dispel a belief that kids have to specialize in a sport at an early age in order to succeed. As... Read more →