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Report: Foreign-Born NJ Residents Generally Healthier, But Have Diverse Needs

NEW BRUNSWICK — More than 20 percent of New Jersey’s population is foreign-born, and health care providers must recognize this multicultural population’s diverse and changing health needs in order to provide the best health care, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Poonam Alaigh said Tuesday in releasing “The Health of the Newest New Jerseyans: A Resource Guide.”

EarthTalk®

Dear EarthTalk: I heard someone say that the environmental benefits of natural gas for electricity generation were overstated and that it is not as green-friendly as the industry would have us believe. What is your take on this? — D. Montcalm, Brewster, NY

Think Twice Before Tapping Retirement Plans

Before the housing crisis, it wasn’t uncommon for people to raid their home-equity piggybanks to pay off bills. Plummeting home values and tougher lending standards helped curb that practice, leading some people to engage in a far more disturbing habit: borrowing or withdrawing money from their retirement accounts to cope with financial hardship.