Medicine

New York City doctor has Ebola

A New York City doctor who returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea recently, has tested positive for the disease. Dr. Craig Spencer, reportedly exhibiting symptoms that include fever and gastrointestinal problems, was transported to Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance staffed by…

America has one Ebola victim, but no surgeon general

The American infected with the Ebola virus, Thomas E. Duncan, died Wednesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, but the country does not have a surgeon general. Duncan had been receiving the experimental drug brincidofovir since Saturday and as of yesterday afternoon, he was…

Medical merger in the works

Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center recently announced plans to explore a merger. “We are very excited about this opportunity with Raritan Bay Medical Center,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “While Meridian Health serves primarily…

Balance screening set for Old Bridge

OLD BRIDGE — Raritan Bay Medical Center is sponsoring a free balance screening and physician Q&A event during national fall prevention week Wednesday, October 1, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the medical center’s Old Bridge location. Falls are the number one cause…

First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed In New Jersey

The Department of Health is reporting its first human case of West Nile Virus to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today in an individual who is recovering at home after being hospitalized. “Most human cases of…

Devine advises community to beat heat

Warmer weather is quickly approaching and people who work and exercise outdoors need to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and Democrat James J. Devine is sharing ideas about what to do. Muscle cramping might be…

25 New Jersey residents have chikungunya virus

STATE — The New Jersey Department of Health encourages everyone-especially those traveling to the Caribbean-to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illness by wearing insect repellent and removing standing water from yards. “Human cases of West Nile Virus typically appear from…

Trustees report reduced costs, longer Medicare solvency

The Medicare Trustees yesterday projected that the trust fund that finances the nation’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, four years beyond the date that was projected last year. Due in part to cost controls implemented in Obama…