The cervix is the lower, narrow opening of the uterus. It is covered by a thin layer of cells that are continually growing and being replaced. Certain factors, such as an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), can cause cervical cells to begin to grow abnormally. These abnormal cells often go away without treatment, but in some women they will continue to grow and eventually turn into cancer.
For almost 25 years, I was a smoker. I began this unhealthy habit at a young age because I thought it was cool. I wish now that someone had explained then what it had taken me 25 years to realize: Not only did I put myself at risk, I may have endangered the ones I love because of the harmful effects of second-hand smoke exposure.
STATE—NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to work blood drives.
LIVINGSTON—Heart disease is the number one killer in America. One in four American women dies from the disease, and yet many are still unaware of their personal risk factors.
EAST BRUNSWICK—The Middlesex County Public Health Department will be providing free H1N1 vaccinations on Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Brunswick Square Mall (JC Penney Wing), 755 Route 18 South, East Brunswick.
Frigid weather can pose special risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid hypothermia—when the body gets too cold—during cold weather.
CLARK—The American Cancer Society invites residents of Clark and surrounding communities to learn about Relay For Life, an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp-out and barbecue, while taking turns walking or running around a track “relay” style.
Hoping to finalize his signature domestic policy initiative before he delivers his first State of the Union address in a few short weeks, President Barack Obama sat down with top Democratic leaders from Capitol Hill at the White House on Wednesday.
STATE—According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, the percentage of New Jersey voters who say the country is on the right track declined to 35% from 41% just before the November election.
TRENTON— New Jersey’s tobacco control policies earned mixed grades in the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2009 report released on Jan. 12.