TRENTON – A bill which would require health insurers in New Jersey to provide coverage for screening for autism and other developmental disabilities as well as any medically-necessary occupational, physical and speech therapy, was approved by the state Senate on June 18 by a vote of 35-0.
NEWARK—July 4th is a major summer holiday and a time for celebrations and family gatherings. Unfortunately, many people end up in Emergency Departments due to a variety of unexpected injuries and conditions.
NEWARK—For more than a year, Florence Davis of Hillside struggled with a persistent wound on her foot and restricted blood circulation in her leg so severe that doctors were considering amputation.
LIVINGSTON – Some patients who suffer from recurrent cancer at the chest wall now have another option.
STATE—In New Jersey, approximately 1.15 million residents – or 17 percent of adults – smoke. Of that number, nearly 76 percent want to quit, yet without seeking help only a little better than 10 percent succeed. To help improve the odds of success, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers a comprehensive menu of services to help smokers quit.
STATE—NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers, to work blood drives. The blood mobile volunteer is an integral member of the blood collection team whose task it is assist donors with registration, perform canteen duties and make appointments for their next donation.
TRENTON – The state Senate unanimously approved a bill requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to publicly report certain preventable patient safety errors at New Jersey’s hospitals on June 18, by a vote of 39-0. The legislation now goes to the governor for his signature.
NEWARK—Anyone who spends time in the sun, from golfers to beachgoers, should be proactive about protection from the sun’s harmful rays. This year over one million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
SCOTCH PLAINS – People with diabetes have to be especially vigilant about caring for their feet. Cuts, blisters or scrapes can lead to complications such as non-healing wounds for people with diabetes.
TRENTON – The third anniversary of legislation that requires health care professionals who provide postnatal care to screen new mothers for postpartum depression recently occurred – making New Jersey still the only state in the nation to mandate this type of screening.