Sickle Cell Anemia Patients Living Longer, Healthier Lives, Medical Center Reports

NEWARK–Forty years ago, children born with sickle cell disease were not expected to live past their teenage years. Today, medical advances are allowing these patients to live well into adulthood. Patients with sickle cell anemia, the severest form of the disease, now have a survival rate of 85 percent at 18 years old, and patients with milder forms of sickle cell disease have a survival rate of 97 percent at 18.

Exception Nullifies NJ’s Pay-To-Play Provisions At Local Level

TRENTON – Relying on evidence gathered from its contract reviews, the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released a report today that shows how a series of flaws have rendered New Jersey’s Pay-to-Play law essentially meaningless in the effort to prevent local governments from steering contracts to politically favored vendors.

NJ Jobs, Unemployment Rate Shrink In August

TRENTON – Employment in the Garden State fell in August, down by 7,100 jobs largely due to a labor strike affecting 7,000 Verizon employees. After accounting for the Verizon strikers, who have already returned to work, total employment in New Jersey declined by 100 jobs.

Red Cross Continues To Aid New Jersey Flood Victims

STATE – The American Red Cross is continuing to aid the victims of major flooding in New Jersey. Last night, the Red Cross operated three shelters in the state, aiding 150 residents. At the height of the storm, the Red Cross had more than 60 shelters open, or on standby to open, in New Jersey.