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Canada approves Merck grass allergy immunotherapy

2-3-14
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. says it's won its first approval for its new immunotherapy tablet for grass allergies, from regulators in Canada. The drug, called Grastek, gradually reduced allergic reactions to grass pollen, by ...

CDC: Norovirus caused cruise ship outbreak

1-31-14
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Federal health investigators say lab tests have confirmed that norovirus was to blame for an outbreak on a cruise ship that sickened nearly 700. It was one of the largest norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in 20 years. The ...

Ship where nearly 700 fell ill being sanitized

1-30-14
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A cruise ship where nearly 700 passengers and crew members fell ill is being sanitized in preparation for its next voyage. Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas had to cut short a planned 10-day cruise after hundreds of people ...

NJ high school coach dies following game

1-29-14
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime northern New Jersey high school sports coach has died after he apparently became ill at as school where his team was playing. The Record (http://bit.ly/1expnNP ) reports Jon Goldstein, a longtime assistant varsity ...

Cruise ship passengers recall days of misery

1-29-14
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill are recalling days of misery being holed up in their rooms and ruined vacations. The Explorer of the Seas returned to its home port of Bayonne, N.J., on Wednesday after ...

Ex-players fear dementia based on unproven tests

1-27-14
CHICAGO (AP) — There's a race going on among scientists to develop ways to diagnose and treat the concussion-related brain disease CTE. The strongest evidence so far says it can only be diagnosed after death. But several former NFL stars have ...

NFL backs push for youth concussion protocols

1-27-14
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League is joining two New Jersey lawmakers in pushing for federal legislation aimed at protecting student athletes from the dangers of concussions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Girl escapes serious injury in fall from ski-lift

1-26-14
MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A young girl apparently escaped serious injury when she fell about 25 feet from a ski-lift chair at a resort in northern New Jersey. Bergen County Police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1civVmz) that the 6-year-old girl was ...

NJ man tests positive for swine flu

1-23-14
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has tested positive for swine flu. Health officials in Warren County told The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1jGlsTF ) Thursday that a teacher at Liberty Elementary School had been confirmed to have H1N1, ...
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Camden School District Launches Pilot After-School Dinner Program

1-23-14
In an effort to make sure students receive three meals a day, the Camden school district has begun a pilot after-school dinner program.