Mayor: NYC needs blood donations

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says New York City needs blood donations. The New York Blood Center says dozens of blood drives have been canceled because of winter storms. Fewer people are showing up at blood drives that ...

NJ doctor convicted of receiving cash kickbacks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey doctor has been convicted of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Maryam Jafari now faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her ...

Merck Q4 net drops 14 pct. on generic competition

Merck & Co.'s fourth-quarter profit dropped 14 percent, with its aggressive cost cutting not enough to offset restructuring charges, generic competition to former blockbuster medicines and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Results just missed Wall ...

NJ Author DeMaio Writes Children’s Cancer Story for Charity

Katie DeMaio is donating all the profits made from her children's book about a child with cancer, inspired by a friend's fight, to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation of New Jersey.

Canada approves Merck grass allergy immunotherapy

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...