Jersey Shore beaches closed for high bacteria levels: What are the dangers?

Source: Health This week, the Department of Environmental Protection website lists beach closures on the Toms River as well as water quality advisories at 31 ocean, bay or river beaches from Monmouth to Cape May counties because of high levels of enterococci. The...

Take the zing out of stings, and other summertime tips for parents

Source: NJ ‘Tick’ Top Shape Most tick-borne illnesses in NJ come from 3 types of ticks: the blacklegged deer tick, lone star tick, and American dog tick. To protect children, use a chemical repellent and avoid tick-infested areas. Check kids daily for ticks, and remove...

United Nations Report: For First time, Over Half Of People With HIV On Medication

Source: Associated Press For the first time in the AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released this week. AIDS deaths are also...

Police in Howell and Jackson Help Cancer Patients

Source: Jersey Shore Online In Howell, police recently delivered a pint-sized police motorcycle to 7-year-old resident and police fan Jake Honig, who has been bravely fighting cancer since he was two years old. Last year, Jake visited Howell Police officers at their headquarters...

Report: Lead in 55 percent of water fountains and taps in Bergen school districts

Source: North The majority of the districts surveyed by Environment New Jersey had at least one fountain or sink where lead readings exceeded the level set by the Environmental Protection Agency that requires districts to take some action. The report comes as the...

Eat Right NJ: How To Talk To Kids About Their Weight

Source: Encourage open dialogue. Go ahead and talk with your children about weight and encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings about body image whenever they arise. When children discuss feelings about weight with you, be sure to listen and acknowledge...