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How NJ parents can stop the spread of back-to-school germs

It's only a matter of time before many New Jersey parents will be dealing with colds, stomach viruses and pink eye — common contact driven bugs easily spread in classrooms.

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Swimmers beware: High bacteria levels prompt NJ beach warnings, closures

High levels of bacteria are causing warnings to be issued for some Jersey Shore beaches.

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Zika cases hit 100 in New Jersey

More cases of the Zika virus have been reported in New Jersey but all remain travel related.

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Rescuing the rescuer: NJ group tackles mental health issues among first responders

Mission Hope NJ was created by Pine Hill resident Eric Hicken, along with his wife and son, so New Jersey's emergency service providers have "a place to go" when the stresses of the job become too difficult to bear.

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How does NJ measure up in the fight against cancer?

A new report says New Jersey meets five of 10 benchmarks.

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Congressman Pallone blasts Republicans over lack of Zika funding for NJ

Nearly 2,000 Americans have contracted Zika, including 80 in New Jersey. A half-billion dollars set aside for the Ebola virus has been redirected to combat Zika, which Pallone disapproves of.

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Confirmed Zika cases in NJ triple since June, but still all travel-related

The state Department of Health would not comment on whether any of New Jersey's cases involved pregnant women. They are the most at-risk population given Zika's confirmed link to a serious birth defect of the brain known as microcephaly.

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West Nile suspected in Monmouth County, spraying planned this week

Monmouth County health officials say they will spray for mosquitoes in two residential areas of the county this week, where evidence of West Nile Virus has been discovered.

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Why early summer’s heat could be extra-dangerous

Most of our bodies adjust to new temperatures within a few days — but for children and the elderly, who are most vulnerable to the heat, it can take weeks.

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When to go to the ER, when to go to urgent care

Far too often, urgent care is seen as a replacement for an ER — and that can be a costly or even dangerous mistake, according to a doctor in Freehold.

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Kicked, bitten and beaten: Violence against ER medics, nurses in NJ

"I know many co-workers and nursing staff, that are on the front lines, have been hit by patients, kicked, bitten," said Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, assistant medical director for the emergency department at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.

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The 4 things parents get wrong about kids and drowning

Once a child begins to struggle, parents may have less than a minute to react, Safe Kids Worldwide said.

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