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Understanding Autism – Why does NJ have the nation’s highest rate?

While the cause of autism remains a mystery researchers at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark are continuing to try and figure out why the Garden State's rate has increased over the past decade and remains the highest in the nation. 

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Drug abuse alert – New form of ‘ecstasy’ is causing concern

The drug known as "Molly" is billed as the purest form of ecstasy. In most cases, though, it is anything but.

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A bottle containing a measles vaccine (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Vaccination exemptions in New Jersey – Who can get them?

All Garden State children who attend school are required to receive a series of vaccinations, but last year more than 10,000 youngsters were granted special waivers to skip the shots.

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Cabin fever – Is winter making you restless and irritable?

Have you been suffering from a case of cabin fever? Join the club.

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Childhood immunization rates in New Jersey top 95 percent

Despite resistance by some parents to immunizations for measles and other childhood diseases, more than 95 percent of New Jersey school children have received such vaccinations, the state's chief health officer says.

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‘Vaccination Choice’ challenges the safety of childhood vaccines

Are vaccines really safe? Most doctors insist they are, and that they help prevent the spread of disease, but many Garden State residents have doubts, according to one advocacy group.

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7 Foods You Should Be Eating for a Healthy Heart

Heart Health can be as simple as making some changes to your diet. Consider adding more of these seven foods to your plate for their heart-health benefits.

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A pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Childhood vaccine safety: Defended by many but challenged by some

In New Jersey, some parents continue to voice concern about the safety of having their children vaccinated.

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How much sleep do you need?

Everyone can agree getting a good night's sleep is important, but few people are actually getting the rest that's needed in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Study: Mobile devices interfering with child development

A parent's quick solution to appease their restless or cranky children: Hand them an iPad or smartphone, and let the screens do the real work.

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Vaccine flap: Christie does damage control from London

Gov. Chris Christie took to Twitter Monday to announce a delayed opening for state government offices due to inclement weather, but later in the day, he set off a firestorm on social media when he said parents should have some measure of choice in vaccinating their children.

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Aggressive Flu Strain Arrives Early And Spreads Rapidly Through U.S.
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The flu remains very active in New Jersey

The calendar suggests flu season is halfway done, but influenza-like activity is still abundant in the Garden State.

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