Dr. Bruce Ruck, Director, Drug Information and Professional Education
New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES)
NEWARK, N.J. — April 14, 2011 For the past 2 years asfamilies prepared for the Easter and Passover holidays, the NJ Poison Control Center noted an increase in calls related to children getting into cleaning products in the home or a relative’s medication.Poison Control Center experts offer the following safety tips on food poisoning/preparation, cleaning product and medication safety, and holiday decorating products.
·Always wash hands with soap and water before and after handling raw foods.
·Perishable foods like raw/cooked meats, poultry, and seafood should be kept refrigerated.If left at room temperature for 2 hours or more, they should be discarded.
·Symptoms of food poisoning include: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, chills and fever, diarrhea, and weakness.Symptoms can occur 1-8 hours after eating “toxic” food.
— Dietary supplements can contain contaminants, be addictive and interact poorly with medications —
Steven Marcus, Executive and Medical Director
Newark, N.J. – Jan. 13, 2011 –
Dietary supplements are becoming more and more popular each year. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a 2007 survey found that 17.7 percent of American adults used dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals every year.1 A more recent survey found that statistic has grown to more than half of the U.S. adult population,2 and in 2009 Americans spent $26 billion on dietary supplements.3Consumers must be aware that dietary supplements are regulated differently than drug and food products, exposing users to potential dangers to their health.
“The evidence supports the fact that there is an increase annually in U.S. adults incorporating dietary supplements into their diets, which can be good and bad news,” says Dr. Steven Marcus, executive and medical director of NJPIES. “For some, dietary supplements will improve one’s health, but consumers need to heed warnings and be aware of all of the ingredients in the dietary supplement they take, because some ingredients can result in side effects that can cause serious harm, from diarrhea to severe organ damage.” Continue reading Beware of Dietary Supplements – They Aren’t Always What They Seem→
New York, NY – On Sunday, October 17, 2010 the first annual Green City Challenge will take place in Lower Manhattan. Contestants will race from one green business to another on bicycles and complete challenges that demonstrate their knowledge of how to live, work and eat green. They will earn giant jigsaw puzzle pieces and solve clues in their quest to reach the finish line. This event is designed to be fun and educational for New Yorkers who are already green as well as for those who are curious and want to learn more about ways to live a sustainable lifestyle.
A NIGHT FOR MEGHAN “Maggie” RUSSO October 25th 2010 @ 7:30pmDirectors Guild of America Theater 110 West 57th StreetNew York, NY 10019 (212) 258-0890
AFTER PARTY TO FOLLOW @ 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church7 West 55th StNew York, NY 10019 (212)247-0490
TICKETS $75.00 PAYABLE TO THE FAMILY HOPE FOUNDATION Online Tickets:
Meghan Elizabeth Russo (Maggie) came into the world on January 10, 2008, a happy and healthy baby girl born to proud parents Mike and Mary Beth, a NYC firefighter and a teacher turned stay at home mom. Her best friend and hero is her big brother Michael, 13 months her senior, and she is the proud big sister of her baby sister, Mary Kate. Meghan is a bubbly, vivacious bundle of energy a…nd Mommy and Daddy’s beautiful Princess.
In late October 2009, Meghan’s parents noticed that her left eye was reflecting strangely in the light.
During a trip to the pediatrician’s office, Mike and Mary Beth asked the doctor to examine her eye. Moments later, her doctor was setting up an emergency trip to the ophthalmologist’s office. Later that evening, Meghan was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of cancer.
Six days later, Meghan and her parents went to see Dr. David Abramson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. After an examination under anesthesia, Dr. Abramson confirmed that she had retinoblastoma. He said that the tumor was covering over 60% of her eye, that the retina was severed and she had no vision, and that her safest option was an enucleation (removal of the eye). Dr. Abramson did offer an alternative treatment called chemo-reduction, but he felt that it was not in Meghan’s best interest. With the knowledge that Meghan would never regain sight in her left eye, and the fear that the cancer could spread toward her other eye, her nervous system or her brain, Meghan’s parents agreed to the surgery.
On Monday, November 9, 2009, Meghan had an enucleation of the left eye. She was home that night. By the next morning, if it weren’t for the tell-tale bandage, you would not know that she was sick.
December marked the beginning of her visits to the occularist, who began to fit her for a prosthetic eye. She also continued to make regular trips to Dr. Abramson to make sure the cancer had not returned.
While on vacation in the Poconos for President’s Week, Meghan began to look like she was getting a black eye. Her prostheses did not fit right, nor did it stay in very well. When the family returned to New York, they went to visit the occularist. A new prostheses was given, as well as the assurance that all was well. However as the week progressed, Meghan’s upper and lower eye lids continued to swell. By the following weekend, the prostheses would no longer stay in.
On Tuesday March 2, 2010, Meghan returned to Dr. Abramson, where her family was told the cancer had returned. The next two weeks were filled with trips to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, where her team of doctors tried to figure out if the cancer had spread outside her eye socket. Finally, tests confirmed that the cancer had also spread to her bone marrow.
The chemotherapy has done quite a number on Maggie’s immune system, and she has been battling two tenacious viruses over the past five months. At one point, she was down to 20 lbs (she was 36 when she began in March). She is now given vitamins and lipids through her IV each night, and her weight has slowly climbed back up to 30 lbs.
Meghan is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and will soon be admitted for her bone marrow transplant. Her doctors are hopeful that the chemotherapy will destroy the cancer, but she has a rough road ahead.
PLEASE HELP US AND MAKE THIS A GREAT NIGHT FOR ALL INVOLVED.
Donations $75.00 PAYABLE TO THE FAMILY HOPE FOUNDATION
After party to follow.
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Flu experts warn that we should prepare for a possible third wave of H1N1 flu.
Please help us spread the message about the importance of getting vaccinated!
Although it seems as though the 2009 H1N1 virus has waned, the reality is that here in Hudson County we are still seeing Influenza Like Illness (ILI) activity above what we would normally expect. That means the virus is still present and circulating here, causing residents to become ill with flu. Please see below for an excerpt from a letter from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, regarding the importance of 2009 H1N1 vaccine: Continue reading H1N1 Still Can Be Found In Hudson County→
Christ Hospital in Jersey City Offers Holiday Stress Tips
The holidays should be a time of joy, good cheer and high hopes for the upcoming new year. However, after the gift shopping, holiday decorating, and family get-togethers are done, many people are often left with elevated levels of stress or depression this time of the year.
The holidays are also a time when people feel the loss of a loved one more sharply. Even the memory of a traumatic event, such as a serious illness, can dampen one’s holiday spirits. Older adults, for example, may feel isolated or forgotten, as the season reminds them of happier times. Continue reading Holiday Health Stress Tips→
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