It’s Time to Take Mental Health Seriously

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NATIONWIDE – Though attitudes are changing slowly, many people still don’t like to talk about mental illness. Yet, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from some kind of mental illness. It’s also the leading cause of disability in […]

Time to Implement ‘New’ HIV Testing Guidelines

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LOS ANGELES – This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, recommended routine testing for HIV of all people ages 15-64. The recommendation, recently posted online, comes six years after a panel at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued similar […]

Fall Sports Alert: What Parents, Players and Coaches Need to Know

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WEST ORANGE - As the fall season approaches, millions of student-athletes are preparing to take to the playing fields – and with that comes an increased risk of sports-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than seven million students participate in high school sports annually and millions more are active on the […]

CDC To Baby Boomers: Get Tested For Hepatitis C

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ATLANTA – The government is recommending all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C. Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus. It can take decades to cause liver damage, and many people don’t know they’re harboring the blood-borne virus. Baby boomers account […]

CDC Launches ‘Let’s Stop HIV Together’ Campaign

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WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new national campaign Monday to remove the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and to end complacency about the epidemic. “In the fight against HIV, stigma and complacency are among our most insidious opponents,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for […]