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February 2017 Archives

Coping with the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents

The New Jersey State Police website keeps a running total of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in the state. As of this writing, the site reported that there had been 61 fatal traffic accidents and 63 fatalities in the state so far in 2017. At this time last year, there had been 74 fatalities in New Jersey traffic accidents.

Does your doctor think you suffer from Fibromyalgia?

Every day, you struggle with pain in your bones and muscles. You experience tenderness in areas of your body. You become overwhelmed with fatigue, and day-to-day activities seem insurmountable. You find yourself unable to work and frustrated with the lack of relief from the pain. Your doctor might finally provide you with a name for your condition, but knowing you suffer from Fibromyalgia does not make dealing with the pain any easier.

Social Security Administration introduces new chief

Although it still remains uncertain whether the Social Security Administration will be altered any way with the new presidential administration, there is a new boss in charge. On Jan. 23, the administration welcomed Acting Commissioner Nancy Berryhill. The administration introduced the new commissioner in a recent blog post on its website, Social Security Matters.

How cirrhosis affects the liver

The liver is the largest solid organ in the human body and serves many functions. It acts as a storage device and a distributor for nutrients in the bloodstream. The liver also creates necessary proteins for the blood to properly transport oxygen, clot, and support immune system functions. It also manufactures bile, necessary to aid in the digestion of food. It also stores sugar, also known as glucose. And lastly, it also acts as a filter, breaking down cholesterol and saturated fat, as well as filtering out harmful substances that enter the body such as alcohol and drugs and naturally produced toxins.

Chris Christie visits school to discuss drug abuse epidemic

Governor Chris Christie has never wavered in his fight against drug abuse and drug addiction in New Jersey during his time in office. He acknowledged the problem in his State of the State address last month and has recently begun a campaign at schools to remind students and children of the dangers of drug abuse.

How can Supplemental Security Income help?

On the online blog Social Security Matters, the Social Security Administration regularly reaches out to talk about the benefits and features it offers Americans through various programs. A few weeks ago, the writers went in depth to discuss their Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI.

How Crohn's disease affects the body

Crohn's disease is a bowel disease that causes inflammation within a victim's digestive tract. It can lead to weight loss, malnutrition, fatigue as well as diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. There currently is no known cure for the disease but it may be treated with therapy to reduce the symptoms and signs, and sometimes bring remission.

How does Leukemia affect the body?

Most Americans have heard of the term leukemia, but may not be aware that leukemia is actually a form of cancer, cancer of blood cells to be specific. Leukemia can either be chronic, which worsens at a slower pace, or acute, which spreads and worsens quickly.

Cold NJ winters means icy and hazardous walking conditions

Although we may have been fortunate thus far this winter with no significant snow storms here in northern New Jersey, we should not let our guard down. The weather has still been cold, often below freezing, which means that conditions exist for icy and hazardous conditions on sidewalks and roads, especially on asphalt, where black ice, often at night, can lead to a serious slip and fall accident and a very serious injury.

Lawsuit against feds over garnishment of recipient's SSD

When a person makes the decision to file for social security disability income, it isn't a decision one takes lightly. Filing for benefits related to an injury or illness means that that person is unable to work and needs help in order to make ends meet. Some people have illnesses that span a lifetime, and due to their illness, require the funds of social security disability benefits for illnesses to pay for necessities. One such person was receiving disability benefits for years when one day the federal government began to deduct a portion of his benefits from his social security check.

Famous former NFL player discusses his head injuries

Football fans who lived in the New York area in the 1980s likely remember the name Mark Gastineau. As part of the New York Jets' famous "New York Sack Exchange," he was a force in pressuring and sacking NFL quarterbacks. Gastineau spent a decade with the New York Jets, accruing over 100 sacks, was named an All-Pro three times and attended five Pro Bowls during his reign with the team.

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