Remaining calm during COVID-19 stress
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Remaining calm during COVID-19 stress

By Angela Knott The COVID-19 pandemic is causing high stress for us all. Being told to confine yourself in your home, continually wash your hands, wash all surfaces, and socially distance yourselves makes anyone a bit crazy.  Watching the news is beyond unnerving. Now more than ever is a time to take a deep breath (literally)…

Rutgers U. President announces early start to spring break and mandatory remote classroom instruction
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Rutgers U. President announces early start to spring break and mandatory remote classroom instruction

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi announced Tuesday afternoon that all classes are canceled for March 12 and 13 at the New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark campuses. Spring break has been extended. After spring break, all classes will be held remotely. “Fostering a healthy community in New Jersey is core to the mission of our university….

State officials: NJ patient suspected to have contracted the coronavirus tests negative
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State officials: NJ patient suspected to have contracted the coronavirus tests negative

A patient at a New Jersey hospital who was suspected to have the coronavirus has tested negative, state officials said. New Jersey Department of Health officials announced Saturday evening that the test results came back negative for the patient who had been hospitalized at the Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. Officials said there are no…

NJ investigating marketing tactics of e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs
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NJ investigating marketing tactics of e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs

The state is actively pursuing an investigation into the marketing and sales practices of e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs as part of the executive committee of a 39-state coalition, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Tuesday.  The multi-state coalition is investigating JUUL’s targeting of young people, as well as the company’s claims regarding nicotine content…

Princeton Medical Center celebrates centennial
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Princeton Medical Center celebrates centennial

Princeton Medical Center leaders, staff, supporters and community members celebrated the hospital’s centennial last week with a gala and other special activities. Originally called Princeton Hospital, the medical center first opened its doors on Nov. 24 of 1919, after the great flu epidemic of 1918 made the need for a full-time hospital in Princeton apparent….

University of Pennsylvania Health System names new CEO
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University of Pennsylvania Health System names new CEO

Kevin Mahoney has been named the next CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He will succeed Ralph Muller, who has served as the health system’s CEO since 2003. Penn Medicine Princeton Health in Plainsboro joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System last year. Mahoney is a 23-year veteran of leadership roles at Penn…

11 tick species confirmed in New Jersey
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11 tick species confirmed in New Jersey

A team led by Rutgers University professors has published a list of tick species confirmed to be present in New Jersey, and has recommended tick surveillance across the state. Researchers reviewed scientific literature, government documents, and existing tick collections in museums and other repositories, and determined that the verifiable hard tick fauna in the state…

Rutgers study: Athletes should build neck strength to lower concussion risk
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Rutgers study: Athletes should build neck strength to lower concussion risk

Rutgers researchers are recommending that athletes who are at higher risk for sports-related concussions like football and soccer players protect their heads with neck-strengthening exercises. The study by researchers at the Rutgers School of Health Professions, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, examines previous studies regarding the role that the neck strength, size and…

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System launches new program to combat opioid abuse

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New Brunswick has launched a new initiative to combat opioid drug abuse in partnership with several public-interest 
groups and law-enforcement agencies in Central New Jersey. The initiative, overseen by an opioid task force comprised of members of senior 
leadership, physicians, nurses, emergency services personnel, and pharmacy workers at 
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, will…

Lawrence Hopewell Trail group seeks community feedback
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Lawrence Hopewell Trail group seeks community feedback

Members of the non-profit group that has worked to build the Lawrence Hopewell Trail are seeking feedback from the public to plan the agenda for the group’s next big meeting in the fall. You can fill out a survey online here. It takes about five minutes. The survey asks participants how they use the trail,…

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Whole Earth Healthy Living Discussion Group Begins Feb. 8

The Whole Earth Center’s popular annual winter and spring healthy living discussion group will begin on Feb. 8. Meetings will be held at the Whole Earth Center’s cafe at 360 Nassau Street in Princeton at 7 p.m. alternate Wednesday nights through April 19. Participants will explore healthy approaches to food, fitness, and wellness, in the…

Capital Health Names New Institute for Neurosciences Director
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Capital Health Names New Institute for Neurosciences Director

Capital Health, the region’s only state-designated comprehensive stroke center, announced today that the hospital has named a new Institute for Neurosciences director. Michael Stiefel, a neurosurgeon specializing in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, joined Capital Health as the director of the Capital Institute for Neurosciences and as director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Capital…

Pure Barre Opens Friday on Palmer Square
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Pure Barre Opens Friday on Palmer Square

A new Pure Barre workout studio is scheduled to open on Palmer Square in downtown Princeton this Friday, March 11. The studio is located at 31 Hulfish Street above Mediterra restaurant. Pure Barre has expanded to more than 275 studios across the United States since it began offering franchises in 2009. The full-body workout offered…

A Survey: Talking Walking in Princeton
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A Survey: Talking Walking in Princeton

Recent “alternative transportation” conversations in Princeton have tended to emphasize improvements for bicycling. However, events such as last October’ shocking accident at Washington Road and the canal towpath call for additional attention to pedestrian needs in and around the town. Last June, Planet Princeton readers provided lively feedback on a survey about bicycling issues. I thought I’d…

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Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad?

At public meetings lately, there’s been a lot of support for bicycling and pedestrian safety improvements, but there’s been equally strong resistance. A variety of improvements intended to slow traffic and create safer spaces for people on foot and bike have been opposed on grounds that they would, among other things: Increase traffic hazards and reduce convenience…