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Resident touts benefits of living gluten-free

ForbergerFrom the outside, John Forberger looks healthy enough. The 30-year-old Merchantville resident trains for triathalons and sticks to a strict "paleo" diet of protein, fruits and vegetables.But he's been hospitalized 17 times for pancreatic attacks, episodes of excruciating abdominal spasms he believes are caused by accidental ingestion of gluten. Diagnosed with celiac disease and pancreatitis, Forberger was in the hospital for two weeks last October.

Probable Measles Infection notice for Camden County
Camden County Health Dept. staff will answer questions on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 1-800-999-9045 regarding a Public Health Alert about measles. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has identified a Camden County man with probable measles who may have exposed an unknown number of people at public locations in South Jersey between April 21 and 24. On 4/12/11, a passenger arriving in the United States from Milan, Italy was subsequently diagnosed with laboratory confirmed measles. A NJ resident had multiple exposures to the index case in Rhode Island between 4/12 and 4/15.
Concern Grows Over Window Blind Safety

blindsFor the last 25 years or so, manufacturers of window blinds have installed safety features and offered tips to parents to try to minimize the dangers from their products. Even so, children like Angel continue to strangle on the cords with grim regularity, an average of one a month.Now, prodded by a Missouri mother whose daughter was strangled in a window blind, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has asked manufacturers to devise a way to eliminate the risks from window cords or perhaps face mandatory regulations.

Prenatal pesticide exposure linked with lower IQ

Babies exposed to pesticides before birth may have significantly lower intelligence scores by age 7 than children who were not exposed, three separate studies published on Thursday said.

Results from the studies -- two in New York and one in an agricultural community in California -- suggest prenatal exposure to pesticides can have a lasting effect on intelligence.

Cherries for Health: Better Than Aspirin?

CherriesSometimes the latest research on nutrition involves a substance or supplement with an obscure name that only a scientist could get excited about. But other times, there is something absolutely delicious that, it turns out, is also great for you. Which brings us to cherries. With cherry blossom season in the air, now is a great time to celebrate the beauty of nature and one of my favorite fruits, the cherry. The delicious sweet and tart flavor of cherries is matched by remarkable health benefits.

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