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By Kelly Roncace, South Jersey Times

The region recently experienced its first heat wave of the summer, with temperatures soaring into the 90s.

While high heat and humidity can have a dangerous affect on anyone's health, excessive heat can be most dangerous for those 65 years old and older.

Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, dean of the Rowan School of Medicine and a geriatrician, said heat is especially dangerous for people 65 and older because of age-related issues, medications and chronic conditions, which can all add to the danger of hot weather.

By Kelly Roncace, South Jersey Times

Nothing can ruin a fun day outdoors like discovering a tick has latched onto your skin, is sucking your blood and threatening to possibly pass an infectious disease your way.

The quick warm up has brought these tiny ectoparasites out in droves, according to local doctors.

MONROE – For Julie Kelly, the Special Olympics torch is a touchstone for the passion that has enveloped her life. Chosen to light the "Flame of Hope" at Sunday's 2014 USA Games Opening Ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, Kelly found the experience indescribable.

Kim Mulford, Courier-Post

Once a month, Carmen Caban uses a walker to make her way up the concrete steps of 511 State Street in North Camden, home of St. Luke's Catholic Medical Services.

When it rains, she navigates past a leaky ceiling near the front door. When it's freezing, she sits in a waiting room warmed by space heaters.

By Kelly Roncace, South Jersey Times

It’s a subject not many people are comfortable talking about, but it’s a conversation that needs to be initiated before it’s too late.

The discussion involves end-of-life care — the choices and decisions that need to be made when loved-ones become unable to make decisions themselves.

By Kelly Roncace, South Jersey Times

“Swallow tablets whole. Do not crush or chew.”

This warning appears on bottles of several pain killers, and for good reason.

With some drugs, if you break, crush or bite the pill, it sends an immediate high dose of medication into your system.

This is a huge concern surrounding the recent FDA approval of Zohydro — a hydrocodone-based, extended-release pain killer with little protection against breakage.

By Kim Mulford, Courier-Post

By Kim Mulford, Courier-Post

Ashley Killeen calls herself "one of the lucky ones."

It's been about four years since an obstetrician opened her belly to seek the source of her chronic abdominal pain. He discovered her uterus had stuck to her bladder, the result of excessive scar tissue from two cesarean sections.

At 23, the Browns Mills, N.J., mother of two little boys had a hysterectomy. Nearly a year later, the pain returned.

WESTMONT - Jennifer Chiesa rolled her chair close to her patient, who took up a quarter of an armchair, frail and breathing heavily, with small tubes pumping oxygen into her nostrils.
"How've you been feeling?" Chiesa asked with a disarming smile.
"Good days and bad days. I like to forget about the bad," said Helen Volz, 79, a hospice patient since 2009.
Chiesa met Volz for the first time Wednesday as part of her yearlong clinical fellowship in hospice and palliative care through Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in collaboration with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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