I volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial in New Jersey. Here’s what it’s been like since the shot.

On the afternoon of Sept. 22, I became a data point in the search for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

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That’s when I received the first of two shots in a clinical trial to develop a vaccine, and became one of 30,000 volunteers to take a needlestick for science.

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Why am I doing it? A combination of altruism, curiosity, and a sense of duty as a journalist. But more on that later.

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Aside from the nurse who injected me and the hospital pharmacy that supplied her with the injection, no one else knows whether I received a placebo or the would-be vaccine. Not me. Not even Dr. Bindu Balani, the principal investigator in the

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I’m part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial in New Jersey

On the afternoon of Sept. 22, I became a data point in the search for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

That’s when I received the first of two shots in a clinical trial to develop a vaccine, and became one of 30,000 volunteers to take a needlestick for science.

Why am I doing it? A combination of altruism, curiosity, and a sense of duty as a journalist. But more on that later.

Aside from the nurse who injected me and the hospital pharmacy that supplied her with the injection, no one else knows whether I received a placebo or the would-be vaccine. Not me. Not even Dr. Bindu Balani, the principal investigator in the trial at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of 89 study sites around the country.

This is called a double-blind study because both the researchers and the participants are blind to what was inside that syringe.

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Huma Mirza, D.D.S. of Smile! Dental Boutique in Warren, New Jersey Named 2020 NJ Top Dentist

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Huma Mirza, DDS of Smile! Dental Boutique in Warren, New Jersey has been reviewed and approved by NJ Top Dentists for 2020. Dr. Mirza provides a full spectrum of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services at her Warren, New Jersey office. She has expertise with porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, and bridges.

Dr. Mirza’s key mission as a dentist is to provide her patients with a new, positive outlook on dentistry.

Dr. Mirza graduated from United Medical and Dental School of Guys’, Kings and St Thomas’ in London in 2002. This is one of the most prestigious dental schools in the United Kingdom. She graduated at the top of her class, winning prizes in orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, dental public health, microbiology, immunology, pathology, conservative dentistry, and was entered to win the Gold Medal prize for best dental student in London

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A large majority of driver’s license suspensions in New Jersey have nothing to do with traffic safety, study finds

The findings, which will be published in the Journal of Transport & Health’s December issue, found more than 90% of suspensions in the Garden State are actually not related to traffic safety.

Suspensions are often more a result of other non-driving-related offenses, including failure to pay a fine or appear in court, the study suggests.

Using licensing information from the New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Brown University compared the characteristics of “suspended drivers, their residential census tract, as well as access to public transportation and jobs, by reason for the suspension (driving or non-driving related)” from 2004 to 2018.

The study found that 5.5% of New Jersey drivers had a suspended license in 2018– 91% of those suspensions had nothing to do with traffic safety.

Researchers also found that driver’s license suspensions were most common in low-income communities and communities with

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NJ Top Dentist Practice, Garden State Smiles Continues To Expand Footprint in New Jersey

Garden State Smiles continues to expand its footprint in New Jersey, adding a 5th location and cutting edge technology. This practice and NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Vlad Detinich continues to receive awards and praise.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. (PRWEB) October 02, 2020

Garden State Smiles, a multi-location dental practice in New Jersey led by reviewed and approved NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Vlad Detinich, continues to expand its footprint. Currently serving patients in Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer and Middlesex counties, Garden State Smiles now has 5 convenient office locations in Hamilton, Toms River, Matawan, North Brunswick and Brick, with plans to add more locations soon.

“We’re not just your average dental office”, says NJ Top Dentist, Dr. Detenich, founder and CEO of the company. “We started out with a really simple goal in mind: To provide our patients with an amazing dental experience with every single visit to our offices”. Providing all dental

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New Jersey Veterans Homes Likely Failed to Acknowledge Covid-19 as Cause in Dozens of Deaths, Officials Say

A state-run nursing home for veterans in New Jersey failed to attribute nearly 40% of its likely Covid-19 deaths to the virus, according to the state’s own Department of Health.

The Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, in Edison, N.J., attributed 62 deaths to the new coronavirus on the website of the state’s veterans’ affairs agency. But a Department of Health spokeswoman, Nancy Kearney, said late Wednesday that an additional 39 people probably died from the virus at the facility during a wave of infections there.

Another state-run veterans home, in Paramus, N.J., also likely had more Covid-19 deaths than the total it attributed to the virus, Ms. Kearney said. The likely undercount at the two facilities, among the deadliest in the state for the virus, was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The findings show how publicly reported nursing home mortality figures can fail to reflect the true toll

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