Resistance building in Central Jersey to GOP’s healthcare policies

A group of more than 50 protesters rallied outside Rep. Leonard Lance’s office in Westfield on Wednesday to call for the protection of the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump’s administration. Nick Muscavage/Staff Video


WESTFIELD – Armed with signs reading “Resist Trump,” “Down with Trump, Down with Lance,” “Medicare for All” and “Resist and Persist,” they gather every Wednesday on the sidewalk outside Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-District 7) office on North Avenue to show they don’t like what’s going on in Washington.

This Wednesday, more than 50 people, most proud to be called “progressives,” braved a chilly wind during evening rush hour to protest the possibility of changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cuts of federal aid to Planned Parenthood.

Sometimes it was hard to hear what they were saying or, in some cases, singing because of the car horns being honked in solidarity.

The protesters ranged in age from the freshman president of the Westfield High School Young Democrats Club to those who took part in protests against the Vietnam War in their college days.

“This is amazing,” Christine Sadovy, advocacy director of Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey, said about the turnout. A rally was also scheduled at the same time outside Lance’s office in Raritan Township.

Sadovy said the Republican majority in Congress may remove Planned Parenthood from the Affordable Care Act, making birth control and other services of the organization unaffordable for women.

“Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition,” she said. “That’s not fair.”

“If Planned Parenthood is defunded, millions of people across the country would lose access to the vital preventive reproductive health care services they rely on,”  Sadovy said. “New Jersey residents do not want to see reproductive health care under attack, and that’s why we are making our voices heard loud and clear.”

“Women deserve access to health care no matter their insurance level,” said Mara Natale of New Providence.

Her friend, Plainfield resident Robert Sanchez who carried a sign, “Bad Hombre and Nasty Woman for Planned Parenthood,” said he came to the rally “to support Progressive values at a grassroots level.”

Edison Amtrak worker pleads guilty to over billing rail company

EDISON – A 64-year-old township man, who formerly worked as an Amtrak supervisor, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently over billing the rail company for overtime and regular hours.


U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Richard Vogel pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark to converting federal government funds to his own use in connection with claiming to be working while Vogel was not present at Amtrak work sites.

According to court documents and statements, Vogel worked for Amtrak from January 1977 until July 2016 when he retired. Vogel supervised about 35 employees in work gangs on the construction signals side of the Communications and Signals Department, New York Division.

Between November 2015 and June 2016 Vogel billed Amtrak for 41 regular hours and 685.75 overtime hours when he was not present at Amtrak work sites, a loss that cost Amtrak $71,000.

With the plea Vogel faces a maximum one year in prison and fines up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on May 22. The plea agreement requires Vogel to make full restitution for $71,946 in losses to Amtrak

Anabolic Steroids- Blessing in disguise

Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the androgen (male hormone) testosterone that are majorly used by cliniciansand athletes. “Anabolism” is a biosynthetic processwhich uses energy to differentially retain nitrogen in lean body mass, either through prompting protein synthesis and/or lowering the breakdown of protein in the body. Androgens are also known to exert their effects in areas other than the reproductive tissues, such as muscle, bone, hair follicles in the skin, liver, kidneys, and the haematopoietic, immune and central nervous systems.

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Major benefits

Exploitation of each available resource to enhance one’s physical appearance has been an age old practise amongst humans. With the advances in medicine,drugs became an easiersource toaugment physical performance and have been in use ever since. In the present day, individuals both athletes and non-athletestrickling down to collegiate, high school, and even junior high levels continue to employ a wide range of substances, including anabolic- steroids, in the hope of enhancing their performance and appearance. These enable athletes to keep lean tissue due to their high anabolic potential.Steroids have been used to treat a host of conditions clinically as well, which includes several forms of anaemia, wounds and burns, protein-calorie malnutrition, severe burns, osteoporosis. Several derivatives of testosterone are also aimed to be used against Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and even prostate cancer in men or hirsuitism in women.

Common anabolic steroids

Anabolic steroids preparations generally involve the modifications of androgens so as to minimize their androgenic properties and make them purely anabolic for promoting fat-free muscle synthesis.Numerous steroids have successfullymade their way as pharmaceutical preparations in the market worldwide, for example, methandienone, methyltestosterone, oxandrolone and stanozolol. Some of the preparations of oxandrolonehave gained more fame because of their use by sports competitors and bodybuilders in particular while some others like boldenone and trenbolone are restricted to veterinary purposes only.Oxandrolone has an indirect way of action wherein it helps promote anabolism by triggering the production of testosterone in the body. Often doctors prescribe this steroid along with other medicines to compensate for the weight loss caused by surgery, injury, infection or any other medical conditions. Oxandrolone owes its reputation to the wide range of functions it performs as an anabolic agent.

Administration and mechanism of action

Oxandrolone is commercially available as tablets and is administered orally while some others are administered by means of intramuscular injections also.These particularly exert their effects by binding to androgen receptors on the cells, stimulating production of RNA,eventually increasing rate of protein synthesis. Not only are these drugs known to have anabolic actions, they also show significant anticatabolic effect.Oxandrolone acts by increasing an athlete’s aggressiveness and leads to gain in strength, produces euphoria, or lessenone’s sense of fatigue during training which together enables athletes to keep lean tissue.

As Hippocrates said, “Everything in excess is opposed to nature” similarly profligate use of anabolic steroids may have adverse effects and the users must be aware of such fallouts common amongst which are increase in sexual drive, incidence of acne vulgaris, increased body hair and increment of aggressive behaviour hence a moderation in doses is the key to best results.