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Lifestyle can cut risk of birth defects

Researchers in the Netherlands have documented another reason why women wishing to have children should stop smoking before they become pregnant. In addition to being linked to various birth defects, premature birth, underdeveloped lungs, low birth weight and many other problems, smoking during pregnancy has been shown to damage the baby's blood vessels. According to www.nlm.nih.gov, this defect of thicker blood vessel walls is linked to cardiovascular disease and early atherosclerosis in adults. In addition to this, the children of smoking mothers had a 15 percent lower arterial distensibility (ability of the artery to stretch during ...

January 05, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Panel wants lead poisoning standards lowered

ATLANTA - For the first time in 20 years, a federal panel is urging the government to lower the threshold for lead poisoning in children.

January 05, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Living well


Micromanaging teens can increase problems

Q: Our 17-year-old daughter is an honor student who has been accepted to three colleges. She has not been a risk taker, except with boys. Her most recent boyfriend is a wonderful kid and very smart. Apparently, they both resent our rule that a parent must be home when either of them is visiting at the other one's home, but they've gone along with it, however reluctantly. We just found out that they've been texting about sneaking out in cars to be alone. What should we do?

January 05, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Fretting about girl’s weight not a good idea

Q: Our 4-year-old daughter's weight (25 pounds) is at the first percentile for her age, but she is otherwise healthy, energetic, creative, polite and well-behaved. Our only real problem occurs at meals during which she picks at and dawdles over her food. We end up coaxing her to finish, telling her how important it is for her to eat so she'll grow, and so on. Sometimes, she has been there so long we've taken her plate away, but we are reluctant to do that because we don't want her losing any weight. Are we worrying for ...

December 28, 2011 | By John Rosemond Parenting columnist | Living well


Allergies and colds seem similar but treatment varies

Uh oh! It's three days until New Year's Eve and you feel like you're getting a cold. No one wants to have to miss out on all the fun or have to stay away from friends so they don't get sick, too.

December 28, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe Health columnist | Living well


Dog makes woman’s medical condition more manageable

For Dallas LaPointe, having seizures is a part of her life. But with a new friend that she received from Long County, the seizures may be a little less dangerous.

December 24, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


Clarity of hindsight can be painful

Q: My husband and I have micromanaged, spoiled and enabled our 21-year-old son all his life. We paid a heavy price during his teen years. At this point, he is arrogant, immature and irresponsible.

December 21, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Free Tdap vaccines being offered

The Liberty County Health Department currently is offering free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccines, which are recommended for children ages 11-19 and adults.

December 21, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Holiday blues are not uncommon

When I was younger, I could never understand why people talked about being depressed at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is such a joyful season, right? Why waste time dwelling on the negative and being sad and depressed?

December 15, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Don't be afraid to lay down the law

At an online source of parenting advice, a mother recently asked a female marriage and family therapist how to handle her eighth-grade daughter's announcement that she and her ninth-grade boyfriend have decided to "prove their love" by having sex. The mother says, "I don't think she's ready to have sex with this boy."

December 14, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


New breast cancer drugs show promise

SAN ANTONIO - Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.

December 14, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Long County Board of Health bids farewell to Ludowici mayor

The Long County Board of Health said goodbye to an outgoing member, Ludowici Mayor Myrtice Warren, at its December meeting.

December 12, 2011 | By Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


Ga. remains 37th in national health rankings

ATLANTA - United Health Foundation's latest health rankings place Georgia 37th in the country this year, the same as a year ago.

December 07, 2011 | The Associated Press | Living well


Coastal agency offers class on managing disease

Coastal Georgia residents are invited to attend a free six-week workshop on managing chronic conditions at the Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging. The workshop runs Friday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Feb. 17. It will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Liberty Senior Center, 800 Tupelo Trail, in Hinesville.

December 07, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Choose safe holiday gifts for little ones

This is the time of the year when children who've been good get to ask Santa to bring them the toys on their wish lists. Millions of parents and family members flock to malls and stores, sometimes lining up outside the night before or during the early morning hours of Black Friday. News stations show viewers the large crowds camped out, waiting for the stores to open their doors so shoppers can snag this year's "hot" toy.

December 07, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


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Health care facilities expanding, improving

Community health-care facilities are expanding, and services are improving for civilians, veterans and military families. Medical facilities on and off post have seen growth in the past year, and more improvements are planned for this year.

January 25, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


'Sleeves Up' drive promotes blood donation

American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives in January during National Blood Donor Month through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospital brings new technology to Jesup

JESUP - Residents in Jesup and the surrounding communities now have one less reason to travel elsewhere for health care thanks to Wayne Memorial Hospital's addition of full-time cardiologist Dr. Gary Stern and an additional diagnostic tool, the cardiac CT.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Palliative-care expert to speak in Savannah

SAVANNAH - A renowned palliative-care expert from Johns Hopkins is coming to Savannah at the end of the month as part of Hospice Savannah Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care's seventh annual lecture series.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Luncheon to discuss food labels

BRUNSWICK - What does it really imply if products are listed as all-natural or gluten-free? Which part of the label should consumers review first? What is the appropriate amount of beneficial nutrients?

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Ebola outlook improving in West Africa

January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.

January 25, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Simple tips to maintain discipline

Here we are in the new year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise and generally take better care of yourself.

January 25, 2015 | By Christine Nyers Special to the Courier | Living well


LRMC nurse retires after 46 years of service

Willie Mae Jacobs, a Liberty County native and Liberty Regional Medical Center employee with nearly 50 years of nursing experience, recently celebrated her retirement with family and friends in the LRMC cafe.

January 11, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Living well


New year brings new hope for health

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal and togetherness. However, in the relations between people, there also can be less-than-positive interactions - even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.

January 11, 2015 | By Dr. Andrew Pleasant and Jennifer Cabe Special to the Courier | Living well


New pharmacist at Coastal Family of Pharmacies

Lisa Johnson Sommers of Richmond Hill recently joined The Coastal Family of Pharmacies and will split her time between two locations: Richmond Hill Pharmacy and Hinesville Pharmacy.

January 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Making health-care decisions for parents isn't easy

There are a few things that I always look forward to during the holiday season. Getting together with family is the first.

January 11, 2015 | By Rich DeLong Special to the Courier | Living well


Pets don't handle extra weight well

The holidays are a time of overindulgence. People often eat way too much, and frequently their pets are right there beside them.

January 11, 2015 | By Angie Denison Deseret News | Living well


Hand washing can help you stay healthy

One of the easiest, least expensive ways to stay healthy often is one of the most overlooked. Avoiding the common cold - or worse, the flu - can be as easy as washing your hands.

January 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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