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More kids skip school vaccines in eight states

ATLANTA - A rising number of parents in more than half of states are opting out of school shots for their kids. And in eight states, more than one in 20 public school kindergartners do not get all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

November 30, 2011 | The Associated Press | Living well


Stay safe this holiday — don’t drink and drive

Many people believe that underage drinking and driving is only a problem on prom night or after graduation, but the latest newsletter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving contradicts that stereotypical belief. While underage drinking and driving definitely are problematic on those two occasions, the night before Thanksgiving actually seems to be the biggest night for underage drinking. According to MADD's November newsletter, "The fridge and the liquor cabinets are stocked, parents are distracted by relatives and dinner preparations and older siblings or college-age friends are around."

November 30, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Avoid putting on the pounds during holidays

Eggnog, turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries - the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season?

November 23, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Micromanaging moms often disrespect husbands

Devon Corneal is an attorney and a writer. Her essay, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Parents Can't Get Kids to Listen," recently was published online by The Huffington Post. In it, Corneal carps about her children not listening to her. She identifies the three children in question as "a son, a stepson and the manchild I married." She refers to them as "boys."

November 23, 2011 | John Rosemond | Living well


Two STDs increase; syphilis down

ATLANTA - Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade.

November 19, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Schools nip smoking in the bud

School nurses in Liberty County and statewide have spearheaded anti-smoking campaigns that culminated with Thursday's Great American Smokeout.

November 18, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


Reaching 90 more likely than ever

WASHINGTON - The rolls of America's oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.

November 17, 2011 | Hope Yen The Associated Press | Living well


School nurses help fight diabetes

Georgia school nurses are on the front line in providing essential care during school hours that allows children with diabetes to stay in class and learn. With obesity, a contributing cause of type 2 diabetes, rising at epidemic rates among adolescents, the school nurses also provide wellness education to children, teachers and staff about how to avoid developing this debilitating - but, in most cases, preventable - chronic disease year-round. This especially is important in November, which is American Diabetes Month.

November 17, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Don't wait, quit smoking now

On Thursday, we will celebrate the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout. Even after years of education and warnings, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's website, www.cancer.org.

November 16, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Immediate care clinic opens here

Georgia Emergency Associates, a Savannah-based medical group, opened its fourth urgent care clinic, South Georgia Immediate Care Center, in Hinesville on Tuesday.

November 16, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Take precautions to avoid germs

I just discovered another reason for getting a flu shot. Not only can you spread the flu to your friends and family but, according to www.webmd.com/pets-tales, your family dog and cat also are capable of contracting human flu.

November 10, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Leadership key when disciplining kids

Q: Several years ago, I married a widower who never disciplined his children. They now are 9, 14 and 16, and he still has a very difficult time denying them anything. I love them very much and think of them as my own, but I often feel like the "bad guy." In this situation, should he be the main disciplinarian? He's given me the responsibility (he has a very demanding job, thus his at-home hours are not reliable) and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning!

November 09, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


HIV testing on World AIDS Day

The Coastal Health District, in conjunction with the Georgia AIDS Coalition, will offer free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. All testing will be done from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Forsyth Park in Savannah. Needles will not be used, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m.

November 06, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Winn hosts drive-through clinic

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital conducted its fourth annual drive-through flu shot clinic Wednesday and Thursday.

November 04, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Living well


Light drinking linked to slight breast-cancer risk

CHICAGO - Whether sipping beer, wine or whiskey, women who drink just three alcoholic beverages a week face slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer compared with teetotalers, a study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found.

November 03, 2011 | Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press | Living well


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3 reasons running makes you better than her

It's too time-consuming. It's an exercise fad. I'm too old to start. My family will feel neglected. It's too cold; it's too hot. I'm slower than my toddler taking his first steps.

May 27, 2015 | Becky Squire FamilyShare | Living well


Cancer charities fraud highlights need for donors to ask questions

Charges were filed this week against four cancer charities who allegedly misused millions of dollars of donations. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the suit represents one of the largest legal actions against charity fraud to date.

May 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


How do high schoolers get their morals?

Kendall Coffey is a good person, at least according to her mom.

May 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Is that soda in that sippy cup? It might as well be

Whether it’s organic, local, 100 percent fruit or fresh pressed, the cup of juice clutched in your toddler’s hands might as well be soda. When it comes to sugar levels – in the form of fructose - there isn’t much difference between the two.

May 26, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well


The science of late-night snacking — and how to resist

When Darya Rose was dieting, a day spent avoiding sweets and eating fruits and vegetables would often end with her hand in a bag of trail mix.

May 26, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


4 ways to keep preschoolers active

A new study holds troubling news for the parents of young children: preschools might not be serving students' physical health needs.

May 26, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Financial incentives motivate people to take up healthy habits, study shows

A new study on the best way to motivate people to quit smoking revisited a perennial theme in behavioral science: the power of financial incentives.

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


Skipping meals could lead to belly fat, study says

If you think skipping lunch will get your body beach ready for summertime, think again.

May 22, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Living well


Stressed when you use Google to diagnose illness? Government says it has the cure

In the Internet age, health information is only a click (or Google search) away. This ease of access to research studies, medical websites and health articles has both negative and positive consequences, bringing answers as well as anxiety.

May 20, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Women inspired to healthy life changes

Glennis Cadle was depressed, overweight and stressed.

May 17, 2015 | By Eva Fedderly Columnist | Living well


Need a doctor? You can bring one to your doorstep with this health care app

Need a doctor? There's an app for that.

May 16, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Homeopathic medicine in spotlight as FDA revisits regulation

Shopping for natural treatments for everyday ailments could soon become more complicated. The Food and Drug Administration held two days of hearings last week to reconsider whether nontraditional medical remedies should be subject to stricter regulations.

May 15, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


The pros and cons of a selfie-obsessed culture

Kim Kardashian West became a published author this week. But instead of being filled with her thoughts on fashion or life in Hollywood, her book, "Selfish," is composed of more than 400 photos of her face.

May 14, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Health risks associated with snoring can include effects on the brain

Chronic snorers might need to put aside their Breathe Right strips and schedule a doctor's appointment. Several recent articles and a new research study have highlighted health risks associated with snoring that often go unacknowledged.

May 12, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Red Cross seeks donors as summer looms

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

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


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