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Create healthy, easy snacks

One of the things I really look forward to each summer is our grandchildren's vacation away from their parents. They spend this time with their grandparents in Hinesville and seem as equally excited to be here as we are to have them. It's also a wonderful bonding time for "the cousins" - as they call themselves.

August 25, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Children should do their own homework

As the new school year begins, it's time for me, once again, to make my perennial case against parental involvement in homework.

August 24, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Advisory for another Tybee beach

TYBEE ISLAND - The Chatham County Health Department has placed a beach on Tybee Island under advisory after tests showed a high bacteria count.

August 18, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Long Co. Diversity Health Center holds open house

The Long County Diversity Health Center had an open house last week to celebrate Community Health Center Week.

August 18, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


White Medical Home’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to draw top commanders

The deputy commander for the Southern Regional Medical Command is scheduled to visit Winn Army Community Hospital on Friday.

August 18, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Don't fret odd; harmless behavior

Q: Our 12-year-old daughter seems driven to run in circles. For years now, every day, often many times a day, she suddenly will start jogging in a big circle around the family room or anywhere else in the house when the urge strikes. She stops when one of us tells her to stop, but a bit later she's off again. We've sent her outside to run many times, but that doesn't help either. While this may sound like a minor problem, it is so strange and it's most certainly driving us nuts. Help!

August 17, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Breastfeeding benefits babies, mothers

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and it's interesting to note that breastfeeding once again is spiking in popularity among new moms as the preferred method of feeding their newborn babies. More than half of all new mothers now breastfeed their babies because they understand why it is so important.

August 17, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Officials: No signs of West Nile in Liberty

Although two cases of West Nile virus have been reported in two nearby counties, officials say the disease has not been spotted in either humans or mosquitoes in Liberty County.

August 15, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


Center celebrates good health, care

Diversity Health Center board member Charlene Williams, right, eyes a cookie while staff members Sam Powers, Gail Barrett and Sandra Melchor serve refreshments during the Hinesville open house Thursday. The clinic recently converted two offices to exam rooms to accommodate more patients, CEO Vicki Smith said.

August 13, 2011 | Danielle hipps | Living well


Bacteria warnings up on Tybee

SAVANNAH - Public health officials have issued a bacteria advisory for Strand Beach near the Tybee Island pier, and authorities are urging swimmers to avoid water in the area until further notice.

August 11, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


WIC provides healthy food, education

Childcare agencies and parents should encourage healthy lifestyles among children with extra emphasis on proper nutrition and physical fitness. And, as far as proper nutrition goes, pediatricians often advise expectant mothers to breastfeed their babies because this gives infants the right balance of nutrients and, with the assistance of vaccinations, helps their immune systems develop.

August 11, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Boys will be boys, squash bugs

Q: I feel silly for asking, but what is your position on children killing bugs? I do not know if this is just 4-year-old boy behavior, but my son seems rather fascinated with bug-killing. He is, by the way, very kind with our dog and other pets. I have explained that bugs have families too and need to return to them.

August 10, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


National Health Center Week highlights local clinics

Diversity Health Center is opening the doors this week and inviting the public to check out its Hinesville and Ludowici clinics.

August 10, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


West Nile case confirmed in Savannah

SAVANNAH - Lab tests have confirmed a person in the Savannah area has been infected by the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

August 09, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Precautions can prevent eye injury

Millions of people could have their eyesight saved thanks to several new groundbreaking treatments that have the potential to eradicate several of the most common causes of blindness. Antioxidant supplements, new drugs, stem cell therapy and laser treatment soon may offer new hope to people of all ages - the hope of keeping their eyesight and of remaining independent.

August 04, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


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A different view of the parable of the talents

Many people have heard of the New Testament parable of the talents found in Matthew 25. A guy heads out of town and leaves some of his cash with three employees. To one he gives five talents, to another he leaves two talents, and he bestows on the last of the trio a single talent.

April 30, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


As Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola crisis, new innovations are helping poor villages

A year after Ebola devastated swaths of Sierra Leone, killing more than 10,000 people in the region, life in the West African nation is slowly returning to normal. While the deadly pathogen has not been completely eradicated, the number of new cases has slowed to a trickle, and when the country's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, visited Washington this week, he said it was time to turn the focus beyond Ebola.

April 29, 2015 | Kimberly Curtis Deseret News | Living well


Abuse of ADHD drugs expands beyond campuses

A recent report from The New York Times revealed an unsettling development in America's relationship to ADHD drugs: Stimulant abuse has arrived in the world of business.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


How one community is changing the discussion on campus sexual assault

Carrie Hull became a police officer because she wanted to help people.

April 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | Living well


Making college safer: how to protect students from sexual assault

When Constance and Howard Clery picked Lehigh University for their youngest — and only — daughter to attend, it was partly because the school seemed safe. The Pennsylvania campus was serene, beautiful and less than two hours from home.

April 23, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | Living well


How (and why) to teach your kids to love nature

It's National Park Week from April 18 to 26 and Earth Day on the 22nd, but that's not why Chris Fiscus is taking his kids hiking this weekend. They go regularly because it's good for them, and because Chris likes to see Cole, 13, without a computer in his lap and Brady, 9, hold a water bottle instead of a video game controller.

April 22, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


5 ways to embrace pre-menopause

Each year millions of women in their late 40s and early 50s experience the dreaded time in life that we euphemistically refer to as “the change,” including peri-menopause (or pre-menopause) and menopause. For many of us, peri-menopause comes out of left field, stealing any and all prior sense of stability and normalcy and leaving a wake of escalating and plummeting hormones that send us spiraling out of control. At 52 years of age, I was astounded when a nurse practitioner diagnosed my depression as being due to peri-menopause. In the last eight months since that diagnosis, I have at times ...

April 22, 2015 | Debbie Merrill FamilyShare | Living well


Having a high IQ might make you depressed, research shows

Brainiacs, beware. Having the kind of active brain associated with high intelligence may also lead to stress and anxiety, according to recent research.

April 21, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Tomatoes on attack against cancer

In 1978, the low-budget science-fiction film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" was a hit among young moviegoers. The film was a spoof on the horror and sci-fi genre movies of that time and featured monstrous tomatoes revolting against humans, killing them off one by one.

April 19, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


Keep a fresh perspective on your eyes

In many households, women tend to actively be on the lookout for their family's overall health and well-being. While selflessly putting the needs of loved ones before their own, women can often overlook health problems of their own that could lead to major health-care costs down the road. This is especially true when it comes to vision.

April 19, 2015 | By Dr. Mark Kishel Special to the Courier | Living well


Study links Facebook to depression

The social-media site Facebook can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.

April 19, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Personality as plain to others as the (altered) nose on your face

Going under the knife for a younger-looking face does more than alter a person's own body image, according to a new study published this week in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. It also changes how an individual's personality is perceived by others.

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


Springtime weather might make it easier for you to fall in love

In the springtime, as temperatures rise and flower buds peek out of the soil to greet the sun, the body begins making adjustments of its own.

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


Retelling your life story in a positive way may be good for your mental health

People looking to boost their mental health should be strategic about the way they retell important life events, according to recent research on the way life stories impact well-being.

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


Digital technology helps insurers simplify health care system

A popular new commercial that shows a couple video-conferencing with a doctor after ill-timed dance moves sent them crashing into their dining room table illustrates a rising trend among health insurers: the use of innovative technologies to simplify the health care system.

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


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