ATLANTA - Health officials say swine flu hospitalizations in Georgia are up to their highest level since the fall.
About 70 to 80 hospitalizations were reported in each of the past two weeks - the most since September, when a large wave of illnesses was hitting the South. The Georgia Department of Community Health released the new numbers Wednesday.
Defense Department officials expect to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions, said a senior official with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
JESUP - Wayne Memorial Hospital recently added another orthopedic surgeon to its roster of physicians. Dr. Greg White will open his practice, Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy, in mid-April in Wayne County. With more than 19 years of experience, White and his wife, Robin, are coming to Jesup from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., which is on the outskirts of Nashville.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips cut the ribbon on Hunter Army Airfield's new School-Aged Youth Services Center during a ceremony last Friday.
A Hinesville doctor has traded his civilian white lab coat for a uniform.
Glaucoma, often called the "sneak thief of sight" because it can strike without pain or other symptoms, is a leading causes of blindness in the United States.
Liberty Regional Medical Center has recently recruited several new physicians. It seems most of these doctors have come to Hinesville because they like the "small town feel" and want to provide more accessible health care in various specialties.
SAVANNAH - As part of the 21st annual Black Heritage Festival, presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University, there will be a health and wellness fair starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah.
Winn Army Community Hospital will have a seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine clinic from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 5-6 for Army families and retirees at the Hunter Army Airfield Post Exchange.
Despite the steady rain, a modest crowd turned up at at the family health fair at the YMCA Saturday. Sponsored by the Wal-Mart Vision Center, the Hinesville Neighborhood Crime Watch and Hinesville Lion's Club, the health fair featured at least a dozen community groups offering free health resources to visitors.
The city of Hinesville will hold a health fair, sponsored by the Hinesville Neighborhood Watch Group, Walmart Vision Center and the Hinesville Lions Club, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA on Mary Lou Drive. The fair is open to the community.
The Liberty County Health Department has partnered with the department of preventive medicine at Fort Stewart to set up H1N1 vaccination clinics in local schools next month.
At a recent Lunch & Learn at Poole's Deli in Hinesville, attendees learned that some cancer patients do not have reliable or consistent transportation to medical appointments or chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Since Vicki Smith became CEO of Diversity Health Center in March last year, she has seen the low-cost, nonprofit clinic become a more integral player in the region's health-care system. But to meet the growing needs of low-income, underinsured and uninsured residents of Liberty and Long counties, Smith and her team face a few challenges - challenges that seem daunting at first but are only a sign of the need for such a facility in the area.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Wellness on Wheels mobile-health vehicle will provide screenings from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the IGA supermarket on Highway 84 in Ludowici. All mammograms require a physician's order. Insurance is accepted and financial assistance is available to patients who qualify.
A crowd consisting of many veterans gathered March 27 at Farmer's Natural Foods in Hinesville for a health seminar on easing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nearly two-hour seminar was facilitated by author Kaliana Schmidt, a natural-emotional-care advocate.
The Fort Stewart Warrior Restoration Center teamed up with the Fort Stewart Fire Department on March 27 for an event held at the Main Exchange.
I recently was fortunate to be among a group of 24 nutrition and public-health students from Georgia Southern and Armstrong Atlantic State universities who spent a week exploring Verona, Italy, and the Tuscan countryside by day and learning how to prepare Italian dishes by night. It was an especially memorable spring break.
It's often been said that dogs are man's best friend, and the members of Woof P.A.C.T. (Partners Are Created Together) want to ensure soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are never without faithful companions.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia held its 159th annual meeting March 25 at the Armstrong Center on Abercorn Street in Savannah.
Healthy snacks often can be difficult to find or make in a pinch, especially when you are starving and a satisfying nibble is nowhere in sight. It is far too easy to reach for junk food when nutritious options aren't accessible.
Jessica Neeley of Richmond Hill has been selected as a candidate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Neeley joins other community leaders to see who can raise the most money for the organization in a 10-week time period, which started March 27. Money raised during the campaign will advance LLS's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
To commemorate National Public Health week on April 7-13, the Coastal Health District has given each day of the week a theme in an effort to send the public several health-related messages.
The first open enrollment for health-insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act ended Monday. State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, held two enrollment sessions in Hinesville and Midway on Saturday to register uninsured residents before the deadline.
Stroke is a "brain attack," and the fourth-leading cause of death. About 795,000 strokes occur each year. One occurs every 40 seconds, taking a life about every four minutes. Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke. Women are twice more likely to die from stroke than from breast cancer annually.
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