A patient needs a blood transfusion every two seconds in the United States, according to a recent news release from the American Red Cross.
Stop the presses! I interrupt this column with an important update: Infamous Chinese tiger mother Amy Chua, whose account of her parenting methods ("Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Penguin) has provoked a tsunami of outrage, now says that much, if not most, of her description was a "joke," "deadpan humor," and "tongue in cheek."
Friday is National Wear Red Day and the beginning of "Go red for women month." Heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer. Nearly one in every three women will die from cardiovascular disease. By wearing red on National Wear Red Day, you can show solidarity against the loss of so many women's lives to heart disease.
Q: Our first child, a 10-month-old boy, bangs his head on the headboard of his crib when we put him to bed. He doesn't cry or exhibit any distress, but he pushes himself to his hands and knees and then begins rocking forward and backward, banging his head in the process. I'm very worried, although in all other respects, he acts normally. Is this something I should tell his doctor about? Can it be stopped, and if so, how?
According to a new study at the Pediatrics Department of the University of Chicago, children who sleep for at least nine hours do not have problems of obesity and the accompanying metabolic disorders like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
One issue people of all ages and backgrounds seem to agree on is the importance of good health. A steady number of Liberty County residents concerned with getting or staying healthy attended the fourth annual community health fair held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Hinesville.
To ensure military families don't get left out as the new national health-care reform law extends parent's health insurance to their children up to age 26, TRICARE plans to roll out its new young adult program by spring and to provide an option to make coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.
On Saturday, a community health fair will offer residents free health screenings at the National Guard Armory in Liberty County.
I'm overweight and while I'm not particularly fond of dieting and exercising, there is no way I am going to get in shape by trying the trend popularized recently by young female college graduates in China. These crazy women are actually ingesting roundworm eggs in order to lose weight even though this is known to be harmful to a person's health.
Over the years, I have been called every name in the book, all related to my admittedly traditional parenting philosophy. Draconian is a favorite slur. I am confident that these epithets are tossed by folks who have turned their children into golden calves, so I have no problem with harsh or evil or "parenting Hitler" or any of the rest.
Bryan County Health Department officials are reminding residents across the county to have their pets vaccinated for rabies following two cases of family pets testing positive for the virus.
The TRICARE health insurance program is rolling out its new patient-centered "medical home" concept to an increasing number of its beneficiaries, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Christine S. Hunter, the top TRICARE officer, said Wednesday.
In last week's column, I offered 15 parenting resolutions for the new year. This week, I'm making a prediction: 2011 will see the beginning of a revolution in what and where America's children eat. Over the next decade, it will become cooler for a parent to have a slim child than a child who makes straight A's.
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. This promotion is important because more than 4,000 women die in the United States each year from cervical cancer and women who don't have screening on a regular basis significantly increase their chances of developing the disease.
BOSTON - A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor's office.
Neuroscience research holds an important message for shoppers looking to add a few new pieces to their spring wardrobe: the brain can't always be trusted.
Giving in to the temptation to talk with friends or answer texts while driving holds serious consequences for teens behind the wheel, according to a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which found that six in 10 car crashes involving teen drivers were linked to distracted driving.
Phil had been teaching tennis to young people for 20 years. Last year, when he started experiencing discomfort in his hands and wrists, a parent of one of his students suggested it could be carpal tunnel syndrome.
The search for an effective Alzheimer's treatment has faced many setbacks, but one new drug is renewing hope, according to researchers.
America's favorite workplace turns 10 this week. Fans of Jim, Pam, Dwight, Michael Scott and the rest of "The Office's" cast of characters will mark a decade since the comically dysfunctional crew first came to television screens.
In late February, Scott Dannemiller, a writer and worship leader in the Presbyterian Church, captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of people with a simple four-word headline: "Busy is a Sickness."
The mechanism that causes high-performance athletes to "feel the burn" also causes people with chronic fatigue syndrome to feel exhausted by the most common daily activities, new University of Florida research shows.
During, this time the National Association of Social Workers begins an eight-month celebration of its 60th anniversary which will end in October, the actual month the association was founded back in 1955.
Legislation sponsored by Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, would create a joint House and Senate Coastal Greenway Study Committee to examine the proposed Coastal Georgia Greenway trail.
Turmeric, a rootstock perennial plant that is a cousin to the ginger family, is used as a spice in many Middle Eastern recipes. But recent studies indicate that turmeric could hold medicinal value as well.
The Affordable Care Act will turn five on Monday, March 23, and many supporters began birthday celebrations early this week with the release of new data illustrating the law's positive impact.
Excess feelings of loneliness have been shown to shorten your lifespan and weaken your immune system. The health risks of loneliness even rival obesity, as Deseret News National's Lois Collins pointed out on Mar. 14.
When people say, “It is not a big deal,” one has to believe them. The problem is, with kids, a little deal may be a big deal. For that matter, who is to say what a big or a little deal is for grown-ups?
Facebook has defriended its "feeling fat" emoticon, announcing Tuesday that the option did not fit the spirit of its "How are you feeling?" prompt.
As I stood shoulder-deep in the hotel swimming pool, surrounded by all six of my children — many of them hanging on to me — I felt tremendous regret.