Richmond Hill residents and employees celebrated Think Pink Day on Friday by donning pink attire for breast cancer awareness.
Family members of active duty members stationed in and around Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will soon have more access to health care with the projected spring 2011 opening of an Army community-based primary care clinic in Richmond Hill. The clinic is among 17 clinics the Army is opening near 14 installations across the United States.
Hinesville Pharmacy had its inaugural health fair on Oct. 7. Free blood pressure and glucose testing were offered, along with flu and pneumonia vaccinations and cholesterol testing.
Americans may be the most medicated people in the world, say statistics. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, while one in six take 3 or more. That means trips to the pharmacy are commonplace and individuals need to get the facts before they drop off their next prescription.
The flu - it's just a fever and cough, right? Wrong. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized because of the flu every year and an average of 36,000 people die from it. Is it really worth the gamble? Liberty County Health Department officials don't think so. The health department is now offering the flu vaccine, and everyone six months and older is encouraged to get it.
When it comes to keeping healthy during flu season, the proverbial ounce of prevention comes in a vaccine.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce had its monthly Progress through People Luncheon on Sept. 23 at the CenturyLink 50x50 Building. The luncheon, sponsored by Liberty Regional Medical Center, featured five LRMC physicians: Dr. Seth A. Borquaye of Comprehensive OB/GYN Health Center, Dr. Christina M. Berenguer of Southeast Georgia Surgery, Dr. Bryan Ristow of Liberty Cardiology, Dr. Wumi Oguntunmibi of Coastal Medical Specialist in Lung and Critical Care PC and Dr. W. Stephen Tankersley of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specialists.
Hinesville resident Jan Shearhouse Alexuk is an ordained minister, a college professor and a breast cancer survivor. The Rev. Alexuk, 60, was one of 10 area women selected to participate in the 2010 Voices & Faces of Breast Cancer Luncheon and Fashion Show last Saturday in Savannah. She and fellow survivors of various ages and backgrounds put a face on the disease, helping to raise public awareness.
For those who have suffered through a traumatic event such as a car accident or a divorce, working through the associated emotional turmoil can be a lifelong personal challenge. And it may take more than time to heal a child's emotional wounds.
It is important for people of all ages to know their numbers - blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index. These numbers are important in determining a person's health status and any possible health risks.
Hasn't the weather lately been wonderful? Even the rainy days have been invigorating, leaving everything looking fresh, green and almost spring-like. It's hard to imagine that folks up north already are starting to experience cold weather and episodes of flu-like illnesses.
A companion dog that was not up to date on his rabies vaccination and got into a fight with a raccoon that tested positive for rabies has been placed under strict, six-month isolation. The altercation occurred in Long County. As a result, officials with the Environmental Health Division of the Liberty County Health Department encourage all residents to take proper precautions against rabies.
JESUP - The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia opened its new, 15,000-square-foot facility on Aug. 23 at 110 Professional Court in Jesup.
NEW YORK - Inc. magazine recently ranked Spine & Sport No.637 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list offers a look at a vital segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery and Radio Flyer are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.
ATLANTA - Roy Barnes says the new federal health reform law backed by fellow Democrats could be "financially devastating" for Georgia unless officials in Washington figure out a way to help states cope with a staggering jump in Medicaid costs.
For the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, July 14-18 was a week of individual and team competitions. Spartan Week's athletic battles marked the last time Spartan soldiers will compete or train as a brigade before the unit cases its colors this fall.
Coastal Endodontics, the home of "comfortable root canals" in coastal Georgia, recently announced the addition of a new dentist to its staff, hoping it will provide more flexible scheduling and shorter wait times for patients.
I recently had the opportunity to speak to the first graduates of the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program in Savannah. They are all patients of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care and had participated in the 12-week program to learn about how they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families.
ST. MARYS - Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Camden Pediatrics, an affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System, recently announced the addition of Lera "Liv" Fina, D.O., board-certified pediatrician, to the practice.
Gov. Nathan Deal recently approved the hire of 100 new child protective service workers to assist with a recent influx of cases. The number of reports of child abuse and neglect has increased significantly since the opening of a centralized 24/7 Child Protective Services Intake Communications Center.
SAVANNAH -La Leche League of Savannah is planning a "Family Fun Day" to kick off World Breastfeeding Week. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 3 W. Liberty St. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Event updates can be found at www.facebook.com/lllsavannah.
Dr. C. Alan Scott, the medical director of the emergency department at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, is appearing in two episodes of "Untold Stories of the ER" this summer.
The end of summer vacation, when families begin preparing for their children to go back to school, often is a busy and exciting time of year.
AUGUSTA - It's been 50 years since the surgeon general's office officially linked smoking with an increased risk for cancer and in the years that have followed, any number of measures have been introduced to entice, encourage and aid people in giving up lighting up.
CHATHAM COUNTY - Officials from the Coastal Health District - which includes Liberty, Long, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn and McIntosh counties - are reminding residents to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes, which are a nuisance and can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and chikungunya.
Q: Using your advice, I successfully toilet-trained my daughter by age 16 months. It is now three months later, and we are still using diapers at naps and nighttime. At her nap, which lasts several hours, she fully soaks her diaper. At night, she is taking off her diaper prior to falling asleep, wetting the bed after she goes to sleep, and then crying for us when she wakes up in a pool of pee. Is this a sign that I should begin night training? I'm hesitant to do this because I am eight months pregnant and don't ...
A Bryan County man remains in critical condition at St. Joseph's Candler after reportedly fishing near Dasher's Landing on the Ogeechee River last week and contracting a bacterial infection commonly known as the flesh eating disease.
ATLANTA - Contrary to popular belief, house calls are not a thing of the past. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, on behalf of State Health Benefit Plan, will offer house calls to all SHBP members enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan with the help of a contracted vendor, Matrix Medical Network.
BRUNSWICK - The sleep management center at the Southeast Georgia Health System's Brunswick campus recently earned a five-year reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, validating the center's commitment to providing quality care.
The Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America recently recognized Southeast Georgia Health System President and CEO Gary R. Colberg for his commitment and dedication to young people.