A recent column in which I said that behavior modification does not work on human beings stirred things up a bit. Not surprising, given that today's parents think discipline is a simple matter of dispensing proper rewards and punishments. They can be forgiven for not knowing that this mistaken notion is only about 50 years old, prior to which people understood that while children should be taught that certain consequences follow certain behaviors, their ...
Like hospitals nationwide, Liberty Regional Medical Center is seeing more and more patients who can't pay, but, according to its chief financial officer, the local hospital is holding its own.
LONG COUNTY - Think heart disease can't affect you? Think again. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. In fact, one in four American women dies of heart disease every year. In 2006 in Long County alone four women died of cardiovascular disease.
The Liberty County Health Department received a 2009 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health to distribute child restraints and educational information to eligible parents.
The Liberty County Hospital Authority recently bought about an acre of land for $260,000 in hopes of luring a proposed VA clinic to the Liberty Regional Medical Center campus.
Expected state and federal budget cuts present added fears for Gail Smith. The Health Department has been the saving grace for Smith, who depends on reduced-cost prescriptions to help her in her seven-year battle with hypertension. "The cost of insurance and the job situation, a lot of people lost their insurance, something like this is an alternative for people who are in need," said Smith, who goes to the department's office in Hinesville every 90 ...
The Coastal Health District is offering to help area residents buy hearing aids, and it's much needed help, according to Thomas Galey, executive director for the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired.
ATLANTA – Liberty Regional Medical Center perinatal unit charge nurse Jan St. John received the Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's annual Hospital Heroes Award luncheon last month in Atlanta.
Help a Child Smile will visit the Liberty County Division of Family and Children Services at 9 a.m. this coming Tuesday.
ATLANTA - A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations, according to a new study that is considered the best and longest-term research to show such a link. The rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such drop in two neighboring areas, and researchers believe it's a clear sign the ban was responsible.
It's interesting to hear the different answers you get when you ask folks what the best things about Christmas are.The large majority of answers revolve around family and friends and sharing the holidays with them. This was certainly true in a recent worldwide Internet poll. Family was the No. 1 answer for almost half of all participants, with enjoyment of the time off for the holidays the next favorite, following closely behind were the ...
The Coastal Health District's Universal Newborn Hearing and Screening Initiative has funds available for the purchase of hearing aid devices for infants and children who meet certain qualifications. The Coastal Health District is comprised of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.
ATLANTA - Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, international health experts said in a report released Tuesday. Rising tobacco use in developing countries is believed to be a huge reason for the shift, particularly in China and India, where 40 percent of the world's smokers now live.
A public information campaign promoting HIV testing in the United States recently won the 2008 National Public Service Announcements Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Created by the Kaiser Family Foundation, HBO, the National Basketball Association and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, the winning PSA encourages viewers to get tested using famous people in a spectular promotion.
Traces of the industrial chemical melamine have been detected in samples of top-selling U.S. infant formula, but federal regulators insist the products are safe. The Food and Drug Administration said last month it was unable to identify any melamine exposure level as safe for infants, but a top official said it would be a "dangerous overreaction" for parents to stop feeding infant formula to babies who depend on it.
Shirley Frasier plans to leave her position as a Fort Stewart public-health nurse this year after providing care and services to military families for more than 33 years. She feels it is finally time to retire.
There's a ray of hope on the horizon for 9-year-old Saniyah Joseph, who has been fighting aplastic anemia, a disease that affects her bone-marrow functions, for a year.
In my household, Thanksgiving is the only time of year where dinner leftovers are not only eaten - they are treasured. For the most part, I think people enjoy the conquest of dividing up and conquering what is left of the Thanksgiving bird just as much as they do eating it the first time around.
JESUP - Jesup Health and Rehab, a member of the Mission Health family of health-care communities, earned tier II recognition as part of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's Quality Initiative Recognition Program by reducing staff turnover by at least 15 percent and reducing the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs by at least 15 percent.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents' anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
The American Diabetes Association and Sk8 City will have a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Sk8 City, 4 Towne Center Court in Pooler, to raise awareness for curing type 1 diabetes during American Diabetes Month.
The Disloyal Few Motorcycle Club in Hinesville organized a bike run Nov. 2 to benefit Mason Tiner, an 8-year-old who was burned in a backyard fire in 2011.
The cold and flu season is upon us. In our house, we have already battled a bout of pneumonia with our youngest child and a slew of miscellaneous fevers and coughing fits throughout the family. Any time anyone is sick in our house there is only one thing they turn to for comfort - chicken
Dr. Jody Pittman and the Professional Eye Care team recently purchased a Carl Zeiss Cirrus 5000 High Definition Optical Coherence Tomographer.
The American Legion Post 321 of Midway hosted the Operation Local Support 5K run on Nov. 2 to raise funds for holiday food baskets. These baskets are given out each year during Thanksgiving to needy military and community families of Liberty County. Baskets include a complete turkey dinner that can feed six to eight people. Last year, Post 321 provided baskets to about 40 needy families and plans to raise enough money to support 80 families this year.
WAYCROSS - The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia's Waycross practice has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.
SAVANNAH - Dr. Steven L. Carpenter, a physician and teacher at Memorial University Medical Center, is the 2013 recipient of the J. Willis Hurst Teaching Award. The award honors a Georgia member or fellow in the American College of Physicians for outstanding teaching activities related to medical students and house staff.
Col. Kirk Eggleston, commander of Stewart-Hunter Medical and Dental Activity and Winn Army Community Hospital, was the guest speaker for the Hinesville Rotary Club meeting-luncheon Tuesday at the La Quinta Inn.
Ronda Rich not only carried on a family tradition of finding humor in life's challenges, she made a career of it.
Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays - second only to Christmas. The idea of getting to dress up as anything you want and gallivant through the community with family, friends and neighbors to get candy is not only great fun, but always has been special to me. I really enjoy the sense of community that comes with Halloween, especially since it is often the one time of year we get out and see all of our neighbors.