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.
As I sat and watched an indoor soccer game where two of my sons were playing on the same team, I saw my 6-year-old dribble through players and make a pass to my 8-year-old, who then scored a goal that would put their team ahead. I cheered loudly, shouting each of my son’s names proudly.
Pediatrics is filled with contrasts.
The fifth annual Community Health and Wellness Fair Saturday at the Riceboro Youth Center provided information, health screenings, weight-loss products and exercise activities for everyone interested.
The fifth annual Health and Wellness Fair took place on Saturday at the Riceboro Youth Center. Hosted by Project Reach GANG, a non-profit community youth outreach program, the fair provided resource information, health screenings, products and exercise activities for attendees to enjoy.
Mr. Peanut had better polish his monocle and shine his shoes. He has a whole new group of customers to entertain.
Infertility is complex, not just the medical side of treating infertility, but the emotional side of treating it. Essentially, infertility, whether it's the inability to conceive, frequent miscarriages or otherwise, is loss. Many couples are surprised by the intensity of their feelings related to infertility.
Leaders from the nation's top health professional organizations have issued a call to action on gun violence, co-signing an article published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Americans are not alone in craving salty, sweet and all-around unhealthy foods, according to a new study on global health trends.
Look around the room these days and you'll spot someone with a plastic bracelet tracking their steps, miles, etc. No, this isn't some kind of punishment or parole tracker. Most likely they opened a Fitbit on Christmas morning, Hanukkah or New Year's.
Most people have heard you should drink eight glasses of water a day. In fact, hydration is a basic component to healthy living. However multiple studies have found the contrary suggesting your body can’t handle excessive amounts of water.
A long-held truth among psychologists that stress and sadness are contagious has been confirmed in a recent study from the Pew Research Center. The study brought research into the digital age, where people often read about friends' stressors on Facebook or Twitter, finding that struggles experienced by one person can be felt by others.
At a recent seminar at Farmer's Natural Foods in Hinesville, Kaliana Schmidt shared her determination to spread more happiness in the world.
Sense of purpose is one of the integrative approaches to health in the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program. It is an essential ingredient in a healthy lifestyle, because it gives direction and meaning to our lives.
New co-pays for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE began Feb. 1.
This is the third in a three-part series. Read part one: "The new face of heroin addiction." Read part two: "How families can work together to fight heroin addiction."