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.
With the public's wellness in mind, particularly that of area school children, Liberty County Health Department and Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, along with assistance from the public school system, collaborated on a flu shot clinic Wednesday at the health department in Hinesville.
The Liberty County Health Department will have an H1N1 vaccination clinic from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at the Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway.
Dilemma of the week: A mom recently told me that her daughter's first piano recital had been scheduled for the same weekend as her college football team's bowl game. She got grannie to go to the recital and she and her husband went to the bowl game. Grannie apparently disapproved of the parents' decision, but stood in for them anyway. Mom asks, "Did I do the right thing?"
Kadi Hodges doesn't take the simple things in life for granted. She just wants to be like other teenagers who can run, swim and say a prayer without struggling for breath. And now that she's had a double lung transplant, her wishes may come true.
Some doses of the H1N1 vaccine that have been voluntarily recalled were administered to area children by local health departments.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base recently was named the Region 3 Base of the Year, an honor presented for best exemplifying the company's mission, which includes community service, education and scene work. Region 3 consists of bases in Georgia, Alabama and parts of Tennessee.
The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market, which offers fresh food and products from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, is now at the peak of its season.
Coastal Manor hosted a family day for its residents Aug. 9 in Ludowici with help from the Hinesville Rotary Club and Fort Stewart's Medical and Dental Activity Command.
JESUP - St. Joseph's/Candler recently donated $5,000 to the Jesup Downtown Development Authority's fire fund, which was created to help businesses and employees after an Aug. 4 fire affected 25 percent of the downtown Jesup area.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller recently signed a proclamation on behalf of the city council to declare Aug. 10-16 as National Community Health Center Week. Diversity Health Center CEO Daniel Rafferty made the initial request. Pictured, from left, are Mark Chesser, Gwen Davis, Kathy Phillips, Mary Hamilton, Fuller, Gwen Stewart, Earlene Joiner, Rafferty and Jim Fuller.
Fourteen members of Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill recently spent a rainy Saturday afternoon at a tea and canvas party hosted by Georgia Girl Art Paint Parties.
Howard Family Dental recently pledged $150,000 to ensure that children of sick patients at St. Joseph's/Candler get the help and support they need during times of distress.
One of the most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of the song is "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say," and the chorus begins with "Because I'm happy." That's exactly how I feel.
AUGUSTA - The tip of an immune molecule known for its skill at fighting cancer also may help patients survive pneumonia, scientists report.
SAVANNAH - The Association of Community Cancer Centers recently selected the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center to serve as a community resource center in its Improving Quality Care in Gastric Cancer project.
Military retiree Leon Dingle recently experienced a transformation and feels like a new person now. He credits his success to getting in shape at the Liberty County Armed Services YMCA with his personal trainer, Joe Clark.
The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is back with Round 3. On Aug. 22, representatives from the local sheriff's office, police department, fire department and emergency medical service will battle it out to see who can recruit the most people in the community to donate blood.
Howard Family Dental recently added Army dentist Dr. Jennifer Hamilton to its team. She will join Dr. Thomas Cade at the practice's Hinesville location.
Walking. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.
Area officials broke ground last week for a new adult daytime health center in Ludowici.