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Red Cross worried about blood supply

Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross, more than 3,000 of which were in Georgia.

February 22, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


City council hears health dept. update

Liberty County Health Department Administrator Deidre Howell updated the Hinesville City Council on the department's accomplishments for the past year and upcoming challenges.

February 22, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Whooping cough on the rise

Whooping cough - a disease thought by many to have been eradicated - is on the rise.

February 18, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Toddlers don't always need nap time

Q: Over the holidays, our 28-month-old daughter stopped napping. A couple of days we were so busy with Christmas that a nap simply was not possible. Now, we put her in her crib for her to nap, and she spends about one and a half to two hours in there, wide awake, playing and talking to herself, and then we take her out. I know we cannot force her to sleep, but is there some way we can get her to want to sleep and take a nap again?

February 16, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Strokes rising fast for young, middle-aged

LOS ANGELES - Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older people, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to shift the age burden of the disease.

February 16, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Never too young for good dental hygiene

The slogan for this year's National Children's Dental Health Month, which is every February, is "A healthy smile? It's easy to find! Remember to brush and floss each day."

February 16, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Health dept. breaks ground on WIC clinic

A muddy expanse of dirt and the remains of a dilapidated mobile building marked the spot Thursday where a new WIC clinic will be built on Fort Stewart. A row of gold shovels, each tied with a blue and white bow, stood waiting for Coastal Health District, military and business leaders to grasp for a ceremonial groundbreaking.

February 15, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


Health department helps seniors see red

The Liberty County Health Department staffers visited the senior center in Hinesville on Feb. 4 and organized activities and exercises to celebrate National Wear Red Day, which is part of the American Heart Association's campaign to increase awareness about heart disease in women.

February 14, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Best things: Follow up on resolutions

More than a month has passed since New Year's Day. How are you doing on those resolutions? Deidre Howell, administrator for the Liberty County Health Department, said personal resolutions revolve most often around health and fitness. Coincidentally, those pledges can be the toughest to keep. Because Howell's mission is to help local residents stay healthy through the We Can! initiative, she recently shared a few tips designed to keep resolution-makers on the right track all year round:

February 10, 2011 | Jen Alexander McCall | Living well


Spying on 'family circuses' is entertaining

I must, in the interest of full disclosure, begin this column with a confession: I am a voyeur; more specifically, a parenting voyeur. In the words of Chauncey Gardner, I like to watch; more specifically, I like to watch people interact with their kids. I do my voyeur thing in restaurants, stores, shopping centers, parking lots and so on. I try to do it without staring, of course. The trick is to be casual about it, to go unnoticed.

February 09, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Good habits set stage for health heart

The advancements being made today in cardiovascular research are unbelievable. Scientists, focusing on the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and related conditions, have discovered a range of factors that contribute to the diseases or that may soon offer cures for conditions once believed to be fatal or irreversible.

February 09, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Mardi party to boost family health

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia will host a Mardi Gras Madness event to raise money for scholarships for local families who want to lead healthy and active lifestyles by joining the YMCA.

February 08, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Free HIV testing this weekend at Shuman Center

The Coastal Health District will offer a confidential, free HIV testing Saturday at the Shuman Recreation Center in conjunction with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

February 04, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Blood donations in high demand

A patient needs a blood transfusion every two seconds in the United States, according to a recent news release from the American Red Cross.

February 03, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


'Backtracking' is not good parenting

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."

February 02, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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Teens may be even more distracted behind the wheel than previously thought

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.

March 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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.

March 27, 2015 | Amy Osmond Cook FamilyShare | Living well


New Alzheimer's drug on trial for treatment

The search for an effective Alzheimer's treatment has faced many setbacks, but one new drug is renewing hope, according to researchers.

March 25, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


What 'The Office' teaches us about job satisfaction

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.

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Why psychologists say you should ban 'busy' from your vocabulary

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."

March 24, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Researchers establish why exercise can worsen exhaustion of patients with chronic fatigue

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.

March 22, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Living well


March recognizes social workers across the Nation

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.

March 22, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Living well


Senate approves creation of Joint Coastal Greenway Study Committee

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.

March 22, 2015 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Living well


Turmeric, more than just a cooking spice

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.

March 22, 2015 | Patty Leon | Living well


Affordable Care Act supporters celebrate 5th anniversary

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.

March 22, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Loneliness isn't as bad as it sounds, study shows

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.

March 21, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Living well


When a little deal is a big deal, especially for kids

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?

March 19, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


Facebook removes 'feeling fat' emoticon option from status updates

Facebook has defriended its "feeling fat" emoticon, announcing Tuesday that the option did not fit the spirit of its "How are you feeling?" prompt.

March 18, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


How I stepped away from being a 'poolside mom'

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.

March 18, 2015 | Arianne Brown Deseret News | Living well


How to deal with tendonitis pain

Pencils ready. Here's a pop quiz.

March 18, 2015 | Amy Osmond Cook FamilyShare | Living well


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