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Flu rates up in Ga., vaccine available

As flu rates continue to climb in Georgia and around the country, Coastal Health District officials are urging residents in Liberty, Long, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn and McIntosh counties to protect themselves and others against the flu by getting vaccinated.

January 03, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Pledge to keep your resolution this year

Have you ever sat down with your family and tried to write down your holiday traditions? Did these begin with your grandparents or even before them? Some traditions are as simple as what foods you eat on Christmas while other traditions came to us from other countries or started with a particular event that was so well-received that everyone wanted to repeat the experience annually.

December 29, 2010 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Mother’s feelings of loss are pretty typical

Q: Since the oldest of my three children started kindergarten this year, I have become increasingly attached to her, as if I took for granted the past five years I've had at home with her. The rational side of me knows I need to allow her to be independent of me, make mistakes and so on, but the irrational side feels almost literally sick when she comes home talking (in my opinion, prematurely) about boys, clothes and the like. I don't want to be a parent who ends up with a 30-year-old "kid" still living at home, but ...

December 29, 2010 | John Rosemond Parenting column | Living well


Fads not permanent solution to teen weight

LOGAN - Some teenagers may be tempted to try diet shakes and bars and weight-loss supplements to help them obtain their ideal figure, but studies show nothing beats good, old-fashioned diet and exercise.

December 29, 2010 | Leslie Gray Associated Press | Living well


'Doctor' puts children on right path

William Meyer, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University, objects to a recent column of mine in which I recommended that parents move a toddler out of their bed by telling him that "the doctor" said he can't sleep with them any longer (a second child is on the way). In a letter to the editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, Meyer says that this is a lie and "sets up the child to feel an unwarranted anger" toward health-care professionals.

December 22, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Stay safe on holiday, don't drink and drive

Each year, the holiday season brings mixed feelings for many people when parties, shopping and social responsibilities become intertwined with emotional upsets and worries about expenses associated with giving gifts.

December 22, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Family struggles with teen's leukemia

Christmas should be a time of celebration and merriment, but Joshua Berry's parents are currently focused on their son's health.

December 20, 2010 | By Pam Waters Special to the Courier | Living well


WMH adds breast surgery equipment

JESUP - Wayne Memorial Hospital recently added a piece of technology to its operating rooms. With two new general surgeons on board, WMH complied with the physicians' request for equipment needed to conduct a new service, sentinel lymph node biopsies for breast cancer. The Neoprobe Gamma Detection System is in use at Wayne Memorial to offer less invasive, yet highly accurate breast biopsies.

December 16, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Children should be allowed to dream

Q: Our 16-year-old son is talking of going to a local community college after high school and living with one of his friends. He says he needs to find a job soon so he can prove to his friend's mom that he is hard-working. I was so shocked I just listened and haven't said how I feel about this whole thing. What would you say to this obviously delusional teen about his grand plans?

December 16, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


LRMC opens new cancer institute

Liberty County Regional Medical Center announced the opening of the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Institute during a Thursday evening grand opening reception.

December 14, 2010 | By Seraine Page Staff writer | Living well


LRMC named hospital of year

HomeTown Health, a resource network for rural Georgia hospitals, recognized Liberty Regional Medical Center as the Hospital of the Year in November at its 2010 Annual Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. LRMC was chosen from among 55 statewide rural hospital members for its achievements as a rural hospital, according to a release provided by the hospital.

December 13, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Seniors compare Medicare drug plans

Local seniors received help Thursday navigating the intricacies of Medicare Part D's prescription drug program from U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's office and GeorgiaCares representatives. Kingston, R-Ga., sponsored a Medicare Part D workshop at Savannah Technical College's Liberty County campus on Airport Road.

December 10, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Living well


Researchers examine 'visual hiccups'

HOUSTON - Stare at a spinning ceiling fan for a while, and it will eventually - just for a moment - appear to spin in the opposite direction. Although this seems like the kind of visual hiccup that might be observed and just as quickly forgotten, the laboratory of Dr. David Eagleman recognizes glitches of visual perception as crucial for understanding the normal function of the brain.

December 01, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Dec. 1 set aside for HIV/AIDS awareness

The tragedy of AIDS, says Susan Alt, director of HIV services for the Coastal Health District, is it continues to spread here and worldwide even though it can be prevented.

November 29, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Living well


Column: Kids should pick own hobbies

Through my website, a parent recently asked if children who don't want to continue piano lessons should be forced to stay the course regardless. I answered that I don't approve, generally, of forcing children into activities they don't want to be in. Making a child continue in an activity he doesn't enjoy makes it less likely he will ever again express interest in anything for fear of being forced to continue if he discovers he doesn't like it. Where optional activities are concerned, childhood should be a time of fairly free-form experimentation.

November 24, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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Skipping meals could lead to belly fat, study says

If you think skipping lunch will get your body beach ready for summertime, think again.

May 22, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Living well


Stressed when you use Google to diagnose illness? Government says it has the cure

In the Internet age, health information is only a click (or Google search) away. This ease of access to research studies, medical websites and health articles has both negative and positive consequences, bringing answers as well as anxiety.

May 20, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Women inspired to healthy life changes

Glennis Cadle was depressed, overweight and stressed.

May 17, 2015 | By Eva Fedderly Columnist | Living well


Need a doctor? You can bring one to your doorstep with this health care app

Need a doctor? There's an app for that.

May 16, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Homeopathic medicine in spotlight as FDA revisits regulation

Shopping for natural treatments for everyday ailments could soon become more complicated. The Food and Drug Administration held two days of hearings last week to reconsider whether nontraditional medical remedies should be subject to stricter regulations.

May 15, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


The pros and cons of a selfie-obsessed culture

Kim Kardashian West became a published author this week. But instead of being filled with her thoughts on fashion or life in Hollywood, her book, "Selfish," is composed of more than 400 photos of her face.

May 14, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Health risks associated with snoring can include effects on the brain

Chronic snorers might need to put aside their Breathe Right strips and schedule a doctor's appointment. Several recent articles and a new research study have highlighted health risks associated with snoring that often go unacknowledged.

May 12, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Red Cross seeks donors as summer looms

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

May 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Reducing carbon emissions could save lives, prevent heart attacks, new research shows

Cutting power plant carbon emissions saves lives, according to new research on the way pollution affects public health. The study (paywall), published this week, will become a key talking point for supporters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal for carbon pollution standards.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


What Dove's latest body image campaign gets right — and wrong — about boosting self-esteem

Dove's latest attempt to raise the self-esteem of women worldwide comes in the form of a pair of doors.

May 11, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Make it a Mother's Day all year

Mother's Day is full of flowers, chocolates and with any luck, breakfast in bed. But alas Mother's Day only comes once a year. So here are five simple ways to give yourself the love all year round, one week at a time.

May 08, 2015 | Jessie Shepherd, MA, AMCHC KSL | Living well


Sleepwalking and night terrors are genetic, study says

A new study shows the unconscious habit of sleepwalking may actually be tied to genetics, may be passed from parent to child, and when both parents have a history of it, the probability of it happening with children increases.

May 08, 2015 | Mandy Morgan Deseret News | Living well


Never satisfied? Late-night snacking might be your brain’s fault

Do you ever wonder why you can’t sleep until you’ve had that second helping of dinner or bowl (or two) of ice cream?

May 07, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | Living well


Area's air among cleanest in country

A new report shows some improvements in ozone levels in metro Atlanta and in Macon, though both areas still have significant air-quality problems.

May 06, 2015 | By Andy Miller Georgia Health News | Living well


Sugar reduces stress, but there are healthier ways to feel better

Satisfying your sweet tooth can reduce stress, but that doesn't mean you should indulge often, according to new research.

May 05, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


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