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Baby's head-banging no cause for alarm

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?

January 26, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Obesity puts children and adults at risk

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.

January 26, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Annual community health fair draws a steady crowd

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.

January 24, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


TRICARE to extend dependent coverage to age 26

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.

January 24, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Big health fair here Saturday

On Saturday, a community health fair will offer residents free health screenings at the National Guard Armory in Liberty County.

January 21, 2011 | By Seraine Page Staff writer | Living well


Roundworms a threat to pets, kids

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.

January 19, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


No sense in taking things to the extreme

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.

January 19, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Officials encourage rabies vaccines for pets

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.

January 17, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


TRICARE hoping to improve care

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.

January 17, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Fight against childhood obesity starts at home

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 12, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Women must get tested to detect cancer

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.

January 12, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Blood test to spot cancer gets boost

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.

January 12, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Implant may block sleep apnea

WASHINGTON - Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.

January 05, 2011 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Living well


Resolve to improve your family

Given that this is the first column of a new year, I'm proposing a number of parenting New Year's resolutions for my readers to consider. The list is by no means comprehensive. It's just a good beginning on what is probably a much-needed family revolution:

January 05, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Use preventative medicine as an advantage

Have you made resolutions for this year that you will work at and keep? And if you do have specific goals, does that mean you are a meticulous planner who knows what you're going to do each day and what you need to accomplish these plans?

January 05, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


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Look for variety, passion from personal trainer

A personal trainer can help you stay on track for fitness goals, offer motivation and teach you proper exercise techniques.

June 28, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


Protect skin from sun to cut chances of cancer

Summer's here, meaning you'll probably spend more time outdoors.

June 28, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Existing drug causes older rats to lose weight

Aging can cause many changes to the body, including obesity and a loss of lean mass. Now, a group of University of Florida Health researchers has discovered that an existing drug reduces body fat and appetite in older rats, which has intriguing implications for aging humans.

June 28, 2015 | By Doug Bennett University of Florida Health | Living well


The surprising physical power of your favorite playlist

Health researchers recently discovered an unexpected side effect of listening to your favorite songs: pain relief.

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


It’s official: Most US adults are overweight

Need to lose a few pounds? You’re not alone. Most American adults are overweight or obese, according to a new study from JAMA.

June 26, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | Living well


7 simple health hacks for your busy schedule

Seven days of changes to your routine may seem difficult, but these little switches easily fit into your daily schedule. Try starting with one fix a day, then continuing that habit all through the week. By the end of 7 days, you’ll have picked up 7 healthy changes to your routine. Keep things up for a few weeks to make it a habit and maybe tackle a new set of challenges.

June 25, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well


Bedside manners: How empathy and the health care system interact

Dr. Nathan Wanner is memorable for his silence.

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


Should we pay people to quit smoking?

When he was growing up, Gerry Weitz's dad smoked three packs of cigarettes a day. After a health scare at age 40, his father quit, but years of toxic smoke had taken a toll on his body. A few years later, while hiking in Israel, the elder Weitz died from a heart attack.

June 23, 2015 | Mercedes White Deseret News | Living well


After paralysis, man stays active, finds joy through wheelchair rugby

Gates Hunsaker has always been an active person, living life to the fullest.

June 23, 2015 | Jen Jacobson KSL | Living well


Making the dialysis decision: What you need to know

Hundreds of thousands of Americans with kidney failure undergo dialysis treatments to keep them alive. While their reasons for needing the treatment can vary widely, many patients with kidney failure ultimately face the same dialysis decision.

June 22, 2015 | Suzanne Carlile KSL | Living well


7 things you wish your children knew about drug addiction

It is difficult to put the words “children” and “drug addiction” in the same sentence, but if we want to protect our kids from drug and alcohol abuse we need to educate them. Teens and even younger kids should know why they need to avoid substances and make smart choices.

June 21, 2015 | Kitt Wakeley KSL | Living well


Move over, dark: Milk chocolate is just as good for your heart

Don’t feel bad if you prefer milk over dark — a new study says that any kind of chocolate is incredibly good for your health.

June 21, 2015 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | Living well


Running and parenting are not mutually exclusive

Recently, I received an email with the subject line “Antelope Island 50K.” Because this race took place last March, I was curious why I would be getting an email about it, especially since it wasn’t from the race director.

June 17, 2015 | Arianne Brown Deseret News | Living well


Rise in heroin use emerges as 2016 presidential campaign issue

Along with plans for economic growth and jabs at competitors, candidates in the 2016 presidential election are also talking about America's drug policy and the troubling rise in heroin addiction since the mid-1990s, confronting a crisis that is at once personal and political.

June 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


8 signs of breast cancer women need to observe

Thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. For women, only lung cancer has a higher death rate than breast cancer. While this type of cancer can be deadly, there are warning signs that can help you catch it early.

June 16, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well


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