ATLANTA - More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any year in the nation's history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.
There is both good and bad news from the more than 4.3 million births:
Inspired by Bill Gates' dedication to eradicating polio, Deidre Mickelson presented Hinesville Rotarians with the opportunity to join the worldwide fight at their Tuesday meeting.
LUDOWICI - The Long County Board of Health had its first quarter meeting on March 5 and several items of business were conducted.
Spine & Sport, a physical therapy and personal training service provider, opened its fifth location March 2 in Hinesville. The new facility is at 400 N. Main St. The clinic is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
AUGUSTA - About 85,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for accidental poisonings each year. In fact, the MCGHealth Children's Medical Center treated 288 children age 14 and under from Richmond and Columbia counties for some type of poisoning in 2008.
The Coastal Health District is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in celebrating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On Thursday, the Coastal Health District's HIV/AIDS services program will host an "Empowering Women and Girls Against HIV/AIDS" event where women and girls will be able to:
Diversity Health Center recently got its piece - a $1.3 million slice - of the pie from President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package to individual states.
During March, Curves of Hinesville will participate in the 11th annual Curves food drive to benefit local food banks. Collectively, during the past five years, nearly 50 million pounds of food have been distributed to communities all over the world through the Curves food drive.
Dr. Stephen Tankersley, the area's newest orthopedist, made his debut with an informational session Feb. 19 for county employees.
ATHENS -- A new University of Georgia study suggests that health agencies investigating salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible source of contamination.
Researchers, whose results appear in the March issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, tested water over a one-year period in rivers and streams in a region of south Georgia known for its high rate of sporadic salmonella cases. The team found salmonella in 79 percent of water samples, with the highest concentrations and the greatest diversity of strains in the summer and after rainfall.
The Liberty County Health Department's recent assessment of immunization rates revealed that 99 percent of kindergartners and 99 percent
Faced with clogs in federal and state funding pipes, area residents are taking it upon themselves to keep money pumping to the Diversity Health Center.
Stand-up parenting is a rare thing these days, and if my ears are properly set to the ground, becoming rarer all the time. Parents stand up when they prove to their children they mean exactly what they say. By so "meaning," they become, in their children's eyes, "mean." Such was the case with a school-age boy who recently learned a valuable lesson in the hardest of ways.
Did you know that newborn babies have many teeth already formed and hidden from view in their jawbones? The first of these teeth (the four front teeth) usually come in around 6 months of age, and most children have a full set of primary teeth by the time they're 3 years old. As children grow out of the toddler stage, their jaws are also growing, making extra room for larger permanent teeth.
Here are sanitation scores for area eating establishments released by the Liberty County Health Department:
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.