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New orthopedist opens

Dr. Stephen Tankersley, the area's newest orthopedist, made his debut with an informational session Feb. 19 for county employees.

March 04, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


UGA study finds salmonella in surface water

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.

February 27, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Liberty, Long have high immunization rates

The Liberty County Health Department's recent assessment of immunization rates revealed that 99 percent of kindergartners and 99 percent

February 25, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Residents rally for low-cost clinic

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.

February 25, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Allow follow through on a warning

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.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


Take care of your child's teeth now

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.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


Area restaurant's sanitation scores

Here are sanitation scores for area eating establishments released by the Liberty County Health Department:

February 13, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Blood pressure shouldn't be ignored

Last week, we talked about heart disease. You may remember that high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, but there is plenty we can do to combat high blood pressure. Poor diets and lack of exercise increase the heart's workload, causing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the heart to thicken and become stiffer.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


Past coloumn ruffles a few feathers

A recent column in which I said that behavior modification does not work on human beings stirred things up a bit. Not surprising, given that today's parents think discipline is a simple matter of dispensing proper rewards and punishments. They can be forgiven for not knowing that this mistaken notion is only about 50 years old, prior to which people understood that while children should be taught that certain consequences follow certain behaviors, their discipline was not properly accomplished in that fashion, but rather through proper adult leadership.

February 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


LRMC official explains hospital debt

Like hospitals nationwide, Liberty Regional Medical Center is seeing more and more patients who can't pay, but, according to its chief financial officer, the local hospital is holding its own.

February 06, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


Long Co. Health hosts 'heart truth' day

LONG COUNTY - Think heart disease can't affect you? Think again. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. In fact, one in four American women dies of heart disease every year. In 2006 in Long County alone four women died of cardiovascular disease.

February 04, 2009 | Staff report | Living well


Health dpeartment offering child safety seats

The Liberty County Health Department received a 2009 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health to distribute child restraints and educational information to eligible parents.

February 04, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


LRMC wants VA clinic on campus

The Liberty County Hospital Authority recently bought about an acre of land for $260,000 in hopes of luring a proposed VA clinic to the Liberty Regional Medical Center campus.

February 04, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Proposed fee may hurt Liberty care providers

Expected state and federal budget cuts present added fears for Gail Smith.

January 26, 2009 | By Alena parker Staff writer | Living well


Help with hearing aid expenses available

The Coastal Health District is offering to help area residents buy hearing aids, and it's much needed help, according to Thomas Galey, executive director for the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired.

January 14, 2009 | By Alena Parker | Living well


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Winn working toward baby-friendly designation

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital is on its way to achieving a coveted baby-friendly designation. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched in 1991, encourages hospitals to offer the best care for new families and encourage breast-feeding. To achieve the program's baby-friendly designation, hospitals must successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

October 19, 2014 | By Dr. Maj. Amber McCusker Special to the Courier | Living well


New CEO at primary care center

J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable health-care services to the Savannah community, recently promoted Dr. Michael Adams to chief medical officer.

October 19, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Friends are good medicine

At Canyon Ranch Institute, a short quote on the wall of the offices serves as a call to action. One of the CRI team members heard it at a reunion many years ago, and it stuck with us: "Friends are medicine."

October 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Cabe Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospice's silent auction aids services

The Miniature Masterpieces art show will hang in the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery as part of the annual fall show and silent auction.

October 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Red Cross hopes donating becomes habit

The American Red Cross likes to remind eligible donors that it's never too late - or too early - to make blood donation a lifelong habit.

October 17, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health department has flu vaccine

The Liberty County Health Department now has flu vaccines available through injection and nasal spray for $28.

October 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


GSU officials discuss infections diseases

STATESBORO - Members of the Georgia Southern University Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Infectious Disease Committee met last week to discuss community and campus preparedness and response related to infectious diseases such as the ebola virus and influenza.

October 15, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Area flight ambulance wins award

The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base, which provides air medical service and access to health care for those who live in medically underserved areas, recently was selected as the company's national base of the year. Senior Program Director Donald Mixon and members of the crew accepted the award at a national banquet Sept. 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.

October 05, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health dept. employee wins service award

Jonell Bacon-Seward, an employee at the Liberty County Health Department and a clerk for Women, Infants, and Children, recently won the 2014 WIC Customer Service Award for the Coastal Health District.

October 05, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Gateway opening clinic in Pembroke

Working in conjunction with Bryan County and the Bryan County Family Connection, Gateway Behavioral Health Services recently launched mental-health and addictive-disease treatment services for children and adults in Bryan County.

October 05, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Schools team up on pharmacy program

SAVANNAH - Armstrong State University and South University are entering into a partnership designed to help local students pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree without having to leave the Savannah area.

October 05, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Movement dedicated to healthy people

I've lived in Savannah for just over 10 years, and I feel really grounded in the city because I'm out and about frequently, riding my bike, walking, visiting the Forsyth Farmers Market or taking a break in one of our city's beautiful squares.

October 05, 2014 | By Paula Kreissler Special to the Courier | Living well


GSU nursing school has first coat ceremony

STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing recently was chosen as part of a test program in which 100 schools received funding to pilot their first white coat ceremonies.

October 05, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Back-to-school virus making rounds

The leaves have yet to change color, but there's already a virus circulating this fall that has sent children in 21 states to the hospital with severe respiratory illness.

October 05, 2014 | By Dr. Mark Kishel Special to the Courier | Living well


Parenting can cause negative behavior

I've spoken at several conferences in the past year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called teenage brain are largely responsible for the self-centered, irrational, moody, rebellious behavior now associated with adolescence.

October 05, 2014 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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