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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


LRMC nurse wins state award

ATLANTA – Liberty Regional Medical Center perinatal unit charge nurse Jan St. John received the Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association's annual Hospital Heroes Award luncheon last month in Atlanta.

January 09, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Mobile dental unit to visit county

Help a Child Smile will visit the Liberty County Division of Family and Children Services at 9 a.m. this coming Tuesday.

January 03, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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A different view of the parable of the talents

Many people have heard of the New Testament parable of the talents found in Matthew 25. A guy heads out of town and leaves some of his cash with three employees. To one he gives five talents, to another he leaves two talents, and he bestows on the last of the trio a single talent.

April 30, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


As Sierra Leone emerges from Ebola crisis, new innovations are helping poor villages

A year after Ebola devastated swaths of Sierra Leone, killing more than 10,000 people in the region, life in the West African nation is slowly returning to normal. While the deadly pathogen has not been completely eradicated, the number of new cases has slowed to a trickle, and when the country's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, visited Washington this week, he said it was time to turn the focus beyond Ebola.

April 29, 2015 | Kimberly Curtis Deseret News | Living well


Abuse of ADHD drugs expands beyond campuses

A recent report from The New York Times revealed an unsettling development in America's relationship to ADHD drugs: Stimulant abuse has arrived in the world of business.

April 28, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


How one community is changing the discussion on campus sexual assault

Carrie Hull became a police officer because she wanted to help people.

April 24, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | Living well


Making college safer: how to protect students from sexual assault

When Constance and Howard Clery picked Lehigh University for their youngest — and only — daughter to attend, it was partly because the school seemed safe. The Pennsylvania campus was serene, beautiful and less than two hours from home.

April 23, 2015 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News | Living well


How (and why) to teach your kids to love nature

It's National Park Week from April 18 to 26 and Earth Day on the 22nd, but that's not why Chris Fiscus is taking his kids hiking this weekend. They go regularly because it's good for them, and because Chris likes to see Cole, 13, without a computer in his lap and Brady, 9, hold a water bottle instead of a video game controller.

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


5 ways to embrace pre-menopause

Each year millions of women in their late 40s and early 50s experience the dreaded time in life that we euphemistically refer to as “the change,” including peri-menopause (or pre-menopause) and menopause. For many of us, peri-menopause comes out of left field, stealing any and all prior sense of stability and normalcy and leaving a wake of escalating and plummeting hormones that send us spiraling out of control. At 52 years of age, I was astounded when a nurse practitioner diagnosed my depression as being due to peri-menopause. In the last eight months since that diagnosis, I have at times ...

April 22, 2015 | Debbie Merrill FamilyShare | Living well


Having a high IQ might make you depressed, research shows

Brainiacs, beware. Having the kind of active brain associated with high intelligence may also lead to stress and anxiety, according to recent research.

April 21, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Tomatoes on attack against cancer

In 1978, the low-budget science-fiction film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" was a hit among young moviegoers. The film was a spoof on the horror and sci-fi genre movies of that time and featured monstrous tomatoes revolting against humans, killing them off one by one.

April 19, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well


Keep a fresh perspective on your eyes

In many households, women tend to actively be on the lookout for their family's overall health and well-being. While selflessly putting the needs of loved ones before their own, women can often overlook health problems of their own that could lead to major health-care costs down the road. This is especially true when it comes to vision.

April 19, 2015 | By Dr. Mark Kishel Special to the Courier | Living well


Study links Facebook to depression

The social-media site Facebook can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.

April 19, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Personality as plain to others as the (altered) nose on your face

Going under the knife for a younger-looking face does more than alter a person's own body image, according to a new study published this week in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. It also changes how an individual's personality is perceived by others.

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


Springtime weather might make it easier for you to fall in love

In the springtime, as temperatures rise and flower buds peek out of the soil to greet the sun, the body begins making adjustments of its own.

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


Retelling your life story in a positive way may be good for your mental health

People looking to boost their mental health should be strategic about the way they retell important life events, according to recent research on the way life stories impact well-being.

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


Digital technology helps insurers simplify health care system

A popular new commercial that shows a couple video-conferencing with a doctor after ill-timed dance moves sent them crashing into their dining room table illustrates a rising trend among health insurers: the use of innovative technologies to simplify the health care system.

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


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