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Long Co. begins Relay for Life

Long County officially kicked off its 2012 Relay for Life campaign Thursday at Celebration Castle. This year, the committee added Christmas luminaries to the lineup of ways participants and supporters can honor loved ones who've battled cancer.

December 05, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


More kids skip school vaccines in eight states

ATLANTA - A rising number of parents in more than half of states are opting out of school shots for their kids. And in eight states, more than one in 20 public school kindergartners do not get all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.

November 30, 2011 | The Associated Press | Living well


Stay safe this holiday — don’t drink and drive

Many people believe that underage drinking and driving is only a problem on prom night or after graduation, but the latest newsletter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving contradicts that stereotypical belief. While underage drinking and driving definitely are problematic on those two occasions, the night before Thanksgiving actually seems to be the biggest night for underage drinking. According to MADD's November newsletter, "The fridge and the liquor cabinets are stocked, parents are distracted by relatives and dinner preparations and older siblings or college-age friends are around."

November 30, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Avoid putting on the pounds during holidays

Eggnog, turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries - the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season?

November 23, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Micromanaging moms often disrespect husbands

Devon Corneal is an attorney and a writer. Her essay, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Parents Can't Get Kids to Listen," recently was published online by The Huffington Post. In it, Corneal carps about her children not listening to her. She identifies the three children in question as "a son, a stepson and the manchild I married." She refers to them as "boys."

November 23, 2011 | John Rosemond | Living well


Two STDs increase; syphilis down

ATLANTA - Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade.

November 19, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Schools nip smoking in the bud

School nurses in Liberty County and statewide have spearheaded anti-smoking campaigns that culminated with Thursday's Great American Smokeout.

November 18, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


Reaching 90 more likely than ever

WASHINGTON - The rolls of America's oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.

November 17, 2011 | Hope Yen The Associated Press | Living well


School nurses help fight diabetes

Georgia school nurses are on the front line in providing essential care during school hours that allows children with diabetes to stay in class and learn. With obesity, a contributing cause of type 2 diabetes, rising at epidemic rates among adolescents, the school nurses also provide wellness education to children, teachers and staff about how to avoid developing this debilitating - but, in most cases, preventable - chronic disease year-round. This especially is important in November, which is American Diabetes Month.

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


Don't wait, quit smoking now

On Thursday, we will celebrate the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout. Even after years of education and warnings, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's website, www.cancer.org.

November 16, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Immediate care clinic opens here

Georgia Emergency Associates, a Savannah-based medical group, opened its fourth urgent care clinic, South Georgia Immediate Care Center, in Hinesville on Tuesday.

November 16, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Take precautions to avoid germs

I just discovered another reason for getting a flu shot. Not only can you spread the flu to your friends and family but, according to www.webmd.com/pets-tales, your family dog and cat also are capable of contracting human flu.

November 10, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Leadership key when disciplining kids

Q: Several years ago, I married a widower who never disciplined his children. They now are 9, 14 and 16, and he still has a very difficult time denying them anything. I love them very much and think of them as my own, but I often feel like the "bad guy." In this situation, should he be the main disciplinarian? He's given me the responsibility (he has a very demanding job, thus his at-home hours are not reliable) and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning!

November 09, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


HIV testing on World AIDS Day

The Coastal Health District, in conjunction with the Georgia AIDS Coalition, will offer free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. All testing will be done from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Forsyth Park in Savannah. Needles will not be used, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m.

November 06, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Winn hosts drive-through clinic

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital conducted its fourth annual drive-through flu shot clinic Wednesday and Thursday.

November 04, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Living well


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The ABZs of Zika

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For many teens, the extraction of four healthy teeth is a ritual of high school, much like getting a driver’s license or going to ...

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September 21, 2016 | Chelsea Rutter FamilyShare | Living well


Why some people die from pneumonia and others don't

It killed entertainer Bob Hope and abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and contributed to the death of George Washington, the first president, and William Henry Harrison, the ...

September 21, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


What you need to know about Zika before you conceive

In Texas, dozens of women are showing up to be tested each Friday at a Zika clinic. In South Carolina, one county sprayed so vigorously ...

September 19, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


5 reasons you should be using a menstrual cup

The first time you see a menstrual cup, it’s a little jarring. People put that in them? And then take it out and reuse ...

September 18, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Living well


6 homemade recipes to get rid of acne that people swear by

Zits have a funny way of popping up in the most obvious spot on exactly the worst day. Things only get worse when you realize ...

September 18, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Living well


The reason parents should set bedtimes and stick to them

An early bedtime for young children does more than preserve parents' sanity. It can lead to better health for your children, even when they're ...

September 18, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


This is your brain on a foreign language

Loading your brain with a foreign language or two appears to make you a better thinker, giving parents another reason to study French or Spanish ...

September 15, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Living well


7 beauty hacks for flawless makeup

We can all agree that makeup is not an easy thing to master. No one person can compare to the hired team of makeup professionals ...

September 15, 2016 | Liset Rivet FamilyShare | Living well


7 foods you should always eat during your period to make it way better

It’s beautiful that the female body has the ability to create life. Or at least that’s what we ladies repeat over and over ...

September 15, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Living well


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