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Mosquito season here, be careful

Was this winter cold enough for you? I can't ever remember a winter when I had to dress so warmly for such long periods of time. And if we found it cold, hopefully some of our native insects did as well. Wouldn't it be nice if some of the mosquitoes didn't make it to spring? That certainly would lessen some of our health concerns and let us enjoy the benefits of living in coastal Georgia.

March 23, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Team Liberty is aware of diabetes’ danger

Representing Team Liberty in this year's American Diabetes Association's Kiss-A-Pig Campaign, Joel Osteen took a jab to the finger for his team Wednesday and had his blood glucose levels checked at Liberty Regional Medical Center.

March 19, 2011 | Patty Leon | Living well


What constitutes 'verbal abuse'

It appears that a recent column of mine had an effect similar to a Rorschach inkblot: People read their own personal experiences and/or biases into it and reacted to it from that perspective.

March 16, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Don't wait to seek diagnosis, care for diabetes

According to 2011 estimates released in January by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages with another 79 million people having what doctors call prediabetes. CDC says that prediabetes, which affects 35 percent of adults, is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Many people first become aware that they have diabetes when they develop one of its life-threatening complications such as:

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


Long Co. Health Dept. funding to increase

While most governmental agencies in the area are grappling with cuts and decreased funding, the Long County Health Department recently learned their funding is scheduled to increase during the next seven years.

March 15, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well


Educators get crash course at first-ever Lewis Frasier health fair

Educators gathered at Lewis Frasier Middle School on Thursday to learn how to better their health during the first-ever Liberty County BoE Employees Health Fair.

March 12, 2011 | Seraine Page | Living well


Army care clinic open in Richmond Hill

Army member Mario Carpanzano of Savannah held his 11-month-old son, Canio, on Wednesday while praising the Army's new Richmond Hill Medical Home.

March 10, 2011 | Tony Judnich Bryan County News | Living well


Don't fall for high school soap operas

Q: Our 15-year-old son, a high-school sophomore, was an honor student until he got to high school and took up with a group of kids who think good grades are "uncool." As a result, his grades have been in the tank all year (and most of last year). We put him on slight restriction after his first report card, but nothing changed. For the past three months, he's been on full restriction: no social life, no outside activities (unless at our church), no cell phone, television, computer (unless absolutely necessary for schoolwork) or video games. All the things he ...

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


Hesitation can be costly for diagnosis

I grew up in the days when you didn't discuss body functions. No, I'm not so old that you couldn't say the word "legs," but as a young nurse I often was embarrassed when I had to discuss their digestive processes with patients. And I found that many people obviously were equally squeamish when it came to talking about their colon and rectum. That hesitation still is evident today and may well play a part in why colorectal cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

March 09, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Are you feeling sleepy?

ATLANTA - More than a third of U.S. adults sleep less than seven hours a night, and many of them report troubles concentrating, remembering and even driving.

March 03, 2011 | By Mike Stobbe AP medical writer | Living well


Be patient with those who haven't grown up

Q: Our 19-year-old daughter is dating a 19-year-old boy, who, in general, we like. He's not a partier, he doesn't smoke or drink, he's serious about his education and he has a rational career plan mapped out. Our daughter also is a responsible, level-headed girl. The problem is that the boyfriend's response to almost anything my daughter says is a cut or put-down, a dismissal of her accomplishment or mocking. She says his father does the same thing to him, his brother and their mother; so to him, it's "normal." Our daughter is an upbeat ...

March 02, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Read labels to make better food choices

March is National Nutrition Month and it's the perfect time to start making smart food choices by reading labels and ordering healthier meals when eating out.

March 02, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


School nurses raise heart disease warning

BRUNSWICK - Georgia school nurses launched a major campaign in February, which was American Heart Month, to educate teachers, staff and parents about the signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, as well as ways to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

March 02, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Army primary care clinic opens today

Officials from Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital will celebrate the opening of a new Army community-based primary care clinic in Richmond Hill with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. today at 2451A Highway 17.

March 02, 2011 | Staff report | Living well


Trauma funding bill gets local support

State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, is co-sponsoring a trauma care funding proposal in an effort to maintain and expand Georgia's trauma care center network. The amendment is also supported by area state representatives Ron Stephens, R-Garden City, and Al Williams, D-Midway, and Liberty Regional Medical Center CEO Scott Kroell.

February 28, 2011 | Denise Etheridge | Living well


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Health care facilities expanding, improving

Community health-care facilities are expanding, and services are improving for civilians, veterans and military families. Medical facilities on and off post have seen growth in the past year, and more improvements are planned for this year.

January 25, 2015 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well


'Sleeves Up' drive promotes blood donation

American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives in January during National Blood Donor Month through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospital brings new technology to Jesup

JESUP - Residents in Jesup and the surrounding communities now have one less reason to travel elsewhere for health care thanks to Wayne Memorial Hospital's addition of full-time cardiologist Dr. Gary Stern and an additional diagnostic tool, the cardiac CT.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Palliative-care expert to speak in Savannah

SAVANNAH - A renowned palliative-care expert from Johns Hopkins is coming to Savannah at the end of the month as part of Hospice Savannah Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care's seventh annual lecture series.

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Luncheon to discuss food labels

BRUNSWICK - What does it really imply if products are listed as all-natural or gluten-free? Which part of the label should consumers review first? What is the appropriate amount of beneficial nutrients?

January 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Ebola outlook improving in West Africa

January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.

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


Simple tips to maintain discipline

Here we are in the new year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise and generally take better care of yourself.

January 25, 2015 | By Christine Nyers Special to the Courier | Living well


LRMC nurse retires after 46 years of service

Willie Mae Jacobs, a Liberty County native and Liberty Regional Medical Center employee with nearly 50 years of nursing experience, recently celebrated her retirement with family and friends in the LRMC cafe.

January 11, 2015 | By Jeremy McAbee | Living well


New year brings new hope for health

The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal and togetherness. However, in the relations between people, there also can be less-than-positive interactions - even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.

January 11, 2015 | By Dr. Andrew Pleasant and Jennifer Cabe Special to the Courier | Living well


New pharmacist at Coastal Family of Pharmacies

Lisa Johnson Sommers of Richmond Hill recently joined The Coastal Family of Pharmacies and will split her time between two locations: Richmond Hill Pharmacy and Hinesville Pharmacy.

January 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Making health-care decisions for parents isn't easy

There are a few things that I always look forward to during the holiday season. Getting together with family is the first.

January 11, 2015 | By Rich DeLong Special to the Courier | Living well


Pets don't handle extra weight well

The holidays are a time of overindulgence. People often eat way too much, and frequently their pets are right there beside them.

January 11, 2015 | By Angie Denison Deseret News | Living well


Hand washing can help you stay healthy

One of the easiest, least expensive ways to stay healthy often is one of the most overlooked. Avoiding the common cold - or worse, the flu - can be as easy as washing your hands.

January 11, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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