Americans may be the most medicated people in the world, say statistics. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, while one in six take 3 or more. That means trips to the pharmacy are commonplace and individuals need to get the facts before they drop off their next prescription.
The flu - it's just a fever and cough, right? Wrong. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized because of the flu every year and an average of 36,000 people die from it. Is it really worth the gamble? Liberty County Health Department officials don't think so. The health department is now offering the flu vaccine, and everyone six months and older is encouraged to get it.
When it comes to keeping healthy during flu season, the proverbial ounce of prevention comes in a vaccine.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce had its monthly Progress through People Luncheon on Sept. 23 at the CenturyLink 50x50 Building. The luncheon, sponsored by Liberty Regional Medical Center, featured five LRMC physicians: Dr. Seth A. Borquaye of Comprehensive OB/GYN Health Center, Dr. Christina M. Berenguer of Southeast Georgia Surgery, Dr. Bryan Ristow of Liberty Cardiology, Dr. Wumi Oguntunmibi of Coastal Medical Specialist in Lung and Critical Care PC and Dr. W. Stephen Tankersley of Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specialists.
Hinesville resident Jan Shearhouse Alexuk is an ordained minister, a college professor and a breast cancer survivor. The Rev. Alexuk, 60, was one of 10 area women selected to participate in the 2010 Voices & Faces of Breast Cancer Luncheon and Fashion Show last Saturday in Savannah. She and fellow survivors of various ages and backgrounds put a face on the disease, helping to raise public awareness.
For those who have suffered through a traumatic event such as a car accident or a divorce, working through the associated emotional turmoil can be a lifelong personal challenge. And it may take more than time to heal a child's emotional wounds.
It is important for people of all ages to know their numbers - blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index. These numbers are important in determining a person's health status and any possible health risks.
Hasn't the weather lately been wonderful? Even the rainy days have been invigorating, leaving everything looking fresh, green and almost spring-like. It's hard to imagine that folks up north already are starting to experience cold weather and episodes of flu-like illnesses.
A companion dog that was not up to date on his rabies vaccination and got into a fight with a raccoon that tested positive for rabies has been placed under strict, six-month isolation. The altercation occurred in Long County. As a result, officials with the Environmental Health Division of the Liberty County Health Department encourage all residents to take proper precautions against rabies.
JESUP - The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia opened its new, 15,000-square-foot facility on Aug. 23 at 110 Professional Court in Jesup.
NEW YORK - Inc. magazine recently ranked Spine & Sport No.637 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list offers a look at a vital segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery and Radio Flyer are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.
ATLANTA - Roy Barnes says the new federal health reform law backed by fellow Democrats could be "financially devastating" for Georgia unless officials in Washington figure out a way to help states cope with a staggering jump in Medicaid costs.
A local man, David Clark, recently reached a milestone during an American Red Cross blood drive at Liberty Regional Medical Center. Clark, a Century Link employee, earned his 22-gallon pin from the Red Cross.
Armstrong Atlantic State University's Liberty Center will host a nursing information session at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23. The regional campus is at 740 E. Gen. Stewart Way, suite 210, in Hinesville.
Ever wondered why Noah didn't swat those two annoying mosquitoes that buzzed onto the ark? Residents in South Georgia likely would not miss the biting insects which are known to transmit such diseases as west Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.
A show described as "a colorful passport to the world" is on display until January at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.
BRUNSWICK - Physical movement is an effective way to relieve arthritis pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Yet arthritis often is one of the reasons people avoid physical activity.
For the second year in a row, with the help from the community and partners, Bryan County Emergency Services raised awareness for breast cancer as well as $1,000 for a donation to Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia foundation.
Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation - independent living, paying one's own bills - was 21?