WASHINGTON - Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states - nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said Friday.
The highest concentration of flu cases is in the Southeast and a few other states, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a briefing.
The Long County Health Department has planned several seasonal flu vaccination clinics.
Flu season is only weeks away, and with the addition of the H1N1 strain, area health officials are bracing for a busy fall.
The Long County Health Department is giving stop-smoking patches to residents who are struggling to quit smoking.
ATLANTA - Dr. Rhonda Medows, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, recently announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign. The campaign aims to educate Georgians about the seasonal flu and novel influenza A (H1N1) and encourage citizens in high-risk groups to get vaccinated.
ATLANTA - By the end of this summer, more than one million Americans will have fallen into the "doughnut hole" - a coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals on the hook for all of their drug costs while still paying premiums.
Health care reform took front seat at another town hall meeting this week.
Everyone may soon be getting a shot in the arm for protection against swine flu as health insurance providers and public health officials prepare for a national vaccine program.
SAVANNAH -The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast.
JESUP - "Now, you can see what the intensity level is about this… and I welcome all points of view," U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, said before hundreds of people at Wednesday's town hall meeting here on health care reform.
The country's health care system stands on the brink of a possible overhaul, which could save lives or cost lives, or save tax money or cost more, depending on who's talking about the various plans being advanced.
The public may not be hearing a lot about the latest confirmed cases of swine flu, but the pandemic remains a threat.
Sixty-Seven percent of people with dementia will wander. It is the most common and dangerous behavior associated with Alzheimer's/dementia. A class regarding your loved one, dementia and safety has been set for Savannah.
One pint at a time, Liberty County residents may have saved more than 100 lives Wednesday.
Costs to provide health care for uninsured patients are rising, according to a report given at Tuesday's Liberty County Hospital Authority meeting by Liberty Regional Medical Center CFO Sam Johnson.
When you get old, lightning bolts go around your eyes. They don’t shoot out at people; that would be cool. They just start flashing around in your eyeball like you are suddenly discovering that you are actually some sort of android that’s starting to short circuit in its old age.
They lived in tattered boxes, abandoned cars and the backyards of dilapidated houses.
Whining with a purpose leads to happier people, according to a recent study from The Journal of Social Psychology (paywall). Researchers determined that when people are mindful of when and how they complain, they're emotionally better off.
A lot of people are saying that "strong is the new skinny."
During Valentine's Day festivities, it's candy hearts and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate that take center stage. But February is also American Heart Month, a time when national health organizations regularly review and update heart health research.
February denotes a month of romance, chocolate, and, of course, all things heart shaped. However, let’s not forget the most important heart shape, the muscular organ inside us all.
On a recent drive home from a family trip, my husband (as he often does) pointed out the window and said, “If only there was a road that went straight through those mountains, we’d be home so much faster."