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State, local officials keep eye on flu

Swine flu has apparently not charged into Georgia yet, but local and regional health agencies are on the ready and continue to track federal updates.

April 29, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Feds say 'passive surveillance' enough for now

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday staunchly defended its "passive surveillance" policy on the emerging swine flu threat, saying that its measured, cautious border monitoring makes sense.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that more draconian enforcement steps are not yet necessary, even as she acknowledged that officials "anticipate confirmed cases in more states." She reiterated President Barack Obama's stance that people are justifiably concerned but need not be alarmed by it.

April 28, 2009 | By Jennifer Loven Associated Press writer | Living well


U.S. starts border monitoring for flu

WASHINGTON - Amid surging worries about a global pandemic, the United States launched border screening for swine flu exposure Monday and a top federal health official said people should brace for more severe cases, "and possibly deaths."

Richard Besser, acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that American authorities were undertaking "passive screening" at its borders and reiterated the Obama administration's call for people to remain calm. Besser said that U.S. officials at border checkpoints were "asking people about fever and illness, looking for people who are ill."

April 27, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard AP medical writer | Living well


Mental health center launches campaign

The Fraser Counseling Center provides courage for those who are afraid and strength for the weak.

April 24, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Hospice taking volunteers

Hospice Savannah is in need of loving, talkative volunteers to visit with homebound patients and their families in Bryan and Liberty counties.

April 17, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Borquaye wins hospital's new Fraser award

Cheers, whistles and applause rang out as a misty-eyed Dr. Seth Borquaye accepted Liberty Regional Medical Center's first Dr. Whitman Fraser award Thursday night.

April 08, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Babies Can't Wait funding comments sought

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health invites the public to participate in a 60-day review of Babies Can't Wait, a statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.

April 08, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Fraser Center opening up to aid in fundraising

After Mary Caraballo received the encouragement and confidence from the Fraser Counseling Center that she needed to leave her abusive marriage to an alcoholic, she said the help proved priceless.

April 03, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Medicaid finding hangs in balance

Leaner budgets may be headed to hospitals and healthcare providers who service a growing number of Medicaid patients.

March 27, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Blood drives set in area

Each year, thousands of people receive life-saving blood transfusions as a result of the blood collected by the American Red Cross from volunteer donors across the country. In fact, it is estimated that every two seconds, someone in the United States receives a blood transfusions.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


Social Security adds tracks to speed processing

Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue announced recently that improvements to the agency's computer modeling system have increased the number of claimants receiving expedited approvals for disability benefits.

March 25, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Experts say county on top of food safety

Sheryl White was one of many shocked consumers after a peanut plant in Blakely, roughly five hours away, was determined to be the source of a salmonella outbreak.

March 23, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


LRMC hooks up with St. Joseph's for stroke care

Liberty Regional Medical Center is partnering with St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital in Savannah to expedite life-saving treatment for the state's third leading cause of death, strokes.

March 20, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


U.S. births break record; 40% out of wedlock

ATLANTA - More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than any year in the nation's history, topping the peak during the baby boom 50 years earlier, federal researchers reported Wednesday.

There is both good and bad news from the more than 4.3 million births:

March 18, 2009 | By Mike Stobbe AP medical writer | Living well


Rotarians trying to wip out polio

Inspired by Bill Gates' dedication to eradicating polio, Deidre Mickelson presented Hinesville Rotarians with the opportunity to join the worldwide fight at their Tuesday meeting.

March 14, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


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Rise in heroin use emerges as 2016 presidential campaign issue

Along with plans for economic growth and jabs at competitors, candidates in the 2016 presidential election are also talking about America's drug policy and the troubling rise in heroin addiction since the mid-1990s, confronting a crisis that is at once personal and political.

June 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


8 signs of breast cancer women need to observe

Thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. For women, only lung cancer has a higher death rate than breast cancer. While this type of cancer can be deadly, there are warning signs that can help you catch it early.

June 16, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Living well


The summer threat to young people's health many parents forget

In the summer months, parents act as sunscreen monitors, helping their kids have fun without suffering from dangerous burns.

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


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