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.
As of Thursday, military commissaries had not been affected by the massive Wright County egg voluntary recall, Defense Commissary Agency food safety officials reported.
Soldiers and families of the 188th Infantry Brigade attended a Family Health Awareness Day at Fort Stewart last week as part of a directive by Maj. Gen. J. Michael Bednarek, commanding general of First Army Division East. First Army Division East is the brigade's headquarter division at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Pembroke residents could soon get a break on prescription drug costs under a new city program that will provide free discount cards.
Q: My nearly 8-year-old son made fun of our next-door neighbor's biracial daughter's skin color. The minute he realized how wrong he was, he became very upset and tried to go back and apologize but the girl had locked herself in her room and wouldn't even talk to her mother. My son then wrote her a very moving apology. I feel his remorse but am baffled as to how to discipline this. He has said he wants to be grounded until school starts but that is hard to implement with so many activities. The ironic thing is ...
I am always amazed at how many parents wait until after school has started before they bring their children into the health department or doctors' offices for vaccine updates. This places children at a disadvantage and adds extra confusion to a time when they already are uncertain and bewildered. Kids have a tough enough time finding their classrooms and figuring out who their teachers are. And then there is the class time and information they miss while they're out getting their immunizations.
SAVANNAH - With the start of a new school year, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is preparing for the fourth annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies Conference. The conference will be Monday-Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, at Savannah's Hyatt Regency hotel. This year's event will focus on charting the course through prevention, treatment and recovery.
Elise Stafford, director of Coastal Manor long-term skilled nursing facility in Ludowici, recently was accepted into the Georgia Hospital's Association Leadership Class of 2010-11.
VENICE, La. - Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.
NEW YORK - Over the long term, a low-carbohydrate diet works just as well as a low-fat diet at taking off the pounds - and it might be better for your heart, new research suggests.
Children 4 years and older entering Georgia schools for the first time or who have been out of the school system for a year must have health screenings.
Uninsured adult smokers who want to kick the habit can now turn to the Liberty County Health Department for help.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base recently was named the Region 3 Base of the Year, an honor presented for best exemplifying the company's mission, which includes community service, education and scene work. Region 3 consists of bases in Georgia, Alabama and parts of Tennessee.
The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market, which offers fresh food and products from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, is now at the peak of its season.
Coastal Manor hosted a family day for its residents Aug. 9 in Ludowici with help from the Hinesville Rotary Club and Fort Stewart's Medical and Dental Activity Command.
JESUP - St. Joseph's/Candler recently donated $5,000 to the Jesup Downtown Development Authority's fire fund, which was created to help businesses and employees after an Aug. 4 fire affected 25 percent of the downtown Jesup area.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller recently signed a proclamation on behalf of the city council to declare Aug. 10-16 as National Community Health Center Week. Diversity Health Center CEO Daniel Rafferty made the initial request. Pictured, from left, are Mark Chesser, Gwen Davis, Kathy Phillips, Mary Hamilton, Fuller, Gwen Stewart, Earlene Joiner, Rafferty and Jim Fuller.
Fourteen members of Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill recently spent a rainy Saturday afternoon at a tea and canvas party hosted by Georgia Girl Art Paint Parties.
Howard Family Dental recently pledged $150,000 to ensure that children of sick patients at St. Joseph's/Candler get the help and support they need during times of distress.
One of the most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of the song is "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say," and the chorus begins with "Because I'm happy." That's exactly how I feel.
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