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Swine flu cases now 27 in state

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials say 27 cases of swine flu have now been confirmed in the state, up from 25 last week.

The state Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health said Wednesday the two latest patients are Henry County residents. Health oficials say both patients have recovered, and neither required hospitalization.

May 21, 2009 | Associated Press | Living well


Guard still up for flu

The beginning of the swine flu outbreak had Liberty County Health Department Administrator Deidre Howell giving up shaking hands and going to fist bumps, popularized by President Obama.

May 15, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Regional medical transit system in works

Local resident Shvonna Hearn is pushing for public transit to serve the county's most needy.

May 13, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


No flu found in local schools

Although the Liberty County High School soccer team played a team from Henry County, near the Eagle's Landing school that closed earlier in the week due to a confirmed case of swine flu, officials say they don't suspect any local students are infected by the virus.

May 08, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


Swine flu targeting young people

ATLANTA - There were more signs Wednesday that those hardest-hit by swine flu are the young.

U.S. health officials said the median age for confirmed hospital cases in the United States is 15. And in Mexico, new figures showed that almost half of the 42 confirmed swine flu deaths were of people 29 and younger.

May 07, 2009 | By Mike Stobbe AP medical writer | Living well


Swine flue cases pass 100 in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are pledging to eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine for everyone but the shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.

Worries about the spread of the virus mounted Thursday as the nation's swine flu caseload passed 100, and nearly 300 schools closed in communities across the country. Federal officials had to spend much of the day reassuring the public it's still safe to fly and ride public transportation after Vice President Joe Biden said he wouldn't recommend it to his family.

May 01, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Living well


Swine flu no more deadly than common strain

AUGUSTA - With today's up-to-the minute information access, you may find yourself inundated recently with swine flu alerts.

April 30, 2009 | By Dr. James Wilde Emergency physician MCGHealth | Living well


Cases of swine flu showing up worldwide

MEXICO CITY - Mexico is urging citizens to stay home for five days and shutting down nonessential government services in hopes of containing the swine flu outbreak, which the World Health Organization warns is on the brink of becoming a global epidemic.

In Washington, President Barack Obama told Americans the government was "taking the utmost precautions and preparations" to stop the virus and urged people to wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home when they feel sick.

April 30, 2009 | By Andrew O. Selsky Associated Press writer | Living well


Feds against closing border with Mexico

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration stood solidly against closing the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, with Vice President Joe Biden calling it "a monumental undertaking" with a marginal likelihood of controlling the swine flu virus.

Biden and Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reinforced the government's stance on a border amid confirmation that the virus now has penetrated 11 states and there have been roughly a hundred school system closings.

April 30, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard AP medical writer | Living well


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


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Health insurance deadline is March 31

There still is time to avoid paying a penalty by signing up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace. The last day to enroll in coverage is March 31.

February 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Liberty YMCA launches scholarship fund drive

The Liberty County YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, launched its annual campaign this month to ensure that everyone in Liberty County has access to community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

February 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Traffic stops check for safety violations

Hinesville residents can expect to see an increased presence of public safety personnel on the roads this year as the city encourages safety among its citizens. To kick off those efforts, the Hinesville Police and Fire departments joined forces Feb. 18 to conduct a road safety check on vehicles. It was the first of a series of checks taking place this year.

February 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Family, friends walk for wounded warrior

A journey of many miles begins with a single step. On Monday, a group of 12 people took their first steps on a 222-mile trek to show their love and support for a wounded warrior while raising money to help his family.

February 23, 2014 | By Emily C. Harrison Correspondent | Living well


Health, wellness program motivates employees

Liberty County School System staff is trying to set a great example for students when it comes to living a healthy life by competing in L.I.V.E. Well, Liberty County's employee health-and-wellness program, to lose weight and adopt healthier habits.

February 23, 2014 | By Samantha B. Koss Correspondent | Living well


SouthCoast Medical opens campus

Dr. Douglas Perry and others marked the grand opening feb. 6 of the new SouthCoast Medical Group Campus at 89 Interchange Drive in Richmond Hill.

February 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Discipline, not help, is often what's needed

Q: My 5-year-old is the youngest of my three children. Her older siblings, boy/girl twins, clearly outshine her athletically. They're already very skilled at wakeboarding and snow skiing, for example. I think my youngest has decided that because she doesn't measure up to her siblings, she will simply give up. All she wants to do is hang out with me. (I'm not athletic either, but everyone in the family except this one child is physically active.) Furthermore, she is disrespectful to anyone who tries to interest her in trying something new. She ignores the person, acting ...

February 23, 2014 | By John Rosemon Columnist | Living well


West Rehab opens new Pooler office

SAVANNAH - West Rehab & Sports Medicine, a physical-therapy clinic with facilities in Hinesville, Richmond Hill, Pembroke, Berwick, Rincon, Savannah and Skidaway and Whitmarsh islands, recently hosted a ribbon cutting and open-house celebration at the company's new office in Pooler, 122 Pipemakers Circle, suite 209.

February 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Keep chili on hand for chilly days

The recent chilly weather has given me a perfect excuse to break out all my soup, stew and chili recipes. For the record, I am a soup fanatic. I can eat soup with every meal all year round - I love it that much. However, my husband and children don't always feel the same way, and I believe that they'd like winter to end as soon as possible.

February 21, 2014 | By Emily C. Harrison Correspondent | Living well


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