Family members of active duty members stationed in and around Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will soon have more access to health care with the projected spring 2011 opening of an Army community-based primary care clinic in Richmond Hill. The clinic is among 17 clinics the Army is opening near 14 installations across the United States.
Hinesville Pharmacy had its inaugural health fair on Oct. 7. Free blood pressure and glucose testing were offered, along with flu and pneumonia vaccinations and cholesterol testing.
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.
These days, many businesses say they're community-focused, and plenty are true to that claim. Being engaged with our neighbors is actually good business, because if a community isn't thriving and healthy, its businesses will struggle.
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?
Seventy-two participants raced around Hinesville on Oct. 11 in the second annual Healthy Hinesville 5K to benefit local patients with mental-health problems and build awareness for the services that support them.
Diabetes is a disease that sometimes can be forgotten. But in the United States alone, there are over 26 million people living with it and another 79 million who are at risk of being diagnosed with it.
Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia brought an old-fashioned farmers market to the Hinesville Housing Authority's Regency Park Apartments last week.
The Liberty County Armed Services YMCA showed that it is more than just a gym and swim when it held an aerobathon earlier this month.
AUGUSTA - One of the first-known oncogenes has a protein partner that helps breast cancer proliferate, and when it's blocked, so is the cancer, scientists recently reported.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu offered this thought thousands of years ago.
It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly true.
RICHMOND HILL - Richmond Hill Pharmacy will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week with giveaways of a Kindle Fire and $30 gift cards, free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn, as well as the annual sidewalk sale, Christmas open house and 11th annual health fair. During the celebration event, which is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at 2409 Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, pharmacists and staff will be present to answer questions and administer seasonal flu shots as well as pneumonia and shingles vaccines with a doctor's prescription.
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