ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) is launching a crib matching initiative to improve Georgia's infant mortality rate and to support healthy birth outcomes. The Crib Matching program will help reduce incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by providing qualified families with safe sleep education and resources for children.
ATLANTA - The state Public Health Laboratory has recorded Georgia's first confirmed case of influenza for the 2007-2008 flu season.
With Georgia's healthcare industry currently facing a shortage of mental health professionals, members of the state House Mental Health Professionals Study Committee recently met with local health officials to get an idea of how the shortfall is affecting Liberty County.
ATLANTA - Key elements of the roadmap for cancer control in Georgia for the next five years will be presented and discussed at the Georgia Cancer Coalition's Cancer Summit, Jan. 14-15 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 800 Spring St. in Atlanta.
Whether it's the low temperature and humidity facilitating the spread of viruses, or the fact that people spend more time cooped up together indoors, winter is the season for colds and flu. Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Optometry advise those who catch a virus to avoid wearing contact lenses.
The new Diversity Health Center in Long County will begin taking limited walk-in clients at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 in what administrators for the clinic are calling a "soft opening."
ATLANTA - Georgia got high marks in the fifth annual "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism" report released recently by Trust for America's Health.
ATLANTA - With the recent focus on toy safety and the holiday shopping season already in full swing, parents need to be aware of what they can do to make sure the gifts their children receive this year will not require a trip to the emergency room. Beyond poisoning from lead paint, some toys pose other dangers to children, including choking hazards and permanent vision loss.
ATLANTA - According to a national report recently issued by Mental Health America, Georgia ranks 11th in terms of depression, and 18th in suicide rates. "Ranking the States: An Analysis of Depression Across the States," provides a snapshot of the level of depression, from the healthiest states to the least, in addition to suicide rankings.
The Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody of The Fraser Center addresses members of the Rotary Club during their weekly meeting Nov. 27. He is a Presbyterian minister, pastoral counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist.
More than six million Americans have diabetes and don't know it.
Food service establishments are inspected four times a year in Liberty County. The purpose of making inspections is to determine compliance with the Rules Of Department Of Human Resources Public Health, Chapter 290-5-14 Food Service. The scores are from inspections performed by environmentalist of Liberty County Environmental Health Department. The county manager of the Environmental Health Department is Linus R. Woodard.
ATLANTA - More than a million doses of a common vaccine given to babies as young as 2 months were being recalled Wednesday because of contamination risks, but the top U.S. health official said it was not a health threat. A shortage of the widely used vaccine appeared possible, though.
The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, Coastal Georgia Regional Office is seeking volunteers for assistance with administrative/clerical tasks, health fairs, special events, trainings, etc.
While national surveys show the general public is often unaware of the hospice benefit available to them and their loved ones, cultural beliefs about death and dying also play a factor in delaying referring terminal patients to hospice.
Cooler weather, family gatherings and delicious food make the holidays the best time of year, but they also can be trouble for those looking to maintain their weight-loss and fitness goals.
I love pomegranates during the holiday season - not just for their brilliant color and sweet taste, but for their outstanding health benefits.
Q: My 18-month-old kicks me and hits me when I try to change his diaper. He doesn't do this for his father or grandparents. Should I hold his legs down until he gives up or will this worsen things?
The Georgia Department of Public Health is offering a free four-week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
Shirley Frasier plans to leave her position as a Fort Stewart public-health nurse this year after providing care and services to military families for more than 33 years. She feels it is finally time to retire.
There's a ray of hope on the horizon for 9-year-old Saniyah Joseph, who has been fighting aplastic anemia, a disease that affects her bone-marrow functions, for a year.
In my household, Thanksgiving is the only time of year where dinner leftovers are not only eaten - they are treasured. For the most part, I think people enjoy the conquest of dividing up and conquering what is left of the Thanksgiving bird just as much as they do eating it the first time around.
JESUP - Jesup Health and Rehab, a member of the Mission Health family of health-care communities, earned tier II recognition as part of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living's Quality Initiative Recognition Program by reducing staff turnover by at least 15 percent and reducing the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs by at least 15 percent.
The mother of a 4-year-old boy shared an interesting story with me the other day. At age 2, her son began chewing meat to the point where it became liquid, but would not swallow. The parents became worried and began attempting various means of persuading him to swallow. Nothing worked, which increased the parents' anxiety and, likewise, the energy they put into the swallowing project.
The American Diabetes Association and Sk8 City will have a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Sk8 City, 4 Towne Center Court in Pooler, to raise awareness for curing type 1 diabetes during American Diabetes Month.
The Disloyal Few Motorcycle Club in Hinesville organized a bike run Nov. 2 to benefit Mason Tiner, an 8-year-old who was burned in a backyard fire in 2011.
The cold and flu season is upon us. In our house, we have already battled a bout of pneumonia with our youngest child and a slew of miscellaneous fevers and coughing fits throughout the family. Any time anyone is sick in our house there is only one thing they turn to for comfort - chicken
Dr. Jody Pittman and the Professional Eye Care team recently purchased a Carl Zeiss Cirrus 5000 High Definition Optical Coherence Tomographer.
The American Legion Post 321 of Midway hosted the Operation Local Support 5K run on Nov. 2 to raise funds for holiday food baskets. These baskets are given out each year during Thanksgiving to needy military and community families of Liberty County. Baskets include a complete turkey dinner that can feed six to eight people. Last year, Post 321 provided baskets to about 40 needy families and plans to raise enough money to support 80 families this year.
WAYCROSS - The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia's Waycross practice has been awarded the gold seal of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.