Local resident Shvonna Hearn is pushing for public transit to serve the county's most needy.
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.
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.
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.
AUGUSTA - With today's up-to-the minute information access, you may find yourself inundated recently with swine flu alerts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Fraser Counseling Center provides courage for those who are afraid and strength for the weak.
Hospice Savannah is in need of loving, talkative volunteers to visit with homebound patients and their families in Bryan and Liberty counties.
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.
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.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY - Caffeine is a substance many adults depend on to stay awake during long hours and busy days. It turns out, that habit is trickling down to their kids.
Our family has a dinner tradition that began when I was a child. At a preset time, we turn off the technology - television, iPad, Gameboy and computers. And we each do our part in preparing for the meal. The tasks usually include emptying the dishwasher, setting the table and preparing the food. We enjoy our meal and pleasant dinner conversation. At the end of the meal, each of us assists with clearing the table and moving the dishes to the sink.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Wellness on Wheels mobile-health vehicle will provide screenings from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the IGA supermarket on Highway 84 in Ludowici. All mammograms require a physician's order. Insurance is accepted and financial assistance is available to patients who qualify.
A crowd consisting of many veterans gathered March 27 at Farmer's Natural Foods in Hinesville for a health seminar on easing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The nearly two-hour seminar was facilitated by author Kaliana Schmidt, a natural-emotional-care advocate.
The Fort Stewart Warrior Restoration Center teamed up with the Fort Stewart Fire Department on March 27 for an event held at the Main Exchange.
I recently was fortunate to be among a group of 24 nutrition and public-health students from Georgia Southern and Armstrong Atlantic State universities who spent a week exploring Verona, Italy, and the Tuscan countryside by day and learning how to prepare Italian dishes by night. It was an especially memorable spring break.
It's often been said that dogs are man's best friend, and the members of Woof P.A.C.T. (Partners Are Created Together) want to ensure soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are never without faithful companions.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia held its 159th annual meeting March 25 at the Armstrong Center on Abercorn Street in Savannah.
Healthy snacks often can be difficult to find or make in a pinch, especially when you are starving and a satisfying nibble is nowhere in sight. It is far too easy to reach for junk food when nutritious options aren't accessible.
Jessica Neeley of Richmond Hill has been selected as a candidate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Neeley joins other community leaders to see who can raise the most money for the organization in a 10-week time period, which started March 27. Money raised during the campaign will advance LLS's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
To commemorate National Public Health week on April 7-13, the Coastal Health District has given each day of the week a theme in an effort to send the public several health-related messages.
The first open enrollment for health-insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act ended Monday. State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, held two enrollment sessions in Hinesville and Midway on Saturday to register uninsured residents before the deadline.
Stroke is a "brain attack," and the fourth-leading cause of death. About 795,000 strokes occur each year. One occurs every 40 seconds, taking a life about every four minutes. Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke. Women are twice more likely to die from stroke than from breast cancer annually.
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