Public health officials are so concerned by an uptick of serious cases of H1N1 flu in the southeastern United States that they called a short-notice press briefing on March 29 to urge Americans to be vaccinated against the pandemic strain.
Liberty County's Bottoms Up Coalition is encouraging people to get colo-rectal screenings to check for cancer.
Women who undergo routine mammograms now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them at Liberty Regional Medical Center. The hospital recently upgraded from conventional technology to state-of-the-art Hologic Selenia digital mammography equipment.
ATLANTA - Health officials say swine flu hospitalizations in Georgia are up to their highest level since the fall.
About 70 to 80 hospitalizations were reported in each of the past two weeks - the most since September, when a large wave of illnesses was hitting the South. The Georgia Department of Community Health released the new numbers Wednesday.
Defense Department officials expect to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions, said a senior official with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
JESUP - Wayne Memorial Hospital recently added another orthopedic surgeon to its roster of physicians. Dr. Greg White will open his practice, Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy, in mid-April in Wayne County. With more than 19 years of experience, White and his wife, Robin, are coming to Jesup from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., which is on the outskirts of Nashville.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips cut the ribbon on Hunter Army Airfield's new School-Aged Youth Services Center during a ceremony last Friday.
A Hinesville doctor has traded his civilian white lab coat for a uniform.
Glaucoma, often called the "sneak thief of sight" because it can strike without pain or other symptoms, is a leading causes of blindness in the United States.
Liberty Regional Medical Center has recently recruited several new physicians. It seems most of these doctors have come to Hinesville because they like the "small town feel" and want to provide more accessible health care in various specialties.
SAVANNAH - As part of the 21st annual Black Heritage Festival, presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University, there will be a health and wellness fair starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah.
Winn Army Community Hospital will have a seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine clinic from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 5-6 for Army families and retirees at the Hunter Army Airfield Post Exchange.
Despite the steady rain, a modest crowd turned up at at the family health fair at the YMCA Saturday. Sponsored by the Wal-Mart Vision Center, the Hinesville Neighborhood Crime Watch and Hinesville Lion's Club, the health fair featured at least a dozen community groups offering free health resources to visitors.
The city of Hinesville will hold a health fair, sponsored by the Hinesville Neighborhood Watch Group, Walmart Vision Center and the Hinesville Lions Club, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA on Mary Lou Drive. The fair is open to the community.
Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital is on its way to achieving a coveted baby-friendly designation. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched in 1991, encourages hospitals to offer the best care for new families and encourage breast-feeding. To achieve the program's baby-friendly designation, hospitals must successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable health-care services to the Savannah community, recently promoted Dr. Michael Adams to chief medical officer.
At Canyon Ranch Institute, a short quote on the wall of the offices serves as a call to action. One of the CRI team members heard it at a reunion many years ago, and it stuck with us: "Friends are medicine."
The Miniature Masterpieces art show will hang in the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery as part of the annual fall show and silent auction.
The American Red Cross likes to remind eligible donors that it's never too late - or too early - to make blood donation a lifelong habit.
The Liberty County Health Department now has flu vaccines available through injection and nasal spray for $28.
STATESBORO - Members of the Georgia Southern University Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Infectious Disease Committee met last week to discuss community and campus preparedness and response related to infectious diseases such as the ebola virus and influenza.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base, which provides air medical service and access to health care for those who live in medically underserved areas, recently was selected as the company's national base of the year. Senior Program Director Donald Mixon and members of the crew accepted the award at a national banquet Sept. 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Jonell Bacon-Seward, an employee at the Liberty County Health Department and a clerk for Women, Infants, and Children, recently won the 2014 WIC Customer Service Award for the Coastal Health District.
Working in conjunction with Bryan County and the Bryan County Family Connection, Gateway Behavioral Health Services recently launched mental-health and addictive-disease treatment services for children and adults in Bryan County.
SAVANNAH - Armstrong State University and South University are entering into a partnership designed to help local students pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree without having to leave the Savannah area.
I've lived in Savannah for just over 10 years, and I feel really grounded in the city because I'm out and about frequently, riding my bike, walking, visiting the Forsyth Farmers Market or taking a break in one of our city's beautiful squares.
STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing recently was chosen as part of a test program in which 100 schools received funding to pilot their first white coat ceremonies.
The leaves have yet to change color, but there's already a virus circulating this fall that has sent children in 21 states to the hospital with severe respiratory illness.
I've spoken at several conferences in the past year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called teenage brain are largely responsible for the self-centered, irrational, moody, rebellious behavior now associated with adolescence.
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