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Enzyme deficiency can cause emphysema

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like to call your attention to a question you answered about emphysema. I think you should have mentioned alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. It would have been a good opportunity to bring this condition to the public's attention. I have it and was diagnosed at age 53, after having been misdiagnosed for eight years. I have been on Prolastin, which has stabilized my lung capacity. While more doctors are aware of this condition, there are some who are not. -- D.C.

July 19, 2010 | By Paul G. Donohue, MD Columnist | Living well


Bryan man fighting flesh eating disease

A Bryan County volunteer firefighter is fighting for his life at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta with a serious medical condition, necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as the flesh eating disease.

July 19, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Military brass: Outreach essential to suicide prevention

Preventing suicide among service members and veterans calls for comprehensive education and communication, Army Col. Robert W. Saum, director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, said this week.

July 16, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Campaign aims to boost public health

Supporters of public health in Georgia are launching "Partner Up! For Public Health," a campaign aimed at educating policy makers and the public about the need to reinvest in and rebuild the state's system.

July 14, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Marital therapy available to military couples

FALLS CHURCH - Multiple deployments and other family issues often necessitate military couples talk to someone about marital struggles and stress. Family, couples and marital therapy - all types of counseling - are types of professional, behavioral-health interventions available to eligible married couples enrolled in TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Prime Remote and TRICARE Prime Overseas.

July 14, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Long County signs discourage smoking

The Long County Commission recently received 20 signs designed to discourage children from smoking.

July 12, 2010 | By Mike Riddle Correspondent | Living well


New plan covers pre-existing conditions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the establishment of a new pre-existing condition insurance plan that will offer coverage to uninsured Americans who have been unable to obtain health coverage because of a pre-existing health condition.

July 07, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


State tells seniors about Medicare scams

ATLANTA - People who receive Medicare should be on the alert for scam artists, warns the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services.

July 07, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


SE Georgia to benefit from $4.3M grant

ATLANTA - One hundred adults in Southeast Georgia who are living with serious mental illness will benefit from a $4.3 million grant that will promote recovery and reduce their chances of relapsing after treatment. Over a two-year period, the Opening Doors to Recovery Project will focus on people who have experienced a mental-health crisis and returned to jail, prison, state hospitals or homelessness more than once a year.

July 07, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Family time trumps 'individual time'

Q: My husband and I have five kids ages 11, 10, 7, 5 and 22 months. I would love to keep activities to a minimum to give the kids more time to be kids, but I am finding that to be difficult. The two oldest are boys, and both are involved in scouting as well as music lessons. The girls, ages 7 and 5, are both involved in one dance class each, and the 7-year-old will start piano lessons in the fall, along with Girl Scouts once a month and a church group that meets twice a month. They all ...

June 30, 2010 | By John Rosemond | Living well


Vaccinate against rabies for family, pets

The Bryan County Health Department is encouraging all residents to take proper precautions against rabies.

June 28, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Regional health fair in the works

The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority will sponsor a community-wide health fair for members of Liberty, Long, Bryan, Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Tattnall and Wayne counties from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Glynn Place Mall in Brunswick. Organizers say the fair is designed to increase health awareness for the community through education and prevention.

June 23, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health Departments offers tips on staying cool

Summer may not officially begin until Monday, but there is no mistaking that Liberty County is in the middle of a pre-summer heat wave.

June 21, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Doctors may be overtreating early cancers

WASHINGTON - D.J. Soviero wanted the least treatment that would beat back her small, early-stage breast cancer, but her first doctor insisted she had only one option: tumor removal followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

June 16, 2010 | By Lauran Neergaard AP | Living well


County marks HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

In the 30-plus years since HIV and AIDS became a nationwide panic, then a global epidemic, great strides have been made to protect and educate the public against the often-fatal virus.

June 14, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | Living well


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Girls Night Out encourages mammograms

JESUP - On Tuesday and Thursday evenings in October, Wayne Memorial Hospital will host Girls Night Out as a part of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage women to have their annual mammograms.

September 19, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


West Rehab owner selling ribbons for disabled

West Rehab owner and administrator Brian West is selling blue hanging door ribbons to raise funds and spread awareness for the Savannah AMBUCS' third annual Celebrity Bowlapalooza.

September 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


GSU School of Nursing gets $2M grant

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern University's School of Nursing received more than $2.2 million in grant funding this summer, which will serve three purposes: help to establish a center for nursing scholarship and research, introduce a new graduate-level Chronic Illness Certificate Program and provide scholarships to students seeking family nurse practitioner degrees.

September 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


What is your relationship with food?

Are you hungry right now? Is it time for lunch, or is it the middle of the afternoon? Are you feeling bored, stressed or eager to sit down at the table with your family? What do you plan to eat for dinner? Will you have to stop at the grocery store or go to a restaurant? When you really think about it, eating isn't as simple as it sounds.

September 07, 2014 | By Jan McIntire Special to the Courier | Living well


Blame late nights for underperforming teens

It's a fact that a good night's sleep is essential to optimal performance, no matter the task. It is also a fact that America's teens, generally speaking, don't get enough sleep. Ergo, American teens, as a group, underperform in school.

September 07, 2014 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


ARTrageous bras raise awareness

The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation is inviting the community to participate in the ARTrageous Bras Fundraiser by decorating a bra to benefit the health system cancer care programs.

September 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Alzheimer's Association helps families, victims

If there was a deadly disease that potentially could affect everyone in the world, wouldn't people want to know about it?

September 07, 2014 | By Michael Smith and Richard Barid Columnists | Living well


Georgia urologist takes regional post

Dr. Jack M. Amie of Brunswick recently took office as the 78th president of the Southeastern Section of the American Urological Association Inc. It's the nation's largest section of the American Urological Association, representing 2,400 physicians specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of urological diseases.

September 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


WellCare donates $20K to help homeless students

TAMPA, Fla. - WellCare Health Plans Inc. recently donated $20,000 to the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative, a Georgia nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and professional coaching to teens and young adults who are most at-risk of not successfully completing their education as well as students who are homeless or in foster care group homes.

September 07, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Diabetes topic of free classes set

BRUNSWICK - In the United States, 25.8 million people have diabetes, and another 79 million have prediabetes, a condition where their blood sugars are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

September 06, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Battling cancer with natural treatment

Twenty-first century technology has paved the way for new approaches to treating diseases, like cancer.

September 05, 2014 | By Samantha B. Koss Correspondent | Living well


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