Someone recently asked if I agree with the currently popular parenting adage that "rules without relationship lead to rebellion."
Long County officially kicked off its 2012 Relay for Life campaign Thursday at Celebration Castle. This year, the committee added Christmas luminaries to the lineup of ways participants and supporters can honor loved ones who've battled cancer.
ATLANTA - A rising number of parents in more than half of states are opting out of school shots for their kids. And in eight states, more than one in 20 public school kindergartners do not get all the vaccines required for attendance, an Associated Press analysis found.
Many people believe that underage drinking and driving is only a problem on prom night or after graduation, but the latest newsletter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving contradicts that stereotypical belief. While underage drinking and driving definitely are problematic on those two occasions, the night before Thanksgiving actually seems to be the biggest night for underage drinking. According to MADD's November newsletter, "The fridge and the liquor cabinets are stocked, parents are distracted by relatives and dinner preparations and older siblings or college-age friends are around."
Eggnog, turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries - the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season?
Devon Corneal is an attorney and a writer. Her essay, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Parents Can't Get Kids to Listen," recently was published online by The Huffington Post. In it, Corneal carps about her children not listening to her. She identifies the three children in question as "a son, a stepson and the manchild I married." She refers to them as "boys."
ATLANTA - Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade.
School nurses in Liberty County and statewide have spearheaded anti-smoking campaigns that culminated with Thursday's Great American Smokeout.
WASHINGTON - The rolls of America's oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.
Georgia school nurses are on the front line in providing essential care during school hours that allows children with diabetes to stay in class and learn. With obesity, a contributing cause of type 2 diabetes, rising at epidemic rates among adolescents, the school nurses also provide wellness education to children, teachers and staff about how to avoid developing this debilitating - but, in most cases, preventable - chronic disease year-round. This especially is important in November, which is American Diabetes Month.
On Thursday, we will celebrate the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout. Even after years of education and warnings, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's website, www.cancer.org.
Georgia Emergency Associates, a Savannah-based medical group, opened its fourth urgent care clinic, South Georgia Immediate Care Center, in Hinesville on Tuesday.
I just discovered another reason for getting a flu shot. Not only can you spread the flu to your friends and family but, according to www.webmd.com/pets-tales, your family dog and cat also are capable of contracting human flu.
Q: Several years ago, I married a widower who never disciplined his children. They now are 9, 14 and 16, and he still has a very difficult time denying them anything. I love them very much and think of them as my own, but I often feel like the "bad guy." In this situation, should he be the main disciplinarian? He's given me the responsibility (he has a very demanding job, thus his at-home hours are not reliable) and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning!
The Coastal Health District, in conjunction with the Georgia AIDS Coalition, will offer free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. All testing will be done from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Forsyth Park in Savannah. Needles will not be used, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m.
Community health-care facilities are expanding, and services are improving for civilians, veterans and military families. Medical facilities on and off post have seen growth in the past year, and more improvements are planned for this year.
American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives in January during National Blood Donor Month through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.
JESUP - Residents in Jesup and the surrounding communities now have one less reason to travel elsewhere for health care thanks to Wayne Memorial Hospital's addition of full-time cardiologist Dr. Gary Stern and an additional diagnostic tool, the cardiac CT.
SAVANNAH - A renowned palliative-care expert from Johns Hopkins is coming to Savannah at the end of the month as part of Hospice Savannah Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care's seventh annual lecture series.
BRUNSWICK - What does it really imply if products are listed as all-natural or gluten-free? Which part of the label should consumers review first? What is the appropriate amount of beneficial nutrients?
January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.
Here we are in the new year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise and generally take better care of yourself.
Willie Mae Jacobs, a Liberty County native and Liberty Regional Medical Center employee with nearly 50 years of nursing experience, recently celebrated her retirement with family and friends in the LRMC cafe.
The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal and togetherness. However, in the relations between people, there also can be less-than-positive interactions - even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.
Lisa Johnson Sommers of Richmond Hill recently joined The Coastal Family of Pharmacies and will split her time between two locations: Richmond Hill Pharmacy and Hinesville Pharmacy.
There are a few things that I always look forward to during the holiday season. Getting together with family is the first.
The holidays are a time of overindulgence. People often eat way too much, and frequently their pets are right there beside them.
One of the easiest, least expensive ways to stay healthy often is one of the most overlooked. Avoiding the common cold - or worse, the flu - can be as easy as washing your hands.
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