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TRICARE hoping to improve care

The TRICARE health insurance program is rolling out its new patient-centered "medical home" concept to an increasing number of its beneficiaries, Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Christine S. Hunter, the top TRICARE officer, said Wednesday.

January 17, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Fight against childhood obesity starts at home

In last week's column, I offered 15 parenting resolutions for the new year. This week, I'm making a prediction: 2011 will see the beginning of a revolution in what and where America's children eat. Over the next decade, it will become cooler for a parent to have a slim child than a child who makes straight A's.

January 12, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Women must get tested to detect cancer

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month. This promotion is important because more than 4,000 women die in the United States each year from cervical cancer and women who don't have screening on a regular basis significantly increase their chances of developing the disease.

January 12, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Blood test to spot cancer gets boost

BOSTON - A blood test so sensitive that it can spot a single cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones is moving one step closer to being available at your doctor's office.

January 12, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well


Implant may block sleep apnea

WASHINGTON - Loud snoring may do more than irritate your spouse: It can signal sleep apnea, depriving you of enough zzzz's to trigger a car crash, even a heart attack.

January 05, 2011 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Living well


Resolve to improve your family

Given that this is the first column of a new year, I'm proposing a number of parenting New Year's resolutions for my readers to consider. The list is by no means comprehensive. It's just a good beginning on what is probably a much-needed family revolution:

January 05, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Use preventative medicine as an advantage

Have you made resolutions for this year that you will work at and keep? And if you do have specific goals, does that mean you are a meticulous planner who knows what you're going to do each day and what you need to accomplish these plans?

January 05, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Flu rates up in Ga., vaccine available

As flu rates continue to climb in Georgia and around the country, Coastal Health District officials are urging residents in Liberty, Long, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn and McIntosh counties to protect themselves and others against the flu by getting vaccinated.

January 03, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Pledge to keep your resolution this year

Have you ever sat down with your family and tried to write down your holiday traditions? Did these begin with your grandparents or even before them? Some traditions are as simple as what foods you eat on Christmas while other traditions came to us from other countries or started with a particular event that was so well-received that everyone wanted to repeat the experience annually.

December 29, 2010 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Mother’s feelings of loss are pretty typical

Q: Since the oldest of my three children started kindergarten this year, I have become increasingly attached to her, as if I took for granted the past five years I've had at home with her. The rational side of me knows I need to allow her to be independent of me, make mistakes and so on, but the irrational side feels almost literally sick when she comes home talking (in my opinion, prematurely) about boys, clothes and the like. I don't want to be a parent who ends up with a 30-year-old "kid" still living at home, but ...

December 29, 2010 | John Rosemond Parenting column | Living well


Fads not permanent solution to teen weight

LOGAN - Some teenagers may be tempted to try diet shakes and bars and weight-loss supplements to help them obtain their ideal figure, but studies show nothing beats good, old-fashioned diet and exercise.

December 29, 2010 | Leslie Gray Associated Press | Living well


'Doctor' puts children on right path

William Meyer, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University, objects to a recent column of mine in which I recommended that parents move a toddler out of their bed by telling him that "the doctor" said he can't sleep with them any longer (a second child is on the way). In a letter to the editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, Meyer says that this is a lie and "sets up the child to feel an unwarranted anger" toward health-care professionals.

December 22, 2010 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


Stay safe on holiday, don't drink and drive

Each year, the holiday season brings mixed feelings for many people when parties, shopping and social responsibilities become intertwined with emotional upsets and worries about expenses associated with giving gifts.

December 22, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Family struggles with teen's leukemia

Christmas should be a time of celebration and merriment, but Joshua Berry's parents are currently focused on their son's health.

December 20, 2010 | By Pam Waters Special to the Courier | Living well


WMH adds breast surgery equipment

JESUP - Wayne Memorial Hospital recently added a piece of technology to its operating rooms. With two new general surgeons on board, WMH complied with the physicians' request for equipment needed to conduct a new service, sentinel lymph node biopsies for breast cancer. The Neoprobe Gamma Detection System is in use at Wayne Memorial to offer less invasive, yet highly accurate breast biopsies.

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


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Toddler's heart transplant celebrated

When local toddler Brynslet Sellers got a new heart last week, her family members weren't the only ones celebrating a milestone.

October 01, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospital calls girl's transplant a milestone

ATLANTA ̶ The Heart Transplant Program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta reached a milestone early Monday, performing its 300th heart transplant since the program's inception in 1988. The milestone recipient, 2-year-old Brynslet Sellers from Screven had been waiting on the transplant list and living at the hospital's Egleston campus since March.

September 24, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Shoot to Kill Cancer takes on disease

The second annual Shoot to Kill Cancer Sporting Clays Fun Shoot last weekend in Midway benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the annual Light the Night Walk in Savannah. All proceeds from the fundraiser went to support blood-cancer research. The fun shoot and the Light the Night Walk are designed to drum up awareness for survivors and support for the families of those who've lost their battles with blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

September 21, 2014 | By Samantha B. Koss Correspondent | Living well


Help yourself with health literacy

The door opens, and at last you're face-to-face with the health professional - a doctor, nurse or physician's assistant - you've been nervously waiting to see. You're not feeling well, and you are worried about your health. You want answers. What you may not realize is that you're not the only person in the room with problems.

September 21, 2014 | By Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D Special to the Courier | Living well


ASU professor recognized for work

SAVANNAH - Douglas E. Masini, Ed.D., head of Armstrong State University's Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Department, recently was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Masini, who also serves as Armstrong's respiratory therapy program coordinator, is one of only four non-physicians to be selected for the honor.

September 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Red Cross app makes donating easier

The American Red Cross has launched a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App that puts the power to save lives in the palms of people's hands.

September 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Glynn, Camden hospitals tout economic impact

BRUNSWICK - Southeast Georgia Health System hospitals in Glynn and Camden counties generated more than $533 million in revenue for the local and state economies, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state's largest hospital trade association.

September 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Protein appears to fight arthritic bone loss

AUGUSTA - A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report.

September 21, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Activity ideas help kids stay fit

AUGUSTA - A small protein named GILZ appears to protect against the bone loss that often accompanies arthritis and its treatment, researchers report.

September 21, 2014 | By Merliee Kern Special to the Courier | Living well


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


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