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Stop dramatic behavior to stop self-destruction

Q: Our oldest son, 8, has recently started saying that he has no friends, no one likes him, he's no good at anything and so on. None of this is true, mind you. He's a good kid who does well in school. We are at a loss as to where this is coming from. His younger brothers are bothered by hearing it as well and we worry about the effect on them. This has been going on for a couple of months now. We've tried talking to him and we've tried ignoring him. Nothing works. What ...

January 11, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Assess risk of cervical cancer, HPV

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, so here is information on cervical cancer and assessing your or your loved ones' risk for this disease.

January 11, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Clinic helps heal invisible wounds

Not all combat wounds are easily seen by a soldier's battle buddies, family members or even medical providers, according to Dr. Maria Aviles, clinical psychologist chief for Winn Army Community Hospital's Warrior Restoration Clinic.

January 11, 2012 | By Randy C. Murray | Living well

More twins being born in U.S.

ATLANTA - The number of twins born in the U.S. soared over the last three decades, mostly the result of test-tube babies and women waiting to have children until their 30s, when the chances of twins increase.

January 08, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Living well

Lifestyle can cut risk of birth defects

Researchers in the Netherlands have documented another reason why women wishing to have children should stop smoking before they become pregnant. In addition to being linked to various birth defects, premature birth, underdeveloped lungs, low birth weight and many other problems, smoking during pregnancy has been shown to damage the baby's blood vessels. According to, this defect of thicker blood vessel walls is linked to cardiovascular disease and early atherosclerosis in adults. In addition to this, the children of smoking mothers had a 15 percent lower arterial distensibility (ability of the artery to stretch during ...

January 05, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Panel wants lead poisoning standards lowered

ATLANTA - For the first time in 20 years, a federal panel is urging the government to lower the threshold for lead poisoning in children.

January 05, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Living well

Micromanaging teens can increase problems

Q: Our 17-year-old daughter is an honor student who has been accepted to three colleges. She has not been a risk taker, except with boys. Her most recent boyfriend is a wonderful kid and very smart. Apparently, they both resent our rule that a parent must be home when either of them is visiting at the other one's home, but they've gone along with it, however reluctantly. We just found out that they've been texting about sneaking out in cars to be alone. What should we do?

January 05, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Fretting about girl’s weight not a good idea

Q: Our 4-year-old daughter's weight (25 pounds) is at the first percentile for her age, but she is otherwise healthy, energetic, creative, polite and well-behaved. Our only real problem occurs at meals during which she picks at and dawdles over her food. We end up coaxing her to finish, telling her how important it is for her to eat so she'll grow, and so on. Sometimes, she has been there so long we've taken her plate away, but we are reluctant to do that because we don't want her losing any weight. Are we worrying for ...

December 28, 2011 | By John Rosemond Parenting columnist | Living well

Allergies and colds seem similar but treatment varies

Uh oh! It's three days until New Year's Eve and you feel like you're getting a cold. No one wants to have to miss out on all the fun or have to stay away from friends so they don't get sick, too.

December 28, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe Health columnist | Living well

Dog makes woman’s medical condition more manageable

For Dallas LaPointe, having seizures is a part of her life. But with a new friend that she received from Long County, the seizures may be a little less dangerous.

December 24, 2011 | Mike Riddle Coastal Courier correspondent | Living well

Clarity of hindsight can be painful

Q: My husband and I have micromanaged, spoiled and enabled our 21-year-old son all his life. We paid a heavy price during his teen years. At this point, he is arrogant, immature and irresponsible.

December 21, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

Free Tdap vaccines being offered

The Liberty County Health Department currently is offering free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccines, which are recommended for children ages 11-19 and adults.

December 21, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well

Holiday blues are not uncommon

When I was younger, I could never understand why people talked about being depressed at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is such a joyful season, right? Why waste time dwelling on the negative and being sad and depressed?

December 15, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well

Don't be afraid to lay down the law

At an online source of parenting advice, a mother recently asked a female marriage and family therapist how to handle her eighth-grade daughter's announcement that she and her ninth-grade boyfriend have decided to "prove their love" by having sex. The mother says, "I don't think she's ready to have sex with this boy."

December 14, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well

New breast cancer drugs show promise

SAN ANTONIO - Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.

December 14, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Living well

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How to take advantage of the health benefits of meditation

Anita Fredericks spent years resisting meditation. She'd hear friends and colleagues describe the practice's many physical and mental health benefits, and then name ...

September 23, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

3 health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet

Eating like the Mediterraneans might be a tasty way to reduce breast cancer risk, according to a study released this week.

September 20, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Add interval training to your workout

If you feel you have hit a fitness plateau, spice things up by introducing interval training into your exercise program.

September 20, 2015 | By Patty Leon | Living well

Researchers working on diabetes vaccine

Vaccines exist to protect against many maladies - flu, chicken pox and polio, among others. University of Florida Health researchers hope to soon add Type 1 ...

September 20, 2015 | By Morgan Sherburne University of Florida Health | Living well

Some colleges attract more hookah bars

Larger and private colleges and universities seem to attract hookah cafes and lounges, but smoke-free policies decrease these odds, according to findings published in the ...

September 20, 2015 | By Elizabeth Hillaker Downs University of Florida Health | Living well

Take a walk, for your health

Forget baseball. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy wants America's national pastime to be taking a stroll.

September 18, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well

Yardwork is wonderful exercise for your body and mind

On a crisp, cool morning, I looked out my kitchen window onto my view of the Wasatch Mountains as they wrapped around Utah Lake, over ...

September 18, 2015 | Arianne Brown Deseret News | Living well

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