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:
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?
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Christmas should be a time of celebration and merriment, but Joshua Berry's parents are currently focused on their son's health.
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.
Q: Our 16-year-old son is talking of going to a local community college after high school and living with one of his friends. He says he needs to find a job soon so he can prove to his friend's mom that he is hard-working. I was so shocked I just listened and haven't said how I feel about this whole thing. What would you say to this obviously delusional teen about his grand plans?
Liberty County Regional Medical Center announced the opening of the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Institute during a Thursday evening grand opening reception.
HomeTown Health, a resource network for rural Georgia hospitals, recognized Liberty Regional Medical Center as the Hospital of the Year in November at its 2010 Annual Conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. LRMC was chosen from among 55 statewide rural hospital members for its achievements as a rural hospital, according to a release provided by the hospital.
Local seniors received help Thursday navigating the intricacies of Medicare Part D's prescription drug program from U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston's office and GeorgiaCares representatives. Kingston, R-Ga., sponsored a Medicare Part D workshop at Savannah Technical College's Liberty County campus on Airport Road.
HOUSTON - Stare at a spinning ceiling fan for a while, and it will eventually - just for a moment - appear to spin in the opposite direction. Although this seems like the kind of visual hiccup that might be observed and just as quickly forgotten, the laboratory of Dr. David Eagleman recognizes glitches of visual perception as crucial for understanding the normal function of the brain.
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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