AUGUSTA - New drugs that are helping fight a multi-front war on cancer may do the same for cardiovascular disease, Medical College of Georgia researchers recently reported.
An annual award inspired by the late Dr. Whitman Fraser was presented to Drs. Zorana Sifford and Adewumi Oguntunmibi Thursday at a reception held in the Liberty Regional Medical Center cafeteria.
Public health officials are so concerned by an uptick of serious cases of H1N1 flu in the southeastern United States that they called a short-notice press briefing on March 29 to urge Americans to be vaccinated against the pandemic strain.
Liberty County's Bottoms Up Coalition is encouraging people to get colo-rectal screenings to check for cancer.
Women who undergo routine mammograms now have the latest diagnostic technology available to them at Liberty Regional Medical Center. The hospital recently upgraded from conventional technology to state-of-the-art Hologic Selenia digital mammography equipment.
ATLANTA - Health officials say swine flu hospitalizations in Georgia are up to their highest level since the fall.
About 70 to 80 hospitalizations were reported in each of the past two weeks - the most since September, when a large wave of illnesses was hitting the South. The Georgia Department of Community Health released the new numbers Wednesday.
Defense Department officials expect to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions, said a senior official with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
JESUP - Wayne Memorial Hospital recently added another orthopedic surgeon to its roster of physicians. Dr. Greg White will open his practice, Sports Medicine and Rehab Therapy, in mid-April in Wayne County. With more than 19 years of experience, White and his wife, Robin, are coming to Jesup from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., which is on the outskirts of Nashville.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillips cut the ribbon on Hunter Army Airfield's new School-Aged Youth Services Center during a ceremony last Friday.
A Hinesville doctor has traded his civilian white lab coat for a uniform.
Glaucoma, often called the "sneak thief of sight" because it can strike without pain or other symptoms, is a leading causes of blindness in the United States.
Liberty Regional Medical Center has recently recruited several new physicians. It seems most of these doctors have come to Hinesville because they like the "small town feel" and want to provide more accessible health care in various specialties.
SAVANNAH - As part of the 21st annual Black Heritage Festival, presented by the city of Savannah and Savannah State University, there will be a health and wellness fair starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah.
Winn Army Community Hospital will have a seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccine clinic from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 5-6 for Army families and retirees at the Hunter Army Airfield Post Exchange.
Despite the steady rain, a modest crowd turned up at at the family health fair at the YMCA Saturday. Sponsored by the Wal-Mart Vision Center, the Hinesville Neighborhood Crime Watch and Hinesville Lion's Club, the health fair featured at least a dozen community groups offering free health resources to visitors.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base recently was named the Region 3 Base of the Year, an honor presented for best exemplifying the company's mission, which includes community service, education and scene work. Region 3 consists of bases in Georgia, Alabama and parts of Tennessee.
The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market, which offers fresh food and products from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, is now at the peak of its season.
Coastal Manor hosted a family day for its residents Aug. 9 in Ludowici with help from the Hinesville Rotary Club and Fort Stewart's Medical and Dental Activity Command.
JESUP - St. Joseph's/Candler recently donated $5,000 to the Jesup Downtown Development Authority's fire fund, which was created to help businesses and employees after an Aug. 4 fire affected 25 percent of the downtown Jesup area.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller recently signed a proclamation on behalf of the city council to declare Aug. 10-16 as National Community Health Center Week. Diversity Health Center CEO Daniel Rafferty made the initial request. Pictured, from left, are Mark Chesser, Gwen Davis, Kathy Phillips, Mary Hamilton, Fuller, Gwen Stewart, Earlene Joiner, Rafferty and Jim Fuller.
Fourteen members of Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill recently spent a rainy Saturday afternoon at a tea and canvas party hosted by Georgia Girl Art Paint Parties.
Howard Family Dental recently pledged $150,000 to ensure that children of sick patients at St. Joseph's/Candler get the help and support they need during times of distress.
One of the most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of the song is "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say," and the chorus begins with "Because I'm happy." That's exactly how I feel.
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