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Immunizations important for kids and adults

I am always amazed at how many parents wait until after school has started before they bring their children into the health department or doctors' offices for vaccine updates. This places children at a disadvantage and adds extra confusion to a time when they already are uncertain and bewildered. Kids have a tough enough time finding their classrooms and figuring out who their teachers are. And then there is the class time and information they miss while they're out getting their immunizations.

August 11, 2010 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Radio personality physician to highlight conference

SAVANNAH - With the start of a new school year, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is preparing for the fourth annual Georgia School of Addiction Studies Conference. The conference will be Monday-Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, at Savannah's Hyatt Regency hotel. This year's event will focus on charting the course through prevention, treatment and recovery.

August 11, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Coastal Manor executive in leader class

Elise Stafford, director of Coastal Manor long-term skilled nursing facility in Ludowici, recently was accepted into the Georgia Hospital's Association Leadership Class of 2010-11.

August 04, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Gulf seafood labeled safe; fishermen not sure

VENICE, La. - Seafood from some parts of the oil-fouled Gulf of Mexico has been declared safe to eat by the government, based in part on human smell tests. But even some Gulf fishermen are questioning whether the fish and shrimp are OK to feed to their own families.

August 04, 2010 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press writer | Living well


Low-carb diet trumps low-fat on good cholesterol

NEW YORK - Over the long term, a low-carbohydrate diet works just as well as a low-fat diet at taking off the pounds - and it might be better for your heart, new research suggests.

August 04, 2010 | By Stephanie Nano Associated Press writer | Living well


School physicals offered to military children

Children 4 years and older entering Georgia schools for the first time or who have been out of the school system for a year must have health screenings.

July 28, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


New program helps smokers kick the habit

Uninsured adult smokers who want to kick the habit can now turn to the Liberty County Health Department for help.

July 28, 2010 | By Denise Etheridge Staff writer | Living well


WIC to have picnic

The Coastal Health District will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with a picnic for WIC participants from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Liberty County Health Department's WIC clinic in Hinesville. The clinic is at 1183 W. Bultman Ave.

July 28, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Go nuts with your diet

Want some nutrition in a nutshell? Dietary experts say adding pecans to a balanced diet is beneficial.

July 28, 2010 | By Jean Wise Associated Press writer | Living well


Some insurers stop writing coverage for kids

WASHINGTON - Some major health insurance companies will no longer issue certain types of policies for children, an unintended consequence of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, state officials said Friday.

July 28, 2010 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press writer | Living well


Dialysis center opens in Hinesville

DaVita Inc., a provider of kidney care services for patients with chronic kidney disease, hosted an open house last month at Hinesville's new DaVita center, Magnolia Oaks Dialysis. During the event, dialysis care specialists met with members of the community, answered questions and distributed educational materials about kidney care and disease prevention.

July 23, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


County wellness forum focuses on asthma

County employees gathered Tuesday for a lunch-and-learn program, at which Dr. John Cortina spoke.

July 21, 2010 | By Jen Alexander McCall Staff writer | Living well


State hospital expects more academic staff

AUGUSTA - East Central Georgia Regional Hospital will see an infusion of academic staff in the coming months through its partnership with the Medical College of Georgia. A new forensic psychiatry fellow will join hospital staff this month under the direction of Dr. Carmen Nichita, forensic psychiatrist at MCG. Nichita will lead the forensic services at ECGRH. The hospital is also looking to fill 48 health service technician and 18 registered nurse positions as well as an academic nursing executive vacancy.

July 21, 2010 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Children also need quantity time

I was disappointed recently to hear a professional athlete tell of his decision to sign a contract that would have him living some 15 hours away from his kids. He had an opportunity to sign with a team right in the same area where his kids live and could still make the millions of dollars that he will be making.

July 20, 2010 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Living well


Enzyme deficiency can cause emphysema

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like to call your attention to a question you answered about emphysema. I think you should have mentioned alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. It would have been a good opportunity to bring this condition to the public's attention. I have it and was diagnosed at age 53, after having been misdiagnosed for eight years. I have been on Prolastin, which has stabilized my lung capacity. While more doctors are aware of this condition, there are some who are not. -- D.C.

July 19, 2010 | By Paul G. Donohue, MD Columnist | Living well


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When a little deal is a big deal, especially with kids

When people say, “It is not a big deal,” one has to believe them. The problem is, with kids, a little deal may be a big deal. For that matter, who is to say what a big or a little deal is for grown-ups?

March 18, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


St. Patrick's Day revelries inspire safe driving campaigns

St. Patrick's Day is associated with many activities in the American imagination: Pinching people who don't wear green, dying the Chicago River and drinking to excess, to name a few.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Fast food restaurants drop soda pop from kids' meals

What's a kid got to do to get a Coke in this town? Well, avoid fast-food restaurants, for starters.

March 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


Want a better relationship with your children? Don't be afraid to argue

If you want a better relationship with your children, then argue.

March 16, 2015 | Jessie Shepherd, MA, AMCHC KSL | Living well


Strength training: It's a family affair

Many people shy away from strength training because of a pervasive stigma associated with it: Weight gain. All too often, we hear excuses for why people choose to avoid strength training: “I don’t want to bulk up” or “I don’t need to focus on weights.” However, strength training is an important part of anyone’s workout routine, regardless of gender, body size and fitness goals. In fact, the benefits are lifelong and can especially help as you age. Besides the fact that strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent, muscle is also a key component to ...

March 15, 2015 | Taylor Hoyt FamilyShare | Living well


Stop yawning. 3 reasons why you need more sleep

Life certainly dictates its own pace. As the demands of busy schedules pile up, it seems a good night's sleep is the first thing to go. The lack of adequate sleep knows no boundaries. Young people suffer from the same decline of proper sleeping habits as often as their parents. And in an effort to compensate for lost time, the loss of sleep carries its own consequences. Sleep is essential not only to getting through daily life, but also improving the quality of it. Here are 3 reasons why a good night's sleep is worth your time.

March 12, 2015 | Paige Cook FamilyShare | Living well


Pleurisy: the lung condition that mimics a heart attack

Pleurisy is inflammation of the membrane between your lungs and ribs, or pleura. The condition, which makes breathing both difficult and painful, often mimics the symptoms of a heart attack.

March 10, 2015 | Suzanne Carlile KSL | Living well


Don't become a victim of your own deceit

There are a lot of cheats in the world. This is not including professional rule breakers. The most common are those who cheat themselves.

March 10, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


WOW Mobile Health Vehicle Offers Mammograms

BRUNSWICK – Southeast Georgia Health System's Southeast Georgia with its Wellness on Wheels mobile health vehicle will be in area counties this month.

March 08, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Deal releases Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee report

Gov. Nathan Deal has released the final report of recommendations from his Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee, which was created last April to identify and provide solutions for the needs of Georgia's rural hospital community.

March 08, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Living well


10 things you should know about the latest Affordable Care Act court case

This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The case, King v. Burwell, focuses on whether the federal government can legally provide financial support to people enrolled in the ACA in states that haven't set up their own insurance marketplace.

March 07, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Living well


7 common misconceptions about postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression is a very common condition among women. It is also very misunderstood.

March 06, 2015 | Michelle Brunson FamilyShare | Living well


Hitting a nerve on the issue of immunizations

I struck a nerve. Immunizations are your nerve. I wrote with that raw nerve inflamed.

March 06, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Living well


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