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Stay safe this holiday — don’t drink and drive

Many people believe that underage drinking and driving is only a problem on prom night or after graduation, but the latest newsletter from Mothers Against Drunk Driving contradicts that stereotypical belief. While underage drinking and driving definitely are problematic on those two occasions, the night before Thanksgiving actually seems to be the biggest night for underage drinking. According to MADD's November newsletter, "The fridge and the liquor cabinets are stocked, parents are distracted by relatives and dinner preparations and older siblings or college-age friends are around."

November 30, 2011 | Linda Ratcliffe | Living well


Avoid putting on the pounds during holidays

Eggnog, turkey and stuffing, assorted pastries - the holidays are as much about the food and drink as they are about sharing good times together. So is it any wonder that many gain weight during the holiday season?

November 23, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Micromanaging moms often disrespect husbands

Devon Corneal is an attorney and a writer. Her essay, "Can You Hear Me Now? Why Parents Can't Get Kids to Listen," recently was published online by The Huffington Post. In it, Corneal carps about her children not listening to her. She identifies the three children in question as "a son, a stepson and the manchild I married." She refers to them as "boys."

November 23, 2011 | John Rosemond | Living well


Two STDs increase; syphilis down

ATLANTA - Cases of some common sexually spread diseases continue to increase in the United States, but the syphilis rate dropped last year for the first time in a decade.

November 19, 2011 | Associated Press | Living well


Schools nip smoking in the bud

School nurses in Liberty County and statewide have spearheaded anti-smoking campaigns that culminated with Thursday's Great American Smokeout.

November 18, 2011 | Danielle Hipps | Living well


Reaching 90 more likely than ever

WASHINGTON - The rolls of America's oldest old are surging: Nearly 2 million now are 90 or over, nearly triple their numbers of just three decades ago.

November 17, 2011 | Hope Yen The Associated Press | Living well


School nurses help fight diabetes

Georgia school nurses are on the front line in providing essential care during school hours that allows children with diabetes to stay in class and learn. With obesity, a contributing cause of type 2 diabetes, rising at epidemic rates among adolescents, the school nurses also provide wellness education to children, teachers and staff about how to avoid developing this debilitating - but, in most cases, preventable - chronic disease year-round. This especially is important in November, which is American Diabetes Month.

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


Don't wait, quit smoking now

On Thursday, we will celebrate the 36th Annual Great American Smokeout. Even after years of education and warnings, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society's website, www.cancer.org.

November 16, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Immediate care clinic opens here

Georgia Emergency Associates, a Savannah-based medical group, opened its fourth urgent care clinic, South Georgia Immediate Care Center, in Hinesville on Tuesday.

November 16, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Take precautions to avoid germs

I just discovered another reason for getting a flu shot. Not only can you spread the flu to your friends and family but, according to www.webmd.com/pets-tales, your family dog and cat also are capable of contracting human flu.

November 10, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Leadership key when disciplining kids

Q: Several years ago, I married a widower who never disciplined his children. They now are 9, 14 and 16, and he still has a very difficult time denying them anything. I love them very much and think of them as my own, but I often feel like the "bad guy." In this situation, should he be the main disciplinarian? He's given me the responsibility (he has a very demanding job, thus his at-home hours are not reliable) and sometimes I feel like I'm drowning!

November 09, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


HIV testing on World AIDS Day

The Coastal Health District, in conjunction with the Georgia AIDS Coalition, will offer free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. All testing will be done from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 at Forsyth Park in Savannah. Needles will not be used, and confidential results will be available within 20 minutes. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m.

November 06, 2011 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Winn hosts drive-through clinic

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital conducted its fourth annual drive-through flu shot clinic Wednesday and Thursday.

November 04, 2011 | Randy C. Murray rmurray@coastalcourier.com | Living well


Light drinking linked to slight breast-cancer risk

CHICAGO - Whether sipping beer, wine or whiskey, women who drink just three alcoholic beverages a week face slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer compared with teetotalers, a study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found.

November 03, 2011 | Lindsey Tanner The Associated Press | Living well


You can break a 1-year-old's habits

Q: My 1-year-old has started slapping us. He also screams a lot, often for no reason, or at least we can't figure out the reason. He is a very busy little boy and won't sit still for longer than a few seconds. Is it too early to begin disciplining him?

November 02, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Living well


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