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Swine flu targeting young people

ATLANTA - There were more signs Wednesday that those hardest-hit by swine flu are the young.

U.S. health officials said the median age for confirmed hospital cases in the United States is 15. And in Mexico, new figures showed that almost half of the 42 confirmed swine flu deaths were of people 29 and younger.

May 07, 2009 | By Mike Stobbe AP medical writer | Living well


Swine flue cases pass 100 in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities are pledging to eventually produce enough swine flu vaccine for everyone but the shots couldn't begin until fall at the earliest.

Worries about the spread of the virus mounted Thursday as the nation's swine flu caseload passed 100, and nearly 300 schools closed in communities across the country. Federal officials had to spend much of the day reassuring the public it's still safe to fly and ride public transportation after Vice President Joe Biden said he wouldn't recommend it to his family.

May 01, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Living well


Swine flu no more deadly than common strain

AUGUSTA - With today's up-to-the minute information access, you may find yourself inundated recently with swine flu alerts.

April 30, 2009 | By Dr. James Wilde Emergency physician MCGHealth | Living well


Cases of swine flu showing up worldwide

MEXICO CITY - Mexico is urging citizens to stay home for five days and shutting down nonessential government services in hopes of containing the swine flu outbreak, which the World Health Organization warns is on the brink of becoming a global epidemic.

In Washington, President Barack Obama told Americans the government was "taking the utmost precautions and preparations" to stop the virus and urged people to wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home when they feel sick.

April 30, 2009 | By Andrew O. Selsky Associated Press writer | Living well


Feds against closing border with Mexico

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration stood solidly against closing the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, with Vice President Joe Biden calling it "a monumental undertaking" with a marginal likelihood of controlling the swine flu virus.

Biden and Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reinforced the government's stance on a border amid confirmation that the virus now has penetrated 11 states and there have been roughly a hundred school system closings.

April 30, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard AP medical writer | Living well


State, local officials keep eye on flu

Swine flu has apparently not charged into Georgia yet, but local and regional health agencies are on the ready and continue to track federal updates.

April 29, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Feds say 'passive surveillance' enough for now

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday staunchly defended its "passive surveillance" policy on the emerging swine flu threat, saying that its measured, cautious border monitoring makes sense.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that more draconian enforcement steps are not yet necessary, even as she acknowledged that officials "anticipate confirmed cases in more states." She reiterated President Barack Obama's stance that people are justifiably concerned but need not be alarmed by it.

April 28, 2009 | By Jennifer Loven Associated Press writer | Living well


U.S. starts border monitoring for flu

WASHINGTON - Amid surging worries about a global pandemic, the United States launched border screening for swine flu exposure Monday and a top federal health official said people should brace for more severe cases, "and possibly deaths."

Richard Besser, acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that American authorities were undertaking "passive screening" at its borders and reiterated the Obama administration's call for people to remain calm. Besser said that U.S. officials at border checkpoints were "asking people about fever and illness, looking for people who are ill."

April 27, 2009 | By Lauran Neergaard AP medical writer | Living well


Mental health center launches campaign

The Fraser Counseling Center provides courage for those who are afraid and strength for the weak.

April 24, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Hospice taking volunteers

Hospice Savannah is in need of loving, talkative volunteers to visit with homebound patients and their families in Bryan and Liberty counties.

April 17, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Borquaye wins hospital's new Fraser award

Cheers, whistles and applause rang out as a misty-eyed Dr. Seth Borquaye accepted Liberty Regional Medical Center's first Dr. Whitman Fraser award Thursday night.

April 08, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Babies Can't Wait funding comments sought

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health invites the public to participate in a 60-day review of Babies Can't Wait, a statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families.

April 08, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Fraser Center opening up to aid in fundraising

After Mary Caraballo received the encouragement and confidence from the Fraser Counseling Center that she needed to leave her abusive marriage to an alcoholic, she said the help proved priceless.

April 03, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Medicaid finding hangs in balance

Leaner budgets may be headed to hospitals and healthcare providers who service a growing number of Medicaid patients.

March 27, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Blood drives set in area

Each year, thousands of people receive life-saving blood transfusions as a result of the blood collected by the American Red Cross from volunteer donors across the country. In fact, it is estimated that every two seconds, someone in the United States receives a blood transfusions.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Living well


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