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Teen birth rates decline in nearly every state

NEW YORK - Teen births fell again in the United States in 2010 with the highest rate once more in Mississippi, according to a new government report.

April 10, 2012 | Associated Press | Health


Use this test to determine 'truly terrific kid'

If the frequency of my own sightings is any indication, those "My Child Is a Terrific Kid!" bumper stickers are fast becoming ubiquitous.

April 05, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Fire safety for adults 50 and older

I was reading some information put out by the United States Fire Administration on fire deaths in the age group of 50 years or older. I hit the big 5-0 this month, and I was wondering how much I changed in a year that put me in this high-risk category. Plus, because recent fire deaths in Savannah and the surrounding area included older adults, I dived in a little deeper.

April 02, 2012 | By Joe Folenza Columnist | Health


Autism diagnosis increasing

CHICAGO (AP) - At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn't respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why.

April 01, 2012 | By Lindsey Tanner Associated Press writer | Health


Weight loss surgery mayhelp with Type 2 diabetes

CHICAGO - New research gives clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, and doctors say the operation should be offered sooner to more people with the disease - not just as a last resort.

March 30, 2012 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Health


School nutritionists promote healthy diets

National Nutrition Month - March - is almost over, but with weight struggles and obesity reaching epidemic levels in Georgia and nationally, it's not too late to start children on healthy eating habits to last year round, according to the Georgia Association of School Nurses.

March 29, 2012 | Special to the News | Health


Seize chance to teach son about women

Q: We recently found racy pictures on my 13-year-old son's smart phone. The women were not nude, much less participating in sex acts, but were wearing revealing bikinis, short skirts and halter tops. Their poses were very provocative as well. My husband says this is normal stuff and wants to completely ignore it. I say we should deal with it. What say you?

March 28, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Pollen woes not confined to SE Georgia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Allergy season has come early and hit with a wheezing vengeance in parts of the South and Midwest this year, thanks largely to an unusually warm winter. Abundant pollen is causing watery eyes, sniffles and sneezing.

March 22, 2012 | By Joe Edwards Associated Press writer | Health


Study: Vets prone to addiction get risky painkillers

CHICAGO - Morphine and similar powerful painkillers are sometimes prescribed to recent war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress along with physical pain, and the consequences can be tragic, a government study suggests.

March 22, 2012 | By Lindsey Tanner Associated Press writer | Health


High self-esteem isn't all it's cracked up to be

Q: I recently heard you speak in San Diego and need some clarification. While I understand that researchers have found that high self-esteem is not what it was cracked up to be, I want my kids to approach the challenges of life with confidence in their abilities. There's got to be a reconciliation point here. What is it?

March 21, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Pollen count at records across state

MARIETTA - A warm winter is sending pollen counts soaring to record levels in Georgia.

March 20, 2012 | Associated Press | Health


It is possible for children to play quietly

Q: My kids, 4 and 3, are very loud. They yell and run inside the house. They bang toys, get into loud conflicts, and my son likes to scare his little sister by growling like a dinosaur. I know most of this stuff is normal, but I've got a new baby on the way, and I'm worried that the baby isn't going to be able to get enough rest during the day. Should I punish or just lighten up?

March 15, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Classes for caregivers set for Savannah

The Community Care Services Program, a state Medicaid program administered through the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia Area Agency on Aging and managed by the Coastal Health District, will host two, six-week long "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" courses designed to help those caring for someone with a chronic illness.

March 13, 2012 | Special to the News | Health


Medical bills can wreck credit, even when paid off

CHICAGO - Mike and Laura Park thought their credit record was spotless. The Texas couple wanted to take advantage of low interest rates, so they put their house on the market and talked to a lender about a mortgage on a bigger home in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.

March 09, 2012 | By Carla K. Johnson Associated Press writer | Health


Correcting 'educational correctness'

Q: Our 8-year-old son was caught stealing from the teacher's prize box at school. He did this in the past and was punished, but it seems he hasn't gotten the picture yet. Do you have any suggestions for us?

March 07, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


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