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Strokes can hit the young too

WASHINGTON - When a stroke hits at 52, like what happened to Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, the reaction is an astonished, "But he's so young."

January 31, 2012 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Health


Seminar focuses on planning for emergencies

A seminar to help plan for emergency care will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the education room at Liberty Regional Medical Center.

January 22, 2012 | Special to the News | Health


Sleuth out gym class fears

Q: According to his kindergarten physical education teacher, our son has recently started refusing to participate in class. He sits off to the side and pouts. She said he won't tell her what the problem is. This is a very active child who comes home and plays outside with other kids most of the afternoon. We tried to talk to him about it but, like the teacher, got nowhere. What should we do?

January 21, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Weight control essential to good health

I have several New Year's resolutions but, by far, the most important is losing weight and getting back in shape. I've chosen this week as my starting point. Healthy Weight Week (Jan. 15-21) started Sunday, and I've been planning my weekly menus and working out several times a day in preparation. I have several health problems that don't allow brisk, hard workouts so I'm adjusting my schedule to get as much physical activity as I can in a day. I hope to gradually increase my endurance and performance. You may also need to do this ...

January 19, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Health


U.S. wants effective Alzheimer's treatment by 2025

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for Alzheimer's disease: Development of effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025.

January 17, 2012 | By Lauran Neergaard Associated Press writer | Health


Walk MS: Georgia 2012 dates set

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Georgia Chapter recently announced dates for Walk MS: Georgia 2012. The event is slated for Saturday, March 31, at Daffin Park in Savannah.

January 15, 2012 | Special to the News | Health


America hits brakes on health-care spending

WASHINGTON - Is health-care relief finally in sight?

January 12, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press writer | Health


Assess risk of cervical cancer, HPV

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, so here is information on cervical cancer and assessing your or your loved ones' risk for this disease.

January 11, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Health


Stop dramatic behavior to stop self-destruction

Q: Our oldest son, 8, has recently started saying that he has no friends, no one likes him, he's no good at anything and so on. None of this is true, mind you. He's a good kid who does well in school. We are at a loss as to where this is coming from. His younger brothers are bothered by hearing it as well and we worry about the effect on them. This has been going on for a couple of months now. We've tried talking to him and we've tried ignoring him. Nothing works. What ...

January 11, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


More twins being born in U.S.

ATLANTA - The number of twins born in the U.S. soared over the last three decades, mostly the result of test-tube babies and women waiting to have children until their 30s, when the chances of twins increase.

January 08, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Health


Panel wants lead poisoning standards lowered

ATLANTA - For the first time in 20 years, a federal panel is urging the government to lower the threshold for lead poisoning in children.

January 06, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe Associated Press writer | Health


Lifestyle can cut risk of birth defects

Researchers in the Netherlands have documented another reason why women wishing to have children should stop smoking before they become pregnant. In addition to being linked to various birth defects, premature birth, underdeveloped lungs, low birth weight and many other problems, smoking during pregnancy has been shown to damage the baby's blood vessels. According to www.nlm.nih.gov, this defect of thicker blood vessel walls is linked to cardiovascular disease and early atherosclerosis in adults. In addition to this, the children of smoking mothers had a 15 percent lower arterial distensibility (ability of the artery to stretch during ...

January 05, 2012 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Health


Micromanaging teens can increase problems

Q: Our 17-year-old daughter is an honor student who has been accepted to three colleges. She has not been a risk taker, except with boys. Her most recent boyfriend is a wonderful kid and very smart. Apparently, they both resent our rule that a parent must be home when either of them is visiting at the other one's home, but they've gone along with it, however reluctantly. We just found out that they've been texting about sneaking out in cars to be alone. What should we do?

January 05, 2012 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


Harveys announces Tyson beef recall

NASHVILLE - Harveys supermarkets are asking customers who purchased ground beef with sell-by dates between Nov. 1-15 to return the packages for a full refund.

December 22, 2011 | Special to the News | Health


Clarity of hindsight can be painful

Q: My husband and I have micromanaged, spoiled and enabled our 21-year-old son all his life. We paid a heavy price during his teen years. At this point, he is arrogant, immature and irresponsible.

December 21, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


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