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Holiday blues are not uncommon

When I was younger, I could never understand why people talked about being depressed at Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is such a joyful season, right? Why waste time dwelling on the negative and being sad and depressed?

December 15, 2011 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Health


Don't be afraid to lay down the law

At an online source of parenting advice, a mother recently asked a female marriage and family therapist how to handle her eighth-grade daughter's announcement that she and her ninth-grade boyfriend have decided to "prove their love" by having sex. The mother says, "I don't think she's ready to have sex with this boy."

December 14, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


New breast cancer drugs show promise

SAN ANTONIO - Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.

December 14, 2011 | By Marilynn Marchione Associated Press writer | Health


Open house at Army clinic Tuesday

The Richmond Hill Medical Home will open its doors to Army families for an open house from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the clinic in Ways Station Shopping Center on Hwy. 17.

December 12, 2011 | Special to the News | Health


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 | Health


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 News | Health


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 | Health


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 | Health


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 | Health


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 News | Health


Winn hosts drive-through flu shots

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

November 04, 2011 | By Randy C. Murray Correspondent | Health


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 | Health


Family physicians honor lawmaker

ATLANTA - State Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, recently received the 2011 Legislative Champion of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

November 01, 2011 | Special to the News | Health


Supreme Cout may hear health care case

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could decide as early as Nov. 10 whether to hear a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul this term.

October 28, 2011 | Associated Press | Health


Support spouse's parenting decisions

Q: My husband won't allow our 17-year-old daughter to date. She is an excellent student, very involved in activities at school and church and never has given us any major problems.

October 26, 2011 | By John Rosemond Columnist | Health


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