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Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Breath easier

Spring in Georgia is a wonderful time of year. If you have kids that play outdoor sports or if you participate in any of our plentiful outdoor activities, you know the regular drill. Monitor the forecast and make a rain contingency plan.

May 03, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Not too busy to buckle

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30am (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

April 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Treating weather-related joint pain

Early spring is often marked by wind and rain that precedes the more welcoming warmth synonymous with late spring and summer.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Health


Strike the right balance in your diet

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…" That is a song we all like to sing because it means birthday cake is coming! Today is my daughter's birthday and Saturday is my son's birthday so we get to have birthday cake TWICE this week!

April 12, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


National Public Health Week

So this is a big week coming up.

April 05, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Get control of your allergies

Spring is officially here. The flowers, trees, and weather say so. I can remember making all my friends and relatives jealous when I first moved down to Georgia because of the early spring weather. You can gloat a little when you are sitting on your front porch enjoying the sunshine and breeze and everyone in New Jersey is still wearing their long underwear and down coats.

March 29, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


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What mammograms show

Most screening mammograms include two views of each breast taken from different angles. Diagnostic mammograms involve taking more views than screening mammograms. Even if you have a lump in only one breast, pictures will be taken of both breasts. This is so the breasts can be compared and so that the other breast can be checked for abnormalities. If you've had a mammogram before, the radiologist should compare your old mammogram to the new one to look for changes.

October 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Health


Mammograms vital for women over 40

Since October became Breast Cancer Awareness Month almost 30 years ago, pink has most certainly found its way into the spectrum of colors - the oranges, golds and browns - associated with autumn.

October 05, 2013 | Jan Phillips | Health


Health scores

Lolly Pop American & Caribbean Food, 7108 Washington St., Ste D, Covington, June 3, 86.

June 25, 2013 | Staff Report | Health


Health scores

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5176 U.S. Highway 278, Covington, April 4, 99.

June 22, 2013 | Staff Report | Health


Restaurant health scores - July 25

Donut King, 6143 Highway 278, Covington, April 25, Score 99.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Health


Flu, Pneumonia vaccines available

The Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments are now offering annual flu shots at their health centers (Buford, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Conyers, and Covington) to everyone 6 months and older. Both the nasal and injectable forms of the vaccine are available.

September 14, 2011 | Staff Report | Health


Weekley: The biggest abusers of technology – parents

Who complains about whom when it comes to technology? It's parents who complain about their children spending too much time texting and surfing the web, right? Well, it looks like it is the other way around. It is children who worry about their parents' love affairs with their BlackBerries, computers and iPhones and see them as fracturing their families.

May 24, 2011 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to Your Health - Tai Chi – great for health

Tai Chi is a 2,000-year-old Chinese marshal art that has been found to have an abundance of health benefits for Americans. It is a well known branch of Qigong, exercises that are designed to harness qi (pronounced "chee") or life energy. It is a series of martial arts movements executed carefully with an emphasis on deep breathing. Its movements can be adapted to almost anyone, even those with illness and disabilities. It can even be adapted for people in wheelchairs.

January 09, 2011 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Cancer survival rates vary by country

A recent article in England's medical journal "The Lancet" reported that survival rates for four major cancers are lower in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland), than in Australia, Canada, Sweden and Norway, and equivalent with those of Denmark. The study was from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership. Differences in diagnoses and treatment in these countries are considered to account for this finding.

December 25, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Personality and Health

Your attitude can effect how healthy your heart is.

December 10, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Reports: more women are getting rheumatoid arthritis

According to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women has increased between the years 1995 and 2007. This rise follows a four year decline in the disease and is speculated to be effected by environmental factors such as cigarette smoking, vitamin D deficiency and lower dose synthetic estrogens in oral contraceptives.

The Mayo Clinic study was published in June in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism and included over 50 years of epidemiological data. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that attacks skeletal joints, effecting between 1 million and 2 million Americans. People with RA usually ...

November 07, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Cancer deaths slowing in the U.S.

According to a recent report from the American Cancer Society, death rates from cancer are continuing to decline in the U.S. That's the good news. The bad news is that hundreds of thousands of Americans still die of cancer each year. The ACS attributes the slow but steady drop in cancer deaths to lower rates of smoking, increased efforts at early detection and better treatments. Between the years 2001 and 2006 the death rates for all cancers decreased 2 percent per year in men, and 1.5 percent per year in women.

November 03, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


If you want to improve your memory, take a nap

This month researchers reported online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that good study habits should include a lot of napping. When compared to those who didn't sleep, or slept but didn't report dreams, study subjects who napped after learning a task and dreamed about it recalled it the best.

September 22, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Health benefits of pets

Most readers who own a pet, be it dog, cat, bird, ferret, horse or other creature, can probably speak to the emotional benefits of owning an adoring animal. Anecdotes are prolific about the human health benefits of companion animals, both service and therapy animals, and family pets. (I'm not too sure about goldfish, however.) But in-depth scientific research into this apparently obvious phenomenon are rare. Now, however, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is embarking on a study of whether animals can have tangible effects on ...

September 19, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The mother’s weight during pregnancy affects child's adult weight

If a mother gains too much weight during her pregnancy she places her child at an increased risk of being overweight farther down the road. This is according to a recent study published in Lancet, England's premier medical journal. The researchers were American and funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. They followed all births in Michigan and New Jersey between the years 1989 and 2003. Of the 513,000 women and 1.1 million infants that were a part of the study, scientists found that women who gained more than 53 pounds during pregnancy gave birth ...

August 27, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


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