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Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let's not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

November 15, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Make some positive changes this month

I recently ate out with a friend of mine. After I had ordered my sandwich and side, I listened to her carefully place her order. She took great pains to not stress out the server and be labeled a difficult customer, but she had some very particular food choices. Sauces and dressings on the side, no salt added during cooking, substitute broccoli for fries, grilled with no extra butter. When it was all said and done, I was much more interested in her creative meal than my boring old sandwich combo.

November 08, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Halloween pedestrian safety

Halloween is coming.

October 25, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Help yourself to better health with health literacy

There once was a town in the heart of America where health seemed to come naturally for everyone. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of organic and wholesome farms. Fresh fruit and vegetables were bountiful and affordable. Within the town itself, recreational opportunities were free and plentiful – children, adults, and senior citizens were often seen exercising with broad smiles on their faces.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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Cutting down on children’s summer accidents

Summer can be rough on a kid, as most parents know. Children and adolescents fall, crash their bicycles, burn themselves, almost drown and are in car crashes. Falls lead this list of the most common reasons children are admitted to hospitals during summer months.

August 04, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's To Your Health: Obama’s health care overhaul

Here is some information about President Barrack Obama's massive heathcare overhaul bill that was signed into being on March 22, 2010:

Coverage: 32 million uninsured. The major increase in coverage will begin in year 2014. When it is fully installed, 94 percent of eligible non-elderly Americans will have coverage. Current coverage is 83 percent.

May 26, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Spare the rod and save the child?

People have been arguing about the value of corporal punishment of children for a very long time. Fanning the flames of this debate has been conflicting research supporting the opposing ideologies. Recently, however, a five year effort to review the scientific literature by the family services division of the American Psychological Association has reached a conclusion, "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

May 07, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Debunking pop psychology

There is a lot of "common" wisdom out there, beliefs that most of us take for granted, but rarely put to the test. For instance, it is believed that "blowing off steam" and ranting when we are angry helps us unload our stresses and leads to calmer nerves. Not so, according to researchers. Ranters actually maintain higher levels of stress and tension than those who contain angry outbursts and try to express their feelings in a less aggressive manner. Here are some more offered by the editors of Psychology Today:

May 05, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Safety of high tech scanners considered by FDA

This week the U.S. Federal Drug Administration is hearing proposals for changing the ways that high tech medical scanning techniques are used. There is a growing concern that Americans are exposed to too much radiation by these new imaging technologies, such as CT scans and fluoroscopy. The agency is looking for ways to get the manufacturers of these devices to maintain higher standards and increase the amount of training required to operate the equipment

April 28, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to you health: Global warming making allergies worse

Anyone with allergies in Georgia can probably tell you they are worse than ever this year. After an unusually cold and snowy winter followed by an early and warm spring, pollen counts have soared in most of the U.S., especially in the Southeast. The Southeast is blessed with some of the most allergenic cities in the country and Atlanta is one of the very highest.

Daily weather reports currently list the daily pollen count, which is the number of pollen grains in a cubic meter of air. A pollen count of 120 is considered to be high. In the ...

April 18, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


To avoid dementia - live with purpose

As our population ages, dementia becomes a more frequent diagnosis. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, and is characterized by a global loss of intellectual functioning. A person who has dementia has cognitive problems with memory, reasoning, perception and motor skills that gets worse as they get older. There is not a cure for it, and little is known about its causes.

The incentive to understand the causes of the disease, and its precursor - mild cognitive impairment, increases as the numbers of people with dementia rises. Aron S. Buchman is an associate professor in the department of ...

April 04, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to you health: Nothing fishy about fish oil claims

Fish oil is one of the healthiest nutritional supplements that one can take. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that are easily absorbed by us and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes and slow the formation of plaques in the arteries. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy people eat fatty fish at least twice a week. If you have heart disease, they recommend 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s per day.

Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial beyond just helping the heart. Omega 3s contain EPA and DHA, two important fatty acids that play ...

March 21, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to your health: ADHD in children, adults

Attention Deficit Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that has been known about in children for many years, but only in recent history has ADHD has been more widely recognized and diagnosed in adults. Although controversial at times due to the rapid rise in the number of people being treated for it, ADHD is a real neurobehavioral condition that makes it hard for people to sit still or concentrate on important tasks. It affects 3 percent to 5 percent of children, 30 percent to 70 percent of whom will continue to have symptoms as adults.

ADHD manifests ...

March 14, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Holiday safety tip of the week

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 06, 2009 | Mark Mitchell Executive Officer, NCSO | Health


East Metro Hosts Sat. H1N1 Clinic

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at two health department sites on Saturday, Nov. 21, for CDC priority groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newton County Health Center in Covington.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Diabetes and Your Heart

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and the American Heart Association is focusing particularly on the relationship between heart disease and type two diabetes. Stroke and heart disease are the number 1 causes of death and disability among those with type two diabetes.

November 08, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Simple steps to breathing easy

It's National Respiratory Care Week and Alex Belmont, Manager of the Cardiopulmonary Department at Newton Medical Center, says keeping lungs healthy as we get older requires some special attention.

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Ask the Doc: FAQs about cybersex addictions

How do I know if I'm a cybersex addict? If you repeatedly spend more time on cybersex activities than you intended, continue despite significant negative consequences in your life (relationship strain, problems with work performance, your health, or behaviors that put you at risk for legal problems), and if you are obsessed or preoccupied with cybersex activities when you should be focused on other aspects of your life, you are likely a cybersex addict. Research informs that as a rule of thumb, cybersex addicts spend 11-12 hours a week on the internet, but often it is double or triple ...

October 16, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health


What you need to know about the H1N1 vaccine

What you need to know about the H1N1 vaccine

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Health


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