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The sneaky thief of sight

I have to admit something: I grew up in an era that made fun of kids with glasses. Especially big, thick ones. Now these thick, dark frames are all the rage. So the last time I went to the eye doctor, I had a hard time picking out frames because all I saw were big, thick, dark frames, until I found these lovely red ones (yes red!).

January 24, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


YMCA gets new treadmills

As Newton County is growing and developing, so is the local YMCA. Located on 2140 Newton Drive Northeast, the YMCA has received several new treadmills that will replace old ones.

January 24, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | Health


Beating the winter blues

The sun will rise at 7:41 a.m. on Monday. And it will set at 5:46 a.m. that same day. That means that we will have 10 hours of daylight on Monday. We have already passed the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice was on December 21. With the recent grey and rainy weather of the past couple weeks, it may seem like these are all short days of daylight, if we even see the sun at all. I recently was asked by a friend if London had relocated to Covington. I then had to ...

January 18, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Playing for Keeps: New Year’s resolutions that last

Here we are in the New Year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise, and generally take better care of yourself.

January 16, 2015 | Christine Myers | Health


HAPPINESS = HEALTHINESS

When the excitement of Christmas has worn off, we look to the renewal of the New Year. We reflect on the past and hope for the future. We look for opportunity to change…ourselves.

December 27, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don't forget food safety this holiday

Let the celebrating begin! During this time of year, our social calendars fill with meals with friends and family at favorite restaurants and at our own homes. We know that restaurants get a health inspection every year, but what about our own kitchen? Or the Christmas party at the boss's house?

December 20, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Keeping the faith

Making a fundamental change in your lifestyle – one that's going to stick – is not always easy. Even when you are strongly motivated and committed to the challenge, you may experience periods of doubt. I have found that the key to handling those down moments is what I have made my new mantra: Keep the Faith.

December 19, 2014 | Reginald Franklin | Health


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Archive By Section - Health


Live in hope, not fear

Health is the opposite of fear.

May 06, 2014 | Jennifer Cabe, M.A. Andrew Pleasant, PH.D. | Health


Hope despite the diagnosis

Ruth Walker's message to anyone who is battling breast cancer: "Don't think there is no hope."

October 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Health


Doctor shares breast cancer journey

Dr. Amanda Bauer has seen an angry patient or two in her time as a breast radiologist. Cancer is an ugly word, and breast cancer comes with its own weight, so emotions can run high. But when they do, Bauer is unfazed. She has a secret weapon.

October 19, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Health


Discounted mammograms available

The Women's Diagnostic Center is offering mammograms at a reduced cost during October and November.

October 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Health


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


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