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11 little-known facts about cancer

Despite the prevalence of cancer, some information about this potentially deadly disease is not widely known. The following are some facts about cancer that may surprise you.

August 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Happiness is a choice

ONE OF THE most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of lyrics says "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say... Because I'm Happy!" That's exactly how I feel.

August 12, 2014 | Kathy Kurazawa | Health


What’s your relationship with food?

ARE YOU HUNGRY right now? Is it time for lunch or is it the middle of the afternoon? Are you feeling bored, stressed or eager to sit down at the table with your family? What do you plan to eat for dinner? Will you have to stop at the grocery store or go to a restaurant? When you really think about it, eating isn't as simple as it sounds.

August 05, 2014 | Jan McIntire | Health


Music makes patients feel Right at Home

Why should the music ever stop?

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Health


Dermatology Consultants in Covington makes new changes for 10-year birthday

Ten years ago Kim Gooden remembers a time when there was no full-service dermatology practice in Covington.

August 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | Health


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That's especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Healthy living takes lifelong learning

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the first graduates of the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) in Savannah. They are all patients of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care (CVCPHC), and had participated in the 12-week program to learn about how they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families.

July 15, 2014 | Charles H. Morris | Health


Canyon Ranch Institute calls for scholarship applications

Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI) invites everyone who volunteers or works in low-income or medically underserved areas to apply for CRI Healthy World Scholarships. The scholarships are for stays at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona in 2015. Canyon Ranch donated 25 stays to CRI to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Canyon Ranch and to further CRI's efforts to enhance community health and well-being. Applicants can apply in up to two scholarship categories that include Richard H. Carmona Scholarship for Returning Veterans, Arts and Health, Healthy Garden, Healthy Schools and Healthy Table. Full details are available on the CRI website at ...

July 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


My journey to a healthier me

I did not win the lottery, but I did find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

July 01, 2014 | Merry Perry | Health


Summer favorite with a healthy twist

Summer in Georgia means sometimes-annoying heat and humidity, but it also brings the fun of picnics, backyard parties and family BBQs. Like all Southern traditions, food is front and center – and plentiful. Food is love, friends and family are love, so more food for friends and family is often deemed better.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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Ask the Doc: The power of music

Humans, it seems, are universally attracted to music. It soothes us when we are sad, energizes us in happier times and bonds us to others. According to Steven Pinker in his 1997 book "How the Mind Works," music is "auditory cheesecake," a sweet delicacy for the mind that evolved for more important functions. As a result of providence, however, music appears to offer a novel system of communication that is grounded in emotion rather than meaning. Studies have shown that music reliably conveys certain sentiments. What we feel when we hear a piece of music is pretty much the same ...

October 09, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


NMC opens new Wound Care Center

Newton Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new center dedicated to the healing of patient wounds that do not respond to conventional treatment.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Secrets of mental fitness

Most of us know that if we don't exercise our muscles, they get flaccid and weak. What most of us don't fully know is that physical exercise also keeps our brain in better shape. Doing mental exercise is important, such as working crossword puzzles or Sudoku, but physical exercise is critical to vigorous mental health also.

September 27, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The good thing about being bad

 Most of us are governed by our own set of rules and tend to behave in socially acceptable ways. But misbehaving, or acting in ways we'd normally think improper, can be good for our souls. Misbehavior can boost our mood, provide us with a sense of liberation, stimulate creativity or make for some great memories.

September 20, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Remember in September

 The American Cancer Society estimates that 192,280 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States during 2009. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American men, other than skin cancer. The only well-established risk factors for prostate cancer are age, race/ethnicity and family history of the disease.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Ask the Doc: Workplace survival in tough times

Fear is pretty common in our jobs these days, as downturns in the economy result in budget cuts, lay-offs and office closings. Many have lost jobs or had wages reduced. Anxieties abound as job security fades into the past.

For each of us, our personalities will influence how we respond to job insecurity. According to Judith Sills, Ph.D., in Psychology Today, "Worriers, for example, will likely be beside themselves: distracted, preoccupied and potentially provoked into more serious hopelessness or depression." They should resist the office rumor mill that will result in needless hours of anxious, dark speculation. Deniers may ...

August 26, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Ask the Doc: Fiscal follies and how they apply to nutrition

"Irrationality is responsible for the economic mess we find ourselves in right now - irrationality plus greed, of course, and a substantial dose of ignorance," says Peter A. Ubel, professor of medicine and psychology at University Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Ubel points out that around a third of Americans have difficulty with simple math and cannot calculate 10 percent of 1,000, much less complicated ideas like compounding of savings and adjustable rate mortgages.

Making matters worse is that most of us are optimistic and unrealistic. So we tend to believe that our incomes will rise quickly enough to keep up ...

August 07, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Six tips to improve brain function

Did you know that the brain can change and reconfigure itself? Contrary to popular belief, the brain is actually quite malleable. It can restructure the function of different brain regions and can even grow new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. Not all these new brain cells survive. In fact, most new brain cells die. Survival of new neurons depends on nutrients and connections with other brain cells that are thriving. This article reports on current research that suggests things we can do that will improve neurogenesis and the survival of new cells.

July 26, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


NMC takes pains to treat patients

For someone living with chronic pain, the hope of relief is the first thing on their mind when they wake up and the last thing they think about when they go to sleep.

There is good news for the over 40 million Americans who are affected by chronic pain. The medical specialty of pain medicine is making giant strides with sophisticated new treatments. "I have been trained to treat pain with a focused multidisciplinary approach," said Dalton Hanowell, MD - interventional pain management specialist now on staff at Newton Medical Center.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


Ask the Doc: Some advice for moms-to-be

Imagine. In just 270 days, a single, fertilized cell in the womb becomes trillions of diverse and specialized cells, more cells than there are galaxies in the universe. "We pass more biological milestones before we are born than any other time in our lives," said Peter Nathanielsz, director of the Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research at the University of Texas health Science Center. "If we don't pass them correctly, there is a price to pay."

Pregnancy is an incredibly dynamic process and the fetus is intimately attuned to its mother. It learns the day-night cycles from the rhythms ...

July 17, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The psychology of architecture

You might be surprised to know how powerfully our environment can affect us. For instance, Joan Meyers-Levy, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota, found that the height of a room's ceiling affects how people process information. Lower ceilings are good for focusing on specific details. Higher ceilings are associated with more creative and abstract thinking. So you would want your surgeon operating in a low ceiling room, but artists would likely prefer the less constrained environment of high ceilings.

July 03, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The link between PTSD The link between PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse are closely connected. Although the link frequently goes unrecognized, PTSD is one of the most common dual diagnoses for those with substance abuse problems. Research confirms that among women in treatment for substance abuse, 30 to 59 percent have co-occurring PTSD; among men in treatment for substance abuse, 11 to 38 percent have current PTSD. Women with PTSD and substance abuse typically experienced childhood physical and/or sexual abuse; men with both disorders typically experienced crime victimization or war trauma. Among those with both PTSD and substance abuse, four patterns are common.

July 03, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health


Boost your brain power, health

 The human brain is a marvel. It has neuroplasticity (can rewire itself) and is capable of neurogenesis (growing new cells). Scientists are studying and identifying factors that positively affect both. Here are six ways determined by research to boost brain power and health.

February 18, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health


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