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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


The importance of SLEEP

Let's admit it - we all dread the week that just passed. The "springing forward" is always harder than the "falling back." Regardless of the promise of more daylight and spring being right around the corner, Daylight Savings Time is like a mild case of jet lag - which is why my 3-, almost 4-year-old is not going to sleep until after 9 p.m. It usually takes my family at least a week to adjust and we are all a little cranky about it.

March 15, 2015 | | Health


Go red for women

February 15… the day after Valentine's Day. If you are one of the 62% of Americans celebrate Valentine's Day, happy day-after. This is when all that Valentine's Day chocolate goes on sale! If you have small children, you spent the days leading up to Valentine's Day in a frenzy of glue and glitter.

February 22, 2015 | | Health


Eat your way to a healthy, happy you

My super-busy life began seven years ago when my dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At the time, his diagnosis was really scary for our family.

February 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Health


National Wear Red Day February 6

The color of February is red. Not for Valentine's Day (though that is so romantic that you thought that). No, the color of February is red… for women's heart disease.

February 01, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


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Archive By Section - 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


Elicit drugs found to have healing properties

Who would have thought that the drugs Ecstasy and Ketamine, outlawed by the Controlled Substances Act, would be found to have properties that really helped people. These drugs became popular during the 1990s as "club drugs" prolific in all-night raves. MDMA, popularly known as Ecstacy, and Ketamine were drugs that could earn you the same sentence for selling them as it would if you were caught selling heroin or methamphetamine.

August 20, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


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


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