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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


Exercise benefits the brain, too

Regular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


These snacks pack an energetic punch

Many adults find themselves feeling drowsy in the hours after they eat lunch. A heavy lunch, a staid office atmosphere or a combination of the two can make professionals feel sleepy as the workday winds down.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Take care of your muscles

By engaging in a workout routine, you've already proven that you care for your body. But do you have a care plan for the muscles that take you to your next level of fitness? Here are some ways to keep those hard working muscles in top shape so you can give it your all at every workout.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Make summer fitness fun

Family Features

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Let's start talking about health and weight

There is a large and somewhat disturbing truth in Georgia that's hard to talk about, but we must start the conversation.

May 27, 2014 | Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D | Health


Fun ways to be a fit family

Obesity is a global epidemic affecting people of all ages. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are considered obese, while Statistics Canada notes about 25 percent of Canadians are obese.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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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


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


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