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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

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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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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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