Health and Wellness


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Georgia's physician shortage limits patients' access to care

State's shortage of doctors particularly significant in rural areas

Studies show a rural physician can generate up to 23 jobs in the local economy.

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Night for Hope to benefit Cancer Coalition

Former Hope Ball has new sponsor, name

A formal fundraiser that formerly benefitted the American Cancer Society will now benefit the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

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Phone call inspires health care provider

Phone call can be a calling to make a connection and build an everlasting bond

About 1 in 12 Americans have asthma, and the numbers are increasing every year. Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.

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Albany Area YMCA looking for'Team Lean' competitors

Team Lean is a 12-week weight-loss competition that launches Wednesday

The Albany Area YMCA is conducting late registration for its Annual Team Lean today until Tuesday. Team Lean 2014 is a 12-week weight-loss competition where team camaraderie and cash prizes inspire participants to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The competition will kick off with the first weigh-in on Wednesday.

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Health and fitness dominate resolutions in Albany

Personal improvements on minds of Southwest Georgians as 2014 begins

Losing weight, eating better, exercising and Bible study are top choices for improving lives for those surveyed.

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Stratus alliance may become model for hospitals

The alliance formed last summer now has 29 member hospitals

Stratus Healthcare is a loose alliance of independent hospitals that may find their partnership bonds grow stronger in the future.

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Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville closes

Patients now served by service centers in Southwest Georgia

The behavorial service center in Albany is located at 601 W. 11th Ave.

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Obamacare rollout leads Georgia health stories in 2013

Only 1,390 Georgians sign up in the first month of the Affordable Care Act

The closing of Calhoun Memorial Hospital in Arlington along with two other rural hospitals was the No. 2 for the year, while the settlement between the FTC and Phoebe Putney ranked No. 6.

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Gyms, medical community expecting weight loss to be common New Year's resolution

Weight loss goals in 2014 expected to impact Albany facilities

An overindulgence during the holidays often results in spikes in gym memberships and increased dieting going into the new year.

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New endoscopic ultrasound technology available in Albany

Ultrasound technology helping to improve cancers, gallbladder disorders

A combination of upper endoscopy and ultrasound examination makes for a recent development in technology in gathering information about various parts of the digestive tract.

Consumers given until Jan. 10 to pay first health exchange premiums

Enrollment in health insurances exchanges below projections

Cathy Bowden of the Georgia Association for Primary Health Care said the state’s community health centers had seen a spurt in consumers looking for coverage over the past week. The health centers, she said, “are swamped for the next two weeks with consumer appointments.”

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to host blood drive Thursday

Albany hospital hosting blood drive immediately after Christmas

The blood drive also comes at a time in which blood products are traditionally in shorter supply due to holiday festivities and fewer drives taking place.

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No surprises in recent state health rankings

Health behaviors cited as areas needed for improvement in recent report

A recent report showed that things such as childhood poverty and obesity are the things that still need to be improved on to help the overall state of health in Georgia.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Cold weather can invigorate exercise

HEALTH & FITNESS: Exercise-induced asthma can be a wintertime problem for some

While the cooler weather can make excerise more invigorating, those who suffer from exercise-induced asthma may need to take their workout program indoors.

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Joe Farris is warming up his gift-laden sleigh for another trip to St. Jude (VIDEO)

Next week will mark the 103rd trip in 56 years for The St. Jude Santa

Joe Farris is ready to make his 103rd trip in 56 years to deliver Chistmas cheer to young patients of St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.