Health and Wellness


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Barney's Run to provide service dogs to veterans raises enough for two canines

The companion animals are trained to help veterans with PTSD or brain injury

Dr. Lois Hunkele with Westover Animal Hospital, the chair of the event, said there were about 120 participants in the 10K, 5K and one-mile events held Saturday at MCLB-Albany.

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Health winners and losers in legislative session

Children’s health, hospital industry among winners

The hospital industry lobbied hard and protected itself from changes to the state’s regulations for health care facilities, known as CON laws.

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Hospital Authority of Albany Dougherty County approves sublease agreement

Agreement allows for relocation of womens health services provided by Albany Area Primary Health Care

The building is owned by the Hospital Authority as part of its Phoebe North purchase, and is leased to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. The hospital, in turn, is subleasing to Albany Area Primary Health Care. The hospital board acted on the agreement at its meeting on Wednesday before the Authority voted on it at its meeting Thursday.

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Preliminary injunction removed for Phoebe North

Womens services for Albany Area Primary Health Care expected to move to 2100 Palmyra Road

The order removing the preliminary injunction, which court documents show was filed at 5:30 p.m. on April 2, follows a settlement announced last week by the Federal Trade Commission regarding its opposition to the purchase of Phoebe North, formerly Palmyra Medical Center, by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County.

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Camo and the Barfields, saving each other's lives

Barney's Run, which will happen again Saturday at MCLB, helps changes lives

After struggling with post traumatic stress disorder for years, the life of United States Navy veteran Larry Barfield did an about face thanks to the love and support of his faithful service dog Camo.

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Dougherty among state leaders in exposure to lead paint

Many children exposed to lead paint go untested

Public Health lists the high-risk counties as Dougherty, Bibb, Carroll, Chatham, Cobb, Crisp, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Laurens, Richmond, Whitfield and Ben Hill. It may seem a rather varied list, but what the counties have in common is a lot of older housing stock.

Dougherty County in Top 10 counties for risk for childhood lead poisoning in Georgia

Thirteen counties listed as high risk based on 2013 data

The finger prick test for lead is recommended at a preventive pediatrician visit at 12 months and 24 months, or between 36 and 72 months if not tested earlier.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Carbs and sugar: What should kids be eating?

HEALTH & FITNESS: Carbohydrates get mixed reviews from nutrition experts

Carbohydrates are, essentially, the most important source of energy and are a necessary part of a healthy diet. To explain what carbohydrates are, you need to understand there are two forms: simple (sugars) and complex (starches). Many people simply label these good and bad carbohydrates, which is not exactly true.

Public health officials encouraging vigilance with rabies

Raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, bobcats and coyotes among wild animals known to harbor disease

During the spring, as the weather is getting warmer, more wild animals are stirring and more people and pets are spending time outdoors, increasing the potential for rabies exposure.

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Plans for Phoebe North to move forward following FTC settlement | VIDEO

Settlement announced by Federal Trade Commission will allow Hospital Authority to keep Phoebe North

The case concerned the December 2010 merger that brought Palmyra Medical Center under the ownership of the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County. The Federal Trade Commission has raised concerns that the purchase violated antitrust laws and would greatly diminished competition in the Southwest Georgia health care marketplace.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital committee looks over medical staff applicants

Five physicians looking to gain privileges at Albany hospital

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The committee is also meant to watch over and report to the board on matters of quality and safety within the hospital.

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Health rankings report shows how Southwest Georgia fares

Rankings report released by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The rankings are a snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors influencing health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet and exercise.

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Blood donation opportunities upcoming in Albany

Blood donors encouraged to roll up sleeves during National Volunteer Month

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and more are being encouraged by the American Red Cross to join the ranks.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: It's important to know your numbers

HEALTH FITNESS: There are important numbers you should be aware of

There are some numbers everyone should know about themselves, including weight, blood pressure, waist size, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar level.

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Oncologist Dr. Chirag Jani named Phoebe 2015 Physician of the Year

Dr. Chirag Jani wins first Phoebe Physicial Group award

Having completed medical school in India at age 22, Jani brought his knowledge to the United States. He went on to earn board certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care and hematology and oncology. He serves as the medical director of the Phoebe Cancer Center.