Health and Wellness


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Big insurance deal raises questions, fears

Will it lead to high insurance premiums?

Aetna’s $33 billion acquisition of Humana will get close regulatory scrutiny by state and federal officials over its effect on competition and prices.

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Acupuncture: A different way to deal with pain

Some insurance companies may cover the costs of acupuncture

Ann Gill Taylor, a professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing, says she finds that “practitioners who use acupuncture view the human body as an ecosystem.”

Tobacco prevention campaign from CDC brought into Southwest Georgia

Tips From Former Smokers is now running in the Southwest Public Health District

The Tips campaign features stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll smoking-related illnesses have taken on them.

Albany heat wave to last through Monday

Air conditioners and plenty of water recommended

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee warns to drink plenty of water during the summer heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to be in the 105-110 degree range through Monday.

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Donation from Devil Dogs benefits Phoebe neonatal unit

Funds will be used to purchase amenities for infant patients

The Marine Corps League’s local chapter of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs donated $500 Friday to the Phoebe Foundation in support of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Young patients prominent in cannabis registry

Medical marijuana program strictly regulated

Two-thirds of the Georgians newly registered for medical marijuana are under age 17. And the most prevalent diagnosis for the cannabis oil is seizure disorder, Donna Moore, state registrar overseeing the agency’s vital records section, told a Public Health board meeting.

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Lee County Commission chairman says county health care costs 'unsustainable'

Price per employee rising to $15,054 compared to $8,700 in 2011

Since 2011, Muggridge said the health care costs paid by the commission have gone from $1.7 million to $3.4 million. “That $1.7 million would pave a lot of roads, give a lot of raises, hire a lot of people and improve our county services,” he said.

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GBI: Lee County doctor killed by gunshot wound to the head

Investigation into manner of death for Dr. Lisa Marie Riley is continuing

Representatives of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and GBI opened up an investigation into the death of Lisa Riley at 578 Northhampton Road in Lee County after deputies responded to the residence at around 8:30 a.m Friday after her husband reportedly found her dead.

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A good omen for Georgia Medicaid waiver plan?

Ohio findings may significantly impact Georgia

An Ohio program that gave insurance to thousands of low-income patients helped them improve on health measures and also produced unexpectedly low costs, according to a study published this week.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Mac & cheese can be a healthier choice

HEALTH & FITNESS: Add nutrition to a kids favorite

Kids will eat more nutritious food, as long as you sneak it in.

Georgia Certificate of Need law facing challenge

Two Cartersville doctors file suit claiming law is unconstitutional on state and federal grounds

The law requires health care providers to seek permission from DCH before expanding health care practices or buying certain equipment. Two doctors were recently denied permission to expand their outpatient surgery center by adding another operating room for scheduling flexibility, and allowing other surgeons to use the facility when it is not in use.

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Coffee County set for 10th annual Joe Farris Day

For 53 years, Joe Farris has taken gifts and contributions to St. Jude Hospital

Joe Farris will be recognized for the 10th years on Wednesday as Coffee County observes Joe Farris Day. Farris has made 104 trips to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bring gifts to the young patients and donations to the medical center.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

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A Table With A View: Jacqueline Jenkins

Jacqueline Jenkins serves as epidemiologist, health promotions manager for the Southwest Public Health District

The field of epidemiology involves not just looking at the disease a patient has, but where the patient has been and who they have been in contact with in order to get them treatment and prevent further spread.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Muscle memory offers hope for change in habits

HEALTH AND FITNESS: With work, old unhealthy dogs can learn new healthy tricks

Muscle memory allows the health-conscious to reverse certain bad habits.