Health and Wellness


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Blood drives set in Albany during October at donation center, various businesses

Residents have opportunities to give blood ahead of busy holiday season

Earlier in the year, the American Red Cross was on the verge of an emergency shortage after there were roughly 80,000 fewer donations brought in over an 11 week period. The supply has since recovered, but officials with the American Red Cross remind people there is always a need for them to keep rolling up their sleeves.

Conference on mothers and childrens health set for this week

Conference at Merry Acres this week catered to perinatal health care workers

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, pediatric asthma, immunizations and unusual pediatric surgery cases are among the topics expected to be covered a perinatal health conference in Albany this week.

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Biasiotto faces toughest challenge

World powerlifting champion battles rare form of Muscular Dystrophy

Despite a disease that is causing his always prodigious muscles to deteriorate, Judd Biasiotto continues to give to others.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: What to do with all that Halloween candy?

HEALTH & FITNESS: Options are available that teach the importance of giving to others

Letting your kids keep a few pieces from their trick-or-treating haul and donate the rest to the less fortunate or to U.S. military personnel overseas sends a good message to children.

Worth County Health Department conducting flu shot clinic, training

Flu shot clinic on Tuesday in Sylvester to double as drill for pandemic event

The clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Worth County Agricultural Pavilion located at the corner of Highway 313 and Rebecca Drive next to the Worth County Public Works Office. Only flu shots will be provided.

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Maternal fetal medicine specialists at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital cares for sick mothers

Dr. Michael Edwards has been with Phoebe since 1998

Dr. Michael Edwards, Maternal Fetal Medicine Department director at Phoebe, had the platform on Wednesday to educate the hospital’s board on himself and what it is he does for the high-risk expectant mothers and their unborn children who may ultimately need care outside of Phoebe.

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First U.S. Ebola case confirmed

The patient is an adult being treated in an isolation unit in Dallas

Health officials have confirmed the first case if Ebola to emerge in the United States.

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Marcus Foundation gives $30 million to Grady Health System

Funds will expand ER Department, stroke center of the Atlanta hospital

“This incredibly generous gift brings the Marcus Foundation’s total investment in Grady to $50 million since 2009,” said Grady President and CEO John Haupert in a statement.

Doctors: Electronic health records a good idea that needs improvement

A patient visit produces five pages of notes

Nowadays, many doctors feel more like they’re data entry clerks.

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Aging in Place

Limited mobility no longer means moving out of home

You don’t have to be over 65 to want to age in place.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Seven deadly sins of fitness

HEALTH & FITNESS: Fortunately, for these sins there also are healthy redemptions

Succumbing to the “7 Deadly Sins” of fitness will stall your progress.

Phoebe Putney Health System offering free mammograms in October

Hospitals in Albany, Americus providing free breast cancer screenings to eligible women

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 40,000 women will lose their battle to the disease this year. At the same time, 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women, the ACS says.

The Albany Herald to turn pink Monday for breast cancer awareness

Breat cancer is the No. 2 killer of women who die from some form of cancer

For the fifth year, The Herald, as well as, is going pink to promote breast cancer awareness as well as help raise funds for the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia.

Use of antipsychotic drugs cut in nursing homes

Drugs used in managing dementia patients

Georgia has reduced its use of antipsychotic medications on nursing home residents by 26 percent, one of the largest drops in the nation.

Moultrie NAMI hosts local walk

NAMI Walk to benefit Moultire chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Moultrie chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be hosting its first ever NAMI Walk to raise awareness of and raise funds for the organization’s mission to help those affected by mental illness.