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Fighting To Stop Cancer in Southwest Georgia

By   /  December 27, 2011  /  Health  /  Comments Off

Walter Johnson

Tweet     Written by Walter Johnson   As 2011 draws closer to its end, two organizations dedicated to fighting cancer in Albany and southwest Georgia are looking forward to 2012. Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition President and CEO Diane Fletcher said she took her current job to help reduce cancer rates in the region. “I [...]

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Georgia ranks near the bottom in vaccinations

By   /  December 12, 2011  /  Health  /  Comments Off

Tweet     Special to the Journal   Only 40.5% of Georgians were vaccinated against seasonal influenza in 2010-2011, according to a survey by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That puts the state at No. 41 out of the 50 states – and places its residents at greater risk of catching an [...]

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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 4 – 10, 2011

By   /  December 5, 2011  /  Health  /  Comments Off

Tweet It is Not Too Late to Vaccinate: Georgia Department of Public Health Encourages Flu Shots                    ATLANTA – Flu season has been in full swing since August, but it’s never too late to guard yourself against infection.  Dec. 4 is the first day of National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Georgia Department of Public Health [...]

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District combats premature births with education, CenteringPregnancy®

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   Written by Carolyn Maschke   Each year, more than half a million babies in the United States are born too soon, placing them at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “Among those most at risk are children born in medically underserved communities [...]

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Health Department promotes HIV testing

By   /  November 23, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   Written by Carolyn Maschke   Five of Southwest Health District’s 14 counties are among the top 20 in the state with disproportionately high rates of HIV among women of childbearing age – so Public Health officials are offering free testing opportunities and other events to raise awareness in coming days. “Baker County has [...]

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Tips on How You and Your Kids Can Be Healthy This Thanksgiving

By   /  November 22, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   The Thanksgiving holiday season is a wonderful time of the year filled with family, friends and of course, food. While the spirit of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for all that we have, the holiday has become increasingly focused on food and eating. There’s no harm in enjoying a meal with your family [...]

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District combats premature births with education, CenteringPregnancy®

By   /  November 16, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   Written by Carolyn Maschke   Each year, more than half a million babies in the United States are born too soon, placing them at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “Among those most at risk are children born in medically underserved communities [...]

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Southwest Health District urges vigilance as Shigella cases spread

By   /  November 7, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   Written by Carol Maschke   Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said cases of shigellosis, a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea (often bloody), fever and stomach cramps, have been confirmed in additional counties, and wants the public to take precautions to help stop the disease from spreading. “It is more widespread [...]

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Frequent, thorough hand-washing best defense against Shigella infections

By   /  October 31, 2011  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet   Written by Carolyn Maschke   Disease investigators and other officials from Southwest Health District are working together to control an outbreak of Shigella, a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea (often bloody), fever and stomach cramps. “The spread of Shigella from an infected person to others can be stopped by frequent and careful hand [...]

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Early detection boosts survival rates in women with breast cancer

By   /  October 26, 2011  /  Health, Press Releases  /   Comments

Tweet By Carolyn Maschke   Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women – and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States – but mammography can detect it at its earliest, most treatable stage, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “Mammography can detect breast cancer [...]

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