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More H1N1 children’s vaccine available

By   /  November 24, 2009  /  News  /   Comments

Tweet Around 1,700 more doses of H1N1 nasal spray are available in time for children who need a second dose of vaccine to achieve full immunity, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “The approximately 1,730 children aged 2 through 9 in our 14-county Health District who have gotten their first dose of [...]

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Pioneer Dr Banato trains Italians in new reflux surgery technique

By   /  October 18, 2009  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet Palmyra Medical Center hosted a group of Italian surgeons Thursday who came to Albany to train in a groundbreaking incision-less surgical technique for reflux patients. Next month, a large contingent of Brazilian surgeons will undergo similar training at Palmyra under Dr. John Bagnato, who is described by one of the visiting Italians as a [...]

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Autumn Harvest: Delicious Bliss

By   /  October 16, 2009  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet Autumn harvest offers a myriad of fresh juicy fruits including peaches, pears, apples and plums. With all the sweetness that Mother Nature provides, why in the world would we worry about substituting good healthy treats for the artificial ones that are about to find their way into our little goblin’s treat bag? We worry [...]

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Southwest Health District opens H1N1 nasal-spray vaccine to more priority groups

By   /  October 15, 2009  /  Health, News  /   Comments

Tweet Beginning this week, the 14 county health departments in Southwest Health District will begin offering H1N1 nasal-spray vaccine to healthy children 2 to 24 years old; people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age; and healthcare and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact. “These are priority [...]

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Open Medicare to everyone

By   /  October 14, 2009  /  Jim Finkelstein  /   Comments

Tweet Imagine for a moment that once a month you needed to drive 100 miles to the city to take your 3-year-old daughter to see a medical specialist. There’s an excellent interstate connecting your town to the city. It’s six lanes wide, limited access, with smooth pavement. Government funds built it with your road taxes. [...]

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Health Department extends hours for mass seasonal flu shot clinic Sept. 2

By   /  August 31, 2009  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet The Dougherty County Health Department will open early and stay late Wednesday during a seasonal flu shot mass clinic aimed at protecting as many residents as possible as quickly as possible. The cost will be $20, which is $5 less than Public Health charged last year per dose. “It is more important than ever [...]

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Clinical trial participation increases at Phoebe Putney Hospital

By   /  August 29, 2009  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has seen an increase in clinical trials since Medical Tower II opened in February. The new tower houses the Phillip L. Roberts, M.D., Cancer Pavilion, which features Phoebe’s expanded hematology and medical oncology services. “The new space has allowed us to handle more cases, house more clinical researchers and educators, [...]

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Outlook: Sanford Bishop out of touch with his constituents

By   /  August 27, 2009  /  Bill Waller  /   Comments

Tweet Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-2-Ga) held his final town hall meeting on healthcare reform Thursday at Albany State University. I attended the meeting to hear what our congressman had to say about the bills. Congressman Bishop said that he had not made up his mind yet about the various bills floating around Washington because they [...]

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Brown bagging it, For on the go “health conscious” families

By   /  August 19, 2009  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet A Healthy Albany, written by Kristen Taylor. It’s a cozy thought to send your child to school every day with a homemade meal lovingly packed in their lunchbox. Sweet, yes. However, with today’s hectic mornings of single parents or both parents working, finding the time to get quality food in that Hannah Montana pouch [...]

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