Healthy Living

New law helps families access dental care for children with disabilities

Getting children to the dentist can be a chore of any parent, but if the children have disabilities, the challenge of finding a dentist and the costs associated with treatment can be especially daunting.

Sussex Smiles keeps on giving

Sussex Smiles recently gave a $7,000 donation to Delmarva Rural Ministries for their dental services at their Kent Community Health Center.

Bill aims to return teachers to their classes after maternity leave

Many times, when teachers leave for an extended period of time to give birth and take care of a newborn, they spend time planning preparing for the substitute, preparing their students and preparing themselves for the time when they will come back.

Drug manufacturer: Beebe patient deaths result of ‘institution-specific issues’

Two of three patients who suffered cerebral hemorrhages after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died last weekend, and the hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Baxter International Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, in an investigation.

New classes and 24-hour access make Energy Gym a standout

Energy Gym – formerly American Health and Fitness – on Route 54 in West Fenwick Island knows a thing or two about catering to its members. That’s precisely why husband-and-wife team and owners Tony and Gina Hall took Energy Gym to the next level, bringing in new equipment and just last fall, converting the gym to a 24-hour facility.

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Third patient still hospitalized after being prescribed IV heparin

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Baxter International Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, in an investigation.

Vaginal birth after Cesarean an uphill battle, but still possible

Suzanne Davis of Bethany Beach, after having twin boys and her third son – all delivered by cesarean section – always felt like she had missed out on something. With her twins, she went into labor early and had an emergency c-section at just 29 weeks gestation. Because of that first c-section, when she became pregnant for a second time, she was told she would need to have a repeat surgery. A previous c-section continues to be one of the main reasons why women have a c-section.

Georgetown center offers support for pregnancies

For women facing an unexpected or crisis pregnancy, it can feel like they are all alone at a time of their lives that is supposed to be joyous. The Sussex Pregnancy Care Center has been in Georgetown for almost 25 years now, serving between 1,300 and 1,400 women and families each year, offering services such as free pregnancy tests and verification by sonogram, educational classes and support for the decision to have a child.

Education and support

Classes offered for loved ones of those with a mental illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI-DE), beginning in March, will be offering a 12-week course geared toward family and friends of people with a mental illness. The classes will be held at Fenwick Baptist Church on Lighthouse Road on Monday evenings, starting Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Lewes Healing Arts to Hold Open House

Lewes Healing Arts has announced that it will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. Dr. Kim Furtado, a local naturopathic doctor, has relocated her practice to Lewes Healing Arts at 32191 Nassau Road, Unit #3, as a tenant of Comfort Zone Yoga Center for Whole Self Healing.

Good dental care has widespread health consequences

It has long been understood that brushing and flossing twice a day helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but what about the rest of the body?

Freeman Fitness Center helps shape up your new year

Keeping a resolution to get in shape or lose weight never seems like an easy task, but the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony is helping more and more new members do just that. With more classes than ever, a fully-equipped weight room, indoor lap pool and more, now could be the best time to get into the swing of things and feel good about yourself.

New Year’s ocean dips benefit health, too

The 13th annual Exercise Like the Eskimos and 5th annual Fenwick Freeze, in which brave souls jump into the cold waters on the Atlantic to celebrate New Year’s Day and raise some cold hard cash, are both right around the corner.

Good Earth aims to keep customers healthy through winter

This past Saturday, Nov. 22, Good Earth Market once again held their Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Compassionate Care Hospice. Plenty of healthy contributors throughout the community brought in their areas of expertise, including polarity therapy, offering free chair massages.

Organic farming made easier and cheaper

While Delaware may be years behind some states in realizing the importance of organic farming as both a niche market and a health conscious way to do business, it is catching on.

Delaware group aims to end premature births

For many moms-to be, pregnancy is an exciting time of hope and new beginnings. The last thing they are thinking is they might give birth to a baby that’s born too early or sick.

Holiday eating — staying healthy and happy

“Gobble, gobble,” “stuffing” and “a belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly” are phrases associated with the approaching holidays, but they’re the last things most people want to use to describe their own eating habits. With the season upon us, it’s easy to overlook a healthy lifestyle as people surround themselves with home cooking, lazy afternoons and visions of sugarplums. But there’s plenty they can do to avoid a regretful winter season when it comes to snacking and eating.

Zumba brings fun alternative to fitness scene

Exercising has always brought with it a specific connotation, and, to many, it’s been a negative one. From the monotony of jogging to the dullness of stationary bikes, many people who want to get in shape are unmotivated due to lack of variety. That is, until now.

Giddins settles in Millville after high-flying start

Dr. Danielle Giddins, M.D., is now taking patients at her Millville office, above Halpern Eye Associates on Route 26.

Blue jeans and bling the dress for LDAF fundraiser

The Lower Delaware Autism Foundation will hold their annual Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show this year on Friday, Oct. 24. And, as always, guests are being encouraged to wear their “blue jeans and bling” to the event.

La Red offers full service health care, with extras

La Red Health Center in Georgetown, now in its eighth year of operation, has grown exponentially since it first started in February 2001 as a 24/7 telephone medical hotline. La Red, or “the network” in Spanish, initially operated as a hotline for the growing number of non-English speaking individuals under La Esperanza Community Center.

Sussex Smiles no more

Despite recent passage of House Bill 392 — a bill establishing guidelines for volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants who want to help out Delaware patients in need — it’s a sad day for low-income residents of Sussex County ages 18-64 who need dental care. Sussex Smiles, the only clinic specifically targeted to that group, has decided to close its doors.

Colonics entering a brave new world

This is not your grandmother’s enema.

In fact, it is not an enema at all. Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle cleansing of the large intestine, or colon. It is achieved through using warm, filtered water.

Rest assured, it is not uncomfortable either.

Women seek alternatives for traditional hormone therapy

For many women, peri-menopause, or the time around when they stop menstruating, can be physically and emotionally draining.

Bethany Vol. Fire Co. Assistant Chief revists CPR

One of our members posted an interesting article about CPR from last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal on the HQ bulletin board.

Fenwick medical complex nears ground-breaking

The Fenwick Medical Complex plans to break ground in September, after not quite four years of planning, including re-zoning, water and sewer development and other preliminary measures.

WIC events celebrates benefits of breastfeeding

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding at an open house at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, located at 800 South Madison Street in Wilmington. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7. Attendance is free and includes lunch.

Week 8 Coastal Point Health Tech Challenge

The Nintendo DS joins my coaching staff

It’s Week 8 of the Coastal Point Health Tech Challenge, and we’ve expanded the arsenal of high-tech weapons in my own personal battle of the bulges, adding the Nintendo DS and My Weight Loss Coach software to the regimen from the first five weeks of the challenge, which focused on the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit game.

State's insurance commissioner ready for higher office

Denn aims high as he concludes four years regulating insurance industry

It’s hard to think about health without thinking about health insurance. Besides gas and food, it’s a top priority for most adults. Everything from how to pay for it, to what it covers, to its limitations — health care is a big concern for many Americans and Delawareans. And rightly so — because without your health, what do you have?

Pinpointing the truth behind acupuncture

With a growing number of believers climbing every year, one of the oldest health practices in the world is becoming more of an everyday way of life. Perceived by some as a pseudo-scientific or as a painful means of healing, acupuncture has often been ill-regarded by traditional Western medicine, but that is beginning to change.

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