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  • Preventing spinal cord injuries in athletes

    Preventing spinal cord injuries in athletes

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 6:26 PM EDT2016-10-04 22:26:33 GMT
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    Spinal cord injuries are not considered common on the football field, but they can be dramatic.  In some cases, those injuries can lead to paralysis.  

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    Spinal cord injuries are not considered common on the football field, but they can be dramatic.  In some cases, those injuries can lead to paralysis.  

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  • Columbus doctor addresses concussions in sports

    Columbus doctor addresses concussions in sports

    Tuesday, August 30 2016 6:13 PM EDT2016-08-30 22:13:50 GMT
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    A lot has changed recently in the world of sports to help prevent concussions among athletes. New rules are now in place for football and soccer players at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  

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    A lot has changed recently in the world of sports to help prevent concussions among athletes. New rules are now in place for football and soccer players at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  

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  • How to protect yourself from the flu virus

    How to protect yourself from the flu virus

    Thursday, January 12 2017 7:03 PM EST2017-01-13 00:03:44 GMT
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    Georgia has seen its first flu-related death this year, and 108 people have been hospitalized so far this season in our area due to the flu. The health department says the individual who died from the flu was elderly, but it can strike anyone at any time. 

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    Georgia has seen its first flu-related death this year, and 108 people have been hospitalized so far this season in our area due to the flu. The health department says the individual who died from the flu was elderly, but it can strike anyone at any time. 

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A crowded waiting room in Columbus says it all.

Hundreds of people in the Columbus- Phenix City area are in need of healthcare especially when it's free. "With most people because they don't have health insurance anymore and they're losing their insurance they need some place to go and check on their blood pressure or check their blood sugar", says Doctor Derralyn Baker.

Baker is the Medical Director at The Valley Healthcare Center on North Lumpkin Road in Columbus.

Baker says patients were offered an array of screenings from clinical breast exams to blood pressure and blood sugar. And for those on the receiving end this event couldn't have come at a better time. "I think it's a blessing because as you said I don't have any income and with all of these diseases going around now, it's a blessing to know that I am healthy and safe,"says a patient who wanted to remain anonymous.

And that's the main reason for this nationwide event. To let people know what services are available to them. "A lot of people just don't know where they can go to get health services especially when they don't have insurance because they have financial situations. So this is a way for people to not only bring their loved ones to know what kind of health problems they have but also to know what's out there that the community has has to offer for them," says Baker.

 

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