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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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When Suzanne Somers revealed to the world she was taking mistletoe extract to treat her breast cancer , many doctors said the herb was useless. Now one study says it could be worse than useless. Dr. Alexander Eggermont, an oncologist iin Holland, has studied about 200 patients with advanced malignant melanoma, or skin cancer. He said his findings, which  have already been presented in Europe, show mistletoe might cause brain tumors. He said skin cancer metastisized on the brain in 19% of the patients who took mistletoe, but, in only 7% of the patients who did not take it. "There's strong suggestion from our data that it could, that it could harm and actually significantly harm", said Eggermont. The medical director of Weleda, a Swiss company that makes mistletoe extract, said in a statement, "Weleda cannot offer a comprehensive response because Weleda has not yet received a final report of the study." Weleda said other studies have shown mistletoe, sold as Iscar, is not only harmless, but, actually shrinks tumors." Many American oncologists say these European studies are flawed and so despite the herb's popularity in parts of Europe, American doctors have not embraced mistletoe. Dr. Molly McMullen-Laird, an internist in Michigan,  is an exception. She advises many of her patients to use conventional treatments, like chemotherapy and misteltoe. McMullen said, "By stimulating the immune system, patients almost universally say they have more energy, they sleep better, their appetite is improved. "But Dr. Larry Norton, incoming president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, said there is no proof mistletoe stimulates the immune system. As for Suzanne Somers, her spokeswoman said the actress still believes in mistletoe injections. Somers said she is not telling anyone else to do this.

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