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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 free nationwide health program called "Choose to Move" involved more than 230thousand women. Most who finished significantly improved their diets and activity levels. There is one catch. Nearly 20-thousand may have dropped out. The results, which will be reported tin tomorrow's Archives of Internal Medicine, show how hard it is to get people to stick with healthy lifestyle changes. Researchers who studied the program's 1999 phase, when  23-thousand, one-hundred and seventhy-one women signed up, call it a success. They say getting 37-hundred, seventy-five people to complete it was no small fast. The ongoing American Heart Association program, started in 1998, involves ordering a free handbook with tips on how to gradually incorporated better nutrition and 30 minutes of exercise into daily life over a 12-week period. Participants are asked to send in progress-report cards during the program and at the end. Lead researcher Dyann Matson Koffman of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "reached lots of women who made improvements in their physical activity and their diet." Still , researchers acknowledge the program's limitations. The program targets women aged 25 and older and is designed to fight the nation's high rates of heart disease, obesity and inactivity are contributing factors.

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