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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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Can't seem to kick the habit? Help will soon be just a phone call away. UNITE GEORGIA will launch a statewide toll-free Quit Line, 1-877-270-STOP. Quit Line is a reseource that provides counseling, screening, support and referral services for all Georgia residents age 18 or older and  concerned parents of adolescents using tobacco. Spanish-speaking callers may call 1-877-266-3863. On Saturday, November 3, coalition members will be available at Peachtree Mall to answer questions about the Quit Line. Local businesses, hospitals and physicians also are participating in the program by providing educational materials for employees and patients. "Getting tobacco-addicted patients to quit is tough, but, the Quit Line will offer people free support as part of their cessation program," said NanetteTurner, coordinator for Tobacco Use Prevention at the West Central Health District. "We are proud that Columbus has been chosen for the test launch for this program, and we hope Georgia's tobacco users will take advantage of this free service," said Turner. Quit Line is funded by the master tobacco settlement agreement.

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