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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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"Hi Mr. Opem, how are you," asked Dr. Amy Williams. Lowell Opem is on kidney dialysis because he was born with only one kidney that shut down about ten years ago, the result of prolonged high blood pressure. "Appetite alright?," asked Dr. Williams. Lowell went on dialysis three times a week. He hated it. "I just didn't hardly have any life at all, I felt so rotten," he said. Rotten exhausted, too weak to work. Nephrologist Dr. Amy Williams says the problem with dialysis three times a week "Is that is it three times a week. Normal kidneys don't work three times a week or every other day, they work continuously." That's why Dr. Williams and a team at Mayo Clinic offer dialysis to patients every day. They spend less time on the machines per treatment and feel better afterwards. Dialysis machines act as artificial kidneys. The patient's blood flows into the machine, which filters out waste products, toxins and fluids that build up between dialysis treatments. The clean blood then returns to the body. Daily dialysis makes patients feel better because they don't have a large build up of wate products, toxins or fluids between treatments. This results in more stable blood pressure and improved energy, appetite and sense of well being. Lowell said he feels "real good" since he's been on daily dialysis. He can work again. And keeping private airplanes flying smoothly is a passion he can enjoy again, thanks to dialy dialysis.   

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