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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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   For decades doctors have known that using silicone gels, some types of cortisone or pressure dressings can improve the appearance of scars. Many doctors feel that vitamin e can reduce  scar tissue formation by blocking the creating of more collagen. While doctors have used each of these ingredients individually for decades to improve the apperance of scars, they are cumbersome, difficult or messy. Patients usually stop using them, they almost never use more than one and without regular use, their scars will not benefit. For the first time ever, these ingredients have all been combined into a product that is easy to use. It is called Scargaurd. It is a liquid that is simply painted onto the scar twice a day beginning as soon as the wound is closed. It forms a dry, transparent protective coating called a flexible film that decreases irritation of the scar, while helping to improve its appearance. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are the primary users of the produce. But it is available to anyone without a prescription. It reportedly works on newly formed scars and scars that are decades old.

by Dee Armstrong

darmstrong@wtvm.com

 

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