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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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It's a common congential heart problem that until now required open heart surgery and a three month recovery. But, cardiologists have a new procedure that can plug the hole and send patients on their way the next day. Carlos Mancera could have been in the hospital a lot longer. Doctors  repaired a large hole in his heart. Instead, he went right back to work. He got his heart repaired without open heart surgery. "I told the doctors I have a hole in my heart. Air is coming out, are you going to put a plug in it?", said Mancera. That's exactly what they did. A new jellylike device plugged the hole between the chambers of Carlos' heart. It's placed there through a catheter that goes into the heart from the leg. The heart eventually grows over the wire mesh plug. The procedure takes an hour and you can be home from the hospital the next day. Compare that to traditional open heart surgery for this hole in the heart defect you could be in the hospital for five days up to two weeks.Carlos was worried because it's a brand new procedure. Cardiologists are the first to use the device for atrial septal defects. But he chose it over open heart surgery. "I was kinda worried but, I crossed my fingers and everything came out o-k," said Mancera. The device was just recently approved by the FDA. This atrial septal defect is a common congential heart problem , but, it's often not picked up until adulthood. Carlos was 30 when his defect was caught during a routine physical. His only symptom was getting overly tired when he played soccer.

 

 

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