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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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   The more you weigh the greater your risk for some types of cancer , according to a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research . The results show how obesity may alter the body's systems to pave the way for cancerous tumors to develop. "If we lost weight, the nation's health would improve, and we would have less cancer," said  Dr. George Bray  of Louisiana State University Medical Center. Just how is obesity linked to cancer? The problem, researchers say: in an obese person, there are more fat cells constantly producing more of the chemicals that cause cells to be more likely to turn into cancer. Scientists say obese people are at a higher risk for colon, prostate, uterine, kidney and breast cancer. "The fatter you are, the more estrogen your fat tissue is making and estrogen is a major factor relating to breast and endometrial cancer and possibly gall bladder cancer in women," said Bray. So what can you do? Researchers say regular exercise and a healthy diet are essential, including spices like oregano, rosemary, ginger and tumerric which could contain cancer fighting properties.

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