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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 medical community has a new training tool. It's a high-tech mannequin that allows doctors to practice cardiac procedures risk-free. "Oops, i just got defib again, we're going to have to shock the patient," said Dr. John Carroll Cardiologist, who is training medical students.  This patient has just suffered a cardiac arrest. Doctors inserting a catheter to clear a blocked artery accidentally cut off the heart's blood supply. "I made a mistake, and I caused the person's heart to fibrillate, so if I don't do anything, she will be dead," said Carroll.  Fortunately, the patient is just a dummy. But she's treated as if she were real. This simulation technology is the most realistic way yet devised to allow cardiologists to practice catheter-based heart procedures. The computer-controlled mannequin, named "Simantha" simulates for doctors what it really feels like inside the human body. "It is real enough where we start sweating during some of these procedures when things aren't going right", said Carroll. They check using monitors that display the patient's vital signs and a video image of the heart. A simulated electric shock restarted Simantha's her hear, allowing doctors to resume their work. She lets them know when she is she's feeling any pain. "My chest hurts i need to sit up,"she says. This simulation technology will begin appearing at more hospitals nationwide, enabling doctors to continue practicing their skills without endangering patients' lives. "That feels better", she says.

 

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