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Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

Posted: 09/30/2014 - The University System of Georgia smoking and tobacco ban goes into effect Wednesday and applies to all 31 member institutions. The ban will also apply to events being hosted by institutions within the system.

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Local hospital puts Ebola action plan in place

Updated: 10/10/2014 - The head of the CDC says the Ebola epidemic is spiraling out of control in Africa. Now, the organization is asking US hospitals to prepare in the event of an Ebola outbreak where you live. GRU says they have a plan in place.

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Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate

Posted: 09/23/2014 - More than 150 countries set the first-ever deadline to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of that goal was eroded when Brazil said it would not join. Forests are important because they absorb the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.

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Coke, Pepsi pledge to reduce calorie consumption

Posted: 09/23/2014 - In many ways, the commitment follows the way customers' tastes are already changing. People have been moving away from soda on their own for several years because of concerns about sugar. But the industry group says the new commitment will accelerate the calorie-cutting.

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2nd case of West Nile hits Augusta

Updated: 09/22/2014 - A 69-year-old woman is fighting the West Nile virus. The East side of Richmond County is a "hot spot" getting sprayed every week, but health officials say it can easily spread.

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CDC: Severe respiratory illness now in 22 states

Updated: 09/19/2014 - An uncommon virus -- enterovirus 68 -- is causing the illnesses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday that 160 lab-confirmed cases were reported in the 22 states. On Tuesday, the CDC's count was 130 cases in 12 states.

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Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

Posted: 09/11/2014 - At issue is the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which bars employers from discriminating based on pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions. The law requires that pregnant workers be treated at least as well as other employees similar in their ability or inability to work, but is silent as to whether it specifically requires reasonable accommodations for pregnancy.

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GRU Augusta one step closer to medical marijuana study

Updated: 09/05/2014 - A doctor at GRU Augusta says they are one step closer to helping sick kids with medical Marijuana. One local mom tells News 12 that help can't come soon enough. Her 7 year old Windsor Blair's epilepsy is so bad her breathing has stopped at times, but the medicine that some say could help her is illegal right now and it could be months before anything changes.

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CVS stops tobacco sales early along with name change

Posted: 09/03/2014 - The cigars and cigarettes that used to fill the shelves behind store cash registers have been replaced with nicotine gum and other products that help people kick the tobacco habit.

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Mission group identifies 3rd American with Ebola

Posted: 09/03/2014 - Johnson says the 51-year-old Sacra lives in the Boston area. He says Sacra wasn't caring for Ebola patients but was delivering babies in the SIM hospital's obstetrics unit.

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Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival for most

Posted: 09/02/2014 - Ten-year survival rates were nearly identical -- or roughly 82 percent -- for lumpectomies plus radiation, and for double mastectomies. Women who had a single mastectomy, removal of just the cancerous breast, fared slightly worse.

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Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students

Posted: 08/29/2014 - With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert but cautioning against alarm.

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U.S. study on ramen noodles stirs questions in S. Korea

Updated: 08/21/2014 - Hence the emotional heartburn caused by a Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital study in the United States that linked instant noodles consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease.

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Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

Posted: 08/18/2014 - He says he looked through the glass in the isolation room and spotted his wife on the other side. They both placed their hands on opposite sides of the glass and cried.

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