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Interview: Dr. Dan Rahn

Posted: 03/02/2007 - MCG is trying to ease the local concern about its plans to expand to Athens. They want to start a regional campus there, with room for 40 first year med students. That plan isn't sitting well with leaders in Augusta.

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MCG research helped lead to proposed HPV legislation

Posted: 03/01/2007 - Georgia's Senate will soon decide whether to vaccinate girls as young as twelve years old for HPV, the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer.

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Special Assignment: Augusta: Living with HIV, Part 2

Updated: 02/22/2007 - With the number of HIV and AIDS cases in the Augusta area increasing each year, Richmond County's public health educator Sandra Wimberly is increasing the time she spends in schools talking about it.

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Special Assignment: Augusta: Living with HIV, Part 1

Updated: 02/22/2007 - More than a million people in the US are living with HIV or AIDS, and at least 2000 of them are in the Augusta area. Health officials say a lack of funding and awareness is leading to a growing number of HIV cases locally each year.

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Special Assignment: Augusta's Air-Med

Posted: 02/19/2007 - Augusta's own Air-Med has been called a lifesaver in the sky. It's a helicopter service for emergency patients who are miles away from a hospital. News 12 talked to a man who learned firsthand how valuable it really is.

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Special Assignment: Discount Docs

Updated: 02/14/2007 - About four years ago, family practitioner Dr. William Rivell and other family practice physicians noticed an alarming trend: more and more patients without health insurance. They decided to do something to help.

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Free dental clinics for kids

Posted: 01/31/2007 - This Friday, February 2, is Give Kids a Smile Day, and two free dental clinics for children are being held. There's one at Dearing Elementary School in McDuffie County and another at Aiken Technical College.

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Special Assignment: Change of Heart

Updated: 08/16/2010 - 3,000 transplants are done each year in the United States, but we rarely meet the people behind them. Meet a Georgia couple celebrating perhaps the biggest gift either has ever received.

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Williston boy survives surgery for rare disease

Updated: 01/11/2007 - A 10-year-old Williston boy was diagnosed with one of the most uncommon diseases in the world, especially for children. Now he's back at home recovering.

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Noroviruses not just on cruise ships

Posted: 01/11/2007 - The Centers for Disease Control says they traditionally see more stomach viruses during the winter months. When you hear norovirus you think cruise ship...but health experts say the majority of it is found on land.

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Plenty of flu vaccine left in Columbia County

Posted: 01/11/2007 - The Columbia County Health Department has stated that due to the late arrival of their last shipment, they still have plenty of the flu vaccine available for Columbia County residents 6 months and older.

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Augusta recognizes World AIDS Day

Posted: 01/11/2007 - Around the globe today, thousands pause to mark the 19th annual World AIDS Day. The epidemic continues to grow, and world leaders hope to keep the momentum to fight it alive. But the key is education.

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MCG going smoke-free

Posted: 01/11/2007 - MCG is going completely smoke-free. Hospital officials say they aim to make all areas of MCG and the MCG Health System tobacco-free within one year.

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Special Assignment: Germ Concern

Updated: 02/01/2007 - Germs are everywhere, and they are getting stronger. And there's an old bug with a potentially deadly new strain out in our community. This staph infection has a dangerous new gene making it resistant to our common antibiotics.

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Preventing lung cancer: how to quit smoking

Posted: 01/11/2007 - If you want to prevent lung cancer, the three most important things you can do are: Don’t smoke, don’t smoke and don’t smoke. 80 percent of lung cancers could be prevented if people did not pick up that first cigarette.

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Special Assignment: The iPod Generation

Updated: 02/01/2007 - It's easy to adjust the volume on an iPod. But it gets loud, and that's a problem. It can be a serious strain on young ears, and even cause permanent damage.

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St. Joseph officially sold to Triad

Posted: 01/11/2007 - It's official: St. Joseph hospital has new owners. Today, the hospital announced Triad Hospitals and some local doctors have purchased the hospital on Wrightsboro Road.

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Salmonella outbreak in Georgia

Posted: 01/11/2007 - A salmonella outbreak is affecting 18 states, including Georgia. Over 170 cases have been reported. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control say the bacteria may have spread through some sort of produce, including lettuce and tomatoes.

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