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American Cancer Society Asking Central Georgians Help

For the third time in four years, the American Cancer Society is asking central georgians for their help.

It's called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. It's research that will help scientists better understand how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer. They are looking for at least 250 volunteers to enroll for the November Houston County event.

You'll have to answer a survey, allow a waist measurement, give a small amount of blood and sign a consent form.

Six years ago Heather Griffin's mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"I thank the lord that she found it early and she is doing great. But every female that's passed away on my mothers side of the family has died from some form of cancer," said Griffin.

That's why the study is so close to her heart, so much so that she participated in it. "I don't want to have another person hear the words you have cancer," she said.

Ga. Plans Managed Care for Children on Medicaid


ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.

Officials say foster children and others would have one primary care physician and electronic health records that doctors can use regardless of where the child lives under the managed care system.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


State Officials Set to Discuss Childhood Obesity


ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Children's Advocacy Network is hosting a panel discussion aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Organizers say the panel discussion July 25 is scheduled to feature Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bobby Cagle, physical activity coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kelly Mattran and others.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin has said the state ranks 49th in terms of childhood obesity rates.

The event is being hosted in the Ann Cramer room of the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)




Even the ducks are sick of the rain!

Doraine says they're much happier today!

Share your "sick of the rain" photos with us by emailing whereyoulive@13wmaz.com 

Emory to Help Train Nurses to Care for Veterans


ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University's nursing school and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are teaming up to train nurses to care for veterans.

Emory says the VA Health System is anticipating a nursing shortage as increasing health needs of aging and returning veterans coincide with a projected wave of nurse retirements.

Emory is one of six nursing schools in the country that was chosen for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 new faculty positions at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and to increase the university's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over five years.

Other schools selected include Arizona State University, Marquette University, New Mexico University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Minnesota.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Houston County's minority population has reached 40.4 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

New Medical Facility Opens on Robins AFB

What if there was a place for employees who work at Warner Robins' Air Logistic Center to receive first aid treatment immediately and close by.

Now there is Robins' Fast Forward medical facility opened for business Tuesday.

Six staff members including one nurse practitioner and three rehabilitation specialists make up the Fast Forward clinic.
Fast forward stands for: First Aid Station, Treatment and Forward Operating Rehabilitation of Workers, Accentuating Restorative Dynamics.

"This facility is dedicated to providing first aid treatment, first aid screening, and acute rehabilitation care." explains Dr. Michael Rappa, Chief of Occupational Medicine Services.

It's exclusively for Robins Air Logistic Center employees.
Dr. Rappa says their work makes them prone to injuries like sprains, minor cuts or burns. Because of their hours other clinics often aren't open.