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Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

The Houston County chapter of the American Cancer society is participating in ACS CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study.)   According to their website, the purpose of CPS-3 is to "better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations."

It's open to anyone ages 30-69 who has never been diagnosed with cancer (exculding basil or squamous cell skin cancer.)  To particpate, schedule an enrollment appointment (you can do so here) At that appointment, you will sign an informed consent form, fill out a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, as well as give a small blood sample (taken by a certified phlebotomist.) 

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

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.)

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Soggy Ducks

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Soggy Ducks

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 

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