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Concussions: The Hard-Hitting Facts

In many sports, the harder the hit, the louder the fans yell, but sometimes the outcome of a big blow isn't something to cheer about, like a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of every ten athletes in a contact sport will get a concussion each season.

They also estimate that 3.8 million concussions happen each year in the United States with around 70% of them going undiagnosed.

When many people think of concussions, football automatically comes to mind, but women's soccer is the second leading sport for the brain injury.

When the brain moves around inside your head and hits the walls of your skull, that's when a concussion can happen.

It doesn't always take a big blow to do the trick either. Purdue University researchers found that a series of smaller hits can have the same result.

And most happen without the athlete ever losing consciousness.

Same Race New Place Race for the Cure

Same Race New Place Race for the Cure

 Walk. Run. Donate. Organize. Volunteer. Save a life. Byron is so proud to announce that this years Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held right here in Byron! The race is October 27th @ North Peach Park and will begin at 9:00 a.m. although races and survivors can start showing up at 7:00am. For more information or how to register for this wonderful cause visit there website at www.komencentralga.org or contact them by phone at 877-465-6636. Breast Cancer Survivors and Kids 10 & under register for FREE!

Crawford Middle Holds 5K to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

Crawford Middle Holds 5K to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

 

--Sponsored by Crawford County Middle School Student Council

Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 2:30 P.M.

Crawford County Middle School

401 Lowe Road, Roberta, GA  31078

Registration begins at 1:00 P.M. on site

Pre-Register by calling Amy Yaughn @478-836-3181

E-mail:  ayaughn@crawford.k12.ga.us

Make checks payable to CCMS and mail to:  CCMS 401 Lower Road, Roberta, GA  31078

$5.00 per person; $20.00 for a team of $10.  Please order your t-shirt upon registration ($8.00 per shirt)

New Study Questions One Benefit of Organic Food

A new study by Stanford University showed that one of the main reasons people buy organic food may actually be understated.  It compared nutrient levels of both organic and conventionally-grown food, and found that they were actually similar.

Organics often have a higher cost than non-organic foods.  Although the study shows the nutrient levels may be similar, the fact remains that organics still have lower pesticides than conventionally grown.  That's according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Organic produce doesn't have those types of pesticides that have been shown to cause ADHD.  Some of the fertilizers that are widely used have been linked to cancer, according to the EPA," explains Michael Wall, the Communications Director for Georgia Organics.

Peach County 'Tops Off' New Hospital

Community and medical leaders gathered in Byron for the "topping off" ceremony for its new Peach County Regional Medical Center.

It was called "topping off" because the last pieces of the frame of the building were now finished, although construction will not be complete until next summer, when officials hope to open the new facility.

Don Faulk, CEO of the Medical Center of Central Georgia, said getting a hospital in the area has been years in the making, and that the topping-off was a culmination of hard work. 

He said that people had wanted a newer medical center for great care in the Peach County area for a long time.

The hospital is a joint project of the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Peach County Regional Medical Center.

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Red Cross in 'Emergency Need' for Blood Donations

The American Red Cross says they're at emergency levels in their blood supply.

According to a news release, nationwide they project 50,000 fewer donations in June than they expected.

The Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross says there are half as many blood products in inventory as there was this time last year.

They attribute that to unseasonably warm weather letting people start their summer activities earlier, and officials says people aren't taking to time to give blood and platelets.

The Red Cross says all blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B Negative and A negative.

Because of the shortage, the Red Cross is extending hours at donations center and encouraging all eligible donors to take time to give.

To make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org.