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2 US States Move To Hike Smoking Age To 21

Posted: 02/21/2014 - Two Western states with some of America's lowest smoking rates are considering cracking down even more by raising the tobacco age to 21.

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Hospital: 18 Possibly Exposed To Rare Disease

Posted: 02/11/2014 - Eighteen patients at a North Carolina hospital may have been exposed to a rare neurological disease after surgical equipment wasn't properly sterilized, officials said.

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Wiggle Room For Big Firms Under New Coverage Rule

Posted: 02/11/2014 - Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other firms with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration's latest tweak to health care rules.

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Give Kids A Smile Day at Wiregrass Tech

Updated: 02/07/2014 - Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta is helping kids in the area by cleaning their teeth for free. It's called "Give Kids A Smile Day" sponsored by the American Dental Association.

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FDA Launching Anti-Smoking Campaign Aimed At Youth

Posted: 02/04/2014 - The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation's at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

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New Technology Brings Doctor To You

Posted: 02/03/2014 - Telemedicine is a way to bring doctors closer to their patients, especially since there is a primary care physician shortage in Florida.

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SGMC Hosts Heart Health Expo

Posted: 01/30/2014 - SGMC’s Dasher Memorial Heart Center, South Health District, and 100 Black Men of Valdosta, Inc will host the Heart Health Expo, Saturday, February 15th from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon at VSU’s University Center.

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Google Develops Contact Lens Glucose Monitor

Posted: 01/16/2014 - Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day.

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Gov. Deal Proposes Autism Coverage In State Health Plan

Posted: 01/16/2014 - Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing the state employee health plan cover treatment of autism, a move applauded by advocates who say early intervention can improve behavior and quality of life.

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Study Dispels "Obesity Paradox" Idea For Diabetics

Posted: 01/15/2014 - The "obesity paradox" -- the controversial notion that being overweight might actually be healthier for some people with diabetes -- seems to be a myth, researchers report.

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Controversy Plagues School Mental Health Screening

Posted: 01/13/2014 - Nearly a decade after federal health officials recommended universal mental health screenings for students, an Associated Press review of policies around the nation shows a fractured and underfunded approach with no requirements to provide services.

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Florida ACA Enrollment Surges

Posted: 01/13/2014 - Federal health officials say about 140,000 Floridians signed up for the new federal health insurance program last month.

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Protect Babies From Whooping Cough

Posted: 12/23/2013 - There have been six confirmed cases of whooping cough linked to a single daycare center in Leon County since September.

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Agency Approaches Second Planned Pause

Posted: 12/23/2013 - The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is nearing a second and final planned pause for the roll-out of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) Long-term Care program.

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