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Newnan-Coweta Chamber to host health care forum

Newnan-Coweta Chamber to host health care forum

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce will host an interactive discussion about upcoming changes to the country's health care system.

"Health Care Reform: Be Prepared -- What Employers Need to Know for 2014" will be held Friday, Apr. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Discussion topics include health care tax credits, employer compliance, essential plan designs and shared responsibility provisions. Refreshments will be provided.

The meeting will be held at the Newnan Utilities Wahoo Creek Facility. It is free, but reservations are required; visit newnancowetachamber.org to sign up.

The Wahoo Creek Facility is located at 315 Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard.

Rep. Westmoreland visits dialysis center

Rep. Westmoreland visits dialysis center

NEWNAN, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland recently showed his support of kidney health awareness by visiting DaVita Dialysis Center in Coweta County.

Westmoreland met with patients and caregivers, and learned all about dialysis during his visit.

"I would like to thank the DaVita Dialysis Center in Newnan for inviting me to visit their facilities," Westmoreland, who lives in Coweta County, said in a statement. "Kidney disease is a very serious problem affecting people all over Georgia, and organizations like the DaVita Dialysis Center are helping these people not only survive their kidney disease, but are making it so they are able to live longer, happier lives."

According to the dialysis center, more than 20 million Americans over the age of 20 suffer from some type of kidney disease. High risk groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and people over age 60.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

ATLANTA -- The holidays are often is the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms. Collectively, the Piedmont Healthcare-affiliated hospitals in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan, Stockbridge and Jasper saw nearly 40,000 patients last year in the emergency rooms during the holiday season.

Avoid a trip to the hospital with the following tips:

Piedmont Newnan Hospital gives heart attack patients greater chance of survival

Piedmont Newnan Hospital gives heart attack patients greater chance of survival

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital recently launched a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control, Inc., is the first web-based data network to offer emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams the tools to work together to help reduce time to treatment for severe heart attack patients. 

“When it comes to heart attacks, the less time it takes to get the patient into the catheterization lab, the less tissue damage there is - resulting in shorter hospital stays and better outcomes for the patient,” said Rick Spurlock, M.D., who specializes in emergency medicine at Piedmont Newnan. “We’re excited to have the wireless LIFENET System in place to best prepare treatment for our heart attack patients when time is crucial.”