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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.

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett Medical Center has opened the Gwinnett Heart Specialists of Gwinnett Medical Group, a new cardiology practice.

The doctors who will work at the new office include Sreeni Gangasani, M.D., Michael Lipsitt, M.D., and Marc Unterman, M.D. All three physicians have practiced for thirty years, according to Beth Okun of Gwinnett Medical Center. 

Gwinnett Heart Specialists will provide patients with several services to help with preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, including stress testing, echocardiography, vascular treatments, coronary interventions, peripheral interventions and implanting pacemakers, Okun reported.

The practice will also serve communities of Dacula, Duluth, Loganville, Monroe and Sugar Hill. 

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

10600 Davis Drive

2901 Clairmont Road

Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You

Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You

DULUTH, Ga. -- Please join Gwinnett Medical Center for a FREE healthcare breakfast event, Advancements in Joint Replacement: Why the Latest Innovations May Be For You. This program will take place Friday, September 21, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Gwinnett Chamber’s 1818 Club (6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). Attendees will learn about the latest advancements in joint replacement from two physicians who are experts in their field, as well as have the opportunity to win great door prizes!

The two innovations being discussed will be:

  • Anterior Total Hip Replacement procedure, presented by Mary Jo Albert, MD
  • iTotal Knee Replacement implant, presented by Gary Levengood, MD

Both doctors will be available for a Q&A session following their presentations.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.