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Local student advances to nationals in healthcare competition

Local student advances to nationals in healthcare competition

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A local high school student will represent Georgia at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) National Leadership Conference later this month.

Hayley Fowler is a student at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton. She has also taken technical education courses at Lawrenceville's Maxwell High School of Technology.

After finishing second in the Georgia HOSA competition in the Physical Therapy category, Hayley will travel to Anaheim, California for the national contest.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently recognized Hayley for all her hard work and achievements.

HOSA is a student organization with a mission to promote career opportunities in healthcare and enhance the delivery of quality care to all people.

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LifeSouth blood drive today at the Loganville and Acworth Wal-marts

LifeSouth blood drive today at the Loganville and Acworth Wal-marts

Loganville, GA --  LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is mounting a campaign today (May 31, 2011) to increase the blood supply in local hospitals.  Each of LifeSouth’s regions is challenging the local communities to come and donate blood. 

“Blood donated to LifeSouth stays in the local communities we serve”, said Michael Becker, LifeSouth Georgia Community Development Coordinator.  “Donors know when they selflessly provide blood to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers that they are helping relatives, neighbors and friends in their local areas”.

On May 31st, LifeSouth will have bloodmobiles at 2 Wal-mart locations from 11am-5pm.

4221 Atlanta HWY, Loganville and 3826 Cobb PKWY, Acworth

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers provides blood and blood products to more than 40 hospitals in the metro area.  Everyone is invited to come and donate.

 The LifeSouth Team will be grilling food and

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

CUMMING, Ga. – The ALS Run for Life 5K to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will be held at The Avenue Forsyth in Georgia.

The run was founded to honor Jon Blais, the only person with ALS to finish the Ironman triathlon. Every year, the event is held in to raise money for research for a cure. The race has raised over $50,000 in four years and, according to race organizers, has become a favorite among Metro Atlanta runners.

Every day in the US, about 15 people are diagnosed with ALS and life expectancy is about two to five years from the original diagnosis. ALS cripples physical functions, like the ability to move, speak and swallow; however, the mind stays sharp.

The race will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. This event will feature a one mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Runners will begin the 3.1 mile course by circling the perimeter of The Avenue and them will finish in the front of the race expo.