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Ga. Gwinnett College food court passes follow-up inspection

Ga. Gwinnett College food court passes follow-up inspection

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A food court at Georgia Gwinnett College has passed a follow-up inspection after scoring a failing grade of 64 out of 100 on an earlier review.

The food court posted a score of 90 out of a possible 100 on the Tuesday follow-up inspection.

The earlier inspection on Feb. 21 had given the site a score of 64, resulting in an unsatisfactory report.

Georgia Gwinnett spokeswoman Sally Ramey says the Lawrenceville school uses a food management service firm for its food services.

Before the two most recent inspections, the location scored a 100 on Nov. 28, 2012 and a 90 on Apr. 20, 2012.

Ga. Gwinnett College food court fails health inspection

Ga. Gwinnett College food court fails health inspection

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Health officials say a food court at Georgia Gwinnett College has failed a recent inspection.

Authorities say the Feb. 21 report gave the site a score of 64 out of a possible 100, resulting in an unsatisfactory report.

GGC spokeswoman Sally Ramey says the school uses a food management service firm for its food services. She told the Gwinnett Daily Post that GGC contracts with that company, "so this is their issue."

Violations found include equipment collecting dust and debris, parasite destruction documentation for raw sushi was inadequate, and vegetables were stored below raw chicken in a walk-in cooler.

Before the Feb. 21 inspection, the location scored a 100 on Nov. 28, 2012, and a 90 on Apr. 20, 2012.

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."

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. 

Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

Jingle Bell Run/Walk to raise money for Arthritis Foundation

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- More than 1.6 million Georgia adults and 9,200 children have a form of arthritis. Now, runners in the Atlanta area can help fight this disability.

The Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk is coming to Gwinnett County next month.

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This 5K aims to raise $55,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, which works to raise awareness and reduce the impact of all forms of arthritis.

Katherine, a 3-year-old Gwinnett County resident, is a local face of the disease, and one of many Georgians who will be positively affected by the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Kat was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis when she was only 2 years old.