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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how blood flow to groups of neurons in our brain measurably increases when we are doing some mental “heavy lifting”.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a natural protector in our immune system that, somehow, gets turned against us in the micro-environment of some aggressive tumors.   The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how strengthening muscle may be more important than losing pounds when it comes to the maladies associated with being overweight. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.


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Your Fourth of July plans may include parades, pool parties, cookouts or the Peachtree Road Race. Tricia Hersey plans to celebrate with a nice, long nap. The founder of The Nap Ministry, Hersey is known to many as a champion of rest. Some even call her the Nap Bishop.

Hersey dreamed up The Nap Ministry while a divinity student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Graduate school had taken a toll on her sleep, and consequently her health, so she made the decision to rest. She joined On Second Thought in studio to preach the benefits of rest and share about her ministry, which she sees as a form of self care and social justice.  


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how a synthetic peptide, can halt destructive inflammation in the kidneys and help them better recover. 


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Healthcare costs make up almost a fifth of spending in the U.S. economy, and they’re the number one cause of personal bankruptcies. It’s well known that doctor’s visits and medical procedures are expensive, but it turns out they can be especially pricey in some parts of Georgia. 


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how, at least in men, activating a specific gene can turn around classic symptoms of depression.  


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses an enzyme that can help reduce damage to the optic nerve caused by trauma.


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses advances in a technique doctors are using to diagnose the cancer, multiple myeloma.


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses new discoveries in the battle against organ rejection in transplant patients. 


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how the role plasma cells play in making antibodies that help us fight infections and allergens. 


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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the connection between Estrogen and our ability to remember things.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how an enzyme, known to help our liver function properly, might also one day help protect retinas threatened by low blood supply. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta. 

 


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the progress being made in The TEDDY Study, which is tracking how genes, and environmental factors like diet and infections, conspire to cause Type 1 Diabetes. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a study aimed at find help for people who suffer from insomnia, nightmares and suicidal thoughts as a result of PTSD.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how a hormone, best known for sending messages to our brain that we are full, also helps our cardiovascular system.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  

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Georgia lawmakers are considering changes to the way the state approves new hospitals and medical facilities.

GPB’s Cindy Hill spoke with Charles Owens, professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University, to learn more about what this means for patients.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how biofeedback therapy is helping people with a tough-to-treat form of constipation known as “Dyssynergic Defecation”.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a study designed to determine which FDA-approved treatment for Fecal Incontinence is actually most effective. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the possible benefits of aerobic exercise for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the antimicrobial peptides our skin produces that can act like natural antibiotics, but can also be adversely affected by the common skin condition, “psoriasis”.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses the connection between our taste buds and cells in our brain that helps us remember tastes, textures, and aromas of different foods.  The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta. 


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A first-of-its-kind look at how long Americans live shows there is an urban and rural divide in the life spans of Georgians, but where you fall on that divide depends on your race.

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how stress can cause some people to retain too much sodium, and thus drive up blood pressure. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPBNews.Org and search “The Medical Minute”.  The Medical Minute is written and produced by The Medical College of Georgia in collaboration with GPB-Augusta.  


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Get your flu shot now if you haven't already; it's not too late.

That's the advice from public health officials at the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after Georgia ranked highest in flu-like illness for the second week in a row.

Since flu season began Sept. 30, one woman died, at least 16 people have been hospitalized and more than 11,000 Georgians have reported symptoms, state health epidemiologist Audrey Kunkes said. 

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Georgia ranks 8th in the nation for high obesity rates in children aged 10 to 17, a recent study done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows. But some state officials are working to change that with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Though Georgia does not mandate physical education in middle and high school, leaders in the Fayette County School District have enacted policies to make sure children in the county have access to proper diet and exercise.

Today we discussed the importance of community input in health issues and art museums.

We spoke with Breana Lipscomb, the U.S. maternal health campaign manager for The Center for Reproductive Rights. The organization works to improve health outcomes for women. We also spoke with Wanda Irving, a consultant and mediator, whose daughter died after giving birth in 2017.

We also spoke to Kevin W. Tucker, chief curator at the High Museum of Art about the re-installation and the museum's efforts to be representative, accessible and inclusive to the community. Floyd Hall, ArtsATL contributor, joined the conversation and discussed similar efforts to embrace diversity through the arts around Atlanta.

 


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Women in Georgia are more likely to die from pregnancy-related and associated complications than in Uzbekistan. The state allocated $2 million to help reduce that number in this year's health budget.

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SouthCoast Health in Savannah is testing a new kind of breast cancer screening. It’s one of eight locations across the country taking part in the clinical trial for a method called SoftVue.


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Georgia has the seventh highest rate of uninsured children in the country. The problem is especially severe in low-income communities. The report from Voices of Georgia's Children shows 80 percent of Georgia children who were eligible for medicaid or Peachcare in 2016 weren't enrolled.

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