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Jimmy Lewis wanted a group of rural Georgia lawmakers to feel for themselves how he said rural hospital CEOs feel every day.

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“I’m talking fast and I’m giving you a lot of information for a specific reason,” he told lawmakers at a recent meeting of the Ga. House Rural Development Council in Bainbridge. “When it’s over with, I want you to say ‘that was overwhelming.’”

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Apple cider vinegar – is it a cure-all? Well, nothing’s as miraculous as the marketing for apple cider vinegar makes it out to be, but as you’ll hear in this “Medical Minute,” vinegar has accepted medical uses, and there’s a growing evidence base that a little vinegar, probably tastiest on a salad, can help tamp down blood sugar after a meal. And the salad doesn’t hurt, either.

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In this “Medical Minute” segment, senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about a surprising new finding that activity, not rest, may be called for after a concussion.

This new research conflicts with the advice most doctors are comfortable giving, but it supports a growing viewpoint among brain injury specialists.

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Think twice before going gluten-free – that’s the message of this "Medical Minute" with reporter Jim Burress and Dr. Ford Vox.

The gluten-free diet that’s necessary for people living with celiac disease or those with a clear gluten intolerance has spread well beyond those populations into the health-conscious world at large. In fact, up to one-third of Americans now say they’re trying to limit their gluten intake.

Tune in to this "Medical Minute" and find out what you’re missing when you go gluten-free.

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Childhood obesity is a growing problem nationally, and here in Georgia a third of children are either overweight or obese.

It’s actually a bit tricky though for pediatricians to measure a child’s obesity, the BMI calculation that generally works in adults falls apart with growing children.

In this "Medical Minute," senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the “new BMI” for children – the TMI, which stands for tri-ponderal mass index, highlighting new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.