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Spit Test May Indicate Concussion Recovery

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Researchers have discovered that a bit of spit could indicate whether or not a child's concussion symptoms will persist for only days or weeks. The test measures genetic material in the saliva and was close to 90 percent accurate in determining whether or not a concussion would subside quickly.At 90 percent, the new test beats what doctors have commonly used, which is only 70 percent accurate. Currently, doctors utilize a concussion survey. The new test is currently in its experimental states, but if it proves to be reliable, it could give pediatricians a new way to assess concussions in children.According...

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Victim Breaks Silence After Drug-Related Crash

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A child survived an accident in the spring of last year and he is breaking his silence, talking to reporters in Atlanta about the crash that took the life of one of his friends.According to the child, he was walking to the store when he was approached by two friends. One was 11 and the other 9. The friends were brothers. The pair asked if they could accompany the boy to the store and did so.It was at just about the time the trio was having the conversation that a man had driven to his heroin dealer. He got high in...

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MARTA Officer Injured in Crash

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A driver failed to yield at an intersection in the mid-afternoon on Friday, striking an off-duty Marta police officer. The accident occurred at the intersection of Thompson Drive and Fairburn Road at about 3:30 p.m.According to reports from Atlanta Police, the off-duty officer was leading a funeral procession on a motorcycle at the time of the accident. It was unknown why the man failed to yield at the intersection, but he was not cooperative with police when they arrived. It was also reported that the driver of the vehicle got into a fight with several witnesses.Due to the combative nature...

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Interstate Proves Dangerous for Pedestrians

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In just five hours’ time, two people lost their lives while walking on a local interstate. Both accidents occurred on Wednesday. The first at approximately 6:30 p.m. and the second sometime around midnight.According to reports, a man was walking down the interstate at about 6:30 p.m. when he was struck by a motorist. That person lost his life as a result of the accident. Interstate 20 was closed for at least two hours as officials worked to determine the cause of the accident. The victim, a male in his 40s, was crossing the interstate for unknown reasons. The van that...

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Shots Fired in High School Classroom

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Three students are now facing charges for what could have been a tragic incident inside an Atlanta classroom. According to school police at Banneker High, a student brought a gun to school. That gun was located inside of a box in the student's backpack. The student did not pull out the weapon, instead it was fired accidentally.One student was shot during the incident and that same bullet grazed another student's ankle. The student who was shot said that all she heard was a pop and confusion followed. The girl said that at first, no one knew that it was a...

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“Devoted Mom” Accused of Leaving Son in Car

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A woman described by many as a "devoted" mother stands accused of leaving her toddler in a hot car for more than three hours. The child died at a local hospital after being transported for heat-related illness.According to reports, Fulton County police say that the child was strapped into a car seat on Halloween and left in a car while his mother went inside their home. A neighbor spotted the child in the car and called emergency services. When police responded, the mother told them she had been running errands and forgot her child was in the vehicle.Police don't believe...

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Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man Critically Injured

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A man was involved in a vehicle versus motorcycle accident on Saturday, November 4 which left him critically injured. The accident occurred on Highway 34 at Bruce Jackson Road. The man's name was not released.According to reports, the man was driving his motorcycle east on Highway 34. The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck was stopped at the intersection but then pulled out in front of the man. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid the collision, striking the driver's side door of the truck.The accident took place just after 10:30 in the morning.The driver of the motorcycle was stabilized on...

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Daylight Savings Time Increases Your Risk for Accidents

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Chances are you already know that a decreased awareness behind the wheel can cause vehicle collisions. When you aren't paying close attention to the cars around you when you are driving, you are either at risk for being involved in a crash or causing one. Daylight saving time doesn't help.If you are like many people, you are feeling a bit "off" next week. Experts say that's normal. It can take the human body a week or more to adjust to the time changes in the Spring and Fall. The good news is there are things you can do to help...

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Three Students Killed in Crash

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One teen was critically injured and three others were killed in a car accident on October 27. The accident occurred Friday night near Meadowcreek High School.According to reports, a Toyota 4Runner containing three passengers seemingly swerved to avoid a collision. That vehicle left the road and traveled down an embankment on Steve Reynolds Boulevard. The vehicle sustained severe damage. The driver and two passengers lost their lives. A third passenger was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.All involved in the accident were students at the high school. It is believed that the students may have just...

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Boy With Brain Injury Doing Well 5 Years Later

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On October 29, 2012, a family in Georgia discovered their lives turned upside down. It was a seemingly normal morning when a mother dropped her 2-year-old son off at daycare. It was the last time she would set eyes on him before he was involved in a terrible accident.The child was outside of the daycare when a tree limb broke off and fell down. The limb hit the boy on the head, causing severe brain injuries. As a result of those injuries, the child spend months recovering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. His mother says that was the day the...

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