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July 21, 1982

The mysterious illness afflicting Sharkal Gaston, the 4-month-old Jesup, Ga., baby has led to damage of her hearing and sight and produced other neurological abnormalities, doctors said Tuesday.

She was transported to Augusta's Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital at the Medical College of Georgia on July 10 after she developed breathing difficulty, went into respiratory arrest, and began having seizures.

A sister and three half sisters have died of a similar disease during the last two years. No cause of death has ever been determined.

The Jesup police, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and State Crime Lab are investigating the mysterious deaths.

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Monday is the last day Georgia residents can register to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 20 primary election.

Eligible residents who have not yet registered may do so in a variety of ways. State drivers license facilities, county and municipal voter registration offices, WIC and DFCS offices and public libraries have voter registration applications available.

On the Web, Georgians may download and print an application, or complete their application using an electronic template, on the Secretary of State's Web site at www.sos.state.ga.us/elections.


Bench press

This exercise works the chest and shoulders. It can be done on a bench or on the floor. Lie flat on the bench or floor and have your head, upper back and buttocks maintain contact with the bench or floor throughout the exercise. Start with arms straight and dumbbells directly above your shoulder joints. Slowly lower by bending the elbows until the upper arms are parallel to the floor. Slowly raise the weights straight back up to the starting position.

Single-arm row

This exercise works the upper back. Pick up a dumbbell with the right hand. Place the left knee and left hand on a bench or a sturdy chair and keep the right foot solidly on the floor. Keep the left arm straight. The right arm hangs straight down toward the ground, while the back, head and shoulders are parallel to the bench. Keeping the rest of the body immobile, lift the weight by first pulling the right shoulder blade toward the spine and then pulling the right elbow up and back toward the ceiling. Lift the elbow as far as you can. The dumbbell should reach chest level. Slowly lower the weight.


This exercise works the abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, knees bent at a comfortable angle. Be sure your lower back and the soles of your feet are in contact with the floor throughout the exercise. Do not pull your head up with your hands. Leading with your rib cage, eyes fixed on the ceiling, move your ribs and upper body toward your pelvis slowly and evenly. Keep your abs tight. When you are up as far as you can go without pulling on your neck, slowly lower.


This exercise works the upper legs. Place your feet slightly farther apart than the width of your hips, toes pointed forward or slightly out. Back should be flat or slightly arched. Hold dumbbells by your side. Keeping back straight, head up and heels on the floor, slowly lower your body by releasing your buttocks and back and bending your knees. Keep your knees directly over your toes. Bend your knees until you reach a 90-degree angle, then slowly begin to rise, keeping your back firm and tight, head level and chest up. You can also do this exercise leaning against a wall.


  • Try not to make your child feel different while gradually changing your family's physical activities and eating habits. Be a good role model.
  • Avoid using food as a reward or withholding food as punishment.
  • Encourage children to drink water and to limit intake of beverages with added sugar such as soft drinks, juice drinks and sports drinks.
  • Eat at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Plan for healthy snacks. Don't buy high-fat, high-sugar foods.
  • Encourage your child to eat when hungry and eat slowly. Don't eat while watching television. Eat together as a family as often as possible.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Try for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for adults and 60 minutes for children each day.
  • Try limiting TV time to two hours a day.
  • Realize that an appropriate goal for many children is to maintain their weight while growing in height. Any weight-control plan for children should be supervised by a physician.

    Source: Surgeon General


    Low-back pain can hit anyone, but for some people, it's an occupational hazard. The American Journal of Public Health has listed the jobs with the highest prevalence of low-back pain because of an injury at work.

    They are:

    1. Truck driver

    2. Construction equipment and heavy machinery operators

    3. Construction worker

    4. Janitorial and building maintenance workers

    5. Firefighter

    6. Police officer

    7. Heavy equipment mechanic

    8. Health-care therapist

    9. Doctor, dentist, nurse

    10. Farmer, forester and commercial fisherman


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