Originally created 02/24/03

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BACK IN TIME

FEB. 24, 1953

An Augusta truck driver escaped without serious injury yesterday when the truck he was driving was hit by a freight train on the 1400 block of Greene Street.

The truck was turned over from the impact and dragged 60 feet by the train, then burst into flames, traffic officer W.O. Spivey said. Considerable damage was done to both diesel locomotives of the freight train and the truck was a total loss.

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AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for Monday include:

LOCK UP FOR LIFE BLOOD DRIVE: Shepeard Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their location, 1533 Wrightsboro Road. Refreshments including Godiva chocolates will be given to all donors and participants. For more information, call 737-4551.

HOME SCHOOL DAY: Home school educators and pupils are invited to visit Fort Discovery from 1 to 5 p.m. at their location on Reynolds Street. Participants will be able to find out how the science center can be used as an extension of their classroom. The event is free. For more information, call Chip Schuster at 821-0206.

JUDICIAL ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING: The Judicial Advisory Subcommittee will meet at 11 a.m. in Room 802 of the municipal building, 530 Greene St. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 821-1820.

CHEMOTHERAPY BENEFIT

Elderly patients diagnosed with midstage colon cancer benefit as much from chemotherapy after surgery as young patients with the disease, according to a review of more than 3,000 patient records in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients age 70 and older who were judged fit enough to undergo chemotherapy had the resiliency to withstand the side effects.

The study showed that chemotherapy reduced the risk of death after surgery for colon cancer by 24 percent.

Colon cancer ranks second to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes each year. Most colon cancer patients are older than 70.

SO, WHAT'S IT GOOD FOR?

Despite having more tools to diagnose appendicitis, doctors aren't getting any better at it.

In nearly one of four appendectomies performed in women of childbearing age, the removed appendix is not infected.

The rate of misdiagnosis among young women and older men has increased, according to the results of a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The misdiagnosis rate among men is about 9 percent versus 23.2 percent among women.

The disparity may be because women have more complex anatomy, including reproductive organs, in the right side of their abdomens.

THE EYES HAVE IT

A study shows that antioxidant supplements and high levels of zinc reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

The six-year study, conducted by the National Eye Institute, was reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology.