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New Health Care Law Requires Most Insurers to Tackle Obesity

By Nancy Hellmich, USA TODAY

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Twiggs County's minority population has reached 44.3 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Gene Flaws Common in African Americans with Breast Cancer

CHICAGO (AP) - Researchers have found that gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer in black women may be behind more cases of the disease in black woman than previously thought.

A study of 250 African American breast cancer patients from Chicago found that about one-fifth of them had one of these faulty genes.

A mutation in one of the BRCA genes recently led actress Angelina Jolie to have preventive surgery to remove her breasts.

Doctors say genetic counseling should be offered to black women who develop breast cancer at an early age or a particularly aggressive type. They may want to consider more frequent screening or preventive options, which include less drastic measures than breast removal.

Georgia Prostate Coalition Seeks to Raise Awareness of Cancer

"The survivors have the greatest passion," former 13WMAZ anchor Bill Buckley says of getting the word out about prostate cancer prevention.

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

NFL star Tim Tebow's mother Pam Tebow is scheduled to speak at a Dublin church in May.

She speaks at First Baptist Church in Dublin on May 2 to benefit SAV-A-LIFE Ministry of Dublin.

Pick up free tickets at the following places:
-ABC Women's Clinic in Dublin
-Olive Branch in Dublin
-First Baptist Church in Dublin
-Cochran Eye Center in Cochran
-Piddlin Peddler-Eastman
-Jet Corporate Office- Sandersville

For more information, call 478-275-9455.

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

RECIPE | Snap Pea Salad with Radish and Lime

RECIPE | Snap Pea Salad with Radish and Lime



8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved (about 2 cups)

7 ounces yellow wax beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 bunch radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 10) 



1. Steam peas over 2 inches of boiling water, stirring once, until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes.  Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towel.  Steam wax beans until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the baking sheet.  Refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes.