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President, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

An increasing number of women in the US have diabetes. Women with diabetes face some additional health risks during pregnancy such as having a very large baby, cesarean birth or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. Extra prenatal care is needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Glucose, a sugar, is derived from digested food and is important to the nourishment of the cells in the body. Diabetes occurs when insulin—a hormone that helps the cells use glucose—is in short supply or does not function properly, allowing glucose to build up in the blood stream. Diabetes is diagnosed when screening tests show blood glucose to be higher than normal.

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms, affecting roughly one out of every 100 non-pregnant U.S. women. Additionally, between two and 10 percent of women who do not have diabetes will develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Though it usually goes away after delivery, gestational diabetes raises a woman’s risk of related conditions, such as glucose intolerance or type 2 diabetes, in the future. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes.

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A small group of individuals from Athens County recently demonstrated that the government process does work. Through their tenacity, Gov. Ted Strickland signed into law a bill they began.

On July 7, the Governor signed Senate Bill 79, which was introduced by Sen. Jimmy Stewart of Athens County. The bill becomes law 90 days after the signing.

The process began more than two years ago when a group of people with developmental disabilities attended the Athens County Board of MRDD, and said they didn’t like being called “retarded.”

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IRON for your blood - enter to win a Harley-Davidson

Summer is a time of fun, rest and relaxation. It can also be a time to step up your community involvement and help others by volunteering to donate blood.

One lucky blood donor will also be rewarded this year with a Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883 from Napoleon Harley-Davidson.

Just give blood at a participating Red Cross blood drive between July 1 and Sept. 26.

One hundred finalists will be randomly selected and invited to Napoleon Harley-Davidson Oct. 3 for the sweepstakes drawing. Radio station K-100 will be present to announce the grand finale prize winner. Finalists will be notified in advance of the drawing and must be present at Napoleon Harley-Davidson to win.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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