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    When it comes to graduation gifts, we are generous.  The Georgia Retail Federation says families across the state will spend more than ever on graduation gifts this year than ever before.  Cash is still the number one gift followed by gift cards, clothes, and electronics.   Nationally, Americans will spend $5.6 billion dollars on graduation gifts, topping last year's record of $5.4 billion.  While ages 18-24 are the most likely to give a gift to graduates (at 48 percent), they maintain the smallest budgets at $78.42.  The biggest spending is likely to come among 45-54-year-olds at $119.84, as well as those in the grandparent bracket of 65+ who plan to spend an average $112.34.  'It's going to be a good year for graduates, no doubt,' says James Miller with the Georgia Retail Association.  He says the uptick in money spent on graduates is due to an improving economy.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer's have increased 55 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality weekly report.   'Alzheimer's disease is a large public health problem; we know more people are dying with Alzheimer's disease,” says Christopher Taylor, CDC Epidemiologist.   While most Alzheimer patients die in nursing homes or long-term care facilities more patients are dying at home.  Alzheimer deaths at home increased from 14 percent in 1999 to 25 percent in 2014.  Researchers say they think caregivers could benefit from additional support, including education and case management services.  Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 3.6 percent of all deaths in 2014.  It is the fifth leading cause of death for people 65 year old and older in the U.S.
  • A surprising finding about alcohol and the risk of breast cancer.  Even a small amount of wine each day can increase the risk of breast cancer in older women, according to new research.   Consuming just 10 grams of alcohol a day – that's about the size of a small glass of wine or beer – can increase breast cancer risk by five percent in pre-menopausal women. And it's even more in postmenopausal women (about nine percent), according to a new study released by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.  It did not seem to matter which type of alcoholic beverage women consumed.   Researchers say exercise may help offset the increased risk.  Pre-menopausal women who were the most active had a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. Post-menopausal women who were active had a 10 percent lower risk compared to sedentary women.  On the other side, being overweight or obese increases the risk of post-menopausal breast cancer.  Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in U.S. women. More than 252,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year.   Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.  It is recommended that average-risk women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.  Average-risk women who are 40 to 49 years old should talk to their doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
  • About an hour and a half southeast of Atlanta more than 20 acres of farm land offers a safe haven for veterans with PTSD.   Comfort Farms in Milledgeville was created by Army Vet Jon Jackson. He started the agri-therapy program in hopes of helping fellow veterans ease back into civilian life.  Jackson completed six combat tours and some memories left him with post-traumatic stress syndrome. He says he almost took his own life after returning home.  Jackson says if you want to see a change in your circumstance, you have to be that change. So he created Comfort Farms.   'The unfortunate perspective amongst the general civilian population towards veterans suffering from PTSD is that if their wounds aren’t visible than they must not need treatment,' he says.   “The best way to help our veterans dealing with PTSD is to assume that just because you can’t see a problem, doesn’t mean they aren’t struggling.”  He adds, “The invisible wounds are often the deepest. Don’t wait to hear from them that they are struggling. Assume they are and adjust yourself accordingly.”  Jackson named Comfort Farms after his Army Ranger friend, Kyle Comfort, whom he served with in Afghanistan. Comfort was killed in action May 8, 2010 in Afghanistan.   Comfort Farms is located off Horace Veal Road in Milledgeville. Veterans from all over can come to the farm to help plant fresh produce, raise farm animals and learn culinary techniques.  He says they plan to expand and have about six to eight Comfort Farms all across the state. The farms are funded by donations.   For more information on Jackson’s agri-therapy program, click HERE.
  • Poop in the pool is making people sick, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Cryptosporidium outbreaks linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds have doubled since 2014.  Crypto is the most common cause of diarrheal illnesses and outbreaks linked to swimming pools and water parks.  It is not easily killed by chlorine, and can survive up to 10 days in properly treated pools.  Swallowing just a mouthful of contaminated water can make you sick for up to three 3 weeks.  Infected people may suffer diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and dehydration.   For people with weakened immune systems, symptoms can be severe and could lead to severe or life-threatening illness.  'To help protect your family and friends from Crypto and other diarrhea-causing germs, do not swim or let your kids swim if sick with diarrhea,” said Michele Hlavsa, R.N., M.P.H., chief of CDC’s Healthy Swimming Program.  “Protect yourself from getting sick by not swallowing the water in which you swim.”  There were 32 reported outbreaks in 2016 in the U.S.
  • About one in three high school students admit to drinking alcohol in the past month, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Even more troubling is the fact that one in six admitted to binge drinking. More than two in five said they consumed eight or more drinks in a row.   Overall, the prevalence of drinking among high school aged children declined from 50.8 percent in 1991 to 32.8 percent in 2015.  The prevalence of binge drinking increased from 31.3 percent in 1991 to 31.5 percent in 1999, but has since declined to 17.7 percent in 2015.  Dr. Robert Brewer with the CDC in Atlanta says, “We are talking about young people in the 14 to 17 or maybe 18 year age group, all clearly under age.' He says they should not be drinking at all.   Since the teens are not old enough to buy the alcohol, most admit to having someone who is older buy it for them.  'I think it is reasonable to assume that in some cases those might have been older siblings or friends and maybe even parents or guardians,' says Brewer.   According to government estimates, each year 4,300 people under the age of 21 die from excessive alcohol consumption.  In 2010, underage drinking cost the United States and estimated $24.3 billion.
  • The number of pregnant women infected with Hepatitis C virus has nearly doubled over the past few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Dr. Stephen Patrick, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, says, 'From 2009 to 2014 the rate of hepatitis C infection among pregnant women almost doubled nationwide.'  He thinks it is linked to the growing opioid epidemic. I-V drug use is the main risk factor for Hep C, which is now the country's most common blood-borne infection.  Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease. It is caused by the Hep C virus and over time may result in serious liver damage.  In the U.S., it is estimated that about 3.5 million adults have chronic Hep C.  Since it does not exhibit symptoms during the early stages, many women are usually unaware that they have the virus.   There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.
  • In his office in Miller Hall on the University of Georgia campus, professor in Public Health Jose Cordero is getting ready to leave Athens for another flight to Puerto Rico.  He has been countless times. He is traveling there to meet with expectant moms who are at risk of Zika virus.  Cordero was in Puerto Rico conducting research on preterm births when Zika was first reported on the island in January of 2016. He was asked by the National Institutes of Health to help recruit and monitor more women early in their pregnancies in order to learn more about the mosquito-borne virus.  Since then, he has split his time between Athens and Puerto Rico.  Professor Cordero says the women are tested every month in hopes of detecting the virus early.  The number of women affected is staggering. He says they are currently aware of more than 3,000 pregnancies affected by the virus.  Because many people with Zika have no real symptoms, Cordero says the actual number is probably much bigger – maybe close to 9,000.  “There is always the opportunity for local transmission in Georgia,” says Cordero.  He adds, “We already have couples that have traveled to areas where there is Zika and there are some cases of what we call imported Zika.”  Cordero says Zika is a wake up all and it reminds us that there are a lot of emerging diseases that are lurking.  He estimates there is between 100 to 300 different virus or bacteria that could emerge.  While Cordero is back and forth between Georgia and Puerto Rico, other work is also being done on Zika at the Athens campus.  In fact, a number of different projects concerning Zika virus is underway.  One of the biggest is the development of a vaccine. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for the virus. UGA researchers have teamed up with Geo Vax Labs to develop a vaccine to prevent Zika.  So far, the results are very encouraging.  Despite great progress Cordero says he does not think we will have a vaccine anytime soon. He says it would be surprising to have one in 10 years. It usually takes about 20 years to get a vaccine to market.  We have heard that only a few species of mosquitos could spread Zika, mainly the Aedes aegypti, but UGA researchers now say many more species could carry the virus including 26 that were not previously considered a threat.  Inside UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine thousands of mosquitoes are in a secure area of the lab being studied.  Until there is vaccine for Zika Cordero says, “We have to continue to be alert and be sure we can prevent transmission.”
  • Country singer Brad Paisley sings about 'checking you for ticks” and that is a good idea, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   It is tick season and the number of cases of Lyme disease nationwide has been increasing.   Scientists predict 2017 will bear the highest number of ticks in recent years, with a jump in reported cases of tick-borne illnesses in some regions of the U.S.  According to the CDC, roughly 95 percent of Lyme disease cases are reported in 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.  Georgia is a lower-risk area. We had only eight reported cases of Lyme disease in 2015, compared to the 30,000 cases nationally.   Even though the risk is low here in Georgia, you still need to be aware, says Rebecca Eisen, research biologist with the CDC's Division of vector-borne diseases.  She says, 'Just do a simple daily tick check; when you are taking your shower, take a few extra minutes, check in the mirror, especially if you've been in the woods.'  Eisen also says parents need to check their children as well.
  • Cherokee county has outgrown the current hospital, so a new replacement hospital is set to open Saturday in Canton.  Billy Hayes, CEO of Northside Hospital Cherokee, says the new hospital is located off interstate 575 at highway 20.   'We've outgrown in every department currently within the hospital; the current hospital is basically at or beyond capacity,' says Hayes.  The new $282 million facility will have a total of 150 beds.   The current hospital's emergency department closes its doors at 5 a.m. Saturday, and patients will be sent to the new replacement hospital.   He says while they are still recruiting doctors, nurses and other staff, they are adequately staffed to handle anything that would come their way in the immediate future.   Northside physicians and other health care professionals provide a full range of care everything from cancer institute/radiation oncology, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, robotic surgery, and gynecology to plastic surgery.
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    Sabrina is WSB's midday news anchor, a position she's held since 2000. She also serves as the station's Health Reporter, and has produced award-winning series on Defibrillators and Elderly Drivers. For the past 5 years, Sabrina has been the CDC correspondent for WSB and CBS Network. You may also recognize Sabrina as one of the familiar Georgia Lottery hosts on WSB-TV. Sabrina joined Cox Radio in 1995, anchoring the news on the morning shows for B98.5-FM, WJZF Jazz Flavors, and WCNN. Around that same time, she served as an anchor for CNN Headline News and CNN Airport News. She's also a recognizable face in infomercials which air in markets including New York and California. Before entering the news business, Sabrina got her start in country music radio, at different times performing stints as morning show host and afternoon drive jock at WNGC in Athens; she also served as the station's Program Director. She spent several years with WDUN in Gainesville as a midday talk show host.

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  • Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported.  As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday. 'A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody,' May said. May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one. 'The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant.' The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack. In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported. Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.    
  • A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview that he tried to hide under the bed to avoid the “terrible” beating but Logan beat him with a broom and threw a box of toys at him, a magistrate court warrant states. RELATED: ‘I’m going to rape you’ man allegedly tells mother in front of kid Mom, friend jailed after child suffers broken bones, electrical burns Babysitter charged after 5-month-old breaks 4 bones After the box of toys hit the child in the shoulder, Logan grabbed his head and smashed it repeatedly on the floor, according to the warrant.  The warrant adds that Logan stomped on the child's stomach, making him feel nauseous.  The warrant doesn’t state who called police, but by the time an officer arrived the boy’s bleeding cheek had scabbed. His face was still red and swollen, Officer Sydney Tschappat wrote. Police took the boy to a nearby hospital and arrested Logan. She was being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. In other news:
  • Police say a metro Atlanta couple locked the woman's 86-year-old mother in her room and used furniture to block the door closed. Katie Son and her husband are both charged with cruelty to an elderly person. Officers say 86-year-old Bong Le managed to escape out a front window. She was found a couple of blocks away, wrapped in a blanket and sitting under a tree. Investigators say she smelled like urine and feces. Her daughter and son-in-law, who are now out on bond, told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that they were just trying to protect her from herself. 'Did you lock your mom up?' Thomas asked. 'No. No sir,' Son replied. Gwinnett police say they found tables, chairs and other items stacked high against the door of the downstairs bedroom in the home. 'It looked quite unusual,' Cpl. Michele Pihera said. But Son said it was all to keep her mother safe. She said when she and her husband went to work each day at a Hall County nail salon, her mother couldn't be trusted alone in the house. 'They told our officers that the reason they had stacked up the furniture was to prevent the mother from going into the kitchen to access the stove or access any kitchen utensils,' Pihera said. TRENDING STORIES: Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Deputies still have questions. 'It's very possible they were trying to prevent her from getting into the food or any kind of items to eat,' Pihera said. She says the state of the room was disturbing. 'They found human feces and what looked like human urine that looked like it had been smeared into the carpet or never even cleaned up,' she said. She said that, combined with the furniture, led to the arrests. 'You combine the lack of access to food and water and the living conditions and that's what led our detectives to take out warrants for their arrests,' Pihera said. Neighbors didn't want to talk about what happened, but said they recognized Le as the woman who didn't really have a memory and would get lost easily. She's now in the hospital. Her daughter and son-in-law have been ordered not to go near her.
  • Toni Rosenberg has spent the past week chatting non-stop with her half-sister, Florence Serino, 82. After all, they have decades worth of memories to catch up on. The two met for the first time May 16 at a crowded airport gate in Fort Lauderdale. Rosenberg, a Boca Raton resident who was given away as a newborn in a secretive “black market” adoption, tracked down Serino just last year. “We both have big mouths,” Serino, who lives in Irvine, California, said with a laugh. The two have spent the past week shopping, eating and sharing memories, stories and photos of two families that, despite living on opposite sides of the country, are inextricably connected. Rosenberg even learned that she had biological cousins living just miles from her in Boca Raton, she said. Serino introduced them. “It’s crazy to think I had family right there,” said Rosenberg, the only child of her adoptive parents. >> Read more trending news The sisters have spent hours looking at old family photos, including ones of the pair’s biological mother Ilene Gallagher, which Serino brought with her from California. “If you saw my mother walking down the street, you’d say immediately, ‘She must be related to Toni,’ ” Rosenberg said of her resemblance to Gallagher. The union has brought immeasurable joy to Rosenberg and her family and friends, Rosenberg said. But a sadness still lingers. Serino plans to fly back to California on Tuesday. “All this time has gone by and we could’ve shared children and grandchildren,” Rosenberg said. “We could’ve had more years ahead of us.” The sisters aren’t sure if they’ll meet again in person. A 2,200-mile flight is a financial and health strain on most, let alone on two elderly retirees. “It’s kind of hard to think far ahead,” Rosenberg said, adding that they’re strategically packing half-a-century’s worth of conversations into a two-week visit. “How much time does God give us?”Read more about the sister's journeys to meet one another here.
  • Webb Simpson shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead at the Colonial. At 9-under 201, Simpson was two strokes ahead of Danny Lee and Paul Casey after both of them made long birdie putts at the 18th hole. Stewart Cink and Kevin Kisner were three strokes off the lead. Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. He made a 6-foot birdie putt at the 387-yard 10th and a 12-footer at the 630-yard 11th before finishing with seven consecutive pars. It is only the second time in 12 years at Colonial for the 54-hole leader to have more than a one-stroke advantage. Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot a 68 with a caddie switch after making the turn, and was at 4 under. Spieth's regular caddie, Michael Greller, left the course after 11 holes because of heat exhaustion on a steamy day with temperatures in the 90s and the heat index higher than that. Damon Goddard, the personal trainer for the player and the caddie, carried the bag the rest of the round — a stretch when Spieth had a bogey and two birdies. Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, whose shot 72 to fall five strokes back. After three birdies and three bogeys his first eight holes Saturday, Lee had a steady stream of pars until finishing with a 16-foot birdie for a round of 69. Casey, who shot 68, was alone in second for only a couple of minutes. He made a nearly 25-foot birdie putt that had just enough speed to fall into the cup at No. 18, while Lee was playing in the group behind him. Casey was 1 over for the day without a birdie until starting his back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch that included a bogey. Piercy was still within a stroke of the lead at 8 under after a par-saving 13-foot putt at the 12th hole after driving into the rough and hitting his approach in a greenside bunker there. Piercy then promptly hit his tee shot at the par-3 13th into the pond on way to a double-bogey. He followed with another bogey at 15 when he drove into the rough and then hit into a greenside bunker, and did the same at No. 18. Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open winner playing in the final group, started the round with birdies at the first two holes. He gave one of those back with a bogey at the par-3, 192-yard No. 8 after missing the green with his tee shot. Since losing a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama at Phoenix, Simpson had missed four of nine cuts before this week. The four-time PGA Tour winner's best finish in that stretch was a tie for 11th at the RBC Heritage. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf
  • Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time. Farah won the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic at Oregon's Hayward Field on Saturday in 13 minutes, 0.70 seconds. The British distance specialist, who won Olympic gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Rio Games last year, plans to retire from track races after the World Championships in London this August. He's said that after that he'll likely focus on the marathon. American Ronnie Baker bested both countryman Justin Gatlin and Canadian Andre De Grasse to win the men's 100, while Tori Bowie prevailed over a strong field that included Allyson Felix and Jamaican Elaine Thompson to win the 200 on a brilliantly sunny but breezy day.