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Heat can result in health problems

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With the heat index topping the century mark this week, doctors are reminding people to make the right moves to beat the heat.

Physicians at University Medical Center say they've seen an increase in emergency room patients, suffering from heat related health problems.

Dr. Richard Summers says, "Symptoms are if you're feeling faint, not being able to function like normal.  Anytime you get overheated you sweat.  If you increasingly get to the point where you have exhaustion, you actually stop sweating and that's when it becomes much more dangerous."

Signs you're suffering from heat exhaustion are dizzy ness, loss of bodily functions and consciousness. If you plan on spending long periods in the sun, be sure to drink plenty of liquids before and after. It's also a good idea to take breaks often.

The elderly and young should be watched closely in the heat, because they are more likely to suffer from heat stroke.

The Ridgeland High Titan Marching Band is sweating it out, preparing for their fall performances this week.  Practice is held on the artificial turf where temperatures are warmer.

"We keep an eye on them.  If they start swaying that's a sign we need to go find out what's wrong with them," says Director of Ridgeland Bands, Keith Moffatt.

All students are told to dress lightly and bring plenty of liquids on the field, for their three hour practices.

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