Showing posts from October, 2012

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and creative time! Not to mention all of the free candy, but it is important to stay safe, so below are 11 tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to help you keep your tots safe.

Tips For A Heart Healthy Halloween

It’s that time of year again - fall ushers in changes to the leaves, cool weather, rain and Halloween - a day of funny costumes and all the candy your heart desires. A day where we typically throw our diets to the wind, which means many of us wouldn’t put Halloween and Heart Healthy in the same sentence. That’s why Gwinnett Medical Center’s own Amy Tella, a registered dietician and certified nutrition support clinician and Chef Clarence Whitfield have a few tips on how to indulge in heart-smart Halloween sweets without feeling a bit deprived. By working these tips and treats into your eating plan, you won’t sacrifice your health, either. To learn more heart healthy recipes, visit

Men: Don't Duck the Doc!

Men who would never be five minutes late to a baseball game or an important meeting are often five years late in getting recommended medical screenings. They aren’t much better about having unexplained symptoms evaluated by a physician, either. In fact, men see doctors for annual exams and preventive health services half as often as women. So it’s time to retire the “take it like a man” approach and get up to speed on prevention. Here are the most essential routine screenings, tests and symptoms that should prompt visits by men to a medical professional.

Diabetes Decoded

When it comes to your health, knowledge is power. So here are some of the most common diabetes myths, and the facts you should know to ensure a lifetime of good health.

Steady As You Go: Two-Step Plan For Seniors to Prevent Falls

As we age, our sight, hearing, muscle strength, coordination and reflexes aren’t what they once were. Each year, one in three adults ages 65 and older falls. Twenty to 30 percent of these suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard to get around and live independently. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to help prevent most falls.

Two steps that you can take to avoid preventable falls are to maintain your personal health and to create a safe home environment. Learn how you can better do both of these things.

So Long Suffering: New Technology Offers A Minimally Invasive Cure For Chronic Sinus Inflammation

Blocked sinuses, recurring headaches and a feeling of pressure on the face can be regular and painful occurrences for those in Georgia who have seasonal allergies. Not all of this sinus inflammation, or sinusitis, is triggered by allergies, but here in Georgia, with our high pollen counts, seemingly everyone has it in the spring and fall.

It's All About Time: When A Heart Attack Happens Count On GMC

With the opening of Gwinnett Medical Center's new Strickland Heart Center, comprehensive cardiac care from the region's leading cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons is now available under one roof. This means heart patients no longer have to worry about driving all the way into downtown Atlanta to receive advanced heart care. From opening blocked arteries with stents to open heart surgery, the Strickland Heart Center is providing comprehensive heart care. Here is one patients story.

Five Reasons To Call On The All-digital Mobile Mammography Unit

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, GMC would like to encourage women to get their mammograms, and GMC is making it easy by bringing our all-digital mobile mammography van to women at local churches, businesses and out and about in the community. 
Driving around the metro Atlanta area over the last 15 years, you may have seen Gwinnett Medical Center’s mobile mammography Care-a-Van parked at businesses and community centers. If you have not had the chance to see what GMC is up to, here are five reasons you should use the Care-a-Van mammography screening.

Trading Places: When A Radiologist Becomes A Breast Cancer Patient

A few years ago, Kimberly Hutcherson, M.D., discovered something in herself that she has spent her lifetime training to find in others—breast cancer.  As a radiologist specializing in mammography, Dr. Hutcherson has diagnosed people with the disease for the past more than a decade, but that didn’t make it any less shocking to find it in her own body.

Dr. Hutcherson diagnosed the cancer in herself on Feb. 23, 2007, after experiencing sharp breast pain off and on for nearly two months. Her previous mammogram, taken nine months before, had been normal. With no history of breast cancer in her family, she says she doubted that any serious abnormalities would show up. Even when the mass in her breast appeared on the monitor, she says she still doubted its severity, hoping that it was just a cyst. “I prayed that maybe it wasn’t what I thought, even though I prayed every day prior that I could see the problem to help my patients,” Dr. Hutcherson says.
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