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Picnic Confidential

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Outdoor eating is loads of fun. Getting sick from it isn’t. Herein, the basics of healthy barbecuing.
It’s not fair, but picnic time, like so much else in modern life, is no longer carefree. Will eating a grilled T-bone steak cause cancer? Is the neighbor’s pasta salad infected with E. coli? Can you still enjoy an outdoor barbecue?
Of course you can. Just use a little common sense to up the safety factor without bringing down the fun factor.


Grill Friends According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), grilling’s high temperatures can produce cancer-causing compounds in meat. Other carcinogens are formed when dripping fat sizzles and smokes on hot coals or stones. Along with the smoky flavor, those flare-ups can send carcinogens back onto your food.
But the picnic isn’t over. There’s no specific data on what level of consumption could increase cancer risk. So, the AICR simply suggests limiting grilled-meat meals to no more than twice a week. To further reduce the risk whil…

Go Out And Play: Being A Kid Can Lower Stroke Risk

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As we wind up Stroke Awareness Month, here’s a tip….go fly a kite…or kick the can…or play on the beachl. Not only is it good for your physical health to get some exercise outside, it’s good for lowering stress levels, too. And the combination of more exercise and less stress are great at lowering your risk of stroke.
One of the most well-reported changes in American life over the last 30 years is the decline of outdoor time. A 2008 report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms an earlier study that showed the continuing decline in attendance at national and state parks, and in outdoor activities like camping and hunting.

June Classes At GMC

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Even though the calendar says it won't officially be summer for a few more weeks, it certainly feels like summer here in Georgia! Time to make a change, try something new, take a new step towards those goals you set back in January.
Here to help are some summer classes from Gwinnett Medical Center:
Freshstart Smoking Cessation

Foodie Friday: Black Bean Burgers And Grilled Fruit Kabobs With Volcano Sauce

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On your mark, get set….go! Cookout season is here!
If you’re looking for some new and healthy ideas, here are two yummy, vegetarian recipes: Black Bean Burgers and Grilled Fruit. They’re perfect for a quiet dinner at home, a picnic by the lake, or as take-alongs to a neighbor’s potluck.

Take Aging -- And Arthritis -- To The Mat

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It’s National Arthritis Month. If you have arthritis, you’re in good company: one out of every five adults, and 300,000 children in America have arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It’s the leading cause of disability, and research is underway in many areas to understand more about how to prevent and manage the various forms of this disease.
Arthritis and aging often go hand in hand, so if you want to counteract the effects of arthritis and aging—and who doesn’t?—give yoga a try. A new study by researchers at Ohio State University suggests that yoga may lower various compounds in the blood and reduce the inflammation that normal aging can bring.

The Osteoporosis Risk Factor That Affects 1 Out Of Every 2 People

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By Sheila Warren, RN, BCN, LCCE,
Women's Health Navigator

What do you think is the biggest risk factor for osteoporosis? Age? Calcium intake? Heredity? Actually, it is simply being female.

While men can get osteoporosis too, 80 percent of sufferers are women, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Women are also more susceptible to fractures than men. That’s why it’s so important for women to keep their bones strong and healthy at every age.

The best way to prevent osteoporosis?

8 Delicious Ways To Amp Up Cancer Protection

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Want to amp up cancer protection in your diet? Here are some specific foods to get you going in the right direction:
Broccoli. Packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals, including sulphorophane. “Sulphorophane is proposed to stimulate enzymes that help detoxify potential carcinogens,” says Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., of the American Cancer Society. Other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and kale are also rich in sulphorophane.

5 Ways To Save Your Skin

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Finally it’s outdoor time again! Here in the Atlanta region, winter seemed to last longer than usual. So now we’re all enjoying these sparkling warm days before summer’s heat sets in...and we’re wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, and finding another year’s aging on our skin. 

But it’s never too late. Try these five ways to protect your skin from premature aging and skin damage.

Advice From 3 GMC Working Moms

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In honor of International Nurses’ Day, Nurses’ Week, Women’s Health Day and Women’s Checkup Day, here’s some advice from three of our working mothers at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Foodie Friday: Recipe - Carrot-Ginger Muffins

Muffins are a great single-serving snack, and these Carrot-Ginger Muffins are a snack that often also appeals to people undergoing cancer treatment. These muffins are both tasty and nutritious, and may help relieve nausea.

New Cancer Support Services, Rehab, Tools And More

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If you or a family member has undergone treatment for cancer, you know that in the beginning there's lots of help. Your neighbor offers to drive the carpool to scouts. Your best friend brings you home-cooked meals. And your doctors, nurses and other clinicians offer support.

We all rally to support the goal of beating cancer. But cancer survivorship is not a sprint, it's a marathon. After the treatments are over, what then? Cancer survivors still have a range of needs from physical to social to mental, and until recently this type of support was not available locally. 

Here are some ways the Cancer Care Team at Gwinnett Medical Center is stepping in to fill these needs:

Can You See Clearly?

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It’s National Vision Month!
If you have trouble seeing, it’s smart to see an eye doctor. But even if your eyes feel fine, an eye doctor might spot serious problems. Common eye problems include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. These problems can harm your eyesight or even cause blindness.
Eye exams are painless. Your eye doctor will ask you about any eye and health problems in your family. Then the eye doctor will use lights and eye drops to look at your eyes. Some of the eye drops can affect your vision for several hours.

Foodie Friday: Go Nuts!

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People who regularly eat nuts live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study analyzed data from 120,000 people over a 30-year period.

Topline? The more regularly people ate nuts, the less likely they were to die of: