Showing posts from July, 2015

The Incredible, Edible Egg: 7 Reasons To Eat One Today

Okay, so the headline is a direct copy of the tagline used by the egg industry in its advertising. 

But there’s some truth in that tagline: eggs have a lot of nutrition packed into one thin shell.
Here are seven reasons to eat an egg today:

One: An egg contains 75-80 calories and six grams of protein.

Two: Eggs contain essential minerals, like iron, zinc and phosphorus. These help keep your immune system strong, strengthen bones and teeth and keep you from feeling tired and run down.

Three: Eating eggs for breakfast may help you lose weight. A study by the Rochester Center for Obesity Research showed that eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake by more than 400 calories per day. They think this is because eggs help with satiety, or feeling full, so you’re less likely to be tempted by the vending machine or overindulge at lunch.

Four: Eggs contain vitamins such as B2 (riboflavin), B12, A and E, all of which are essential for good health.

Five: Eggs may help prevent breast ca…

Should I Skip My Routine Physical? I Feel Fine!

By Becky Walton, RN
Earlier this year, on January 8, to be precise, my New Year's Resolutions were still being pondered.  Thoughts swirled around the usual plans to exercise, eat healthier, lose weight... you know the drill. 
Also on that day, an article appeared in the New York Times by Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, an oncologist and vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania.  He presented a thought-provoking case for encouraging people to SKIP routine, general health checkups.  
These visits are explained in the article as trips to a physician or health care provider (nurse practitioner or physicians assistant) NOT prompted by any particular symptom or complaint.  He cites some studies which conclude that annual physicals aren't scientifically proven to reduce overall deaths or deaths specifically from heart disease or cancer.  The author even calls the annual physical exam "worthless."  He states he will still get his annual flu shot, a colonoscopy as indicated, and eat…

Upcoming Community Classes And Events

All these classes and more will be offered by Gwinnett Medical Center. If a registration number is not listed, please call 678-312-5000 to register, or register online at
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.
Modifying Recipes – You Can Still Enjoy Your Favorites Join GMC and the University of Georgia cooperative Extension for this free community lecture and cooking demonstration on modifying recipes. Aug. 25 (Tue.), 6 p.m. Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center 3215 McClure Bridge Rd. Duluth, GA 30096 FREE: Registration required
Healthy Childbirth-3rd Trimester Please join us for this four week childbirth preparation series, one class per week. You will learn signs of labor, breathing & relaxation techniques, medical interventions and more. A tour of Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion is included. Aug. 6 (Thur.), 7 p.m. Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 550 Medical Center Blvd. Lawrenceville, Ga…

Sports From The Sidelines: 9 Concussion Symptoms You May See

For many families, back to school means back to football season. When playing football, or any other sport, concussions can happen more easily than you think. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by either a direct or indirect blow to the head that is hard enough to disrupt the brain’s metabolic functioning. It is this metabolic disruption that causes the physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep-related symptoms of a concussion. The Center for Disease Control estimates there are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions in the U.S. every year, most of which occur from sports injuries. Although concussions may be common, they don’t have to be game-changers.
Nine Concussion Symptoms You May See From the Sidelines Balance problemsLooking “dazed” or “out of it”Glassy eyes or blank stareSlurred or incoherent speechMore emotional than usualConfusion about game situation or locationBehavioral or personality changesUncoordinated movementsCannot recall events prior t…

Grilling Month Safety Tips And Recipes

Summer may be coming to a close, but here in the South, grilling can be a year-round treat. Sure, you know exactly how to use a grill because you’ve done it a million times, but unexpected things can still happen. Review the six tips below to refresh your memory on grill safety.
Tips for Safe Grilling Grills are for outdoors, only.Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup.Never leave your grill unattended.Keep children and pets away from the grill area.Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.Be ready to extinguish flames.
Now that you’re up to speed on grill safety, try one of these healthy grilling recipes: Zesty Grilled Chicken With Thyme Grilled Watermelon Pepper-Grilled Steak With Rice and Southwest Vegetables Grilled Fruit Kabobs With Volcano Sauce

Want more grilling recipes? Take a look at our Pinterest page for some fun, new recipes to try on your grill.

What Do You Know About Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that results in cell damage and destruction. There are six different forms of the hepatitis viral infections, but currently there are only vaccinations for two of them: hepatitis A and hepatitis B. Like preventing the spreading of other diseases, a good way to prevent hepatitis is through proper hygiene.
Approximately 4,000 people worldwide will die each day from viral hepatitis, and knowing the facts can help save lives.
Test your hepatitis knowledge with this quiz:
Want to know more about hepatitis? Visit our Health (e) Library online or find a physician near you by visiting

Restless Legs Syndrome 101

Do you have trouble sleeping due to unpleasant feelings in your legs or because you just can’t seem to make them stop moving? Then you may have restless legs syndrome (RLS). Some common feelings associated with RLS are creeping, crawling, pulling, tingling or just plain painful sensations in the legs. These feelings may be felt anywhere from your thighs to ankles and in one or both legs. Whatever the feeling, chances are you want to know how to stop it.
Here are six tips that may help to relieve RLS sensations: Implement good sleep habitsMaintain a well-balanced dietTake a warm bath or shower before getting into bedIf symptoms strike in bed, try lightly rubbing or massaging your legsOften, getting out of bed and walking around can make symptoms disappearTry doing a mind-engaging activity before bedtime
If these self-help tips aren’t enough, talk to your physician. There may be medications that can help, or possibly a sleep study is needed to uncover more information. If you don’t have a…

Foodie Friday: Healthy Ice Cream Ideas

While ice cream, or even frozen yogurt, will never be a truly healthy food because of the high sugar content, there’s no better-tasting treat on a hot summer afternoon. 
One way to make this treat healthier, is to pair your ice cream with one of summer’s delicious fruits. 
It’s even better if you serve a large helping of fruit with a small topping of ice cream, instead of vice versa.
 Here are some ideas to get you started:
Dice ripe peaches and using a blender or food processor, quickly blend them into vanilla frozen yogurt. Return to the freezer to let harden a bit before serving.In a small saucepan combine blueberries (or blackberries) with a teaspoon or two of maple syrup. Warm over low heat until berries are slightly cooked. Cool before serving with ice cream or frozen yogurt.Dice strawberries and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. Add a dollop of ice cream on top.Slice an apple in half, take out the core, and fill the depression with raisins and a dash of cinnamon. Wrap in foil and…

When The Bug Bites, When The Bee Stings . . .Prevention, Treatment And When To Call 911

Ahh, the sounds of summertime. Kids giggling and splashing in the pool, burgers sizzling on the grill, the chorus of tree frogs. . . the high-pitched whine of mosquitoes, the buzz of bees and “ouch!” when your little one gets bitten or stung.
Here are tips to prevent -- and treatment for -- summer bites and stings.

Swimmer's Ear Basics Every Mom Should Know

It’s no secret that children love swimming during the summer time. But if your child is playing in the water a lot, he or she is at risk of getting swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation, irritation or infection of the external ear canal. It happens when water remains trapped in the ear canal, and it creates a moist environment for bacterial growth.
In most cases, you will need a prescription for ear drops to clear the infection, so don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms.
Most Common Symptoms Redness of the outer earItching in the earPain, especially when touching or wiggling the ear lobe, which may spread to the neck, face or side of the headDrainage from the earSwollen glands in the upper neck or around the earSwollen ear canalMuffled hearing or hearing lossFull or plugged-up feeling in the earFever

Ways to Prevent Swimmer’s Ear Use ear plugs for swimming or bathing.After swimming, tilt your head to each side to help drain water.You may also use a…

Foodie Friday: Baby Food Basics

When you have a new baby, everyone from your grandmother to the lady behind you in the grocery store line has advice. As your baby starts to approach the half-year mark, often the advice will start to center on when and what to feed your baby. But how do you know when your baby is ready to eat solid foods?

Could That Cup Of Coffee Stop Skin Cancer?

An overflowing cup of evidence suggests drinking coffee may help prevent some cancers. Liver,breast and endometrium—to name a few. One recent study points to the beverage’s possible protective effect against melanoma. The coffee and cancer connection

For Your Heart, Watch The Summertime Heat

With our Southern summers, you may wonder how to stay cool as temperatures rise. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can be a concern for people with heart trouble—especially heart failure. That’s because your heart may have difficulty pumping blood to your skin, where heat is released. Your medication may make it harder to sweat, too. Sweating also helps you cool off. Seek out the cool

Foodie Friday: Farmers' Market Season Is Here

They used to say that when the crepe myrtle bloomed, it was watermelon season. 

Well, the crepe myrtle are in full bloom and so are the area's farmers' markets. 

No doubt you can find a sweet watermelon, juicy peach, corn on the cob or delicious tomatoes at one of these outdoor markets. But you can also find artisan bread, regional cheeses, handmade tamales and more. Plus there are sometimes entertainments like local bands, face-painting and kids' crafts, agriculture extension service experts and even knife sharpening services.

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Kaboom! Essential Safety Tips For Fireworks Season

Thousands of Americans, many of them children, are injured each year in incidents associated with fireworks, according to the National Council of Fireworks Safety. Most of these injuries occur during the Fourth of July holiday and include serious burns, loss of fingers, and blindness.
Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, such as M-80s, the majority of injuries are caused by bottle rockets, sparklers, and Roman candles.
Staying safe
Viewing public displays handled by professionals is the safest way to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July or any other day. Even then, keep a safe distance away.
If you plan to celebrate the holiday with your own fireworks, these precautions can help prevent injuries:
Don't let children play with the fireworks.Never place any part of your body over a fireworks device.Make sure anyone who handles fireworks wears safety goggles to protect the eyes from flying sparks or debris.Don't use bottle rockets. Their flight paths are…