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Thyroid 101: Hypo-, Hyper-, Or Just Right?

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When you receive results of blood tests at your physician’s office, one of the hormones that’s often measured is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). But why does this measurement matter?
Here is a quick overview of the thyroid and why it matters:
What the thyroid is -- The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the neck, just below the larynx or voicebox. Endocrine glands make hormones. These are chemicals that carry messages through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland is regulated by the pituitary, a gland at the base of the brain.
What the thyroid does -- Thyroid hormones help keep all the cells in the body working right. It does this by controlling the metabolism. This is the rate at which every part of the body functions. The right amount of thyroid hormones keep the metabolism at a healthy pace. This helps the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs work well. A balanced metabolism also helps ensure a healthy tempe…

Upcoming Community Classes And Events

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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 gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.
Scroll to the bottom of the list to see some of our support groups. A full list of support groups is available here.

Circuit Training Great for all fitness levels, circuit training alternates strength training exercises with low impact cardiovascular exercises to give you two workouts in one. Oct. 8 (Thursdays), 6 p.m. Glancy Campus, Peach Room 3215 McClure Bridge Road Duluth, GA 30096 Fee: $125 for 10-class series - free parking
Endurance Boot Camp For all fitness levels, this group session will incorporate a variety of cardio and strength-building exercises designed for maximum calorie burn in the shortest amount of time. Oct. 5 (Mondays), 6 p.m. Glancy Campus, Peach Room 3215 McClure Bridge Road Duluth, GA 30096 Fee: $125 for 10-class series - free parking
Yoga A program of gentle stretching and …

6 Strategies to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rise in obesity in children is cause for concern. Obesity can lead to a range of health problems, from social discrimination to asthma, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and heart disease. 
And these health problems aren’t always off in some distant adult future. For the obese child, the health consequences can sometimes be immediate.
The CDC advises parents that the goal for overweight and obese children is to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development.
Here are some tips from the CDC to help your children (and the whole family) develop healthier eating habits:
Stock the kitchen with healthy foods, not junk: buy vegetables, fruit, whole-grain products, low- or non-fat dairy products, lean meats/poultry/fish, and lentils/beans.Serve reasonably sized portions.Encourage your whole family to drink lots of water, and limit sugar-sweetened beverages.Limit sugary items and foods with saturated fa…

Foodie Friday: 5 Surprising Ways Apples Are Good For Your Health

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Apple season is just around the corner, and North Georgia is known for its apples. In addition to being delicious, study after study is proving the truth in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Here are just five of the many ways apples are good for you:
One. Apples, along with other fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and other healthy low-fat diet foods can help prevent cancer. A report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research claims that following a proper diet, along with staying physically active and maintaining a normal body mass index, could reduce all cancer rates by 30 percent to 40 percent.
Two. Apples are good for maintaining your weight, or helping you lose weight. They are low-energy-dense foods which means they have a low calorie-to-weight ratio. In other words, they are filling but not fattening. You’ll consume fewer calories and feel fuller for longer.
Three. Apples, like other fruits and vegetables, can help…

9 Symptoms To Take To Your Gyn

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For women between puberty and menopause, a normal menstrual cycle involves vaginal bleeding and discharge. But if you notice anything different or unusual, talk to your health care provider. Do not try to treat the problem yourself.
Symptoms may result from mild infections that are easy to treat. But, if they are not treated properly, they can lead to more serious conditions, including kidney damage. Vaginal symptoms may also be a sign of a more serious problems, such as cancers of the reproductive tract.
See your gynecologist or health care provider if you have any of these symptoms:
Bleeding between periodsFrequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urinationAbnormal vaginal bleedingBleeding after menopausePain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual crampsItching, burning, swelling, redness or soreness in the vaginal areaSores or lumps in the genital areaVaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual colorIncreased vaginal…

Concussion 101: Return To Play

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By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Welcome back to Concussion 101.
Today I am going to focus on getting back on the field following a concussion. If you have been reading along we have discussed concussions in regards to how they occur, what they are, healing and management. So today we are going to wrap up with return to play.
It is essential that we take concussions seriously from start to finish. If we return our athletes to play too soon, or they do not report the injury, there can be serious, often life threatening consequences.
So let’s get going.
My child has been diagnosed with a concussion, what’s next? When can she play her sport again?
This answer varies depending on who your medical provider is, as there are a range protocols that we may follow. However, the consensus is usually the same in these areas:
1. Your athlete must be symptom free 2. The athlete must have returned to baseline or better neurocognitive, psychological assessment if they had one administered (ex…

One Key Way Not To Catch A Cold Or Flu

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Wash your hands.
Cold and flu season is around the corner, and experts say one of the chief ways of preventing the spread of these diseases is through thorough and regular hand washing. 
Below is a quick, step-by-step guide to proper handwashing technique:
Use clean, running water; if available, use warm water.Wet your hands before applying soap.Rub your soapy hands together for at least 20 seconds (This is approximately the length of time it takes to sing one verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”). Make sure to wash all surfaces well, including your wrists, palms, backs of hands, and between fingers.Clean and remove the dirt from under your fingernails.Rinse your hands thoroughly to remove all soap.Dry your hands with an air dryer or a clean paper towel.Turn off the faucet with a paper towel.


For more information on proper hand washing techniques, visit GMC’s Health (e) Library at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/wellness. And if a cold or flu strikes, find the perfect physician for you at g…

Foodie Friday: Pirate Booty Recipe For Talk Like A Pirate Day

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Ahoy, matey! 'Tis nearly Talk Like a Pirate Day! So don your eyepatch, put a toy parrot on your shoulder and whip up a batch of healthy pirate booty for your crew to snack on. 
The guidelines below are just that – guidelines. Use your imagination to mix up a snack your kids will love.
Pirate Booty Recipe
Combine any or all of the ingredients, below, and tell as silly a story as you’d like!
·Chex cereal – the grid pattern is like the woven sails on the pirates’ ships ·Pretzel sticks – pirate peg legs ·Goldfish crackers – Where do fish live? Where do pirates sail? Right! The sea! ·Raisins or dried cranberries – dried fruit for the long voyage ·Puffed wheat cereal – like the gold nuggets the pirates were after ·Sunflower seeds – the pirates’ parrot’s favorite food ·Cheerios – the shape of the pirate ship’s life preserver rings ·Chocolate or butterscotch chips –because Captain Mom likes them!
Serve in a treasure box!

For more kid-friendly, tasty recipes, browse our boards on Pinterest.

PrimeTime Health: Upcoming Classes And Events

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The Most Common Infections In Seniors, And What To Watch For

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If it seems like your elderly relatives catch certain infections a lot easier than when they were younger, you’re right.
And for people over the age of 65, these illnesses may be much harder to diagnose. For a senior in long-term care or who has dementia, the risks of an undiagnosed infection can be even higher.
One of the difficulties of diagnosis is that in the elderly, common infections can have nonspecific symptoms like loss of appetite, increased mental fogginess or confusion, or a decline in physical functioning, such as muscle strength, incontinence or falling. So it’s important to stay alert to any changes in health, and to take steps to prevent these common infections:
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infection in older adults according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Using a catheter or having diabetes can increase the risk. Pain or discomfort may or may not be present when a senior has a UTI, so be alert for sudden changes in b…

Concussion 101: ID, Diagnosis And Treatment

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By Jessica Poole, Certified Athletic Trainer
Today I would like to continue our Q&A discussion regarding concussions.
I hope your heads are ready for some more great info regarding a serious concern of both physically active populations, like athletes, and everyday moms, dads, coaches, teachers and do-it-yourselfers.
So, how do you identify if someone has a concussion?
Mechanism of action (MOA) is key. This is about how a person in injured.
If the person was hit in the head in some manner or hit with such a force that it caused the brain to shift violently (such as a car accident), they may have a concussion.
We diagnose concussions based on signs, symptoms and radiology (CT or MRI) scans. Regardless of whether a concussion is visible on a radiology scan, though, a concussion can still be diagnosed from these signs and symptoms: HeadacheBlurred VisionDizzinessNauseaVomitingLoss of consciousnessRinging in the earsSeeing starsMental confusionLight sensitivityNoise sensitivityInability …

Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Hearing Aid

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We take our hearing for granted, cranking the earbuds too loud, standing too close to speakers at a concert, or not taking proper precautions when working with loud equipment. 

And the toll is too often hearing loss, especially as we age.

Below are some basics and questions to have in hand before you go in search of the best hearing aid for you.

The basics to know: A medical examination is required before purchasing a hearing aid. Hearing aids can be purchased from:  an otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck), an audiologist (a specialist who can evaluate and manage hearing and balance problems), or an independent company. Styles and prices vary widely. 
Questions to ask: The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders recommends asking the following questions when buying hearing aids: Can the hearing loss be improved with medical or surgical interventions?Which design will work best fo…

Foodie Friday: More Baby Food Basics

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New parents get unsolicited advice about all aspects of baby care, but there’s one arena where it’s especially important to follow your pediatrician’s guidelines: when and what to feed your baby.
At about six months of age, most experts agree you can begin to add solid foods to your baby’s diet. But that these solids will supplement, not replace their regular breast milk or formula feedings.
Here are current best-practice tips for starting your baby on solid foods:
In general, it does not matter what the first solid foods are. There is no current research stating that introducing solid foods in any distinct order is better for your baby. Traditionally, single-grain cereals are offered first, but single-ingredient strained or mashed vegetables or fruits are fine choices, too.When first offering solids, mix a small amount of breast milk or formula with it in a bowl. When mixed, it should have a soupy texture. Feed this to the baby with a spoon once a day for the first 1 to 2 weeks.When off…