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Happy National Cheesecake Day: try this simple strawberry cheesecake!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ingredients: ·          6 graham crackers (2-1/2-inch square) ·          Cooking spray ·          2 8-ounce packages fat-free cream cheese, softened ·          1/2 cup sugar ·          1 teaspoon vanilla extract ·          2 large eggs ·          1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved ·          3 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam ·          1 tablespoon water Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crush graham crackers. Spread evenly over bottom of lightly sprayed 8- or 9-inch pie pan. Beat cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until well blended, about five minutes. Add eggs and blend. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until center is almost set. Cool, then refrigerate overnight. Melt raspberry jam with water in microwave or on top of stove. Cut wedges and put on serving plates. Arrange strawberries over wedges and drizzle melted jam over each piece. Serves 8 Each slice contains approximately 186 calories, 28 g carbohydrates, 1

3 Indoor Air Hazards Impacting You

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Are you worried about the air you breathe? Many of think of the outdoors when we hear the word pollutants ; things like carbon monoxide, ground-level ozone and nitrogen come to mind, but what about indoor air pollutants ? In fact, the EPA says that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. While long-term exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause major health problems, there isn’t cause to worry just yet. The good news is that in addition to learning the most common indoor air pollutants, there are easy steps you can take to rid your home of those hazards. Mold & Mildew: Mold and mildew are found just about everywhere, especially where there is moisture. Mold and mildew release spores into the air, which may cause irritation when we touch them or breathe them in. While mold and mildew may not impact everyone, some individuals have mold allergies . To get rid of mo

The ABC's of Hepatitis

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Thanks to the development of vaccines, many of us see hepatitis as a thing of the past. However, there is still a strong presence of the disease both nationally and internationally. Hepatitis, or a disease causing inflammation of the liver , is categorized into two different groups (acute and chronic). Acute: A brief infection (6 months or less) that goes away because the body gets rid of the virus. Chronic: This is a long-term infection (greater than 6 months) that happens when your body can’t get rid of the virus. This type of hepatitis infection often causes long-term liver damage. Hepatitis also has 5 distinct types: Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Hepatitis D Hepatitis E Hepatitis D can only be contracted if you already have the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Whereas hepatitis E is very similar to hepatitis A, it is contracted through infected fecal to oral contamination, but it is less common than hepatitis A. To better understand hepatitis in its entire

Tension, sinus, cluster and migraines...oh my!

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Feeling the pressure? Did you know that there are several different types of headaches ? These pesky and painful throbs can be quite a pain in the neck, or head. While headaches may appear to be the same, they do vary greatly in terms of pain location, pain intensity and how frequently they occur. Headaches also vary based on what causes them. When the headache itself is the main medical condition, it is classified as a primary headache . However, if the headache is the result of another underlying medical condition, it is classified as a secondary headache . Take a look at these common causes, symptoms and treatments to help ease the pain. Tension headaches Causes : Tension headaches, which are the most common type of headache, usually involve a dull pain beginning at the back of your head, moving to the neck and scalp. This type of headache can occur from remaining in the same position for too long or staring at a screen. Computers and TV’s can cause neck and eye

Bless Your Heart: Women and heart health

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Ladies, you may be surprised to learn that heart disease is overwhelmingly the biggest threat to your health. As Gwinnett Medical Group  cardiologist Mary Ellen Bergh, MD, points out, “heart disease remains a challenging health issue for women. In the last twenty years, the number of heart attacks in 35-50 year-olds has increased in women but not in men.” Despite multiple campaigns by advocacy groups, there is evidence that awareness of risk factors in women continues to lag behind that of men. A recent study found that clinicians were more likely to encourage weight loss among women rather than discuss particular risk factors for coronary artery disease. Additionally, it was determined that more than 75 percent of women do not discuss heart disease, perhaps because of the stigma surrounding body weight. While the abundance of information regarding women and heart disease may make you feel overwhelmed, remember: it is vital that we have poignant conversations with

It is a Brain Tumor...Now What?

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You have a brain tumor is a scary phrase to the 78,000 individuals who will receive the diagnosis this year. Once the flood of emotions begins to subside, what is the next step? While the healing process is one that takes time and patience, these are the first steps the neurosurgery specialists at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) recommend: Step 1: Get Educated. It may feel overwhelming at first, but learning about the details of your diagnosis will help you better grasp the situation and provide you with confidence for next steps. Information you should know regarding your tumor includes: Grade Size Shape Location Growing rate Type Ask your physician(s) and specialist(s) which websites and resources to use, since many websites include inaccurate information. Searching Gwinnett Medical Center’s Health (e) Library is a great place to start as it includes information about brain tumors, treatment options, and recent news. Once you have a grasp on

Do You Have These Symptoms? It Could be Your Thyroid

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For such a small gland, the thyroid has a big job . It keeps your body working properly. It regulates your metabolism and helps with growth. It can even change your heart rate. Many symptoms can be hard to recognize, so how do you know if you should be checked for a thyroid problem? Surprisingly more than 27 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease and of those; roughly 13 million are unaware of their thyroid condition. To ensure that your thyroid is healthy let’s take a closer look at some of the common risk factors, the common thyroid conditions and their symptoms. Risk Factors: Heredity: some thyroid conditions can run in families, learn about your family history Being female: women are more likely to have thyroid conditions and women may experience unique symptoms Middle age or older: with older age thyroid issues are more common Pregnancy: the major shifts in hormones during pregnancy can cause or worsen thyroid problems Autoimmune disorders: this m

Exciting New Additions to GMC's Summer Calendar

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PrimeTime Health You are invited to become a member of PrimeTime Health, a comprehensive network of valuable services exclusively designed for adults age 50 and older. PrimeTime Health membership is free.  Once a member, you can take advantage of free, low-cost or discounted services and activities. For more information about PrimeTime Health or to get registration materials, please call  678-312-2676  to enroll in PrimeTime Health, or call the HealthLine  678-312-5000 , to register for these classes. To register for a class or event, visit  www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org , or call HealthLine at  678-312-5000 . EDUCATION & EVENTS AARP Smart Driver Course Classroom defensive driving course for motorists over age 50. Participants get two, 10 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch (snacks and lunch not provided). Tuesday, July 19, 9-3:30 p.m. Glancy Campus- Kiwi Room 3215 McClure Bridge Rd. Duluth, GA 30096 Fee: $20 ($15 for AARP members, must