Showing posts from September, 2016

Help Your Babysitter Prepare For Anything

There is no doubt that children bring a tremendous amount of joy and fun into our lives; however, day after day, they can be quite the handful. For many parents, it is important to incorporate a much needed break every once in a while. But to truly enjoy time away from your child, you must first find the right babysitter.
By finding the right one, you are able to fully relax and enjoy time yourself, while also trusting that your child is safe and sound. 

When you're looking for a babysitter, give yourself enough time to be selective. This is not a process that you want to rush. It is important to find a babysitter that you not only fits well with you, but also clicks with your child. Start with these tips to find the right babysitter for you and your family: Look for a sitter within your circle of friends, church, or community. This may allow for you to receive recommendations and reviews about the babysitter so that you have clear expectations.Look for a sitter who is 13 years or o…

Is Your Child At Risk For Heart Disease?

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and a major source of disability. You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not for your young children. But unhealthy diet and exercise habits are causing younger kids to develop health problems not seen until decades later.
We’ve all probably heard the sobering statistics: One in three kids in the US are now overweight or obeseFor the first time in generations life expectancy has actually decreased as a result of overweightTeens in the US spend an average of 9 hours a day using media with less than 25% meeting physical activity recommendations (60 minutes moderate activity)Fortunately, there are things that we as caregivers can do to reverse this trend. Megan Ratcliff, Ph.D., a pediatric clinical psychologist who works with the Center for Weight Management, a service of Gwinnett Medical Center, provides helpful tips on easy ways to implement healthful behaviors.
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Prostate Cancer Prevention Isn't Just For Men

The prostate, a walnut sized gland found in men, isn’t something that most of us think much about, or even know much about. In fact, this small gland plays an important role in the male reproductive system. A common risk associated with this tiny gland is prostate cancer, with 1 in 7 men being diagnosed in his lifetime.
It may surprise you to learn, though, that prevention isn’t something a man has to do on his own. With several easy ways to lower his risk of prostate cancer, women can help ensure that these easy tips become a part of the daily routine. The first step is to learn about the risk factors for prostate cancer, these include: Age. Men ages 50 and older are at higher risk. Almost two-thirds of all prostate cancers are found in men over age 65.Race and nationality. Prostate cancer is more common in African-American men. It is less common in Asian-American and Hispanic men.Diet. Men who have a diet high in red meat or high-fat dairy foods and low in vegetables and fruits may h…

Concussion To-Do List

With football season in full swing, the discussion and focus on concussions only seems to grow. Of course football is not the only sport or activity that can cause a concussion, but it is certainly one of the most well-known. It is estimated that every year, nearly 3.8 million concussions are sustained by Americans of all ages. In fact during some years, more than half of those concussions are found in children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 18.
With the prevalence of concussions amongst children and young adults rising, it has never been more important to ensure that concussions are identified quickly and evaluation and treatment are implemented. To help each of us, regardless of age, get a better understanding of what to do in the event that a concussion occurs, two experts from Gwinnett Medical Center’s Concussion Institute, Adam Shunk, PhD., a neuropsychologist and David Schwartz, PhD., a neuropsychologist, provide insight on what to expect and how to take action.
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Ovarian Cancer: Early Detection Is Up To You

Ovarian cancer is unique. Unlike many types of cancer, there is no annual screening to promote early detection. Instead, recognizing symptoms and knowing your risks are the best defense. There is a common misconception that a pap test screens for ovarian cancer; however this is not the case, it only tests for cervical cancer.
All women have some level of risk when it comes to ovarian cancer. In Georgia alone, it is estimated that hundreds of woman are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and the mortality rate continues to be nearly 50 percent. 

While ovarian cancer is certainly one of the scariest cancers, when it is detected early (stage 1) the average five-year survival rate is nearly 90 percent. Early detection plays a huge role in making ovarian cancer treatable and the good news is, you can play an integral part in it. By taking a proactive stance and knowing the risk factors, the signs and symptoms, as well as eating a low-fat diet you are reducing your overall risk.
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Back Away From The Scab

Between bug bites, pimples and scabs, there are plenty of things that invite picking and scratching. The tendency to pick at scabs before they’ve fully healed is a common habit that many of us can relate to. Now you may be wondering, what is it that drives the picking?
Depending on the person, there can be a number of reasons why picking seems so enticing. These are some of the most common explanations to why many of us may have the impulse: A scab or skin irritation can cause discomfort, whether its itchy or painful, picking at it can seem like an easy solution to start feeling better.Some may feel like they are actually speeding up the healing process by picking away old scabs and forcing the skin to create a new protective barrier.It may just be a nervous habit, like nail biting or fidgeting, it’s a reaction to stress.In some cases, skin picking can be the result of skin picking disorder (excoriation). This is the result of skin picking becoming more than just a nervous habit, instea…

What's Behind This Cyst?

Cysts are about as diverse as it gets when it comes to medical conditions. The truth is, cysts can grow just about anywhere in the human body and they are common across all age groups. The good news is, most cysts are not cancerous; however they can be quite the nuisance to deal with, depending on their location.
Now you may be wondering what cysts actually are when they form in so many different parts of the body. These growths are actually just pockets that can be filled with air, gas, liquids (e.g., keratin or pus) or even tissue and cells. The size of a cyst can vary as much as the contents within it, ranging from microscopic to large.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to the growth of a cyst, depending on the type and the location; however, there are some common causes that relate to multiple kinds of cysts, these include: InfectionsTumorsChronic Inflammatory Conditions (e.g., pelvic inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis…etc.)Genetics
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So You Don't Think You've Had Hemorrhoids...

The truth about hemorrhoids may surprise you; nearly half of the population has experienced one or more by age 50. Often times, individuals may have hemorrhoidsand not even be aware of them. While there are common symptoms that include rectal pain, itching, bleeding and even prolapse (when the hemorrhoid externally protrudes); many individuals may not have any noticeable symptoms.
Experts suggest that in one sense, we all have hemorrhoids. In fact, they are completely natural. Hemorrhoids are tissues or cushions of blood vessels that swell slightly during bowel movements to protect the lining of the anal canal. However, when there is frequent straining during bowel movements, chronic constipation or diarrhea, or even sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods of time, this can cause hemorrhoids to become enlarged and irritated.
You may be wondering what we can do to minimize the risk of hemorrhoids or how to prevent and treat them; the good news is there are many options.
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Striking The Right Balance: 7 Surprising Facts

We all know that balance is important in many aspects of life; work-life balance, a balanced budget and your body’s balance system. While this may be something you’ve never thought much about, the balance (vestibular) system plays a huge role in how your body functions. The vestibular system is part of the our body's larger balance system; it consists of two portions, a peripheral (ear) portion and a central (brain) portion. 
The balance system consists of your eyes, your inner ear, joints and muscles. Each of these sends signals to your brain about body position and head movement, the brain then uses this information to balance the body. However, when there is a problem with any one of these parts, namely the inner ear, the brain receives conflicting signals. Often times this is accompanied by symptoms that can be disorienting and scary, vertigo or dizziness being one of the most common.
To help keep you balanced, physical therapists,Martina Tracy, PT, ITPT and Jennifer Lech, PT, M…

5 Reasons Why AFib Should Matter To You

Rhythm applies to more than just dancing; it has a huge impact on heart health. An arrhythmia is any problem with the speed or pattern of the heartbeat.Atrial fibrillation(AFib) is the most common type ofarrhythmia.
In fact, it is estimated that more than 2.3 million Americans have AFib, with nearly 150,000 new diagnoses each year. To provide a comprehensive look at AFib, Niraj Sharma, MD, an electrophysiologist affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center, offers key insights into why AFib is such an important condition to know about.
Understanding AFib.This common condition causes fast, chaotic electrical signals in the heart.As signals move through the heart, they tell the heart’s upper chambers (atria) and lower chambers (ventricles) when to squeeze (contract) and relax. This lets blood move through the heart and out to the body and lungs. With AFib, this affects how much blood your heart can pump out to the body.
Are there different types of AFib?Yes. Oftentimes, those with a milder or i…