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Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer

Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer

ATLANTA -- Ovarian cancer strikes about one in 70 women and accounts for about 50 percent of the deaths caused by gynecological cancers. About half who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 60 years or older.

“Ovarian cancer used to be known as a silent killer,” says John McBroom, M.D., gynecologic oncologist with Piedmont Hospital. “But more recently, we’ve found that about 90 percent of women have subtle symptoms. The problem is they are difficult to distinguish between upset stomach or indigestion.”

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Fulton Health Services Recognizes National HIV Testing Day

Fulton Health Services Recognizes National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA -- In spite of awareness campaigns, HIV continues to be a major epidemic throughout the nation.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over one in five HIV infected persons are unaware of their status.  On June 27, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will be offering free testing and counseling at The Mall West End.

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in partnership with Fulton County’s Health Department will provide information on all services available through Fulton County Health Services.  The Information Session will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  NORC and Health Services Staff will host the session in the chapel on the PTC Campus.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA 30344 and is one of three PTC locations in metro Atlanta.

Participants can obtain answers to questions they have always wanted to know about the “Health Department” but never had a chance to ask. They will also learn what resources are available for adults and children.  Free blood pressure screenings will be available to seniors who participate in the session.

For more information, contact Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA -- The race is on! The Peachtree Road Race returns to Atlanta Wednesday, July 4. If you are one of the 60,000 who will be participating, are you ready?

Plenty of seasoned runners lace up for this 10K (6.2 mile) event, but it appeals to athletes of all fitness levels. We consulted with Jennifer Hopper, manager of the Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club, to compile our top five tips to make the most of your experience if you are a beginner or intermediate runner planning to participate in the race.

Learn more from HealthWatchMD.

Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Fulton County and the East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) are collaborating with Georgia State University Nutrition Students to teach seniors how to prepare tasty and healthy meals for the summer.  NORC and the Georgia State students will host a workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall of PTC Christian Church.  The Church is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point Georgia.  PTC in East Point is one of three locations of Peachtree City Christian Church.

Workshop participants will enjoy a FREE three-course meal, which will include a beverage and free recipes to take home. All who wish to attend must RSVP to allow planners to provide an accurate number of servings. There will also be a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to a local grocery store.

For more information, or to RSVP, call Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.