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Vascular Surgical Associates opens location in East Cobb

 

Vascular Surgical Associates, P.C. and Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia proudly announces the addition their newest location in the East Cobb Wellstar Health Park. The address of the new location is 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta, GA 30062. The practice welcomes the public to visit the new office on October 10 from 3-5pm for an Open House/Meet and Greet. During this time we will also be offering a free vascular screening. Call today for your appointment 678-626-5420.

Vascular Surgical Associates is a large vascular surgical practice with 10 Board Certified Vascular Surgeons and 8 Physicians Assistants. They currently have 8 locations in the Northwest Georgia area. Locations include, Austell, Canton, Douglasville, East Cobb, Hiram, Woodstock and two locations in Marietta. Please visit their website for more information at www.vascularsurgical.com

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Parents Seek Alternative Care for Kids

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Recent research suggests that about 60% of parents who have children with chronic neurological conditions have sought chiropractic, massage, and other complementary therapy treatments to help their children live a normal, pain-free life.

(Source: PLOS ONE, April 2014, via HealthQuest Chiropractic) 

 

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Aaachoo! Asthma and Allergy Care on the go.

 

Summer vacation. It conjures up visions of relaxation, sports, sunny days, perhaps sand and water or woodlands. For individuals and families with asthma and allergies though, it means extra thought and preparation before “the good times roll.”

As we head full tilt into summer, here is a list of some common sense—but commonly missed—suggestions for a healthy vacation.

Medications

Take with you a detailed list of medications showing prescription refill number, prescribing physician and dosage. (Each medication’s original label should have all the needed information.)

Pack the needed quantities of medications and, if possible, also pack a backup quantity to avoid being caught short. Be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on luggage in case checked luggage is lost.

Be sure to bring an emergency, insect-sting epinephrine injection kit if you or someone in your family has this form of hypersensitivity.

Include with your medications a topical hydrocortisone cream and antihistamine (prescription medication if available, or an over-the-counter brand previously used with good results).

Equipment

If someone with asthma is using a peak flow meter, be sure to bring it along on your vacation, with the chart that is used to record results.

If you are using a nebulizer to deliver anti-asthma medication, it should not be left at home when going on vacation. Be sure that, if traveling abroad, you have an electrical current converter for the nebulizer. For campers and others who will be spending vacation periods in “the rough,” portable nebulizers powered off an auto cigarette lighter receptacle are available.

To protect against dust mites, it may be wise to pack your own allergy-proof pillow or mattress casings.

People with acute asthma and allergy conditions should consider wearing a medical alert-type necklace or bracelet at all times.

Insuring Health Care Availability on Vacation

Check the extent and limitations of your medical insurance policies before leaving the country or your state. Know in advance if your plan or group will cover physician and hospital visits away from its operating territories.

When you know your vacation destination, get recommendations from your physician for asthma and allergy specialists in that area, or contact the local state medical society at the destination for recommendations on area specialists. In relatively populated areas, ask for several potential healthcare providers, to allow for comparisons.

You can also write, call or visit the web sites of the following organizations:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
555 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823
414-272-6071 website: www.aaaai.org
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-427-1200 website: www.acaai.org www.allergyandasthmarelief.org (for patients)

If your vacation takes you to a foreign land, you might consider contacting the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers. For a low-cost donation to this nonprofit organization, you can receive a directory of English-speaking physicians worldwide who have trained in either the U.S., Canada or the United Kingdom. It can also provide forms for your own clinical records, immunization information for specific countries and worldwide climate charts. For further details call: IAMAT at 1623 Military Road, Niagra Falls, NY, 14304-1745; or call (716) 754-4883.

Sensible Behaviors and Actions

During the hot weather season, people with asthma and allergies should drink plenty of fluids.

Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke whenever possible.

Call ahead to order a special meal on the airplane. Or pack your own “safe” snacks.

When eating out, ask the waiter if sulfites have been used as a food preservative. If so, find out whether special preparations without sulfite additives can be ordered. If eating out in a country where you don’t speak the language, have a warning note drafted in the local language that alerts wait staff to your allergy.

Prior to beginning a lengthy auto trip to your vacation spot, take appropriate measures to rid the vehicle’s ventilating and air conditioning system of mold and mildew.

For those prone to exercise-induced asthma, it may be a good idea to keep prescribed emergency medication on you at all times.

Request a hotel room that is nonsmoking and mold-free.

If you have questions about the primary allergens and pollen count in the area you are visiting, contact the local Chamber of Commerce. You can visit the National Allergy Bureau’s website at www.aaaai.org or visit AAFA’s home page of our website. AAFA also has a national network of educational support groups. One may be in the area you are traveling to and could provide you with useful local information. Call 800-7-ASTHMA for support group contacts.

SOURCE: This information should not substitute for seeking responsible, professional medical care. First created 1995; fully updated 1998; most recently updated 2005.
© Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Editorial Board

Domestic Violence Support Groups meet weekly

Domestic Violence Support Groups are offered each Wednesday from 6:45-8:15pm. Sessions offered in English and Spanish. Childcare available for children six weeks to 12 years. Children over 12 may attend and learn childcare skills.

For more information and meeting location, call 770-427-3390.

 

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Codependents Anonymous meetings held twice weekly

Codependents Anonymous meets Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30-8:45pm, at Unity North Church, 4225 Sandy Plains Road. For more information, call 404-213-4482.

 

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Health Extras: Staying Limber for Life at KSU

Flexibility is an important part of daily life that is often overlooked. In this class, you will learn the basics of stretching and how to incorporate flexibility training into your routine through specialized exercises. Join a WellStar Exercise Specialist as they review examples of light impact exercises that will build muscle and strengthen the body at any age or fitness level.

Kennesaw State University Center for Continuing Education
3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144
WednesdayJuly 23
10-11 a.m.

For more information, or to register for this free event, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

 

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WellStar Pediatric Center open on Barrett Parkway

Credit: WellStar

On July 7, WellStar opened a new Pediatric Center on Barrett Parkway. The child-centered facility has state-of-the art diagnostic tools, prompt appointments and test results, age-specific waiting areas, pediatric subspecialists, physical therapy for children, a full-time child life specialist to help when your child feels anxious and more.

Convenient services include an onsite pharmacy, office visits from 7 am to 4 pm, and after-hour care from 5-9pm. For more information, call (770) 594-PEDS (7337).

 

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Exercise Crucial for Women’s Heart Health

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Lack of physical activity appears to be the strongest indicator of a woman’s risk for heart disease, even more so than smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure. Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist and medical director of the Women’s Heart Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, concludes, “If you want to do one thing to prevent heart disease, you should exercise. We need people to become more active again, and the way you can do that is to make it part of your life, like brushing your teeth.” 

(Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, May 2014, Courtesy of HealthQuest Chiropractic) 

 

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Patrick Carmen creates Hairstyles for Lifestyles

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Make a splash this summer with a new “hairstyle for your lifestyle” from East Cobb hairdresser, stylist and colorist Patrick Carmen at NR.9 Salon.

Patrick offers flexible hours and personal service in a comfortable environment – no shuttling through wash stations, assistants or trainees. Just, you, your stylist and a great new ‘do! Even better, new clients receive a cut and style for just $35 when they mention EAST COBBER!

Call Patrick at 678-427-8000. Located in Sprayberry Collection Shopping Center, 2520 E. Piedmont Road in Marietta/East Cobb, across from LA Fitness next to Tiny Stitches.

Thank you for advertising with EAST COBBER. 

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Keep an eye on maintaining your vision

Your eyes are an important part of your health. Taking good care of your eyes is vital to your well being. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. To learn more about how to sharpen your vision and keep your eyes healthy, join Dr. Dhanu Meleth 11 a.m.-noon Friday, July 25, at the East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.  It is free to attend but registration is required; this is class #67107. To register, visit:https://www.cobbpsrs.org/Start/Start.asp

 

 

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