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Know your status: free HIV testing available Dec. 1

Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff will offer free rapid HIV testing and counseling Monday, Dec. 1, in support of World Aids Day. Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marietta Public Health Center, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta, and the Douglasville Public Health Center, 6770 Selman Drive, Douglasville. The event is open to everyone and no appointments are needed. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ranked fifth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2012, with 64 percent of those cases living in the metro Atlanta area. People may be HIV positive for many years without symptoms. Studies state that almost 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they already have developed AIDS. This can be up to 10 years after they become infected with HIV.

For more information, contact the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Epidemiology Department at 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.

Calling all East Cobb Moms ready to get in shape! Deadline extended thru November 25!



If you’re an East Cobb mom age 35-55 ready to tackle a six week Back to School Challenge, contact Fitness Together at 770-321-1347.

Only eight spots available, serious inquiries only. DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 25! Cost is $399. Find out more at

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East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care is now providing sclerotherapy for unsightly leg veins and offering a free pair of support hose


Spider veins are dilated small blood vessels that have a red or bluish color and commonly appear on the legs. Although these veins carry blood, the great majority of them are not necessary.

Spider and varicose veins usually cannot be prevented. Wearing support hose may slow down the development of unwanted blood vessels. In the majority of cases a procedure called Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins. A solution is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. This destroys the cells that line the vein without damaging the surrounding tissue. Most people experience little or no discomfort with this procedure. In any one treatment session a number of vessels can be injected. Repeat treatment sessions are usually scheduled approximately one month apart. Most spider veins can be treated in one to three sessions. A compressive support hose will need to be worn for the first 48 hours after treatment, and whenever standing for the next five days. A free pair of support hose is currently being offered with the initial sclerotherapy session.

Sclerotherapy can be considered by anyone who is in generally good health. When comparing sclerotherapy to other cosmetic procedures, sclerotherapy is generally low in cost with a very significant benefit. Many people spend more for hair treatment in a year than they would for sclerotherapy.

Debra Wagner has joined our practice to perform this procedure. She is a Registered Nurse and has 10 years of experience in aesthetics and performing sclerotherapy.

East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care is a full service practice of podiatry caring for all foot and ankle problems. Dr. Mark Light and Dr. Dan Howard provide quality and gentle care for patients of all ages. Common problems treated routinely include corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, heel pain, fractures and sprains. Often, simple treatment for these conditions can lead to immediate pain relief. A licensed surgical center is located in our practice.

For more information contact East Cobb Foot & Ankle Care, 4439 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062, 770-977-8221 ,,


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The Great American Smokeout: November 20


The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day —  smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

More than 10,000 people die in Georgia every year from tobacco-related illnesses—that’s more than all the deaths from alcohol, cocaine, heroin, AIDS, murder, suicide, auto accidents and fires combined. In spite of these statistics, 24 percent of Georgia adults smoke. An estimated 30,000 Georgia children begin smoking every year and another 10,000 begin to use spit tobacco.

More than 70 percent of the 50 million U.S. smokers want to quit, but only 2.5% per year succeed in quitting smoking  permanently. The Tobacco Quit Line is a resource to help Georgians quit using tobacco. The Tobacco Quit Line provides free counseling, a resource library, support and referral services for tobacco users. It is available for all Georgia residents age 18 or older and concerned parents of adolescents using tobacco.

The Tobacco Quit Line is funded by the master tobacco settlement through the state’s Tobacco Use Prevention Section in partnership with the Georgia Cancer Coalition. It has no commercial bias and no products to promote. As a caller, you will receive free, professional support that’s tailored to your needs. So stop smoking and start dialing: call the Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP.


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Public Health Leads Ebola Preparedness Efforts in Cobb and Douglas Counties

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As concerns grow regarding Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola), Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) continues to heighten its preparedness and response efforts. These efforts are being made to increase the level of readiness at local hospitals, schools, healthcare providers, government agencies, and other community partners, in the event an Ebola case is diagnosed in Cobb or Douglas County.

“We understand that the residents of Cobb and Douglas Counties are concerned about the spread of Ebola virus, “said Dr. Jack Kennedy, District Health Director, CDPH. “We want the community to know that their local health department is working with an expanded list of local, state and federal partners to be as prepared as possible should any cases be identified.”

CDPH is actively working with local partners to provide information and guidance regarding Ebola. This includes holding tabletop exercises and daily updates to ensure health care workers are not only aware of how to diagnose a possible Ebola infection, but also how to minimize the risk of exposure if a case is detected. CDPH has also created an Ebola Response Team tasked with addressing the potential impact Ebola could have on Cobb and Douglas Counties.

Facts about Ebola

  • Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, urine, vomit, breast milk and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus in blood and body fluids can enter another person’s body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • The virus also can be spread through contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus, or with infected animals.
  • Ebola is NOT spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food; however, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bush meat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
  • Health workers caring for Ebola patients and family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk.
  • Symptoms of Ebola include: fever (including low-grade), headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage.
  • Symptoms appear 2 to 21 days after exposure but the average is 8 to 10 days.
  • Ebola should be considered in patients who have traveled to affected countries or have been exposed to someone with Ebola and have compatible symptoms.
  • There is not a specific test for a person without symptoms.

Health care providers should be alert for, and evaluate any patient who has had travel during the 21 days before symptom onset from an Ebola-affected area (currently Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) OR had contact with an individual who has Ebola.

Travelers, upon returning to the United States from affected regions, will be actively monitored for symptoms by public health for 21 days. CDPH is working with its community partners to make sure they are aware and up-to-date on the latest screening guidelines for the Ebola virus.

For more information on Ebola protection and prevention and to find the latest screening guidelines, visit

MedZed Expands Service Area into Cobb and North Fulton Counties

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MedZed, an innovative at-home pediatric care service in the Atlanta area, has announced its expansion into Cobb and North Fulton Counties. MedZed’s growing business in Atlanta neighborhoods provides parents with an alternative, after-hours healthcare option in the comfort of their home. With rapid growth in the Atlanta area, MedZed’s team has expanded its service area to include larger patient populations outside of the perimeter.  The new service area includes Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Vinings, Smyrna, Marietta, Kennesaw, Alpharetta, East Cobb, Morningside, Druid Hills, Midtown, Decatur and Johns Creek.

MedZed treats children ages 2-17 with common symptoms such as rashes, cold and flu, sore throat and eye or ear pain through a house-call service. Using secure video conferencing and advanced i2eye medical technology, the physicians can evaluate, diagnose and treat symptoms with the assistance of an on-site pediatric nurse in the patient’s home. Using an electronic medical record system, the physicians maintain patient records and send prescriptions straight to the customer’s preferred pharmacy.

“The expansion of MedZed services into cities outside of Atlanta is significant because it allows more families access to this revolutionary new service,” says CEO Scott Schnell. “We offer parents the convenience of having a doctor see the sick child in the comfort of their home.  Using our advanced i2eye medical technology and qualified on-call physicians keeps children out of waiting rooms.”

The rapidly growing MedZed team consists of board-certified physicians and nurses with experience treating children. Each potential physician and nurse must adhere to high standard of medical qualifications and undergo a thorough background check to ensure MedZed provides only the most superior service. On top of extensive training, the MedZed medical team shares a passion for helping children while expanding the quality of care in the healthcare industry.


WellStar is committed to Spirit of Women

WellStar Health System is a member of Spirit of Women, an elite coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health education and community outreach. Spirit of Women hospitals are committed to inspiring women in all stages of their lives to take action for better health for themselves and their families. WellStar is also recognized as a HeartCaring designated hospital system by the Spirit Health Group.

As a HeartCaring system, WellStar focuses on a gender-based approach to cardiovascular diseases and conditions and is recognized as a regional leader in gender-sensitive cardiovascular care and education.

At WellStar, the Speaking about Wellness for Women program serves to deliver women’s health education and our Spirit of Women programming to our community. Because WellStar is a HeartCaring hospital system, we also integrate HeartCaring components into all of our Spirit programming. The Speaking about Wellness for Womenannual calendar of events includes:

  • Speaking about Wellness for Women Quarterly Seminar Series – offers a Healthy Happy Hour, the Speaking about Wellness for Women seminar series notebook, dinner, dessert and a special gift for all attendees. Cost: $10.00 per program
  • Health Extras – additional presentations offered throughout the year in a classroom setting that include light refreshments and a program folder. Cost: FREE
  • Annual HeartCaring Screening Event – includes heart health education and screenings
  • Spirit of Women National Signature Events – includes Day of Dance and Spirit Girls’ Night Out
  • Spirit eNewsletter – a monthly e-publication that includes health and wellness related articles and updates on all the latest Spirit of Women programs and events. To subscribe, please email

For more information or to register for any of WellStar’s programs, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).


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Office Space Available with East Cobb Chiropractor

Office space available for share situation with a Chiropractor. East Cobb location near YMCA, beautiful office, furnished with room to share for lower overhead.Call for details or to set up an appointment to view space :   770-565-2882



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Childkind Challenge To Be Held November 15


Childkind and Road Runner Sports of Marietta are hosting the Childkind Challenge, a 5K Run, Walk or Roll. All funds raised will benefit the medically fragile children in Childkind’s foster care program.

The Childkind Challenge will start at 7am on November 15 at Road Runner Sports, Merchants Walk, 1311 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb. For more information call Childkind at 404-248-1980 or visit the Childkind Challenge website:

Childkind is Georgia’s only nonprofit organization focused on supporting children with complex medical care needs and their families in the home. The agency provides a comprehensive range of services including foster care placement, in-home  medical care instruction and nursing care, as well as family support services for biological, adoptive and foster families. Since 1988, Childkind has worked to improve safety and health outcomes for this extraordinarily vulnerable population of children.

When a medically fragile child is no longer safe within his or her biological home, Childkind assists in placing that child with a trained foster family for care. Many times there are immediate and basic needs for that child that must be met until they are connected with long-term services. Foster families may require specialized feeding formulas for tube-fed children; special seats for transport; or diapers for children of all ages. There are a myriad of other medical supplies and other needs as well, and Childkind strives to meet them. 100 percent of the money raised through the 2014 Childkind Challenge 5K will help Childkind provide the emergency resources children with complex care requirements need when they enter foster care.


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FREE Dental Day is November 8 at Marietta Family Dental Care

Community members lining up for the 2013 Free Dental Day at Marietta Family Dental Care. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Marietta Family Dental Care is offering a free dental care day to those in need for the 4th consecutive year. On November 8, 2014 from 4:00am until 4:00pm adults age 18 plus who need dental care. They can receive a filling, an extraction or a professional dental cleaning.

There will be 18 dentists and over 120 dental professionals volunteering for the event. This is a first come, first served event. Based on previous years turnout, the staff at Marietta Family Dental Care recommends coming in early. Last year people started lining up as early as 7:00am the day before the event. The event will be located at 4720 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068.


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