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SUMMER 2011

• What’s really in a hot dog? • Simple ways to ease the ‘ouch’ • Food safety pointers for parties • The Kitchen:The most germ infested room in the house

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What’s really in a hot dog? For many years, hot dogs have received their share of bad publicity. Uncertainty about secret ingredients housed within that outer membrane have caused many to fear the humble hot dog. In truth, there isn’t much mystery to the contents of frankfurters, and people needn’t fear the worst. There have long been rumors that hot dogs contained many unsavory parts, making them food unfit even for pets. In reality, hot dogs aren’t sinister; they can actually be quite tasty. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimates that Americans eat about seven billion franks during hot dog "season," which lasts from Memorial Day to Labor Day. At ball parks, sporting events, backyard barbecues, and so many

other occasions, hot dogs are often the preferred food. While they may not be on the menu at fivestar restaurants, hot dogs have few ingredients to scoff at. Hot dogs typically contain meat, be it pork, beef or poultry, as the main ingredient. Fillers like bread, flour or oats may also be included. Spices, preservatives and curing agents often round out the ingredients list. Although the most choice cuts of meat are not used, hot dogs are not comprised of the snouts and ends from animals. Rather, they are usually the leftover pieces of meat that are removed from the choicer cuts and some fat. Organ meat is not a part of hot dog creation any longer. A word of caution regarding

hot dogs may be issued in relation to their containing nitrites and salt. Nitrites are preservatives that help prevent against botulism in the meat. Many cured meat products contain nitrites, including bacon and fish. Nitrites may lead to the formation of some cancers and are best avoided if a woman is pregnant. Sodium levels in hot dogs also are high, which means those with high blood pressure or who are watching sodium intake may want to reduce their consumption of hot dogs. Hot dogs may have garnered a bad rap through the years, but their popularity continues today. Chances are strong backyard barbecues will continue to feature hot dogs sizzling on the grill.

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Simple ways to ease the ’ouch’ Sunblock and its adequate reapplication -- is one of the single most effective ways to prevent sunburn and a host of sun-related maladies. Despite the warnings of skin cancer and ailments related to the sun, people succumb to sunburn year after year. The results can be quite painful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting sunburned even once can make a person more likely to get skin cancer. Though it can be that simple to increase risk for skin cancer, there’s actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes when a person gets a sunburn. The very outer layer of the epidermis, or the outside-most skin, is made up of dead skin cells. Directly below them are living skin cells that can be damaged when ultraviolet

light from the sun penetrates these living cells and eventually kills them off. Once the body senses the dead cells, the immune system springs into action. White blood cells are sent to the area to repair damage, which involves increased blood flow. This blood flow makes the skin red and warm. Furthermore, the damaged skin cells send out chemical messengers that activate pain receptors. This is why sunburned skin is red, warm and painful. There are different remedies for alleviating the pain associated with sunburn. While there are some overthe-counter analgesics that will temporarily numb pain, some of the best treatments are simple and natural. Cool water baths and brief showers can reduce the temperature of the skin.

Aloe gels often soothe and cool. It is believed that aloe has anti-inflammatory properties. Some people say that white vinegar can reduce pain and inflammation when sprayed on the affected area or used in compresses. Sunburned skin is often dry and chapped. A moisturizer, such as cocoa butter, can help minimize irritation. It’s important to remain hydrated because damaged skin may not be as effective in locking moisture inside. Plus, the body needs food and water to fuel the repair of sunburned skin. The best remedy for sunburn is to avoid it at all costs. Wearing sunblock, a widebrimmed hat, UV-protection clothing, and sunglasses and avoiding the sun during peak hours are ways to remain comfortable and healthy.

New Sinusitis Treatment at Gwinnett Medical Center For those with seasonal allergies in Georgia, it’s an annual rite of passage: blocked sinuses, loss of sense of smell, recurring headache and a feeling of pressure on the face. But there is hope thanks to a minimally-invasive treatment option offered by Gwinnett Medical Center – Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty technology. 37 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections, as well as structural issues like blockages of the sinus opening. If the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty technology is designed to open blocked sinuses without painful tissue or bone removal, using a small, flexible balloon catheter, which is passed through the nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. When the balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and opens the passageway, restor-

ing normal sinus drainage and function. Until recently, sinusitis patients were limited to two treatment options: medical therapy such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery. Balloon sinuplasty is less invasive than conventional surgery, which means there is less pain, a shorter recovery and better long-term results. Created by a cardiologist who had chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty is similar in concept to balloon angioplasty. In many cases it can be done without removing any tissue or bone, leading to less post-procedure discomfort. The latest innovation to this technology allows the surgeon to place antibiotics directly into the sinus cavity, too, if needed. Balloon sinuplasty is: Minimally invasive – The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices introduced entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinuses. Safe and effective – While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk,

studies demonstrate that the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty system is safe and effective in relieving sinusitis symptoms. Reduced bleeding – No tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, which results in reduced bleeding. Fast recovery time – While recovery time varies with each patient, some patients have been known to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Why continue to suffer from pain, pressure and difficult breathing anymore? Find help at Gwinnett Medical Center. For more information on balloon sinuplasty, or for a physician referral, call 678312-5000.

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Food safety pointers for parties Food is an integral part of any special event, party or impromptu get-together. Ensuring the food is handled and served in a safe manner is the key to keeping guests from getting ill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than 200 known diseases are transmitted through food. Physical reactions can range from mild gastroenteritis to life-threatening neurologic, hepatic and renal syndromes. Food-related diseases often send people to the hospital, but these conditions are largely preventable. Practicing food safety and knowing the guidelines to keeping food safe to eat should be on any party host’s to-do list.

Here are some pointers to consider. Keep clean. Always wash hands before handling any food. Designate cutting boards. Separate utensils and cutting boards should be used for meat and poultry and fruits and vegetables. Use a clean spoon. If you will be testing the seasoning or flavor of something cooking, always use a clean spoon or fork to do so. Keep temperatures consistent. Hot foods should be kept at 140 F and above, while cold foods should be kept at 40 F and below. If foods will be served buffet-style, cold foods need to be served on ice. Hot foods can be kept warm in chafing dishes

over sternos. Designate servers. Have someone serve the food to minimize the number of hands in the food. Keep an eye on food. Don’t leave food unattended at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Use small platters. Use small platters to serve food. This way you can replace small platters instead of refilling large ones that may have old food sitting on them. Watch out for bugs. It can be difficult to control the conditions at outdoor parties. Heat and weather can wreak havoc when serving food. Another concern are insects. Keep foods covered whenever possible.

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Pamper yourself with the gift of gorgeous legs! At Gwinnett Vein Specialists, our mission is to provide each patient with an individually tailored program of total vein care that will result in the absolute best outcomes and results. Unlike other medical specialists, vascular surgeons are in the unique position to provide the entire spectrum of vein care ranging from conservative management practices to the latest minimally invasive treatments for venous reflux. Vein Treatments: After a comprehensive evaluation that includes an ultra-sound examination of the veins, our vein specialists will determine the optimal treatment for each patient’s needs.

Our Services Include: • VNUSŽ Closure Procedure • Ambulatory Phlebectomy • Sclerotherapy • Injection and Veinwave Sclerotherapy The VNUSŽ Closure Procedure, an alternative treatment option to traditional vein stripping surgery, brings state-of-the-art technology to an age-old disease. The Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, your physician will position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein, through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is

withdrawn, the vein wall is heated, causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Your doctor may encourage you to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. Patients who undergo the Closure procedure typically resume normal activities within a day. Highlights of the ClosureŽ Procedure • Relief of symptoms

• Resume normal activity within a day • Outpatient procedure • Local or general anesthesia • Good cosmetic outcome with minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling Ambulatory Phlebectomy Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface veins. This is usually completed in our office using local anesthesia. Incisions are tiny (stitches are generally not necessary) and typically leave imperceptible puncture mark scars. Post-operative discomfort is minimal. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and/ or compression stocking is worn for a short period.

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The Kitchen: The most germ infested room in the house Considering the nature of a bathroom, people generally think that most germs reside there. However, kitchens tend to be the most germ-filled room in the average home, and many kitchen items and surfaces can harbor bacteria and viruses that make people sick. Although the average toilet bowl has 3.2 million bacteria per square inch, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, frequent disinfecting and cleaning of the bathroom helps reduce germ infestation. According to health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, there could be up to 200 times more fecal bacteria on your kitchen cutting board than on your toilet seat. Even a kitchen

tabletop contains an average of 344 bacteria per square inch compared to 295 per square inch for a toilet seat. Unless people are considering cooking and eating meals in their bathrooms, it may be time to examine the germ-ridden areas of the kitchen and start cleaning. Cutting boards: routinely sanitize the board by running it through the dishwasher or cleaning with soap and water and then a small amount of a bleach/water solution. Sponges and rags: The tools of cleaning in the kitchen tend to be some of the most germ-ridden. Disinfect a sponge in the microwave for 30 second to a minute or

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Avoid the Rush! Get Back-to-School Exams & Immunizations Now Every year, thousands of Gwinnett County’s children prepare to enter Kindergarten/ school with the familiar rush to purchase school supplies, tour new class rooms and be introduced to new teachers and friends. One key component of preparing for back to school is ensuring your child is up to date with their medical and immunizations requirements. Gwinnett County Health Departments provide children’s health exams which include lab tests, hearing, vision and dental screenings; nutritional and developmental assessments; and physical exams for infants and children up to age 21.

Screenings- Form 3300 All screenings done through our health centers will be documented on the required Georgia Form 3300. • Hearing Screening- $15.00 • Vision Screening - $15.00 • Dental Screening - $10.00 • $40.00 Total Cost (Includes Hearing, Vision, and Dental screenings) With proper documentation, records from previous hearing, vision, and dental screening conducted within the last 12 months can be transferred and placed on the needed form for a fee of $4.00. Certificate of Immunizations- Form 3231 All immunizations provided through our health

centers will be documented on the required Georgia Form 3231. If your child does not meet Georgia requirements, we can vaccinate your child with the needed immunization. Call the location nearest you for hours of operation (locations are listed below). Fees start at $14.75 per shot. With proper documentation, out of state immunizations records can be transferred onto the required Georgia form 3231, at a cost of $4.00 per child. Through a little early prevention, your child can look forward to a fun, happy and healthy time at school. Additional and confiden-

tial services offered by our Health Centers include, but are not limited to: pregnancy testing, drug screenings, DNA testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, family planning, lab testing and International Travel Vaccinations. To learn more about services available through our health departments, please visit our website at www. EastMetroHealth.com or contact one of the following Gwinnett County Health Departments: – Buford Center – 770-614-2401 – Norcross Center – 770-638-5700 – Lawrenceville Center – 770-339-4283

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Where to find smiles, an encouraging voice and lots of helping hands 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. By the year 2050 this number will be up to 16 million. Though Alzheimer’s greatest risk factor is age, this is not a disease just of the elderly. Up to 5% of those with Alzheimer’s will develop the disease in their 40’s or 50’s. There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s and it is a progressive disease, worsening over time. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s memory loss is mild and most diagnosed will live a close to normal life. As the disease advances those with Alzheimer’s will lose the ability to communicate and relate in their own lives. Significant responsibility is placed on those family members who must act as caregivers for every aspect of daily living. In addition to medicine, there are many treatments that can be used in order to temporarily slow the progression of this disease. Therapeutic activities, a calming environment, and changes in dietary choices may help to improve the quality of life for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia. At HOPE Memory Care Center our focus will be on maintaining the current level of cognitive

function and lessening the symptoms of our residents. Our specialized care and innovative design will make us metro Atlanta’s premier location for dementia care. Built from the ground up with a single priority, HOPE is focused on the lives of our residents and their families. We will be a “beacon of hope” for the community we serve. Residents at HOPE Memory Care Center will be grouped with others in the same stage of dementia. Through our “Distinguishing Dementias” program, residents will benefit from participating in activities and meals with those who are at their same cognitive level. Our “Memorable Moments” therapeutic activity program will provide residents with meaningful and productive activities in order to keep their mind and bodies active. One of the main examples of our specialized care lies within the unique layout of the building. HOPE Memory Care Center will consist of 4 Villages. Each Village has 16 suites, private-living/activity room, dining room and a fourseason porch. The Village at Sunny Surf provides a family like atmosphere fostering independence and self-worth for those residents in earlier stages of

dementia. The Village at Safe Harbor creates a secure environment for those residents who have progressed in their stage of dementia and need extra care. The Village at Wandering Brook features spacious indoor walking areas for residents who need to walk at anytime throughout the day and night. Well appointed activity stations provide opportunities for rest and stimulating activities. The Village at Whispering Pine is a calm and tranquil experience for those in the end stages of dementia. Aromatherapy and Massage Therapy is used to help reduce agitation and encourage relaxation. In addition to what will be provided at the Hope Memory Care Center, online support and assistance will be provided for the families of our residents. The HOPE Memory Network will inform members of the latest in medicines, clinical trials, and support services. This network will give members a chance to connect with others in the community who are navigating the same obstacles. Through this network we hope to contribute to not only the well-being of our residents, families & members but in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s.

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