Fit BuddyAfter having five herniated discs at the age of 23, Sandy Springs resident Dawn Clements took an interest in pain prevention and created the Fit Buddy. The groundbreaking tool can be used to relieve neck and shoulder tension, tight muscles, back pain, sciatica, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. And at just under two pounds, the wooden device, which can also help increase flexibility and mobility, is a favorite among professional athletes such as former Atlanta Falcons player Dan Owens.

Details: FitBuddy.us

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Solcioty Fitness - Joe PaullAt the new Solcioty Fitness in Buckhead, you’ll never be bored with your workout routine. Using a popular blend of interval training focused on strength and endurance, the Georgia-based company seamlessly cues participants from one exercise to the next with colored LED lighting. Each 60-minute Lift, Lean or Sculpt session is structured to target specific muscles for an incredible burn.

Details: 3655 Roswell Rd., Atlanta; SolciotyFitness.com

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OystersAt Ray’s at Killer Creek, it’s easy to lose track of time over fantastic conversation and even better food. If you have a taste for seafood and are ready to cozy up in one of the sophisticated restaurant’s banquettes, now is the time to go. Every May, the Georgia eatery receives first pick of what is considered the gold standard in salmon, Copper River King Salmon. The season for this highly-coveted fish is short and sweet—beginning near the middle of May and tapering off around mid-June. Start your meal with scrumptious appetizers such as the Oysters Rockefeller (pictured). Then pair your salmon prize with crisp, grilled jumbo asparagus or black garlic creamed spinach. And if you still have room after your feast, share a delectable dessert like the crème brûlée with berries.
Details: 1700 Mansell Rd., Alpharetta; RaysRestaurants.com/RaysAtKillerCreek/Home

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Fox Theatre, AliveCoverageThe Fox Theatre’s much anticipated Marquee Club Presented by Lexus is now open. Thanks to a $10 million expansion, the largest one-time revitalization of the theater since opening in 1929, annual members and select ticket holders can expect concierge guest services, pre-sale ticketing notifications, and enhanced food and beverage service. Its rooftop terrace offers stunning views overlooking Peachtree Street making this the perfect pit stop before, during and after shows.

Details: 660 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta; FoxTheatre.org

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By John F. Arnold, MD, MBA

The goal of any breast screening program is to find cancer early and reduce false positives. The American College of Radiology Commission on Breast Imaging has performed a thorough review of the evidence that annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk can decrease breast cancer mortality by about 40%. Benefits of screening also include tumors being found earlier and the ability to discover high-risk lesions earlier.

OPISupported by Research

Over 70% of cancers occur in dense breasts. Mammography has limitations in imaging dense breasts. The ASTOUND study is defined as adjunct screening with tomosynthesis or ultrasound in women with mammography negative dense breasts. This was a multicenter screening trial of tomosynthesis and adjunct ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts. Adjunct ultrasounds led to significantly higher incremental breast cancer detection, the rate per 1,000 screening mammograms was 7.1/1,000 screening exams for ultrasound and 4.0/1,000 screening exams for tomosynthesis. Three studies—European Asymptomatic Screening Study, SOMO•INSIGHT Clinical Study, and performance studies by Shane, et al—included adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound to screening mammography to improve the performance of mammographic interpretation. Adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound has shown a significant increase in invasive cancer detection with a nominal insignificant decrease in specificity. Eighty-five percent of cancers found with screening ultrasound are node negative invasive cancer.

OPI is Leading The Way

OutPatient Imaging is introducing 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound at its Atlanta location. Even better, OutPatient Imaging will be performing an automated 3-D screening breast ultrasound as an adjunct to all screening mammograms with no additional cost to the patient during the introductory phase. Ultrasound is fully automated and takes approximately 30 seconds per breast. The exam requires no external compression other than the patient’s own body weight. The 3-D images generated from the ultrasound will be interpreted by the radiologist as an adjunct to the patient’s screening mammogram. Three-D automated breast ultrasound does not utilize ionizing radiation as tomosynthesis uses, therefore it can reduce the radiation exposure to the patient.

OutPatient Imaging is proud of its commitment to women’s health and will continue to offer patients a choice for all of their imaging needs.

OutPatient Imaging • 2284 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 225-5674 • outpatientimaging.net

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By Karen Foley

Jon Ramirez1. Get Outside

There are so many ways to take advantage of the sunny weather while at Windy Hill Athletic Club. Tennis is in full swing! Our Tennis In No Time program teaches beginners how to play in just 4 weeks. Plus, there are drills, adult instructional programs and socials to keep avid players and newbies on the court outdoors. Or, slow down the pace and relax by our resort-style pool. If you’re feeling adventurous, try our 50-foot rock climbing wall. Afterward, grab a drink and bite to eat at our café featuring summer specials.

2. Beat the Heat

Head to our fitness floors with boutique-style studios for yoga, barre, cycling, boxing and kickboxing classes, along with boot camps. We are also launching two new programs this summer called Aqua HIIT and Warrior. Not for the faint of heart, Aqua HIIT is a high-intensity interval training water aerobics class that features a variety of equipment and high-tempo music. You can now find this series on our Group X schedule.  Warrior is hosted in our PIT studio and is also on the Group X schedule. This 45-minute class features 3 stations and incorporates cardio, work on the floor, and work with weights.

3. Mingle

Join us from 1-5 p.m. on June 16 for our Big Summer Bash pool party. Vino connoisseurs will love our Wednesday Wine Down from 7-9 p.m. on July 17. And in August, we’ll host a Back-to-School Party.

4. Go to Camp

Our camp programs run through August 3. Plus, we have a tennis camp!

5. Join a League

Make new friends in one of our sports leagues. Some of the most popular ones are the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA), the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and our Top Dog Sports Tennis league.

6. Find Your Fit

Everyone from singles to families and kids can get involved at Windy Hill Athletic Club during the summer months. Visit the club and see what is right for you and your crew.

Windy Hill Athletic Club • windyhillclub.com

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By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP

“Hair is all over the place—my clothes, my carpet, my sofa, and my car. It’s everywhere, especially in my shower drains. When is it ever going to end?”  The good news is that the shedding will end soon. At last, effective treatment for chronic telogen effluvium (CTE), the second most common cause of women’s chronic hair shedding, has arrived. The treatment is a simple-to-administer scalp spray used twice daily called Minca Scalp Spray.

women's hair lossThe Chronic Shedding Cause

Chronic telogen effluvium usually follows an episode of acute telogen effluvium (ATE). ATE is common and occurs for a great many reasons. It spontaneously resolves in 90% of women. CTE has several common features, including the loss of the ability to grow hair much longer than 6 inches, significant thinning of hair on both temples, and generalized thinning of hair on the entire head but with no scalp exposure.

The tireless work of hundreds of dedicated researchers has led to some definitive answers about this puzzling disease that provide insights into its nature. The key discovery was that the hair follicle has only a few ways it can respond to insults and CTE is one of them. In simplest terms, CTE is a disease of the hair cycle. The normal hair growth cycle lasts 6 years but in CTE it has been short-circuited resulting in its premature termination after only 18 to 24 months. When the cycle is terminated, the hair shaft is ejected from the follicle and lost from the scalp as the hair is shed. This is why women with CTE can’t grow their hair much longer than 6 inches.

Hair follicles are naturally out of sync with each other so when a hair needs to be replaced it is not likely to be too close to another one undergoing the same thing. With CTE since the cycle length is shorted so much hair is always being terminated. This explains why your hair is constantly shedding. While there is constant loss of hair and the hair is much thinner as a result, there is no loss of scalp cover because for every lost hair a new one is coming in to replace it and the lost hair is out of sync with each other.

A Minca Miracle

Armed with this knowledge we crafted Minca Scalp Spray designed specifically for women. Minca Scalp Spray gets the hair cycle back on track. Its inherent pharmaceuticals, hormones, and antihormones affecting the DNA of the hair follicle stem cell and provide the hair follicle with a protective environment. Minca Scalp Spray increases the blood flow to the base of the hair follicle, which increases the delivery of protein, minerals, fats, and all the many inputs needed to produce hair. These features of Minca Scalp Spray result in the gradual recovery of a normal hair cycle over time.

Our treatment services are not covered by insurance or Medicare. For a more information about our treatment services and the fee for our treatment services please visit our website at www.HairRegen.net or call Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373.

HairRegen • Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP • 404-574-2373 • 1418 Dresden Dr., Suite #225 Atlanta, GA • HairRegen.net

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StressBy Scott D. Miller, MD

We all procrastinate from time to time. In fact, some people say that they work better under pressure. Although physical and mental stress can both have some beneficial effects on our well-being, too much stress can undermine our goals that prompted this response in the first place. The challenge is recognizing the line between benefit and harm.

So what is the purpose of stress? In the most primitive sense, it is a survival mechanism. When faced with physical danger, hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are rapidly produced in order to prepare us for a defensive or evasive action. However, a similar response can occur in a social or work setting. Over time, this motivation that pushes us through our daily routine can have some detrimental effects on our mental and physical health.

Stress can be a great tool for helping us achieve our goals. Merely setting a deadline or committing to a project can provide the necessary kick in the pants. Stress also conditions us to deal with more stress. Just think back to the things that stressed us out as teenagers. They seem so trivial now. Of course, the best example of good stress is exercise. In addition to all of the obvious health benefits, exercise prepares us for both the physical and mental rigors of life. Even a short walk can pull us out of that afternoon slump.

The detrimental effects of stress go far beyond the feeling of being “stressed out.” These consequences include the following:

  • Elevation in blood pressure
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Lowered testosterone
  • Weight gain
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Risky behavior
  • More stress and anxiety

Reducing stress can be simple. Here are some tips:

  • Exercise daily
  • Make a good night’s sleep a priority
  • Prioritize tasks and goals
  • Make lists
  • Learn to say “no”
  • Socialize

Also, consider relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or simply listening to music. Making time for stress reduction will save you time in the long run.

The right amount of stress can boost both our mental and physical abilities. However, too much of a good thing can wreak havoc on our health. You might not even realize when you cross that line. Men are notorious for neglecting their health, and stress reduction is no exception. The possibility of stress affecting your testosterone level should be enough motivation.

Look for my article on “Man Versus Prostate” in the next issue.

Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers services to address and prevent conditions associated with stress. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) today to learn more about heart screenings, cardiac rehabilitation, or sleep studies at WellStar North Fulton.

Scott D. Miller, MD • WellStar North Fulton Hospital • (470) 956-4230 • ScottDMillerMD.com

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By David Martin, RN

Do you ever find yourself awake in the middle of the night, counting sheep, and trying not to think about how restless your legs feel? Or, while working long hours at your desk, are your legs begging you to get up and move around? Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that affects 10% of adults in the U.S. and is a potentially debilitating sleep disorder that should not be ignored.

VeinInnovations UltrasoundTaking a Deeper Look

After 16 years of studying and treating legs at VeinInnovations, we have found that many of our patients complain of restless legs at night. They describe sleepless nights caused by a tingling or crawling underneath the skin that makes them feel the urge to move their legs, or even cause them to jerk uncontrollably. Some patients also complain that they experience these symptoms throughout the day when they’ve been seated for long periods of time. Moreover, many patients come to us because they have been diagnosed with RLS and their medications are not working for them. Having an ultrasound can determine whether or not their RLS symptoms are being caused by vein disease.

“The ultrasound examination is a definitive way to rule out significant venous disease. If we rule out vein disease, then we can refer the patient out for neurological treatment of RLS. We know that the causes of restless legs can be neurological, however these symptoms mimic vein disease so we better not automatically assume the symptoms are being brought on by one or the other. On the other hand, if restless legs are based on venous disease, we have seen dramatic resolution of restless legs through vein treatment procedures,” says Darrell Caudill, Medical Director of VeinInnovations.

Don’t Suffer in Silence

Venous disease is treated using minimally invasive vein procedures done in a doctor’s office setting that help diseased or malfunctioning veins redirect blood into other veins for improved circulation. Many patients not only experience improvement of their RLS symptoms, but also many other symptoms caused by damaged veins. Some patients who have symptoms similar to those with restless legs syndrome are pleasantly surprised when they get their first good night of sleep post treatment. Better yet, when there is a positive ultrasound for vein disease along with one or more symptoms, about 90% of these vein treatment procedures are covered by insurance.

The ultrasound guides our treatment and is an effective diagnostic tool, whether the patient is suffering from varicose veins, swollen ankles, skin changes on the legs, restless legs at night or leg cramps. If you’ve had an ultrasound and vein disease was ruled out, restless legs could be caused by a myriad of other things such as central nervous system abnormalities, neurological abnormalities in the spine or brain, cortisol or iron deficiency, family history, medications, or caffeine. However, if you suffer from any RLS-like symptoms, or just tired, heavy legs, call VeinInnovations and make an appointment for an ultrasound to be performed by one of our registered vascular technologists to determine whether you may be suffering from treatable venous disease.

VEININNOVATIONS • (678) 731-9815 • VeinInnovations.com

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By Jill M. Golsen, DMD

When you got married your partner didn’t snore. Now, there is a chain saw in the bedroom. You have now moved to the guest room. You are grumpy, have dark circles under your eyes, are always tired and are probably grinding your teeth too! Or, even worse, your child is snoring and sleeping with his or her mouth open and not breathing well! They are grinding their baby teeth down to nubs and everyone just says, “Oh, it’s normal.”

snoringNo, It’s Not Normal

This is not just snoring. Behind the “snoring curtain” are issues that must be diagnosed and resolved! There are so many levels to this problem. People can die during an apneic event because they stop breathing! At the very least when we snore, we are not going into deep sleep. It’s all about the airway and if it’s blocked, which is not good.

Resolving the Issue

In our office, we see people who are grinding their teeth or their front gums might be red and bleeding, which is our first clue that something is wrong. Next, we ask a few questions about their sleep habits. The CPAP machine is not always the answer. So don’t stop reading! After a discussion with the patient, we talk about the route to diagnosing this issue. Since there can be so many causes and treatment options, it’s important to not put the same label on everyone. We must listen to the patient and really think about the plan of action. Not getting this resolved can break up marriages! I have had patients come to me who are incredibly upset over their situation. Depending on our chat, we determine if it’s a sinus or dental issue.

If it’s a sinus issue, I always refer my patients to a great ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who knows sleep issues and how to resolve them. You want to get this resolved! In children, this is terrible to let go on. So please don’t! Children especially feel the effects. Chronic sinusitis, throat infections, mouth breathing, flattened baby teeth, poor performance in school—these are all signs. Facial bone development can be affected by a child’s inability to breath. Think about that.

If any of this sounds familiar, “Houston, we have a problem!” Another round of antibiotics for their 6th sinus infection is not acceptable! Your poor child needs to be seen by an appropriate doctor who can resolve the issue.

After a thorough evaluation by us, and possibly an ENT doctor, and maybe a sleep study for a spouse, then the recommended treatment can be prescribed. This could be as simple as an appliance to wear to change the jaw position or nasal or sinus surgery.

Any of the prescribed solutions will help you breathe better and sleep better, which will make you feel better!

Get your partner back in the bedroom! Call our office if anyone in your family snores! We would love to help guide you and your family to be healthier—and happier!

Golsen Family Dentistry • Jill M. Golsen, DMD • (770) 667-0669 • GolsenDental.com

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