Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is compromised, leading to the death of brain tissue. While strokes can be devastating, new medications and other treatments can lead to dramatic recovery, but only if the stroke is identified and treated quickly. The American Stroke Association recommends using the acronym FAST to remember the signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • F – Facial drooping on one side
  • A – Arm weakness that impairs raising the arm on one side
  • S – Speech difficulty, either impaired speech or difficulty understanding speech
  • T – Time is critical, and anyone with these signs needs to be evaluated immediately for stroke

Traditional "clot-busting" medications had to be used within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, which made many patients ineligible for treatment. Newer guidelines and neurointerventional procedures, available at major stroke centers, allow more patients to benefit from improved long-term outcomes.

If you notice yourself or anyone around you experiencing these signs, note the time, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

To reduce your risk of having a stroke, be sure to eat well, exercise regularly, don't smoke, and follow up with your primary doctor, watching closely to allow early diagnosis and good control of:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes




Julian Bragg, MD, PHD

Midtown Neurology, P.C., a provider of IDD therapy and other neurological services in Atlanta, is the practice of Drs. Husham Mishu and Julian Bragg, who are both certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Midtown Neurology is affiliated with the stroke program at Atlanta Medical Center, which has been designated by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Our neurologists have committed themselves to providing you with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for your neurological concerns. Whether it is IDD Therapy, BOTOX treatments, migraine headache relief or any other number of neurological needs, we combine our treatments with a thorough education regarding your condition, encouraging you to become an active participant in your treatment plan. At Midtown Neurology, it is our philosophy that you have complete knowledge in order to work as a team with us to treat your condition.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 13:14

Rapid Relief for Chronic Joint Pain

Q: What exactly is a Tenex Health TX procedure?

A: The Tenex Health TX procedure is named after the Tenex Health Corporation who developed a method for treating tendonitis. It allows you to treat tendon related joint pain without having to use an incision or surgical technique and is performed using a very advanced needle that dissolves the bad tissue near the tendon.

Q: Who can benefit from this procedure?

A: Anyone who is otherwise healthy, active and has noticed a fairly significant amount of pain of the elbow, knee, ankle, foot or shoulder is a good candidate for this procedure. This procedure is the next step after conservative treatments for those who want to remain active.

ElbowQ: What exactly does the procedure entail?

A: First, a visit to my office where an ultrasound evaluation is performed. I look for a specific type of injury to the tendon, which could be either scar or dead tissue at the spot where you are most tender. The Tenex procedure may be performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, most patients feel the sensation of pressure, but there is no pain.

Q: How long does this procedure take?

A: Five to six minutes. Once the procedure is complete, you are then sent to the recovery room for 30 minutes and able to return home. From there, the patient will go through a post-procedure process where they keep the joint inactive for a few days, then slowly progressive activity. They will then return to the office after four weeks (to ensure that the healing process is ongoing), and at six weeks they are able to return to their full level of activity.

Q: Is this procedure covered with insurance?

A: So far, of all the procedures I've done, patients have been covered to some degree with insurance. Our office works directly with the insurance company to get that clearance before we perform the procedure.


Charles A Macneill, MD
The Physicians Spine and Rehabilitation Specialists of Georgia

Charles A. MacNeill, MD, a founding partner of The Physicians, practices in our Sandy Springs office. He received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Eckerd College in 1968 and has been named a Joseph Wharton Fellow for graduate study at the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. MacNeill also served in the U.S. Army for four years and was awarded two Bronze Stars during his tour as a Vietnamese linguist and cryptographer.

Post military, he undertook pre-med courses at Georgia Tech and then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Emory and Grady Hospitals in 1980.

Dr. MacNeill is board certified in anesthesiology and subspecialty board certified in pain medicine. He served on the faculty of the Emory School of Medicine as Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He was president of the Greater Atlanta Pain Society from 1999 to 2007 and served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Pain Society from 2004 through 2006.


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By Morgan A. McLaughlin

When most people hear the word "osteoporosis," they immediately think of a condition found only among older populations. After all, it seems that at some point we've all been warned that an elderly relative could "fall and break a hip," but in reality, it's not just that age group who should be concerned about their bone health. Find out what changes you should make today to decrease your risk of osteoporosis and its complications – and try to heal any damage that's already done.

Invisible Disease, Visible Dangers
Osteoporosis means "porous bones" and is a disease characterized by loss of bone mass and the inability to rebuild bone tissue. This can lead to an increase in broken bones, even from low-impact accidents like bumping into a piece of furniture or tripping over a step. While any of these breaks could lead to major complications, broken hips are especially dangerous for older individuals with osteoporosis. Bone mass loss and the related injuries can seriously impact lifespan and quality of life.

"People misunderstand how important osteoporosis is," says Dr. Hayes Wilson, Chief of Rheumatology at Piedmont Hospital. According to Dr. Wilson, 20 percent of older adults who sustain an osteoporosis-related hip bone break will die within a year of that injury, and 50 percent die within two years. Additionally, 50 percent of those who break a hip due to osteoporosis will lose their independence.

QUOTE1Are You At Risk?
While aging (65+) is a primary risk factor, these other groups are at higher risk for osteoporosis as well:

  • Women
  • White or Asian individuals
  • People of smaller stature
  • People with a family history (especially in the maternal line) of osteoporosis or fractures
  • People deficient in calcium and vitamin D

Certain medications or treatments for other health problems can also increase risk. "Long-time steroid use, some seizure medications, long-time anticoagulant use, some stomach acid medications and some medications used for diabetes also are associated with a higher risk of developing osteoporosis," says Dr. Michael Crowe, board-certified OB/GYN with Glenridge Northside Gynecology. Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid can interfere with calcium absorption and increase the risk of bone mass loss. Dr. Wilson cites dietary restrictions (such as dairy allergies or diseases like celiac), eating disorders like anorexia, Crohn's-related bowel resection and certain lifestyle factors like smoking and heavy alcohol use as additional risk factors.

Early Prevention for Best Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a prime example of an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. Good bone health begins with a balanced diet and sufficient calcium intake in childhood and the teen years. Weight-bearing exercise from the teen years onward also helps build and maintain bone density.

QUOTE2Dr. Tom Price, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine and gerontology and a physician with Emory Geriatric at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, says adequate calcium and vitamin D intake are critical. He recommends daily supplementation of 1200 mg of calcium and 800 IUs of vitamin D. Add these to your routine as early as possible, Dr. Price stresses, ideally before the first signs of bone density loss. Once bone loss is detected, the most effective period of osteoporosis prevention is already behind you. By then, he says, the "horse is already out of the barn, and you're chasing it with calcium."

Another key factor is magnesium, which many people are deficient in. Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine says, "Calcium and magnesium need to be in a two-to-one ratio for best absorption." Her practice recommends 400 mg of chelated magnesium (a more easily absorbed form) daily.

Diagnosis: Easy and Safebone
But how can you tell if your bones are losing density? It's not exactly like noticing a gray hair or tired feet. Thankfully, diagnosis is a very simple process. Bone densitometry (also called DEXA or DXA) scans are the most reliable and most common means of detecting osteoporosis. This advanced X-ray technology is non-invasive – no IVs or other prep required – and typically involves scanning the lower spine, hips and pelvis area. Results will indicate normal bone mass, low bone mass (osteopenia) or osteoporosis.

DEXA scans are recommended for postmenopausal women over 65 and for men over 70, though scans may be recommended earlier for those with more risk factors. Because of the increased risk for osteoporosis in women, most women should consider having a DEXA scan every two years. Referrals for this scan often come from your OB/GYN and can, in many cases, be performed at the same location and in the same visit as a mammogram.

Treating Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
Once low bone mass has been detected, most care providers will immediately prescribe calcium (1200 mg) and vitamin D (2000 IUs) supplements. Vitamin B-12 supplementation, particularly in men, can also help with retaining bone mass. Lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation and beginning weight-bearing exercise, are also prescribed at this point.

If nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes do not indicate improvement, the next step is medication, typically bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Boniva or Actonel. Bisphosphonates may be prescribed for a period as long as five to 10 years, though they can be difficult for some people to take. Bisphosphonates can cause heartburn and must be taken orally, twice a week, and within 30 minutes of taking them, the patient cannot lie down, eat or drink anything other than water, or take other medications.

For those who can't take bisphosphonates or for whom bisphosphonates are not working, a daily injectable medication like Forteo, or a newer, twice-yearly injectable medication like Prolia may be a better option. These medications also carry certain risks, however, and your health care provider will work with you to determine which course of treatment will be the safest and most effective for your individual needs.

Whether you are above the age of 65 or still in your 20s, you can still take steps to improve your bone health. Prevention, early diagnosis and good, evidence-based care can keep you on your feet and improve your overall quality of life.


Editorial Resources

Tasneem Bhatia, MD, Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine –

Michael E. Crowe, MD, Glenridge Northside Gynecology –

National Osteoporosis Foundation –

Thomas Price, MD, Emory Geriatric at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital –

Hayes Wilson, MD, Piedmont Hospital –



Friday, 27 March 2015 18:22

Supplement Your Success

By Taylor Arnold

As we age, our bodies often set new limits for us that didn't exist in years past. Are supplements a good way to push past those limits, exercise at our maximum level and receive all the nutrients we need? Read on as we explore some common supplement options and provide tools for evaluating these products on your own.

Go for the Goal
If you're considering taking a supplement, you likely have a goal in mind already. Maybe you want to push through fatigue during an after-work gym session, so you're looking for a supplement with caffeine. Or perhaps your muscles need extra help recovering after a workout, so you want to try a protein supplement. Like many, you may just want to round out your daily diet with a multivitamin. "Some people may use supplements to fill in dietary gaps, meet their fitness goals, support eye health, gain weight or for a number of other reasons," says Marie Spano, sports dietitian and sports nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks.

Those scenarios are common, and the supplement industry has plenty of options to meet your needs. According to Dr. Michael Bakheet, who specializes in sports medicine with Kaiser Permanent of Georgia, "Those wanting sports performance enhancements may benefit from caffeine, whey protein and creatine," which can provide added energy and increased muscle mass. Dr. Bakheet says they have been well studied and are safe. Spano agrees, pointing out, "Creatine monohydrate is so effective that clinical trials are examining how this supplement may help those with diseases that affect the muscles."

In addition to fitness supplements, many dietary supplements such as omega-3s, vitamin D and calcium have been shown to offer health benefits. Knowing that some effective options are on the market, it's time to hit the store.

Seal the Deal
When shopping for food, you likely keep a sharp eye out for labels such as "USDA Organic," "Non-GMO Project Verified" or "Fair Trade Certified." When purchasing a supplement, you should be just as discerning, if not more so, because regulation is less strict than you may expect.

The 1994 Dietary Supplementation Health and Education Act allowed nutritional supplements to reach the marketplace without FDA approval or providing proof that the substances are safe or actually do what they claim to do. "It just requires that the substances contained in the product are on the label," explains Dr. David Marshall, director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Sports Medicine Program. "There is no requirement for studies proving short or long-term safety with product use. This lack of regulation and high risk of impurities can put the consumer at significant risk when purchasing and using these products." Some supplements do go through independent certification processes, such as those by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), and these will be marked with a seal.

SB1As with any product, your best bet is to examine the ingredients for yourself. "Buy products with detailed ingredient lists so you know what part of a plant a particular product is using, the dose and where it is manufactured," says Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, medical director at Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine. Shahida Rashid, clinical nutrition manager at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, also encourages would-be buyers to look for supplements with no additives, colors or fillers.

And keep in mind that the ingredient label isn't perfect, either. "Just because a supplement says it has 500 mg of one ingredient, it may not contain that amount," Spano explains. Studies by Harvard researchers and the U.S. Office of Inspector General show that some supplements live up to their label claims, while others do not. Rashid adds, "Remember to do your research, visit the manufacturer's website and research ingredients in the product. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is."

Supplement Side Effects
Whether you've decided to try a diet supplement or a post-workout protein shake, be sure to consider any possible side effects. For example, according to Rashid, prolonged, excessive intake of protein can be associated with decreased kidney function and osteoporosis. "Remember, too much of a good thing is not a good thing," she says. "Mega doses of vitamins and minerals can have adverse effects and even death. Always consult your doctor or a registered dietitian when taking supplements."

Even if the supplement itself does not cause problems, it could potentially interfere with any existing health concerns or other medications you're taking. For example, "Many high antioxidant supplements are not recommended during chemo or radiation," Dr. Bhatia says. Vitamin E is another one to watch out for, Spano says, because "it is a blood thinner, and your cardiologist may not want you taking high doses of this supplement." She adds that men should be especially careful with vitamin E supplements because high doses may increase prostate cancer risk. Whatever supplements you're interested in, it's a good idea to consult your physician before taking anything.

Food for Fitness
When it comes down to everyday health and fitness, you're likely better off eating a nutrient-dense diet and getting a variety of physical activity rather than relying on supplements. "I generally don't recommend 'energy boosters' or supplements for fitness," says Dr. Maziar Rezvani, director of Avicenna Integrative Medicine and Avicenna Allergy and Asthma. "These products are releasing what is already inside of you. There are more natural ways to release these mediators than taking something externally."


Try these dietary options to achieve the results you want:

Energy: Black tea or coffee can give you a boost through your workout or during the workday without the danger of accidentally supplementing with too much caffeine or spending money on a B12 injection your body may not need.

Strength: "Lean meats can help with iron and amino acid deficiencies," Dr. Bhatia says, providing protein and helping muscles rebuild after a tough workout. If it's strong bones you're looking for, opt for calcium-dense greens like spinach, kale and collard greens.

Pain relief: "Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties," Dr. Bakheet says, as do citrus fruits.

Recovery: Water. "Many people forget this one simple ingredient to their diet," Dr. Bakheet says. "Simply put, staying well hydrated will help every cell in your body function at maximum efficiency."


Editorial Resources

Michael Bakheet, MD, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia –
Tasneem Bhatia, MD, Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine –
David Marshall, MD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta –
Shahida Rashid, RD, LD, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital –
Maziar Rezvani, MD, FAAAI, Avicenna Integrative Medicine –
Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD –


Every morning, Atlanta listeners – and listeners in cities across the Southeast – can hear Kristin Klingshirn on "The Bert Show," bantering with the boys, Bert Weiss and Jeff Dauler, and recapping the latest pop culture news. Longtime listeners know that underneath this UK grad's fun-loving exterior, she's an insightful woman who brings a great deal of compassion and perspective to her time on the air. "Once radio gets in your blood, it's there to stay," she says. "I truly feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I am beyond grateful that I actually get to live out this dream." She recently sat down with Best Self Atlanta to reflect on her 12 years in radio, her favorite sweets and sweat sessions in Atlanta, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

You mentioned your anxiety on the air a few weeks ago.
How did you recognize it, and how do you control it?
Of all things, it was a Buzzfeed list called "24 Things Only Anxious People Understand." Some examples from the list are "Your anxiety causes actual physical discomfort and pain" Kristin2and "You are never really 'in the moment.'" I was able to check off practically everything on the list. At that moment, I was ready to finally do something about it. That's when I went back to therapy, changed my diet and became diligent about working out on a regular basis. There's still more I'd like to do. This is a process that takes time, and you can't fix anxiety overnight.

What aid have you found to be the most effective?
Hands down, therapy has helped me the most. Dr. Susan Rudnicki has opened my eyes in ways I didn't know were possible.

What advice do you have for other women dealing with anxiety?
I want to abolish the stigma of mental illness, whether it's depression or anxiety or any other disorder. So I encourage all women to seek advice and help. It doesn't mean you're weak if you ask for help. If anything, it means quite the opposite since you are tackling your struggles head on.

What are your favorite workouts?
I'm in love with hot yoga. I make sure to go to Red Hot Yoga at least once a week. For 60 minutes, I'm so focused on the poses that I literally think of nothing else. It's blissful. I also work with a personal trainer at Roc House Fitness, Takeela, and I adore her. Her upbeat, positive attitude is exactly what I need.

What are your favorite ways to indulge your sweet tooth?
Now we're talking! I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Butter pecan ice cream. My mom's Three Day Coconut Cake is to die for. I could go on
for days.

What are your favorite traits of your co-hosts, Bert and Jeff?
I affectionately call them the older brothers I never wanted because I do see them as family. I appreciate Jeff's wit and comedic timing, and Bert is one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. I value their friendship and feel truly honored that I get to work alongside them every morning as they are both so freaking talented. I hope they don't read this because their heads will be too big to fit through the studio door.

Tell us about this year's Bert's Big Adventure trip.
It's always the highlight of my year! Bert's Big Adventure takes chronic and terminally ill kids to Disney World, and the entire family gets to come. You pick up a different vibe from each trip, and this year it was independence and determination from the kids and their families. I remember Lali in her wheelchair cruising through the Magic Kingdom, determined to ride Peter Pan. She refused to sit in her dad's lap – she was going to experience the ride like every other kid at Disney. I always say "The Bert Show" pays the bills, but Bert's Big Adventure pays the soul.

What lessons have you learned from "The Bert Show" over the years?
The most important lesson I've learned is not to be so quick to judge. You will never fully understand what a person is going through or what they've experienced in life that makes them say or do a certain thing. We can be so quick to judge one another, so try to show compassion and kindness even when most don't think it's warranted.

What have you learned about yourself over the course of your career?
I'm a much stronger woman than I ever gave myself credit for.


Friday, 27 March 2015 16:42

My Best Self: Julia Curran-Villarreal

When you put yourself out there, you sometimes have to push through some fear and discomfort. Julia Curran-Villarreal figured out a new way to push through it: jump over it! After decades away from track and field, this almost 55-year-old Marietta mom picked up her old sport of high jumping and now competes at the Masters level all across the country. Last season, she won gold in 10 of her 11 meets, and she is currently ranked number one in the country and number eight in the world. Curran-Villarreal says, "I am trying to approach this phase of my life with a sense of fearlessness. If there are things I've dreamed of doing, I am going to try them." High jumping could be just the beginning.


In high school, what originally interested you in track and field?
I participated in gymnastics in elementary and middle school and thought that was "my sport," but one day in ninth grade, I walked by someone high jumping indoors. Someone suggested I try that, and it stuck. I jumped very successfully throughout high school.

How did you get back into high jumping as an adult?
My first competition as an adult was in 2013 at age 53. I loved that my boys, then 8 and 10, were doing sports, and I was reminiscing about my time on a team and how much I loved high jumping. On a whim, I Googled "track and field for grown-ups" and found the Masters track and field community. I was thrilled to find out there were competitions for adults.

How did your first competition go?
I went to my first meet here in Georgia just to observe, but I wore a T-shirt and shorts just in case I got up the nerve to register and compete – I did, and I won my age division. I haven't stopped since. I got more serious in 2014 and began working with a trainer who specializes in competitive athletes.

Tell us about your trainer.
My trainer is David Schrader of Neurosport Functional Training. He works with me on flexibility, balance and strength training. He understands the challenges of an older athlete and is very encouraging but pushes me incredibly hard.

What competitions are on the horizon this year?
My 2015 indoor season began in February with the USATF Southeastern Masters Championship in North Carolina. I will also compete in the USATF National Indoor Championships this month. I have also qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games, which are in July in Minnesota, and the World Masters Athletics in Lyon, France in August. The WMAs, held every two years, are like the Olympics for Masters athletes, and it will be an exciting competition.

What have you learned about yourself since resuming your sport?
It can be scary to put yourself out there and compete. You may fail. You may get hurt, look silly or not perfect. We Masters athletes can't perform like we did 30 years ago, but we continue to compete for the love of it. It's the absolute definition of doing "your personal best."

What inspires you about your fellow Masters athletes?
Most of these Masters athletes are in better shape than most people half their age. They train hard, have a great attitude and never give up. They epitomize the belief that whether you succeed or fail is not as important as putting forth the effort.

Monday, 02 March 2015 17:02

Golsen Family Dentistry

Friday, 20 February 2015 16:52

A Progressive Approach to an Expert Facelift


Facial rejuvenation procedures to reduce the signs of aging have increased in popularity as surgical techniques have progressed. One result of these advances has been confusion over what the different terms for facelift mean. As a patient, how do you know whether you need a mini lift, S-lift, deep plane lift or any other particular variety?

The real key to a great facelift result is consulting with an experienced facelift surgeon who can help you understand the best procedure for you based on your needs, goals and time frame. Dr. Beaty takes this concept a step further at his Atlanta practice and offers all of his patients a completely individualized, progressive approach to both consultation and surgery. This method ensures that you will have the facial rejuvenation procedure that maximizes your results while minimizing incisions and downtime.

Dr. Beaty has spent years in training and practice mastering all of the major facelift techniques and developing and publishing this unique progressive approach to ensure your results are the best they can be. Beginning with your consultation, Dr. Beaty performs a comprehensive assessment of your facial skin, supportive tissue and volume needs. He also discusses how each technique will impact your look and your recovery. During the procedure, each step is evaluated for maximal efficacy. The result of following this type of approach is a perfect matching of surgical technique to the needs of each patient, delivering a rejuvenated new you every time!


Mark M. Beaty,
MD, Double Board Certified Facial
Plastic Surgeon

Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Mark Beaty has provided the finest in facial aesthetic services to patients in metro Atlanta for over 15 years. Dr. Beaty is an expert in personalized facial aesthetic enhancement including all aspects of cosmetic facial surgery as well as nonsurgical rejuvenation.


Sponsored by: Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery  |  2365 Old Milton Parkway, Suite #400
Alpharetta, GA 30009  |  Phone: (770) 753-0053  |

Friday, 20 February 2015 16:27

Teenage Angst or Depression?

Between the pressures to perform, keeping up with a packed schedule and the transition to adulthood, many adolescents will experience emotional upheaval that includes anxiety, depression, loneliness and unhappiness. While some of these symptoms can be attributed to environmental factors, these can also be warning signs that something more serious is going on.

Depression in teens can look different than in adults. A child with depression may feel sick, resist going to school or express excessive worry. Teens may become distant, get into fights, be irritable and feel anxious. Depression in adolescence frequently coexists with other disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders or substance abuse and can also lead to increased risk for suicide.

Depression strikes teenagers more often than most people think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Each year about 6.7 percent of U.S. adults experience major depressive disorder, and women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that depression and anxiety, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor or mental health specialist.


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Institute for Advanced Medical Research

Dr. Angelo Sambunaris has been a leader in the field of clinical research for over two decades. Prior to founding the Institute for Advanced Medical Research in 1989, he led clinical research teams at Solvay and Bayer Pharmaceutical. He also served as Lieutenant Commander, Research Officer Group United States Public Health Services at the NIMH.

When do I know to contact a specialist?
If you see significant changes in your child's ability to perform at school, changes with his or her social interactions or a shift in their ability to cope with their day to day stress, you should seek advice and obtain a diagnostic evaluation from a specialist such as a psychiatrist who is trained to discern normal teenage angst versus a medical condition.

What things can I encourage my teen to do to combat normal anxiety and stress?
Help your teen begin good habits now that will follow into adulthood with regards to reducing stress. Encourage them to practice yoga, meditate, eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep, limit caffeine and sugar and exercise every day. Help them develop support systems through clubs and sports teams. Additionally, set a good example yourself by sharing a positive attitude and demonstrating a sense of humor.

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:03

Stay Healthy on the Highway

It's spring break season in metro Atlanta. Many of you will hit the road for some fun and relaxation, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your healthy eating habits at home. Fast food is a temptation on every highway, but it's good to keep balance when you're away from home. There are plenty of healthy snacks that you can pack for your road trip, whether it's long or short.

For shorter trips, you can bring along non-perishable snacks like:

  • Unsalted nuts or trail mix. You can even make your own with almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. You could also include dried fruit like cranberries, blueberries or raisins. Just remember that 2 tablespoons of dried fruit will add about 15 grams of carbohydrates to your snack.
  • Half a sandwich made with 100 percent whole wheat bread and 1 to 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Whole fruit such as oranges, grapes, apples, bananas, tangerines or cherries.

In the car for the long haul?
Pack a cooler of healthy food, which will keep your good habits up and your chances of getting ill down. Here are some snack and meal ideas:

  • Hummus and pre-cut vegetables like baby carrots, broccoli florets, celery sticks, sugar snap peas or cherry tomatoes.
  • shutterstock 214341322Fresh fruit like berries, pre-cut melon or sliced apples.
  • Veggie or turkey sandwiches made with 100 percent whole wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and mustard.
  • Whole wheat wrap or pita sandwiches. Use lean deli meat, non-starchy vegetables and cheese.
  • Single servings of light yogurt mixed with berries for a yogurt parfait.
  • Plenty of water.


Kelly DeGraffenreid, MD


Family Medicine

Dr. DeGraffenreid is a board certified physician in Family Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Purdue University, earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her Family Medicine residency at Emory University. Kaiser Permanente is the state's largest nonprofit health plan serving more than 275,000 members in 26 medical facilities across metro Atlanta and Athens.

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