In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare is offering extended and weekend screening hours for women to receive mammograms. The extended hours are as follows: Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday October 23 from 7:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Emory Breast Imaging Center on Clifton Road. NewEmoryHealthcareThe weekend hours took place on Saturday, October 18 at Emory University Hospital Midtown. These extended and weekend hours are great for women who have full-time jobs, or who don’t have time to get screened during regular business hours.

Emory Healthcare will also give their employees the opportunity to get screened for free at the 3rd Annual Breastival™ Event on Tuesday Oct. 21.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram with Emory Healthcare, call 404-778-PINK (7465).

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Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month on your bike at the Young Survivors Coalition’s Tour de Pink! Held on Oct. 25, this is the only bike ride for breast cancer in the city of Atlanta and it is held at ADP’s Alpharetta Campus.homepage_inspire_2014

Riders have the option to ride one mile to 100 in the Northern suburbs of Atlanta. Last year’s event had more than 800 registered riders and raised close to $250,000 for local breast cancer programs.

This year’s ride promises to be bigger and better, with a survivor’s loop, short family rides and professionally designed routes for the more experienced rider. There are also 5K routes for those who prefer to run.

After the ride, participants will get the chance to explore the expo which will feature local vendors, food, services and entertainment.


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The importance of mammograms and early detection of breast cancer cannot be overstated. At Gwinnett Medical Center, they know that having regular mammograms can find breast cancer at its earliest stages, when treatments are most effective. But despite this knowledge, a lot of women don’t take advantage of mammogram testing that could save their lives due to fear and myths surrounding mammograms. With the help of Gwinnett Medical Center, we are going to dispel some of those myths!


Myth 1: My insurance won’t cover it

Mammograms are considered a preventative service, which are often covered 100 percent by most insurance plans, without any cost-sharing like deductibles or co-payments. However, each insurance policy is different, so be sure to check that yours covers mammograms. Also, for women over 40, Medicare will pay for a mammogram screening every 12 months.

Myth 2: It will hurt too badly

While the test has been called uncomfortable, few women would describe it as painful. During a mammogram, your breast is placed on a platform and is compressed with a plastic paddle. The compression is necessary to even out the breast tissue so that lower doses of X-rays are used. The American Cancer Society suggests that women receive their mammogram a week after their menstrual cycle, when the breast is the least tender. Also, the actual X-ray portion of the test lasts close to one minute per breast. And, of course, if it hurts, let your technician know!

Myth 3: I am busy and don’t have time for a mammogram

On average, the basic test lasts 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish. Even a diagnostic mammogram, which takes additional X-rays from other angles, only takes 30 to 45 minutes. Mammogram tests are too short to use time as an excuse not to get one.

Myth 4: I am young; breast cancer can’t affect me yet

Breast cancer can affect women at any age. Before the age of 40, one in 231 women will get breast cancer. And the risk only gets higher as you age. Breast cancer doesn’t care how old you are.

Myth 5: Breast cancer runs in my family, there is nothing I can do about it

While your risk of getting breast cancer is greater if you have a family history, women who have high risk can take steps to reduce their chance of getting it. They can stop smoking, exercise regularly, take certain medications and receive regular mammograms. Gwinnett Medical Center also offers hereditary cancer risk assessment services with a certified cancer risk counselor. For more information, call 678-312-3235.

Myth 6: The radiation from the test will give me cancer

Today, the level of radiation received during a mammogram is extremely low. It is basically the same amount that a woman would get over three months in her regular life. This issue has been studied for years, and experts have seen no increased breast cancer risk associated with radiation received during a mammogram.

Now that you know the facts and importance of receiving regular mammograms, don’t miss your yearly exam! Call 678-967-4513 today to schedule your mammogram at one of Gwinnett Medical Center’s convenient locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth and Hamilton Mill.

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Ladies, get your shoulder pads and jerseys ready, it’s time for some football…powder puff football that is. This Saturday, October 18, The Future Foundation will be hosting their second annual Powder Puff Football Game. The game will be held at Georgia Soccer Park from 12 to 4 p.m. powederThe game will be held in honor of Felecia Brooks-Key, a beloved parent of the Future Foundation.

The Future Foundation is a local organization that strives to level the playing field for the youth of metro Atlanta by providing them quality education, health and life skills programs. They created this event as a way to ensure that the mothers and fathers of the children in their programs gain awareness about breast cancer and have access to proper medical care.


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Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine answers a reader’s question about belly fat.

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Q: Why can I not lose my belly fat?

A: Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, is the most dangerous accumulation of fat in the body. It has been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Women have more trouble with belly fat as they approach menopause, since hormones like estrogen and progesterone fall, while cortisol levels increase and insulin becomes more stubborn. While much has been debated about the best way to lose belly fat, the secret may be having the right balance of bacteria in your belly. Probiotics, digestive enzymes and fermented foods may be good first steps in getting rid of belly fat.

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By Maiysha Clairborne, MD

The body is a symphony, constantly regulating itself with hormones such as cortisol, thyroid, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, to name a few. They work together like an orchestra, and when one instrument is off, the entire system can become a chaotic mess. Some signs of hormone imbalance include low sex drive, irritability, depression, mood swings, weight gain, fatigue and infertility.

Often overlooked is the impact that our diet has on the health of our hormones. Eating hormone healthy foods is essential to restoring balance and maintaining healthy hormone production in our bodies. salmonHere are five categories of food to begin to incorporate into your daily diet to promote hormone health.

  • Foods high in protein. Protein is important for the production of testosterone and growth hormone. Enjoy lean organic meats such as turkey and salmon, and include nuts like almonds and walnuts as well.
  • Cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are essential for maintaining proper estrogen balance. They work by flushing the body of excess estrogen, which can be harmful to the system.
  • Foods rich in iodine. Potatoes, strawberries, cranberries, navy beans and even kelp are rich in iodine and are responsible for supporting the thyroid. Thyroid is one of the master metabolic glands in the body that, when imbalanced, affects many other hormones.
  • Stress-reducing foods. Foods like dark chocolate, turkey, bananas, citrus fruits, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, spinach and salmon are also important because they help to preserve and support the primary stress glands, the adrenal glands.
  • Healthy fats. Fats are essential to the production cycle of hormones. It’s important to choose healthy fats that are high in omega-3 and in leptin, such as coconut oil. Foods high in omega-3 include flax seeds and salmon, and in moderation, you can enjoy organic dairy and cage-free eggs.
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Heather Levine from Beauty Bar of Buckhead gives her best advice on how to do your eye makeup for fall!

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What eye makeup trends do people get stuck in?

The most common one would be the smoky eye with lots of eyeliner, which will close in the eyes. Instead, use a nude or flesh tone color as a liner on the bottom inner part of the eye to make eyes appear open.

How can someone get a dramatic look with their eye makeup this season?

Start with a volumizing mascara, and top it off with a bold black liner on your lash line. If your lashes are still not getting the length and thickness you desire, you can add eyelash extensions to give you that bold lash effect.

What is the most important factor when applying eye makeup?

First determine the shape of the eye, which will help you decide whether or not a bold, smoky eye or a natural, nude eye will be best suited. For close set eyes, stay away from dark colors on the lid area, which can make the eyes appear closed. With deep set eyes, use darker colors in the crease area and more soft nudes or vibrant colors on the lid.

What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

The best style of eye makeup for women at any age is soft and natural because it’s classy and timeless.

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Dr. Asaf Yalif from Y Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery answers a reader’s question about a botched filler injection.

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Q: What can be done to fix a botched injection of Botox or another filler?

A: Depending on the filler utilized, we actually have a “cure.” Vitrase is an injectable that degrades hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm, Restalyne and Voluma. Unfortunately, non-hyaluronic fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptura can’t be removed as easily, and one has to wait for them to degrade over time or address the outcome with a more invasive option. Botox will also “wear out” over time. Also with Botox, if there is a significant asymmetry, the doctor can likely do additional injections to create a more aesthetic, symmetric appearance.

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This year the Susan G. Komen 3-Day kicks off this Friday, October 17 and lasts until Sunday, Oct. 19. Over the course of these three days, women and men from all over the state will walk 60 miles, all the while raising funds for Susan G. Komen. 3-dayOf the net proceeds from the 3-Day, 75 percent will go to Susan G. Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The other 25 percent will go towards funding local community and breast cancer outreach programs.

The route for the 3-Day will take walkers 15-22 miles per day, spending nights and breaks in the 3-Day camp. Each walker is required to raise $2,300 for the 3-Day in order to walk.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still call 800-996-3DAY to register today.


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The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta 

Go Green in Your Closet


Think beyond just the grocery store – now your clothes can be organic too! BeGood, a clothing brand that launched this summer, produces garments using organic cotton and other naturally occurring fibers like silk and bamboo. The clothes’ colors come from non-toxic dyes, and most of their textile mills are Global Organic Textile Standard certified. To offset their environmental impact even further, BeGood partners with the nonprofit group Evidence Action to donate 12 gallons of clean drinking water across Kenya and Uganda for each piece sold. These responsible garments start at just $15, and BeGood’s fall line is available online now.


Cycle Your Way to Health

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Currently, six out of 10 Atlanta residents are overweight or obese. My City Bikes, a national public health initiative, has partnered with the local store Fresh Bike Service to help change those numbers. Together they launched the free Atlanta Bikes app, which serves as a guide to Atlanta’s cycling community. It’s built specifically for Atlanta and includes information on road, mountain, recreational and commuter biking in and around our city. The app is available now for Apple and Android.


2nd Annual Moustache Dash 5K/1M

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After a breast cancer-focused October, male-centric “Movember” will take the stage, encouraging men to grow moustaches throughout the month. This humorous rebranding of the month “November” is intended to raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. Show your mustachioed support at Best Self Atlanta’s family-friendly Moustache Dash race, which includes 5K and 1-mile options starting from the intersection of Peachtree Road and Piedmont Road. The pre-race activities include free stick-on moustaches, prostate cancer education, a health expo and group warm-up, and post-race festivities include free food and awards.


Beer of the Legends


The local brewery Orpheus Brewing keeps your beer-tasting experience close to home and, simultaneously, steeped in tradition. Their name and philosophy draw from Greek mythology, but their flavors are cutting edge. Brewmaster Jason Pellett says, “We’re creating flavors that you can’t find elsewhere, and beers I’d actually want to drink.” Recently they unveiled a new brew called Lyric Ale, which joins the beer Atalanta as the second option available year-round. To try these and their seasonal offerings, head to the Orpheus Tasting Room, which overlooks Piedmont Park and the Beltline.

Details: 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE, Suite 2001, Atlanta, GA, 

Great Life Giveaway Winner Meets Oprah! 

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Amy Angeli, one of Best Self Atlanta‘s Great Life Giveaway contest winners, won two VIP tickets to Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend” tour. She and a friend attended the life-changing workshop in Philips Arena on September 5 and 6. After the event, she told Best Self Atlanta, “It was one of the most incredible weekends of my life!”

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