Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith from Georgia Reproductive Specialists answers a reader’s question about fertility testing.

Desiree McCarthy-Keith from Georgia Reproductive SpecialistsQ: Why is my doctor recommending fertility testing for my husband and me at the same time? Isn’t infertility usually a female problem?

A: Male infertility factors exist in 25 to 30 percent of couples who are unable to conceive, so an initial evaluation should focus on both members of the couple. Checking a semen analysis early can provide direction for further testing or treatment. If sperm counts are low, treatments like insemination or in vitro fertilization can give you a better chance of pregnancy. If sperm testing is normal, you and your husband can be reassured early on that this is not a factor in your infertility.

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Join us at the 2013 Moustache Dash!

Are you ready for Movember? In an effort to raise awareness for men’s health issues, join us and our sponsors, Georgia Urology and The Big Peach Running Co. stores for the 2013 Moustache Dash. There will be a 5K and a 1-mile fun run beginning at Town Brookhaven, both filled with fun for the whole family. Post-race activities include fitness demos, a healthy living expo, a moustache contest and more. There will be prizes in each age group, and runners get long sleeved Moustache Dash t-shirts. Come out wearing your ‘stache and run in support of this great cause.

Register on Active.com and join our event page on Facebook for updates and ideas for how to incorporate even more moustaches into your race day attire. Post your moustache pictures to Facebook and Twitter with hashtag #MoustacheDash to show off your Movember pride!

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Institut' DERMed Enhancing Hydra Lip SerumIf your pout needs some extra plump, try Institut’ DERMed’s Enhancing Hydra Lip Serum. Containing a concentrated formula of shea butter and oligopeptides (a peptide that has amino acids), this easy-to-use serum softens and plumps lips. Made free of parabens, mineral oil, and sodium lauryl sulfates, this serum works perfectly over or under your lipstick. $25

Details: (404) 261-5199, www.idermedstore.com

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Friendship. Conversation. Human connection. We all want these in our lives, so what makes us think that adults ages 65 and older don’t as well? They do, yet older adults are often shunted to the side of our society’s awareness, resulting in loneliness and limited interaction.

Meagan Jain recognized the need to combat America’s age segregation, so she founded the nonprofit Ageless interAction. Interspersing monthly activities with regular visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Ageless interAction brings older adults into social situations with young adults and establishes meaningful relationships based on common interest, not on age.

These intergenerational connections combat stereotypes of aging, showing that older adults are not “boring and mean” as some Coan Middle School 7th graders thought. In fact, everyone enjoyed the girls’ visits so much that they extended their visits for several weeks after the program was officially over. Relationships like these demonstrate the change that Ageless interAction hopes to inspire, resulting in social inclusion for everyone and proving that age is, in fact, just a number.

Details: www.agelessinteraction.webs.com, www.facebook.com/agelessinteraction


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Kids II Strong Legs Run for CHOAOn November 2, Turner Field will be filled with runners of all ages, all ready to participate in the 29th annual Kids II Strong Legs Run. This event, which raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, includes a 10K and 5K qualifier for the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race. There’s also a 2K Fun Run, Stroller Roll, and Mascot Trot. After the Kids II Strong Legs race, enjoy food, entertainment, prize giveaways, and more.

Details: www.choa.org/stronglegs

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of October:

This month, Sherri’s picks are all about moustaches. These products will announce your support of men’s health awareness and Movember, coming up next month. You can pick these up for the Moustache Dash on November 9!

Car Moustache

Deck out your car and drive to the race with one of these durable and UV-resistant vinyl moustache decals. $28.99

Details: www.karmastache.com


Pink Moustache Socks

Wear your moustache proudly and keep warm with these knee-high socks. $10.95

Details: www.proudrunner.com

Stick on ‘Staches

Moustaches come in all shapes and sizes, and you can pick up a unique on at a local party supply store where they sell stick on ‘staches in a variety pack.

Details: Your local Party City, www.partycity.com

Monsieur Moustache Pint Glass

After the race, celebrate with your favorite beverage in this fun party glass. $8

Details: www.urbanoutfitters.com

Check out more ideas for Moustache Dash gear on the Facebook event page here!

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On October 8, The Arena at Gwinnett Center will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a morning talk titled “The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village,” followed by a question and answer session. The afternoon program will feature a panel discussion about secular ethics in education alongside scientists and educators. Tickets are $38 to $93.

Details: 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA, 888-929-7849, www.gwinnettcenter.com

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EnAble of Georgia, Inc., a nonprofit based in Roswell since 1979, supports young adults and adults with special needs. Their service and programs would not be possible without the support of the community as well as volunteers. On Tuesday, October 8, enAble hosts its 19th Annual Golf Classic at the Alpharetta Athletic Club. Funds raised from this event will supplement medical and dental expenses, provide residential care, vocational training, and help develop after school, seasonal camp and arts programs for local students with intellectual disabilities. If you want to lend a hand, visit their website, www.enablega.org.


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Before the new SpeedForm running shoe from Under Armour, shoes and bras had nothing in common. Now, they do! The SpeedForm running shoe is inspired by the innovation of bras and manufactured in a bra factory, aiming for a perfect fit. And that’s not all that’s unique about it–it’s a completely seamless one-piece shoe, so nothing will irritate your skin as you run. $119.99

Details: CHAMPS, Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (770) 393-2239

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Blood types associated with varying risk of heart diseaseThe American Heart Association’s journal “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology” published a recent study revealing that having blood types A, B or AB was associated with a higher risk for heart disease when compared to those who had blood type O (about 43 percent of Americans).

  • People with blood type AB, about seven percent of the U.S. population, had the highest increased heart disease risk at 23 percent.
  • Those with blood type B had an 11 percent increased risk.
  • Those with blood type A had a five percent increased risk.

–Courtesy of the American Heart Association

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