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Not a risk-taker but still drawn to the sky? Slow down the pace and float in a hot-air balloon over the scenic outskirts or the busy streets of Atlanta. Balloons Over Georgia has been safely drifting over southern treasures such as Lake Lanier, Kennesaw Mountain, and the beginnings of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain ranges for years, creating special moments for couples, work groups, and friends.

Details: balloonsovergeorgia.com

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Spend an afternoon soaring over the bustling city of Atlanta in the comfort and coziness of a biplane with Biplane Rides Over Atlanta, Inc. Whether you’re setting up your trip for a perfect date or as a unique way to entertain out-of-towners, these biplane tours are sure to wow anyone. Cruise all over Atlanta and see Downtown, Buckhead and Stone Mountain within minutes. Ask your captain about flying over specific sights and cater your tour as you wish. After the ride, grab a bite at The Downwind Restaurant & Lounge, which is located right on the landing strip of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Watch planes land and takeoff as you enjoy one of the eatery’s delicious, fresh salads or juicy burgers.

Details: biplaneridesoveratlanta.com

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There’s a simple solution that could save the lives of the 5,171 Georgians currently waiting for a kidney transplant: living organ donation. In an effort to raise awareness regarding this issue, Megan Parker, RN, BSN, of Piedmont Transplant Institute, debunks myths about living organ donation.

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Myth #1: If I donate a kidney, I’m at increased risk for health issues later in life.

False. A living donor’s risk of developing kidney failure following donation is less than 1 percent. Living kidney donors typically follow up with a primary care physician yearly to maintain good health.

Myth #2: I’m not a match. There’s nothing I can do to help my loved one get a transplant.

False. If you’re not a match for a loved one, you can participate in paired exchange. This allows you to donate a kidney to someone else who has a living organ donor that would, in turn, donate a kidney to your loved one. Even if you’re not a candidate for kidney donation, you can help your loved one spread the word.

Myth #3: I can only donate a kidney to someone who is the same ethnicity as me.

False. It doesn’t matter what gender, race or ethnicity you are. What matters is blood type.

Details: piedmont.org

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For more than four decades, the Atlanta Film Festival (AFF) has been bringing cutting edge films to its annual festival. The AFF also offers festivalgoers a chance to interact with filmmakers and actors. Past guests have included  Ray McKinnon of “The Blind Side” and Margaret Cho of “Drop Dead Diva.” Film buffs can check out the 2017 festival March 24-April 2.

Details: atlantafilmfestival.com

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Awa Diop, a local Sandy Springs mother of twins with autism knows how demanding special-needs parenting can be. That is why she created Original Shea Butter House, to offer toxin-free body care products for easy at-home pampering and relaxation. Keep your skin sealed with moisture with their raw shea butter soaps and creams or help pesky dark spots fade with a little Moringa oil.

Details: 7875 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; atlantasheabutter.com

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Catch media personality Dana Barrett on March 11 as she hosts The Pink Affair at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. The annual TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation fundraising event includes dinner and silent and live auctions.“There will be lots of dancing. It’s going to be a really fun event but also for a great cause,” Barrett says. “What really resonated for me was that they are helping people who are going through breast cancer right now,” says the breast cancer survivor.

Details: myturningpoint.org/the-pink-affair

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An Atlanta-based startup created by three millennials wants to make it easier to request health care services. The LocateYourCare iOS app offers chiropractic, dentistry and massage services on demand. Users can enjoy transparency through upfront pricing, which includes multiple price levels, and peer-reviewed providers. Those without an iPhone can still book services online.

Details: locateyourcare.com

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The Creative Mornings Atlanta team is giving you another reason to love Fridays. This free, monthly morning event featuring a short talk from a different guest speaker is sure to leave you inspired. Sid and Ann Mashburn will take the stage in February to speak on the theme of moments. Past speakers include Ryan Gravel, Steven Carse and Celeste Headlee.
Details: creativemornings.com/cities/atl

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Breast Reduction - Y PlasticY Plastic’s breast-reduction patients are some of the happiest people we see after surgery!  In fact, breast reduction can literally be life-changing, freeing women from years of pain, infection and a poor self-image.

Our patients would tell you that large breasts can be painful and bothersome.  Problems can include the burden of carrying the weight, which many times etches grooves into shoulders from over-burdened bra straps.  Upper-back and neck pain can also develop, and the breasts themselves can become painful.  Constant moisture from the breasts resting against the chest and stomach can cause skin infections.

Large breasts can also be emotionally taxing, especially when they occur in younger, school-age girls.  Many times, women go to great lengths to camouflage their chest or get the support that they need, which makes shopping for clothes or bathing suits quite challenging.  Large breasts have a tendency to make women look heavier than they actually are.

Dr. Asaf Yalif - Y PlasticLarge breasts can develop during puberty or at any time.  The over-development is often related to hormonal changes and often not responsive to weight loss.

Happily, we do have surgical options for patients who are suffering physically and emotionally. The techniques are aimed at removing excess breast tissue and creating a more “physique-appropriate” breast contour. At the same time, we can relocate the nipple and areola to a more natural position.

Surgery is not without risks, but patients are usually able to breastfeed after breast reduction if they wish to. They can also continue to be screened for breast cancer in a normal fashion with mammograms and do not have a higher cancer risk.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss all the surgical options for breast reduction, as well as the risks and benefits, with you in a complimentary consultation.

Sponsored by: Y Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery | 404.822.4402 | Alpharetta: 3330 Preston Ridge Road, Suite 340, Alpharetta, GA 30005 | Roswell: 2500 Hospital Blvd. Suite 410 Roswell, GA 30076 | Woodstock: 145 Towne Lake Pkwy #101 Woodstock, GA 30188 | YPlasticSurgery.com

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Dry Eye Treatments - Symptoms of Dry EyeDo your eyes water, look red or feel irritated regularly? Do they feel fatigued or become blurred during daily activities? You could be one of the nearly 5 million Americans who are estimated to have dry eyes.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye occurs when our eye does not produce enough tears or the appropriate quality of tears to keep the eye healthy and comfortable.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of dry eyes can include the following: stinging or burning eyes, scratchiness, stringy mucus in or around the eyes, excessive eye irritation from smoke or wind, excess tearing, difficulty wearing contact lenses and momentary or persistent blurring of vision that may fluctuate with each blink.

Dr. Just Wilkin - Marietta Eye ClinicHow is dry eye diagnosed?

An eye exam that includes a complete history of your overall health and your eye health can help your doctor diagnose the cause of your dry eyes. In addition, your doctor may measure the volume and quality of your tears through a series of tests to examine the rate of tear production under various conditions and certain patterns of surface eye dryness.

Can dry eye be treated?

Absolutely. Our Marietta Eye Clinic dry eye specialists offer a wide variety of treatment options to minimize or eliminate the harsh side effects of dry eye syndrome. The right treatment for you will depend on what is causing your condition. Schedule a comprehensive eye exam to find out for sure.

To learn more about dry eyes and to find out which treatment might be right for you, please call 770-427-8111 today!

Sponsored by: Marietta Eye Clinic – 895 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30060. mariettaeye.com

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