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Dr. Stephen Szabo, of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, answers a reader’s question about breast cancer.

I am at high risk for developing breast cancer. Are there medications that I can take to reduce this risk?

There have been a number of large, well-conducted studies looking at using medications to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk populations (such as people with a strong family history or certain pathologic findings on breast biopsy). The three medications that have been tested are Tamoxifen, Raloxifene and Exemestane. These medications either block the estrogen receptor on at-risk breast tissue or lower estrogen levels in post-menopausal woman. These medications, which are pills, have been shown to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by about 50 to 60 percent if taken for five years.

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Say goodbye to searching your symptoms on Google, thanks to Atlanta-based startup Alii Healthcare. The company recently launched an app called Bond Intelligent Care. Seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the app allows you to connect with an ER physician over a secure video connection, get a diagnosis, and even have your prescription electronically sent to your pharmacy. The app is currently only supported on iOS devices but will soon be available to Android, and the service costs a flat fee of $100.

Details: Available in the App Store, bondintelligentcare.com

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Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

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How many times have you heard that you should drink more water? Well, you should! Besides quenching thirst while working out, drinking water can help control appetite, improve sleep and add glow to your skin. For the longest time, I hauled around plastic gallon jugs to get enough, but this is not always the cutest fashion statement, and it’s not great for the environment either. So I searched high and low and found a reusable, BPA-free gallon water jug. It’s called Enviro-Bottle, and it comes in many different sizes. I have the one-gallon and the half-gallon bottle, which is great for air travel. The Enviro-Bottle retails for around $10, and I found mine at my local Whole Foods Market. Check out the website, newwaveenviro.com, to find one online or at a retailer near you, and start drinking your way to a healthier lifestyle!

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The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

The VienInnovations team at the 2014 Atlanta Heart Walk.

Join VeinInnovations in fighting the number one killer of American women, heart disease, by registering to join team VI at this year’s Atlanta Heart Walk.

Instead of asking staff and patients for support to reach their yearly $10,000 donation goal to the American Heart Association, VeinInnovations instead is inviting you and your friends and family to stop by for a free vein screening at their Atlanta Heart Walk tent.

For every family member or friend you bring VeinInnovations will donate $11 (or more!) to fight heart attacks and strokes.

VeinInnovations will have all physician and staff hands on deck at the Heart Walk to hand out information to help walkers learn more about the many health advantages to having “great legs for life.”

Can’t make it to this year’s heart walk, but still want to help? Check out VeinInnovations  “Healthy Legs -> Happier Hearts” baseball t-shirts and show off your support for great legs and healthy hearts.

To learn more visit vieninnovations.com, metroatlantaheartwalk.kintera.org

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“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That’s what author Maria Higgins asks readers in her latest book and at this month’s Soul Healing Conference in Pine Mountain, Ga. During the conference, held the weekend of Sept. 25-27, attendees can hear Higgins’ keynote speech about overcoming fear, listen to inspirational talks from other successful women, and attend breakout sessions for succeeding professionally and personally, such as “Playing by the Unwritten Rules” and “Give Yourself Permission to Pursue Your Vision.” Register for the whole weekend for $199.

Details: Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, GA, soulhealingconference.com

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Atlanta based nonprofit MedShare and Halyard Health have come together to host your not-so-average fundraising dinner, Talk & Taste, which they hope will leave you full and inspired.

Guests will start the night by enjoying dinner and cocktails, then hear moving stories from guest speakers who turned their ideas into plans and into actions that changed the world.

Speakers Susan Grant, Chief Nurse Executive, Emory Healthcare; Dr. Carl Kihm, Podiatrist & Medical Mission Surgeon; Tatiana Jean-Louis, UPS Analyst & MedShare Volunteer and A.B. Short, MedShare Founder & Former CEO will share their experience helping solve crises from earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

MedShare aims to equip medical providers all over the world with surplus medical supplies that would simply end up in a landfill. Access to this supplies allows those local medical providers to give better healthcare to their communities, which they may not normally receive. So far they have donated medical supplies to over 96 countries and equipped over 2,500 medical mission teams.

To learn more about MedShare or purchase tickets visit http://www.medshare.org/

 

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March of Dimes and Grady Health System have partnered to host a foodie fundraiser. The Farmer & The Chef event, on September 19, will showcase five of Atlanta’s up and coming chefs.

Guests can enjoy healthy meal tastings featuring ingredients from local farms prepared by Atlanta chefs Kevin Rathbun, Todd Ginsberg, Eli Kirshstein, Franck Steigerwald and Andrea Kirshtein.

Culinary experiences, vacation getaways, sports and spa packages will also be up for grabs throughout the evening with a silent auction.

March of Dimes hopes this event will help raise awareness about the health benefits of eating well during pregnancy, for both mother and child. Funds from the event will benefit community programs to improve the health of mothers and babies, prenatal education, and to empower women to take control of their bodies.

For more information visit marchofdimes.com/ga.

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If you aren’t a fan of mainstream pro sports, Atlanta fans are typically out of luck when it comes to rooting for a home team. Well, no more! Atlanta now has a professional lacrosse team called the Georgia Swarm. The men’s team, which features NCAA champions and Olympic medalists, hails from Minnesota and has moved south for their upcoming season starting in January. And soccer fans should keep an eye out for the proposed women’s soccer team, called the Atlanta Vibe. The team would include international players and compete April through September at Silverback Park. For game schedules and team updates, visit their websites.

Details: georgiaswarm.com, atlantavibe.com

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Sheila Namanworth, DMD of Institute for Advanced Medical Research, answers a reader’s question about Botox.

Can Botox really help depression?

Yes. In three separate studies, researchers found that treating the facial muscles responsible for expressing emotions sends feedback into the brain. In short, if your face looks happy, you feel happy. This use of Botox is just one more exciting development as we start to explore the connection between brain and mind wellness; this connection is key component of any anti-aging regime.

 

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10250275_10152961508552607_6834769629603104311_nIt’s a black and white affair again for Sheltering Arms, Georgia’s largest nonprofit for early childhood education, is back with their 5th annual Black & White Masquerade on September 19.

Get dressed up and enjoy live entertainment, cocktails, gourmet food, casino games and cigar rolling. Or tap into your inner child and create, decorate or purchase a mask to wear.

Funds raised from the event will go to supply scholarships, literacy materials and teacher training’s to benefit underprivileged children.

By the end of the school year, children in Sheltering Arms programs meet or exceed developmental milestones for age and stage of development.

Sheltering Arms helps more than 2,500 children in metro Atlanta grow into successful adults.

To register and learn more visit http://bit.ly/SAMasquerade

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