Dr. Marshall NashDr. Marshall Nash from NeuroStudies.net answers a reader’s question about developments in Alzheimer’s research.

What developments in Alzheimer’s research should patients and caregivers be aware of? 

Over the past 20 years, great strides have been made in understanding the genetic and structural abnormalities of Alzheimer’s disease. We now understand the genetic basis for early onset Alzheimer’s. We also have the ability to detect several susceptibility genes for late onset Alzheimer’s. We are able to use this genetic information and PET imaging technology of the brain’s plaques and tangles, which are the hallmark of the disease, to design new potential treatments. And we are making progress in the investigation of potential Alzheimer’s treatments in local clinical trials.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Blue RibbonMen, mark your calendars for the seventh annual Blue Ties Luncheon on September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event benefits ProstAware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to prostate cancer awareness. It’s held at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead and will feature former Washington Redskins head football coach Joe Gibbs as the keynote speaker. For updates and information about past events, visit ProstAware’s website.

Details: prostaware.org

 

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MUKERJI, NIRVAN - 2010Dr. Nirvan Mukerji from Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center shares his best advice about kidney disease.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

Men should ask their doctors to check their urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio and blood creatinine level to screen for proper kidney function. This test involves providing a morning urine sample.

What results can they expect to receive? 

The patient may have an elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, which indicates loss of protein in the urine, an early sign of kidney disease.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

This test is covered by most insurance plans because early detection of kidney disease is very cost effective.

When do men know they need to get this test? 

The majority of men with kidney disease will have no symptoms, so it is very important for men to be screened routinely. Men should be screened yearly if they have risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or at age 50 if they have no risk factors for kidney disease.

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PB Panko Chix Wine 2Lizette Leanza, the writer of Atlanta food blog “Gourmet Uncorked,” knows the value of a tasty, healthy meal. “Growing up in New Orleans and having spent my entire life in the South, I’ve had more than my share of fried chicken,” Leanza says. “But sometimes I want something a little healthier on my plate without sacrificing a single ounce of taste or crunch.” This dish fits the bill, she says. And as the name of her blog suggests, Leanaza knows exactly which wine pairings will complement this tasty dish. For red-lovers, she recommends “a light-bodied, fruit-forward wine to balance the savory flavors, like a Gamay, Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.” If you’re a fan of white, she says, go for “an acidic, aromatic wine like an un-oaked Chardonnay, dry Chenin Blanc or dry Riesling.”

Ingredients: 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sea salt to taste

Fresh black pepper to taste

3 Tbs peanut butter

1 cup panko bread crumbs

Method: 

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Coat the chicken breasts with peanut butter. Dip the chicken breasts in the pank bread crumbs, pressing on them to coat well. Set them on a baking sheet that has been prepped with non-stick spray.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. If the chicken is browning too fast, cover it with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cooking.

Serve with your favorite peanut sauce or honey mustard.

- Courtesy of Lizette Leanza, gourmetuncorked.com

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Dr. Michael Randell 1Dr. Michael Randell from OB/GYN Atlanta answers a readers question about cervical cancer.

Q: If I get an HPV diagnosis, does that mean I ‘m going to get cervical cancer? 

A: Not at all! Nearly 80 percent of women will get HPV during their lifetime, and it often clears on its own. While HPV can lead to cervical cancer, it’s entirely preventable with proper screening. Medical guidelines recommend co-testing with Pap and HPV tests every three to five years for women over 30. Ask about the types of tests you’re getting; a recent study found that HPV-only testing misses more cervical cancers than Pap-only testing or co-testing.

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Good Habit Box (1)Whether you love a daily snack or just want to have a healthy breakfast every morning, you’ll find what you need in a Good Habit Box. This Atlanta-based subscription service launched in April, delivering boxes of organic breakfasts, teas, shakes and snacks right to your door. None of the inclusions need refrigeration – think nut mixes and oatmeals – so they’re perfect for tossing in a desk drawer or gym bag. Another plus? For every box purchases, the company donates one meal to a child in need.

Details: Prices range from $7.99 to $19.99, www.goodhabitbox.com

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Divas Half MarathonRunning has never looked so good. The Divas Half Marathon and 5K race series comes to Peachtree City on September 12 with boas, tiaras and bejewled medals and – new this year – tutus! Whether you’re walking or running, roses and champagne await you at the finish line. If you register now, you can order a personalized divalicious running bib! Be sure to stop by the free Health and Fitness Boutique during the two days before the event.

Details: Starting line at 192 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City, GA, runlikeadiva.com

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Flax, DDS, Hugh_cred Brian Crumb (1)Dr. Hugh Flax from Flax Dentistry answers a readers question about whitening sensitive teeth.

Q: Can I whiten my teeth even if I have sensitive teeth? 

A: Whitening products may worsen sensitivity, so it is important to get to the root cause of sensitivity before you start a whitening treatment. For instance, a cracked tooth can cause sensitivity and should be repaired before whitening. If you have sensitive teeth due to thinning enamel, avoid high concentrations of whitening chemicals and opt for lower concentrations. You may also need to cut down on the frequency with which you whiten, whether at home or at the dentist’s office.

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Wellstar DoctorsDr. Jonathan Lowman from WellStar Medical Group’s Douglasville Medical Center shares his best advice on diabetes.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

A fasting glucose test. This is a simple blood test done when they’ve had nothing to eat and only water after midnight.

How often should they get this test? 

Yearly, when they are over the age of 40.

What results can they expect to receive? 

Normal is less than 100. If the glucose is higher than 100, we will do more lab tests, like an A1C test, to check for diabetes.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

Yes.

When do men know they need to get this test? 

Symptoms of diabetes mellitus include frequent urination, increased thirst, unexplained weight loss and blurry vision.

What preventive care can someone do to avoid developing diabetes? 

Just watching your diet and exercise are good first steps.

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Gillespie, Kevin_cred Andrew Thomas LeeNothing beats a big Sunday dinner in the South, but when is the last time you really had one? Chef Kevin Gillespie, from Atlanta favorite Gunshow, invites you back to the table for stepped-up Southern fare at his new restaurant, RevivalA restored Decatur home is the perfect setting for Revival’s family-style meals, such as pastured Georgia chicken, mountain trout with cornbread, country fried grass-fed beef and more. Stopy by this month to try their dinner or a la carte lunch options, and watch for the patio bar opening in the fall.

Details: 129 Church Street, Decatur, GA, revivaldecatur.com

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