Dr. Alan Gardner, of Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, answers a reader’s question about skin tags.

I have developed a few skin tags in the last few years. What are my options to have them removed?

Removal of benign lesions is a common request by patients for cosmetic reasons. There are different techniques or ways to remove these: electrocautery, excision, laser or cryosurgery. Healing time for most of these is typically quick and the removal is done in a simple outpatient office visit. After the removal, a scab will usually form and once healed may leave a small red spot that fades over time. The removal area needs to be properly cared for and cleaned to avoid infection. Instructions for proper care will be given to you at your appointment.


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Don’t be fooled by the fancy Italian name – this dish is simple, seasonal and healthy. It’s a vegetable-based take on a more traditional pasta dish, created by executive Matt Marcus at Portofino. And with just a handful of seasonings, it’s as easy to make as it is light and delicious.


  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 2 oz safflower oil (can be found at any grocery store)
  • 1 oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2 Tbl kosher salt
  • 2 Tbl black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is warming, split the squash lengthwise and brush with safflower oil. Place in oven for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Scrape the seeds and discard (or save for snack). With the back of a fork, gently grate the flesh of the squash until it releases from the skin.
  3. Heat a sauté pan with the olive oil. Add the garlic and turn off the heat. Once the garlic has toasted, add the squash and toss (or stir) making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

–Courtesy of Portofino,

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The best fitness advice around town! Jennifer Ketterly, registered dietitian and Director of Sports Nutrition at University of Georgia answers a reader’s question about carbohydrates and working out.

Q: How do I know what carbohydrates I should have before my workout, and which I should avoid?

A: There is a lot of misinformation out there on carbohydrates. Most people think of them in two forms: bread and pasta. What many don’t know is that carbohydrates can also be in the form of sugar, which is a functional and important fuel for athletes.  Research has shown carbs in this form, available in sports drinks like Gatorade, before and/or during exercise lasting 60+ minutes can help maintain blood glucose levels, and maintain high rates of carbohydrate burning and may help improve performance.





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While you and the kids enjoy Halloween treats this month, make sure your pets don’t indulge in the wrong things! Keep in mind these tips from David York, owner of Barking Hound Village:

  1. Keep Halloween décor such as pumpkins and corn out of reach. Although they are relatively nontoxic, they can cause upset tummies should your pets ingest them in large quantities.

  2. Prevent accidental ingestion of Halloween candy by keeping pet-safe treats on hand instead. Consider leaving your pet in another part of the house while trick-or-treaters come to the door in case you drop any candy.

  3. Watch your children while they are eating their Halloween candy. Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing with their four-legged friends.

  4. Make sure you keep all candy away from Fido, but especially dark chocolate. This sweet is one of the most common causes of dog poisoning and can lead to serious illness and even death in dogs.

  5. If you suspect your pet has eaten something harmful, call your veterinarian, the Poison Control Center or the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 888-426-4435 immediately.
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Hallie Crawford, of Hallie Crawford, Co., shares her best advice about taking time off.

How does taking time off from work contribute to women’s overall well-being?

It’s essential to recharge both mind and body by taking a break from work. The real rest happens when you’re not taking phone calls, checking email or even thinking about work.

What day-to-day challenges arise from burnout?

Lack of motivation, drop in creativity, constant stress and anxiety can result from not enough time off. We have had clients experience physical illness from too much stress at work.

What is your advice for women who want to take more time off?

Talk with your boss about the specific benefits that will result from time off work and what you would like to see happen. It doesn’t have to be extra vacation time, but perhaps flex time on Mondays, for example, that would enable you to take a course outside of work. Consider a compromise, like working a few extra hours each week to be able to take a week off every couple of months.

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Joy Harden-Bradford, of Thriveworks Atlanta Counseling, shares her best advice for pampering.

How does taking “me” time contribute to women’s overall well-being?

It gives your mind, body and spirit time to recharge. It gives you the space to really connect with yourself, which is important as you move forward in both your personal and professional lives.

Why don’t women generally take enough time to pamper themselves?

Women tend to be socialized to put others’ needs before their own and see “me” time as being selfish. The difficult part for many women to understand is that if you don’t properly take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of others.

What is your advice for women who want to take more “me” time?

Make it a part of your schedule. Just like you schedule doctor’s appointments and meetings, schedule time to engage in pleasurable activity for yourself.

What is your personal favorite way to pamper yourself?

Manicures and pedicures, or catching up on all of my favorite podcasts.

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Prince Global Sports now calls Atlanta home from their new Headquarters in Terminus Buckhead. They have proudly partnered with non-profit Bright Pink this October in the battle against breast and ovarian cancer. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. As part of their partnership, Prince is introducing a new TeXtreme Warrior 107L racquet in a special pink design, T22 Lite tennis shoe in pink and a coordinated pink design 3 Pack tennis bag. The items will be available for purchase starting October 1 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For a list of stores that support Breast Cancer Awareness visit


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After a four-year absence, the Party at Ponce event is making an indie-pop fueled return on October 10. Georgia-grown duo Indigo Girls and singer-songwriters Shawn Mullins and David Ryan Harris will take the stage while shoppers enjoy exclusive access to Ponce City Market’s shops. Party goers that work up an appetite can enjoy tastings from more than 25 nationally acclaimed chefs and local restaurants. This year’s party will raise funds for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Georgia Organics, The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Museum of Design Atlanta and more.

Details: Tickets are $85,

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Do you ever get stuck in a rut mentally? Negative thoughts seem to play on a continuous loop, and it’s tough to feel joyful and passionate about life. Author Panache Desai wants to help you overcome that with a day-to-day spiritual roadmap in his new book “Discovering Your Soul Signature.” Desai, who has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday,” shares his own struggles and stories alongside 33 meditations in the book. He also brings the message to life here in Atlanta from Oct. 16-18. Visit for full details.


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There’s a new retailer on the Atlanta lingerie scene. London stylists Rigby & Peller Lingerie opened an Atlanta flagship store this fall, bringing their 75 years of experience and quality product offerings to Phipps Plaza. In addition to helping customer find their favorite styles, shapes and colors of lingerie, Rigby & Peller U.S. will also be a one-stop shop for swimwear and nightwear. And the best part? They have more than 90 sizes ranging from A to K cup, so their styles and service are open to every woman.

Details: 3500 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 

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