By John F. Arnold, MD, MBA

The goal of any breast screening program is to find cancer early and reduce false positives.

The American College of Radiology Commission on Breast Imaging has performed a thorough review of the evidence that annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk can decrease breast cancer mortality by about 40%. Benefits of screening also include tumors being found earlier and the ability to discover high-risk lesions earlier.Screening Mammography

Supported by Research

Over 70% of cancers occur in dense breasts. Mammography has limitations in imaging dense breasts. The ASTOUND study is defined as adjunct screening with tomosynthesis or ultrasound in women with mammography-negative dense breasts. This was a multicenter screening trial of tomosynthesis and adjunct ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts. Adjunct ultrasounds led to significantly higher incremental breast cancer detection, the rate per 1,000 screening mammograms was 7.1/1,000 screening exams for ultrasound and 4.0/1,000 screening exams for tomosynthesis.

Three studies—European Asymptomatic Screening Study, SOMO•INSIGHT Clinical Study, and performance studies by Shane, et al.—included adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound to screening mammography to improve the performance of mammographic interpretation. Adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound has shown a significant increase in invasive cancer detection with a nominal insignificant decrease in specificity. Eighty-five percent of cancers found with screening ultrasound are node negative invasive cancer.

OPI is Leading The Way

OutPatient Imaging is introducing 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound at its Atlanta location. Even better, OutPatient Imaging will be performing an automated 3-D screening breast ultrasound as an adjunct to all screening mammograms with no additional cost to the patient during the introductory phase. Ultrasound is fully automated and takes approximately 30 seconds per breast. The exam requires no external compression other than the patient’s own body weight. The 3-D images generated from the ultrasound will be interpreted by the radiologist as an adjunct to the patient’s screening mammogram. Three-D automated breast ultrasound does not utilize ionizing radiation as tomosynthesis uses, therefore it can reduce the radiation exposure to the patient.

OutPatient Imaging is proud of its commitment to women’s health and will continue to offer patients a choice for all of their imaging needs.

OutPatient Imaging • 2284 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 225-5674 •

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TurningPointTurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a unique nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for breast cancer patients by providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. Services include physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, exercise classes, and education programs. TurningPoint is located in a clinic off Roswell Road in Atlanta.

Details: TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, 8010 Roswell Rd., Ste. 120 Atlanta, GA, 30350 (770) 360-9271,

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Massage Envy - Total Body StretchAs part of its mission to provide complete body care, Massage Envy recently added the Total Body Stretch service to its repertoire of massage and facial treatments. The assisted stretching option is rooted in the Streto® Method, which uses 10 targeted stretches to help muscles achieve maximum flexibility and boost exercise performance. The protocol was developed by a talented team of experts (a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and an ergonomist) exclusively for the nationwide spa.

Ideal for those who lead active lifestyles and would like to enhance their athletic performance or simply add to their workout recovery routine, the service is also a favorite of players of the PGA Tour. The TOUR Championship recently stopped by the East Lake Golf Club, and Best Self Atlanta received an exclusive look at the Massage Envy Player Performance Center. The mobile athletic wellness facility is a haven for players to receive crucial rehabilitative and preventative care, such as the Total Body Stretch, from physical therapists, chiropractors, and trainers.

Though the tour has left town, the signature service is available to weekend warriors and professional athletes alike at all Massage Envy locations. It can be added to the beginning of your massage appointment as a 30-minute segment or can be booked on its own just like any other appointment.


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Andria Lavine Inspire Yoga JournalIn 2016, local photographer Andria Lavine began sharing her transformational yoga journey and plant-based diet on Instagram—unintentionally inspiring an entire community of nearly 1,200. The outreach from followers motivated her to author “Inspire,” a series of interactive yoga journals. The mini e-books ($3) share a handful of poses, descriptions, and meaningful experiences, aimed at encouraging practitioners to document their own thoughts and journey. Today, Lavine has released five volumes, covering poses like the common Chaturanga to more complicated ones such as Bird of Paradise.


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J.Hilburn - Grace DunnFor men, looking fabulous is a no-brainer thanks to J.Hilburn and the personal styling services of Grace Dunn. Based on your lifestyle and preferences, the company allows you to choose from Italian-made dress shirts and pants, polos, and more to build a custom wardrobe. Clients have a say in every detail, from stitching color to button material. This fall, look out for the brand’s new reversible bomber jacket and seasonal hues.


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By day, Dawn M. Richards is a legal executive for a Fortune 500 company. By night, she is the founder of the food, travel and lifestyle blog and brand, D.M.R. Fine Foods. The self-taught cook with over a decade of experience has also taken courses at the private Culinary Institute Lenôtre in Houston and Le Cordon Bleu Paris, been a culinary instructor for Williams Sonoma, and even won the taco category of the Cooking Channel’s “Perfect 3 Recipe Contest.”

Roasted Pineapple and Shrimp SkewersINGREDIENTS:

• 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

• 1 fresh pineapple, diced into cubes

• 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

• ½ teaspoon kosher salt

• ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 tablespoon brown sugar

• 1 tablespoon cilantro

• Fresh limes for garnish


Preheat oven to 425 F. On a baking sheet, toss together shrimp, Old Bay seasoning, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil. Roast in preheated oven for 5-6 minutes. Set aside.

On a separate baking sheet, toss together pineapple, brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and ½ tablespoon olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes.

Add roasted shrimp, pineapple, and cilantro to skewers. Garnish with more chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Enjoy!


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By Wyndi Kappes

Mauro interacts with an angel in his dream.

Mauro Interacts with an Angel in his Dream.

In a magical land somewhere between heaven and earth, you’ll find Corteo by Cirque du Soleil. The Italian word corteo is cortege in English and means funeral procession. Corteo tells the story of Mauro the Dreamer Clown as he pictures his own funeral in a carnival setting. Exciting adventures unfold, both funny and bittersweet, as the clown relives old memories such as a childhood beach day (seen in the Artist Marionette act) and imagines out of this world new adventures like the Helium Dance where he holds the floating Clowness on one hand.

Venturing to places familiar and far out, the 51-person cast presents 16 intense acts from juggling to an aerial dance on swinging chandeliers. In the last act of Mauro’s dream, his friends (10 high-flying men of the Tournik act) send him off on his way with a celebration. Andre Kushneryk, one of the amazing Tournik performers, sat down with us to talk about what you can expect from the arena version of Corteo, why he joined the cast, and his life on the road.

Q: What sets Corteo apart from other Cirque du Soleil shows?

The Hula-Hoop Act

The Hula-Hoop Act

A: One big difference between Corteo and other shows is that all of the cast members are playing humans. We play real people, ourselves, compared to other shows where artists are playing the roles of imagined creatures like bugs or animals. The stage is also different. Reimagined as a circle, the audience is given a view of both sides of the stage, and can see things more from our point of view. The move from big top to arena has led us to add two new acts as well—the suspended pole and the hula-hoop act.

Q: How did you get involved with Cirque du Soleil, and Corteo, specifically?

The Helium Dance

The Helium Dance

A: Early in my time performing in the circus I saw Corteo on DVD—I had never seen a show live before I became a cast member—and I wanted to be a part of it. In particular, I remember watching a Tournik actor and I was impressed and inspired by what he was doing. A few years later, I was picked for the same show and ended up playing the same role that had inspired me to send in a tryout video years ago.

Q: What is it like performing in the Tournik act? Is there more pressure or is it exciting to be in the last act?

A: The ending should be strong and powerful so it brings a little more pressure on me because I want people to feel touched by the show. The pressure is manageable for me now because I have been doing it for 13 years but it is always a little bit nerve-wracking. In the end, I do enjoy being a part of the last act.

The Tournik Act

The Tournik Act

Q: What do you do to stay in shape for such physically demanding acts?

A: We travel with gym equipment where we can work out daily. We also warm up a lot before each training session and performance. Generally we have sit-ups included, along with several exercises that will vary according to our discipline on the show.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Cirque du Soleil team?

A: It is wonderful to be on the road, meeting new people, getting exposed to new things, and trying different foods. I’m a nature lover, and in South America there was plenty for me to see. Places that impressed me the most were the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and the whole Patagonia region where I ate the best lamb ever! Also, Ushuaia, a small town in Argentina, situated at the southernmost point of South America, is named “The End of the World” and has some nice wines. It’s also the motherland of penguins and sea lions.

The Artist Marionette Act

The Artist Marionette Act

Another experience that really touched me was the “Inca Trail”— a four-day hike through Peruvian rainforests to the top of Machu Picchu. Plus, I did a road trip through Costa Rica. I love how Costa Ricans take care and protect the environment and promote “Pura Vida” [Pure Life]. It’s a happy and meaningful way of life for all living beings including the planet itself. Discovering this made a big impact on me. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve been traveling in the United States. I really enjoyed New Orleans for the rich jazz culture and Colorado for the magnificent nature views.

Q: What is next for you?

The Chandelier Act

The Chandelier Act

A: I love this show. I hope to keep touring with Cirque du Soleil as long as Corteo is on the road. I do have some hobbies—I like music and play the drums as much as I can. Performing onstage is my main passion though and I hope to do it as much as I can for as long as my body allows me to.

Since its production in 2005, the big top show of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil has drawn 8 million people in 64 cities across 19 countries and four continents. Now reimagined as an arena performance, join in on the fun at the Infinite Energy Center Aug. 29 through Sept. 2. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through

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By Victoria Trutie

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert's Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

In February 2018, Kennedy Morgan went to Walt Disney World® with Bert’s Big Adventure. The local nonprofit provides all-expenses-paid trips to the theme park to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

While most 10 year olds are busy attending sleepovers with friends, McDonough resident, Kennedy Morgan was in the hospital. It was during a six-day stay in 2015 that she was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a condition that leads to liver inflammation after the body’s immune system turns against its liver cells. During the stay, Kennedy received a care package from her fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Cash, which left a lasting impression on her during such a difficult time.

In 2017, Kennedy’s condition worsened, requiring a four-day stay. She remembered how the care package from her teacher changed her sad state of mind to a sunny one. It was then that Kennedy decided that she was going to use this experience to do something positive for others—specifically making and sending care packages to children in situations similar to hers.

By embracing the term “Moonface”—a common side effect of the medication Prednisone, which causes fat deposits to gather around the face creating a rounded appearance—Kennedy found a way to redefine her circumstances.

Her organization, Love to the Moon, creates packages for children, ages 3 to 18, who are diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness. Love to the Moon accepts nominations from the parents and friends of children all over the world, many of whom hear about the organization from online support groups.

Kennedy’s mother, Kristen Morgan, explains that as long as they can get the necessary information to customize a box, they will send it no matter where the child is. Some of the boxes have gone as far as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and even a small village in Romania.

The care packages incorporate the interests and hobbies of each child. Kristen explains, “The boxes are very intentional. We ask specific questions, and then we take all of that information and we customize every item that goes in there—from their favorite candy to their favorite restaurant.”

Kennedy hopes to continue building a community of children and families that understand each other’s struggles. Her mission is to remind kids with chronic illnesses that they are not alone. She is currently working on creating a video to better explain and spread her message and is making plans to travel to nearby states to deliver gifts to children on extended hospital stays.

Love to the Moon accepts donations through PayPal and in the form of items to be included in care packages (restaurant gift cards, washable markers, clear tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, white T-shirts, candy, and socks) to help with the cost of each box, which range in price from $75 to $100.,

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Chef MichaelFour Seasons Hotel Atlanta executive chef Michael Patria is back with another easy and healthy recipe. As chef Patria embarks on a weight loss journey this summer, each month he’s sharing a nutritious recipe that he’s been loving lately.

“This is something I like to snack on late-morning or mid-afternoon. It’s a great pick-me-up because of the natural sugars from the figs and the honey. Goat cheese is a lower fat cheese, so it keeps you full while not overdoing your calorie intake,” Patria says.




7 ripe figs, cut in half (with stems removed)

1 1/4 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

3/4 tablespoon Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

5 pea tendrils to garnish

Pinch of Maldon sea salt



Figs and Goat CheesePlace fig halves on a plate

Sprinkle figs generously with goat cheese crumbles

Drizzle with Savannah Bee Company Sourwood Honey

Sprinkle Maldon sea salt

Garnish with pea tendrils

Enjoy as a light snack!

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Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 12.04.46 PMQ: What are the areas, or issues, that today’s men struggle with the most?

More and more men are coming to Atlanta Face & Body to look younger, feel younger and be the best man they can be. There are several “trouble” areas that male patients want to address. They would like to lose a few inches around their waist, eliminate their double chin, remove wrinkles and lines on their face, get rid of bags under their eyes. Then, there’s the age-old problems with hair. Either they have too much hair on their body or not enough hair on their heads. We can help with all of these issues.

Q: What are the surgical procedures available to help men? 

Different areas of the body can be addressed several different ways. As far surgical procedures go, men can get a Signature Face Lift, which will help tighten up loose skin in their neck and jowls. We offer blepharoplasty to lift sagging eyelids and eliminate bags under the eye. There are also minimal invasive procedures such as SmartLipo which can remove unwanted fat in the abdomen.

Q: What are the best alternatives to surgery for men who are trying to lose a few inches?

Atlanta Face & Body offers several fat-reducing procedures that are painless, non-invasive, require no down time and are easier on the wallet. Ultherapy, typically used in the neck area, stimulates collagen production by delivering ultrasound energy to the skin and the layers beneath the skin. is jump starts the natural process of producing new collagen which lifts and tightens the skin. We also offer body-sculpting solutions like Vanquish and SculpSure®.Both of these target stubborn areas and damage fat cells in order for the body to naturally process them away. Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy and SculpSure® is a laser-treatment, light-based technology. More recently, FDA-approved SculpSure® is becoming very popular for men to reduce their double chin.

Q: What about Dermal fillers for men? What issues can these treat?

Dermal fillers are very good at reducing wrinkles and lines for men, especially on the forehead and around the eyes. I believe in these areas that “less can be more.” We can reduce signs of aging but still retain a masculine look with a conservative approach to injections. In fact, one of our most recent patients, Stan Lewis, received treatments of Radiesse® and Belotero Balance® dermal fillers for a lower face makeover. The results were so outstanding, he has been selected as one of the 5 Faces of America Grand Prize winners.

Q: Finally, what can you offer men suffering from hair loss?

Atlanta Face & Body offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair erapy for thinning hair and hair loss. PRP can improve hair health and encourage the regrowth of hair using your body’s own growth factors. is treatment is best suited to focal areas of thinning hair. e best results occur with a series of injections typically spaced a month apart. PRP appears to stimulate hair growth by re-activating dormant follicles resulting in healthier thicker hair.




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