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The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Ted Veitch, President of the Norcross-based Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) announced the tenth annual participation of the organization with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised $876,000 to help fight blood cancers.  Their goal is to reach the $1 million mark this year to celebrate their decade of participation with the Light The Night Walks.

“The Georgia Pest Control Association is proud to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk,” said Ted Veitch, the GPCA President. “Light The Night provides a way for our association to work together to raise funds for cancer research and allows us to give back in the communities we serve. I’m excited to announce we raised over $77,000 for LLS in 2012 throughout Georgia.”

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

YMCA removes economic barriers between those in need, programs

ATLANTA -- The YMCA of Metro Atlanta kicked off a campaign on Tuesday that will connect families in need with scholarships, allowing them to participate in YMCA programs. 

The campaign, Why It Matters takes place once a year. For 2013, board members Charlie Yates, Jr. and Carol Cookerly will co-chair the campaign as it works towards raising $2.7 million. 

"The Y has always had an annual campaign that helped meet the need for financial assistance," Cookerly said. "But, this marks the first year we are pulling together our 23 local Ys and launching a system-wide brand and effort to secure the funds we need to continue to play a pivotal role in Atlanta by helping individuals, especially children, reach their greatest potential."

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Service and the Healthy Heart Coalition is supporting a range of activities in commemoration of American Heart Month this February. The Coalition’s American Heart Month activities will commence with a special proclamation at the February 6th Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting. With the help of stakeholders, community leaders, medical experts, policy makers and grassroots organizations, the Coalition will also be supporting a range of healthy heart activities throughout the month of February.

The American Heart Association recommends we assess our risk factors for cardiovascular disease and work to keep them low. The sooner we begin reducing our risks, the longer and stronger our hearts will beat. In the spirit of American Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to be aware of the following:

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County has six locations where residents can receive the flu vaccination. Citizens can visit one of these six health centers for the flu vaccine:

 

Adamsville Regional Health Center – 3700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, 404-613-4215      

College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155

Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-0626

Neighborhood Union Health Center - 186 Sunset Ave., Atlanta, 404-612-4665

Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Boulevard., NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

North Fulton Regional Health Center – 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834

Vaccines are available from 9:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.

 

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett Medical Center has opened the Gwinnett Heart Specialists of Gwinnett Medical Group, a new cardiology practice.

The doctors who will work at the new office include Sreeni Gangasani, M.D., Michael Lipsitt, M.D., and Marc Unterman, M.D. All three physicians have practiced for thirty years, according to Beth Okun of Gwinnett Medical Center. 

Gwinnett Heart Specialists will provide patients with several services to help with preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, including stress testing, echocardiography, vascular treatments, coronary interventions, peripheral interventions and implanting pacemakers, Okun reported.

The practice will also serve communities of Dacula, Duluth, Loganville, Monroe and Sugar Hill.