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Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely

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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Kaiser Permanente to offer free skin cancer screenings

Kaiser Permanente to offer free skin cancer screenings

ATLANTA -- If the recent warm weather has you spending more time outdoors, don't forget to wear sunscreen.

Sun exposure remains the leading cause of skin cancer, which can often be cured if detected and treated early.

Kaiser Permanente is offering free skin cancer screenings at two locations on Wednesday, May 18:

Crescent Medical Center
(200 Crescent Center Parkway, Tucker, 30084)

Cumberland Medical Center
(2525 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta, 30339)

The screenings will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

 

Ever Tried Floating for Relaxation and Health?

Ever Tried Floating for Relaxation and Health?

It seems rather simplistic at first, the idea of floating your troubles away.   The concept of floating was really the brainchild of John Lily.

After many experiments and alternative ways of floating the Sensory Deprivation Tank was born.  This tank offers an environment of peaceful relaxation.  A completely enclosed box with 10" of 95.3 degree water with 700 pounds of epsom salts is the space you occupy during an hour float session.  The warmth of the water and the buoyancy of the salt combined with the darkness and peace with no outside sensory influence, allows the floater to be completely emmersed in their own world.  Think of it as a break from the outside world, like a short vacation.

As the body begins to relax and float in the buoyancy of the warm salt water, the mind gets overactive.  Or possibly the mind just seems that way because it is so quiet.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.