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DeKalb named 19th healthiest county in Georgia

DeKalb named 19th healthiest county in Georgia

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga.

Hadassah hosts genetic cancer workshop

Hadassah hosts genetic cancer workshop

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Greater Atlanta Hadassah invites the community to participate in a health education program to discuss genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer.

This free forum will help attendees learn about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome and the substantial risk of cancers associated with this genetic mutation, and discover if they or a family member should be tested for it.

Statistics show that one in 40 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of the cancer gene.

The program will be held Sunday, Mar. 27 from 2:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom (5305 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, 30360).

Speakers include:

* Lillian Schapiro, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN
Dr.

'The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free'

'The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free'

ATLANTA -- Anne Byrn, bestselling author of the Cake Mix Doctor series, will hold a talk and signing of her new gluten-free cookbook at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Scottish Rite (1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, 30342).

Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley.

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

ATLANTA -- "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is now accepting entries for contestants for the show's fifth edition.

Like its national cousin, this season of "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is a couples' edition. Any kind of couple can apply -- siblings, parent/child, co-workers, friends and every pairing in between.

The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, Feb. 18 at www.atlbiggestloser.com.

"Atlanta's Biggest Loser" will officially begin on Monday, Mar. 7. Six teams of two will work with one of 11Alive's two fitness partners, D.R.E.A.M.

CHOA Ranked Among America's Top 100 Employers

CHOA Ranked Among America's Top 100 Employers

ATLANTA -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has been ranked among FORTUNE magazine's elite list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America.

It is the 6th consecutive time the not-for-profit pediatric health care system has been named to the list.

Landing at No. 60, CHOA is the only hospital in the state to appear on the list, and one of only three companies headquartered in Georgia. When broken down by size, CHOA placed 18th in the midsized company sub-category and earned special recognition for being a top company for women, placing 4th in a sub-category for female employees. Additionally, CHOA placed in a sub-category recognizing diversity.

CHOA operates three hospital campuses -- Egleston, Hughes Spalding and Scottish Rite -- as well as 17 neighborhood locations.

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

Blood Donations Desperately Needed

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region (9851 Commerce Way, Douglasville, 30135) reports that this week's winter weather has resulted in more than 2,600 units of blood and platelets that could not be collected due to closed donation centers and cancelled blood drives.

"The result of the cancellation of that many blood drives and consequently all those blood donations translates into as many as 24,000 blood products that we now do not have available for patients who may need them," said Chris Hrouda, executive vice president of Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Hrouda noted that more than 6,000 blood donations could not be collected in the Southeast because of the storms that crippled the region. Nearly 2,000 blood donations were not collected in the Northeast on Wednesday, Jan.

Blood Donations Needed; Lifesouth Opens 3 Locations today

Blood Donations Needed; Lifesouth Opens 3 Locations today

Atlanta, GA--  According to LifeSouth, the inclement weather has increased the need for all types of blood and blood platelets at local hospitals in metro Atlanta.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers usually supplies these hospitals with blood and the Gift of Life, but like the rest of the metro area they have been unable to open to collect nor deliver the blood. 

Now that the ice and snow has begun to melt, the mission continues and needs your help by coming to a center and donating blood.

The Gainesville, McDonough, and Dunwoody centers are expected to open today (Wednesday).

You can call 404-329-1994 or check the website at www.lifesouth.org to verify opening times and to get driving directions.