Saturday, May 18, 2013
A synthetic cholesterol nanoparticle developed in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences chemistry department could aid in early diagnosis of atherosclerosis.
A new study by University of Georgia researchers heralds the development of a synthetic cholesterol nanoparticle that could aid in early diagnosis of hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, and its treatment, says UGA. The study was published online Monday, May 13, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study coauthors assistant professor Shanta Dhar and graduate student Sean Marrache of the Franklin College chemistry department constructed the nanoparticle — a biodegradable, synthetic version of the so-called good cholesterol — in Dhar's NanoTherapeutics Research Laboratory. According to a news release, bench-scale animal trials have shown the nanoparticle resulted in significant reductions in total cholesterol …
Hotels with a history of smoking have the lingering effects of tobacco smoke pollution, even in non-smoking areas, says a study published Tuesday.
- GOING GREEN
Saturday, May 18
Firsthand smoke is the direct inhalation of smoke from burning tobacco encased in cigarettes, pipes and cigars. The environmental tobacco smoke that is inhaled involuntarily or passively by someone who is not smoking is secondhand smoke. Did you know there is a thirdhand? It's the gases and small particles in cigarette smoke that are deposited on every surface in which they come in contact — the Mayo Clinic says thirdhand smoke is a relatively new concept, and researchers are still studying its possible dangers. CBS News reports such a study has shown that hotels with a history of smoking still have the lingering effects of tobacco smoke pollution, even in non-smoking areas. The study, published Monday, May 13, in the journal Tobacco …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
It costs $390 less to get an MRI in Gwinnett County than Fulton County. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Be glad you live in Gwinnett, where patients also will spend less, on average, for three other procedures – colonoscopy, CT scan and mammogram. Has your doctor advised you to get a colonoscopy? That will cost you an average of $2,280 in Gwinnett, which is $260 less than in Fulton. But you could still spend up to $4,040 at a hospital in the county. That's less than half as much as the highest price for a colonoscopy in Fulton, or $8,490, according to New Choice Health's data. Gwinnett's prices are below the state average, also. These big …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Looking for a daily-fee golf course around Gwinnett County? We've got some choices for you.
Unless you're a member (or have some connections), chances are you're not going to be able to play at a private club like TPC Sugarloaf, but there are plenty of daily-fee options in the Gwinnett County. Check out our interactive map (attached) or the list below for public and semi-private golf clubs in the county. Note: Information was compiled from club websites and the Georgia State Golf Association. Bear’s Best Collins Hill Golf Club Country Club of Gwinnett Heritage Golf Links The Hooch Golf Club Legacy on Lanier Golf Club Peachtree Golf Center Stone Mountain Golf Club Sugar Hill Golf Club Trophy Club of Apalachee
Monday, April 1, 2013
It is a common misconception that muscle weighs more than fat. It’s really a matter of density.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Exercise can make all the difference in your quality of life at any age.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
A study released last week reviewed state-specific laws focused on price transparency for health care.
Georgia is one of 29 states to receive a failing grade for price transparency in health care in a study released Monday, March 18. The study reviewed state-specific laws focused on price transparency for health care. Only two states, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, received an A, while just five states, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin, received Bs. Click here to check out the full report. "... with recent studies showing us that the price for an identical procedure within a market can vary seven-fold with no demonstrable difference in quality, price transparency is more important than ever," Francois de Brantes, executive director for the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, and Suzanne Delbanco, executive …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Paul Jolie of Vibrant Life Fitness says weight is not always the best indicator of health.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and in the world, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
- On Patch
Friday, February 15
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A consumer group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is urging the government to determine a safe level for added sugars in sodas and sugary drinks to reduce "dangerously high sugar consumption."
Thursday, February 14
USA Today reports a consumer group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, has filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accompanied by a letter signed by 41 nutrition scientists and physicians and the public health departments of 10 major cities. The reason for the petition? The Center for Science in the Public Interest says a diet high in high-fructose corn syrup and added sugars is linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gout and tooth decay. And about two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the USA are overweight or obese. "The FDA has an obligation to review the safety consumption of sugars and set safe levels," CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson is quoted as …