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A Healthier You: A breakfast and health fair with screenings,informational booths & presentations

A Healthier You: A breakfast and health fair with screenings,informational booths & presentations

Please Join Gwinnett Medical Center and Partnership Gwinnett for their August health fair event, A Healthier You.

 

Attendees will be able to visit educational booths, participate in healthcare screenings and attend educational seminars on fitness and nutrition.  Also, the first 100 registrants will receive a FREE fitness set that includes a chest expander, jump rope, hand grip and convenient tote bag for on-the-go exercise!

 

All those interested in receiving health screenings must sign a waiver upon entry to the event.

 

Screenings and Informational Booths set to include:

 

• Blood Pressure

• Bone Density Scan

• Breast Cancer Risk Assessment

• Colorectal Screening Kits

• Nutrition Consultation

• Sleep Apnea Screening

• Stroke Screening

 

And much more…

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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.

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.

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

CUMMING, Ga. – The ALS Run for Life 5K to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will be held at The Avenue Forsyth in Georgia.

The run was founded to honor Jon Blais, the only person with ALS to finish the Ironman triathlon. Every year, the event is held in to raise money for research for a cure. The race has raised over $50,000 in four years and, according to race organizers, has become a favorite among Metro Atlanta runners.

Every day in the US, about 15 people are diagnosed with ALS and life expectancy is about two to five years from the original diagnosis. ALS cripples physical functions, like the ability to move, speak and swallow; however, the mind stays sharp.

The race will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. This event will feature a one mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Runners will begin the 3.1 mile course by circling the perimeter of The Avenue and them will finish in the front of the race expo.

QualTex labs expands their company in Gwinnett County

QualTex labs expands their company in Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Recently, the QualTex Laboratories, a San Antonio, Texas-based independent blood testing lab, celebrates the grand opening of its expanded operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

The company hired more than 100 “highly-trained”, expert clinical laboratory scientists and the likes for their expansion in Norcross.

The company plans to invest about $12 million dollars into this branch of the company over the next five years.

QualTex is the largest independent testing lab in the United States for blood and plasma products, providing infectious disease testing services to blood banks and plasma center customers worldwide.

The QualTex Norcross facility will house a data center and tests more than eight million biological samples, whole blood and plasma, double its operations a year ago.

QualTex is located at 4258 Communications Drive in Norcross.