Spring is here! And in Cartersville and north Georgia, spring’s arrival means that everything we own is covered in yellow-green pollen.
Health And Environment
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Meanwhile, the "extremely high" count has fallen again.
The pollen count has fallen to 4,379 today, the second consecutive day of lower totals after back-to-back all-time records started the workweek. That's the good word from the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic in nearby Marietta, which says birch, mulberry, oak and pine trees are Thursday's primary culprits. The number of pollen particles in a cubic meter (1,000 liters) of air is still almost triple the "extremely high" level for tree pollen, but it's less than half Tuesday's record of 9,369. Wednesday's total was 5,174. The big news for allergy sufferers, however, is the weather forecast for Friday: rain and lots of it. There's a 30 percent chance of rain today, the National Weather Service says, but that rises to 80 percent Friday, when …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Tuesday's count of 9,369 smashes Monday's all-time high.
Monday's pollen record didn't last long. Before the sun even rose, the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic announced today's record-breaking pollen count: 9,369. That's the number of pollen grains counted in a cubic meter of air at the clinic near WellStar Kennestone Hospital in nearby Marietta. (Marietta Patch offers some expert advice from a WellStar doctor on dealing with the onslaught.) Tuesday's count is the highest total ever recorded for the Atlanta area, beating the 1-day-old record of 8,164 by almost 15 percent. Monday's total, dominated like today's by beech, birch, mulberry and oak tree pollen, broke the nearly 13-year-old record of 6,013 by almost 36 percent. For the math-challenged, that means in two brutal, yellow-covered, record…
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Mark your calendar to donate blood during a Cartersville High School drive set for April 18.
As the paramedics rush Billy to the ambulance, they soon realize that a large cut on his side is pumping blood profusely onto the stretcher. They lift him into the ambulance and rush to hook up a syringe so they can begin giving him blood. As they rush off, the EMT's look at each other nervously, fearing for Billy's life. Eventually Billy makes it to the hospital, receives the necessary care and surgery and fully recovers. But what if Billy hadn't received the blood that kept him alive on the race to the hospital? And where did the blood come from? Who was the secret hero that saved this young man's life? That hero was a normal person. It could be anybody. Look around, they could be in the room right now. Giving blood is essential to the …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the Lupus Foundation of America Georgia Chapter hosting the symposium aims to educate patients and their families and friends about the autoimmune disease.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Health screenings and scans along with various demonstrations and giveaways are on tap Saturday for Cartersville Medical Center's Cartersville Has Heart.
Valentine's Day is over but February continues to be all about heart. If you were ever curious about the real thing, Saturday holds a special treat—a giant, interactive heart. For its second year in a row, Cartersville Medical Center is set to host Cartersville Has Heart, a community-wide heart health event. New this year is the world’s largest interactive, anatomically correct, inflatable walk-through heart exhibit. AmeriHeart provides an interactive educational component for all ages, hospital officials said in a release. “We want to offer fun, educational activities—especially for children—because we know heart disease and diabetes can develop as a result of obesity," Director of Cardiovascular Services and registered nurse Sarah …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
The simple distinction between fear and anxiety is important in treating anxiety disorders.
You are taking a hike up a mountain—pleasant and calming—with the sun shining dully through the brown tinted leaves. Suddenly, a rattlesnake appears at your feet. At that very moment you experience something. You freeze, your heart starts to pound faster and faster, then you begin to sweat frantically—a quick, automatic sequence of physical reactions. That reaction is fear. A couple of months later your friend wants to go hike the same mountain. You are taking the same walk again but this time it is different. The sunshine and pleasure are still there, but no rattlesnake. Still, you are worried that you will encounter one. The experience of walking through the woods is fraught with worry. You are anxious. This simple distinction between …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
These are the unfortunate facts of bad eating habits in the United States.
The remarkably high obesity rate in the United States marks our country as the world’s fattest. Obesity is one of the easiest medical conditions to diagnose, but among the hardest to treat and overcome. With one-third of Americans suffering from obesity today, we are presented with a huge hurdle for the country to overcome. The three leading states in obesity rates are Mississippi with 34 percent, West Virginia with 32.5 percent and Alabama with 32.2 percent of their populations being severely overweight. As of 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control, all 50 states in America passed the 20 percent marker for obesity, including the “skinny” state, Colorado, with 21percent of its population being obese. According to the American …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
'The Daily Tribune News' got a first-hand look at Cartersville Medical Center's new da Vinci Si Surgical System, state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology and the first of its kind in northwest Georgia.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
A Cartersville High School student asks if the look of sun-kissed skin is really worth it.
Gretchen, a junior at Cartersville High School, opens the door and smells the scent of cocoa butter, as palm trees and beach themes decorating the walls. There are racks of tanning products, sun towels and goggles lining the wall behind the counter. She hears the sound to justify the switch that turns on the UVA radiation to heat projecting bulbs that burn the skin: the tanning bed. The UVA radiation in tanning bed bulbs is up to three times more intense than UVA in natural sunlight, reports Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson of Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Is it really worth it? A tanning bed is an apparatus used for tanning, consisting of sunlamp tubes, typically horizontal for lying on, with another above. Tanning can be addictive. For some…