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J. Christopher's Pumpkin Pancakes Raise Awareness for the Cure

J. Christopher's Pumpkin Pancakes Raise Awareness for the Cure


ALPHARETTA, Ga.-- What’s round, fluffy and orange all over? Pumpkin Pancakes for the Cure! The entire month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you-(yes you!) can help find a cure to end this devastating disease that claims the lives of over  39,000 women annually.


 J. Christopher’s Alpharetta, has teamed up with Susan G. Komen Atlanta for a wonderful fundraiser that raises Breast Cancer awareness and supports the organization’s continued research and early-detection efforts. During the month of October, for every  order of Pumpkin Pancakes purchased, J. Christopher will donate $1 to Komen Atlanta.


LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.


Support Stick It 2 Cancer

Join the Stick It 2 Cancer team at Menchie’s (multiple locations – see below) as they help freeze cancer once & for all!

Menchie’s all across Atlanta will be donating 20% of all profits to the Stick It 2 Cancer team.  From 5pm to close you can support their fundraising efforts simply by enjoying some Fro Yo!

Can it get any easier?

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Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Get vaccinated before school starts

Get vaccinated before school starts

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 2011-2012 school year is about to begin for students in both Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools, which means that vaccination rush week is right around the corner.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will administer required vaccinations for school entry at several locations from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 12.

"During the rush weeks, the nursing division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye/ear/dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school," said Dr. Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services.

The county's back-to-school vaccination kickoff will take place Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Fulton Service Center (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs).

Vaccinations will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.