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Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

Hall County recognized by Celebrate Healthy North Ga.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Hall County is receiving plenty of recognition for its health initiatives.

The county's employee health program, Healthy Hall County, was applauded Thursday at Celebrate Healthy North Georgia, an annual wellness event that educates Georgians on ways to live healthy lives.

"Hall County is honored to be recognized as a leader in the community for promoting health and wellness," county human resources director Bill Moats said in a statement. "We are appreciative of our county commissioners, administration and community center staff for their support."

Healthy Hall County provides county employees with free access to community health centers, admission to boot camps and fitness sessions, and other tools they need to lose weight, get healthy and be happier.

Drug drop box installed at police headquarters

Drug drop box installed at police headquarters

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- The Gainesville Police Department has installed a permanent secure drop box for prescription drugs at its headquarters.

Residents are welcome to turn in their unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the box year-round. All dropoffs are free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Members of the police staff will collect the drugs in the box and dispose of them in safe and legal ways.

"This effort will reduce the prescription drugs that are readily available to our children," Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly said in a statement. "It's crucial that unused, unwanted and expired drugs lurking in people's medicine cabinets do not end up in the wrong hands."

The public is welcome to use the drop box during regular business hours -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Gainesville Police headquarters is located at 701 Queen City Parkway.

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

Alpharetta
10600 Davis Drive

Atlanta
2901 Clairmont Road

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.