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Glenda B. Brown, O.D. Joins Thomas Eye Group

Glenda B. Brown, O.D. Joins Thomas Eye Group
ATLANTA -- Glenda B. Brown, O.D., has returned to Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider that offers comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care. She began her affiliation with Thomas Eye Group in 1982 when she practiced with Pediatric Eye Care of Atlanta, a division of Thomas Eye Group and later worked with an Alpharetta eye care practice before returning to Thomas Eye Group.   “We welcome Dr. Brown back to our team,” said Rod Roeser, CEO for Thomas Eye Group. “Her skill set and leadership is evidenced by her role as president of the Georgia Optometric Association, and she is widely known in the eye care community as a dedicated professional for the past 30 years.”  Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1977 and a Doctorate of Optometry in 1981.

Merrell, Life Time Fitness invite Georgians to free fitness classes

Merrell, Life Time Fitness invite Georgians to free fitness classes

(WXIA) -- Shoe and clothing brand Merrell, along with national fitness center Life Time Fitness are holding upcoming fitness classes around Atlanta, free of charge for anyone who attends. 

All classes, "Outisde Fitness Powered by Merrell," are held at various Life Time Fitness locations. As a spokesperson said, the classes are taught by certified personal trainers, and follow a boot camp format. 

Participating Life Time locations include Alpharetta, north Atlanta, Johns Creek, Peachtree Corners, Sugarloaf and Woodstock Mountain Brook. Classes are held three times per week, and run from June 1 - August 30. 

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

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.

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"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.

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Heart Specialists opens at Gwinnett Medical Center

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett Medical Center has opened the Gwinnett Heart Specialists of Gwinnett Medical Group, a new cardiology practice.

The doctors who will work at the new office include Sreeni Gangasani, M.D., Michael Lipsitt, M.D., and Marc Unterman, M.D. All three physicians have practiced for thirty years, according to Beth Okun of Gwinnett Medical Center. 

Gwinnett Heart Specialists will provide patients with several services to help with preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, including stress testing, echocardiography, vascular treatments, coronary interventions, peripheral interventions and implanting pacemakers, Okun reported.

The practice will also serve communities of Dacula, Duluth, Loganville, Monroe and Sugar Hill. 

Rabid raccoon found in Suwanee

Rabid raccoon found in Suwanee

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A raccoon found in Gwinnett County last week has tested positive for rabies.

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement said the raccoon was found on Pendleton Place in Suwanee on Dec. 19.

Signs of rabies in animals include aggressive behavior, foaming at the mouth, and avoiding food and water.

Animal control officials say pet owners should keep their animals up to date on their shots to help protect them from rabies. Anyone who is scratched or bitten by a stray animal should call the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576.

Ga. SPCA holding vaccination clinic

Ga. SPCA holding vaccination clinic

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic this weekend.

The clinic will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

Rabies, distemper and bordetella shots will be $10 each. Heartworm tests for dogs will be available for $25 each. Microchipping will also be $25.

Clinic employees ask that participating pet owners have their dogs on leashes and their cats in carriers.

All proceeds from the clinic will directly benefit the SPCA and its mission to find good homes for deserving pets.

The clinic is located at 1175 Buford Highway, Suite 109 in Suwanee. Learn more at georgiaspca.org.