Wound center opens at Lanier

GAINESVILLE - Northeast Georgia Medical Center has opened its Wound Healing Center at the Lanier Park Campus.

The center boasts hyperbaric oxygen chambers for the treatment of nonhealing wounds. The chambers promote wound healing by increasing levels of blood oxygen.

Northeast Georgia Health System also opened its new Urgent Care Center Sept. 5 in Buford.

The center is located next to the Publix shopping center off Friendship Road, at 4889 Golden Parkway, Suite 100, in Buford.

Staffed by emergency physicians, the center will provide treatment for illnesses and injuries that require quick medical attention but are not life-threatening.

Support group offers healthy eating seminar

SNELLVILLE - The topic of next week's Diabetic Support Group meeting at Emory Eastside Medical Center is healthy eating.

Sample foods will be provided at the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in classrooms 1 and 2 at the medical center, 1700 Medical Way in Snellville.

These meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 770-736-2558.

Blood drives coming Sunday

DULUTH - Look for the bloodmobile in Duluth and Buford this weekend.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the community of Duluth will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the Sam's Club at 3450 Steve Reynolds Blvd.

The bloodmobile will also make a stop from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Wal-Mart located at 3795 Ga. Highway 20 in Buford.

All donors will receive a complimentary ice cream cone from the Mayfield Dairy in Braselton, a recognition item and a cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and show photo ID at the time of donation.

Fore more information, call 770-583-0500 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

Company launches education campaign

ATLANTA - A new educational program was launched last week to help inform black adults in the Atlanta area about the risks associated with genital herpes.

The disease affects 50 million adults nationwide, and is known to have a high infection rate.

Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, the "Say Yes to Knowing" campaign is an effort to educate black adults about the disease and to encouraged them to talk with their doctor about signs, risks and ways to reduce genital herpes.

For more information about genital herpes or the campaign, visit www.herpes411.com.