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On Sept. 13, East Jefferson General Hospital will host “Girls Night Out: Racing to a Better Metabolism.” Dr. Elise Nicaud, along with other medical experts will spend an evening devoted to helping women safely boost metabolic rates to maximize health, fitness and energy levels. The seminar will take place in the facility’s Esplanade Rooms, and the $10-cover fee will benefit the March of Dimes organization. To register, call 456-5000.

Rebekah E. Gee, MD, MPH, FACOG, Assistant Professor of LSUHSC’s School of Public Health and Medicine was invited by the editors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the official publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to be the lead expert on health policy for a year’s worth of columns. Gee’s “Health Policy in Practice” series, which debuted in July, helps doctors understand and anticipate changes to the practice of medicine through health care reform proposals. Gee was selected for her experience in the field of medicine; she served as the medical director for the maternity program of Title V, the state’s maternal health federal block grant program. She also was director of the Birth Outcomes Initiative and served as assistant secretary level position in Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, which is aimed at improving the health of women and children.

Dr. Aaron Karlin, Section Head of Pediatric Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Director of Ochsner’s Concussion Management Program warns student-athletes of the dangers of concussions, which take weeks to recover from, he says. A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain bumps against the skull, which can cause tearing or twisting of neuronal structures in the brain, which then causes a breakdown in the normal message flow within the brain. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 20 percent of all athletes in contact sports experience a concussion. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, sleep disruption, sensitivity to light and noise, memory disruption, among others. He recommends that any athlete with a concussion be monitored by a medical provider.


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