A loved one is having memory problems. Often he is confused about where he is – and he’s having trouble completing familiar tasks. Is it Alzheimer’s disease? Currently, neurologists diagnose Alzheimer’s based mainly on clinical symptoms. Added information can come from brain imaging, which tends to be expensive, or analysis... Read more
Breaking ground on mental health: An interview with Dr. Frank Shelp
Two years ago, Georgia reached a landmark agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to revamp its system of care for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities. The Justice Department involvement followed articles in the AJC that reported more than 100 suspicious deaths of patients occurred in Georgia’s mental... Read more
A healthy life in Georgia: Besse Cooper’s world-beating longevity
Besse Cooper, the Monroe woman who is the oldest person in the world, has been remarkably healthy all her life, her son Sidney says. Cooper, a Georgia resident since she was a young woman, celebrated her 116th birthday Sunday. She lives in an area nursing home. Even now, she... Read more
In the early 1940s, shortly after U.S. entry into World War II, Irma “Pete’’ Dryden of New York City was inspired when she heard of the young black men training as military pilots. Dryden became a nurse for that unit in Alabama, which became known as the Tuskegee Airmen.... Read more
Major social issue legislation related to health received last-minute approvals Thursday night before the close of the 2012 Georgia General Assembly. In the last hour of the legislative session, the House passed a bill that would cut the time for elective abortions from 26 to 20 weeks. Negotiators reached... Read more

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