Alzheimer’s creates huge burden for African-American community
Camilla White’s days as a part-time caregiver for her mother began at 4 a.m. They ended at 10 or 11 at night. “It just depended on Mom,’’ White says. White was living in Huntsville, Ala., at the time. Her mother, Lillian Barber, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, so... Read more
Legionnaires’ disease on the rise, and experts not sure why
Cases of Legionnaires’ disease have quadrupled in Georgia over the past 10 years, public health statistics show. That increase mirrors a national trend, with U.S. cases up fivefold since 2000. About 80 percent of Georgia outbreaks have occurred in health care facilities, according to Cherie Drenzek, state epidemiologist. Legionella... Read more
Paralyzed by West Nile, he’s fighting a new kind of battle
David Carmon’s body began to shut down just three days after a mosquito bite over Labor Day weekend. He arrived at a Gainesville emergency room extremely ill. No one knew what was wrong. “They ran every test,” says his wife, Jessie. “By the fifth day, he was paralyzed, on a... Read more
A new kind of harmony: A boy, a cello and a prosthesis
Playing the cello usually takes two hands. But for 12-year-old Christopher Fairchild, it’s a matter of one hand, one prosthetic and a lot of determination. The challenge for Christopher is that he has been missing his right hand since birth, even though it would otherwise be his dominant hand.... Read more
The opioid epidemic is a threat to older people, too
A recent overdose case in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody involved a 55-year-old woman. The cause of her death was determined to be the toxic effects of cocaine, morphine and methamphetamine, says Patrick L. Bailey, director of the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office. Of those three drugs, morphine is an opioid.... Read more

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