COVID-19 bus brings help for behavioral health needs
By Naomi Thomas A bus mobilized during the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing behavioral health care to two rural counties. The mobile health unit, run by CarePartners, a local agency, has been traveling through Emanuel and Candler counties in east Georgia to bring services to people in need. Since the... Read more
Feeding the hungry in a ‘no-touch’ crisis
By Naomi Thomas Patricia Lingo has seen her work hours at Waffle House cut back sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. But amid that drop in income, her needs have increased. “The coronavirus, well, it practically has taken my job away from me,” says Lingo, 72, a waitress. She says... Read more
Social distancing can save seniors’ lives but deepen their loneliness
By Naomi Thomas Social distancing is a vital tool to help seniors avoid COVID-19. But it may be exacerbating a longtime problem for older people: social isolation, which can lead to loneliness. “We’ve already been worried about loneliness as an epidemic before all of this hit, and that’s because... Read more
Too much iron? It’s a real genetic disease
Tresa Haywood, 50, has had a complicated medical history in recent years. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder, in 2000. Two years later came a diagnosis of diabetes, followed by diagnoses of hypoxia – low oxygen in the tissue – irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions... Read more
Common, colorful and really good for your brain
Carotenoids are plant pigments. They make tomatoes red and give carrots their distinctive orange hue. You see them when leaves change colors in the fall. But carotenoids are not just decorative. Among the roughly 600 carotenoids in nature, two in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, have been found to improve... Read more

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