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
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
‘A big health care year’ under the Gold Dome
The battles over hospital regulation and financial disclosure appeared to be finished last week at the Georgia Legislature. But on Tuesday, as the 2019 General Assembly session was wrapping up, these prickly issues proved they weren’t dead after all. An attempt to allow a sports medicine and training center... 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
A few devices — some very simple — can help seniors’ quality of life
A lift chair has made a big difference for Henry Cato, 78, of Franklin, who has neuropathy in his legs. The chair is a kind of recliner, but it includes a mechanism that pushes the chair up from its base and slowly moves the sitting person into a standing position. Henry does... Read more

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