July 5, 2017
In the Eyes of the Patient
Ophthalmologists are often among the first to detect serious diseases during routine exams
Only about half of all adult Americans get regular eye exams. That's according to the CDC. Yet a visit to an eye doctor cannot only improve vision. It can also save lives. Eye exams often reveal systemic diseases, some serious, like cancer, stroke, heart problems, and Multiple Sclerosis. Research at Emory and other universities even suggests that Alzheimer's may soon be detected early - with help of new eye imaging technology.
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June 26, 2017
Deutschlandfunk / German National Public Radio
Filling The Gaps in the Safety Net
Charity clinics and community health centers are bracing for a major increase in uninsured patients, as efforts mount in the U.S. Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. More than 20 million Americans could lose their coverage under a new legislation.
Atlanta, Ga. -- The waiting room at the Ben Massell Dental Clinic is packed with patients, each of its 16 treatment rooms is occupied. Whether it's a cavity or a crown, a root canal or an infected wisdom tooth, dentures or implants: The downtown Atlanta clinic handles almost every dental ailment.
It's a normal day in a not so normal dental office.
"The Ben Massell Dental Clinic provides free service to the unserved in Atlanta," says the clinic's director, Keith Kirshner.
Ben Massell is one of about 1,200 charitable clinics in the United States. There's always a need for their services, says Kirshner, even though the need fluctuates, depending on political and economic changes.
April 24, 2017
Georgia Health News
Cold Caps are Gaining Traction in the United States
Scalp Cooling Technology Can Prevent Hair Loss during Chemotherapy, but the Treatment is Costly, Labor-Intensive and Doesn't Work for Every Patient. And there are Risks Involved, Doctors Warn.
Emily Ferguson is happy when she looks in the mirror and recognizes herself, a slender and athletic woman with medium blonde hair cut at shoulder length. And she’s relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cover her head when she goes for a run, or swims in the ocean with her three kids. Feeling and looking normal, Ferguson says, sometimes helps her forget that she’s ill.