Health & Wellness


Food safety practices can help ensure healthy holiday meal

Novices making their first turkey or seasoned cooks who know their way around the kitchen should follow good food safety practices for a healthy holiday meal.

Medicare ‘Extra Help’ offers assistance with prescription drug costs

Medicare’s “Extra Help” program helps people with limited income pay for their prescription medications.

Health insurance open enrollment starts Nov. 15

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts Nov. 15, and residents can get ready by learning about the Marketplace, seeing if they may qualify for savings, and downloading an application checklist.

St. Andrews to host ACA seminar

Financial services adviser Paul Ellingson will present a seminar on the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 13 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker.

Mental health summit to present cutting-edge research, information

“Mind Matters,” a one-day mental health summit with cutting-edge information from published scientists and researchers, respected physicians and directors of substance abuse programs will take place Dec. 8 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.

Breast center to be renovated

A $44,670 check from the DeKalb Medical Auxiliary will help DeKalb Medical transform its Comprehensive Breast Center on the North Decatur campus into a more modern healing center

Deal issues aggressive Ebola policy

Travelers from Ebola-affected countries now face more aggressive monitoring procedures when they arrive in Georgia.

CAPUS offers one-stop online connection to HIV/AIDS care

The Georgia Department of Public Health has launched the Georgia CAPUS Care Portal, a one-stop online connection to care for HIV-positive residents.

Grants support prevention of chronic diseases

The DeKalb Board of Health is getting more than $928,000 in Health and Human Services grants to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Walk raises depression awareness

A Journey to Serenity Walk is taking place Oct. 26 in Lithonia Community Park to raise awareness about depression.

Alzheimer’s study needs seniors

Healthy seniors who are 65 years and older can sign up to participate in a TOMMORROW clinical trial that is studying the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Emory Web site to serve as resource on Ebola screening, care

Emory Healthcare has created www.emoryhealthcare.org/ebolaprep as a resource for health care organizations seeking best practices for safe and effective screening, diagnosis and treatment for patients with Ebola virus disease.

Students from Ebola hot spots need CDC approval for school

DeKalb Schools will not enroll students from Ebola hot spots in West Africa or the United States without proper documentation from the CDC that they’re unaffected by the virus.

Board of Health hosts forum on deadly disease to fight fear with facts

DeKalb Board of Health officials hoping to calm the community’s growing jitters about the Ebola virus hosted a question-and-answer forum about the deadly disease on Oct. 14

Dallas nurse becomes Emory’s fourth Ebola patient

A nurse who cared for an Ebola patient at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is now Emory University Hospital’s fourth Ebola patient.