Health Care

Helping the Body Repair Itself

Regenerative medicine is booming these days because one thing this relatively new field has done well is generate a lot of buzz. Often associated with stem cells, it’s the branch of medicine devoted to repairing, replacing or regrowing damaged or…

A Byte of Prevention

Much of the Southeast lags behind in any number of health statistics, from maternal and infant mortality to the percentage of people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. So when John Showalter, M.D., chief product officer at the Metro Atlanta-based…

Curtailing Cancer Care

The list of serious health problems caused or affected by COVID-19 is long and growing: heart disease, pneumonia, blood clots, liver and kidney failure – and now, less directly, cancer. Even though there is no evidence that COVID worsens cancer…

Coping with COVID

COVID-19 hit like a lightning strike, darkening businesses and causing everyone from office workers to schoolchildren to shelter at home. While the infection risks soon became clear, the deeper ramifications – not just on health and livelihoods but on emotional…

COVID’s Cardiac Connection

When the COVID pandemic first started, scientists were struggling to learn as fast as the virus was spreading. Inevitably, that meant that guidance changed as knowledge grew. They’re still learning – in December, for example, the Centers for Disease Control…

Rural Hospitals: Fighting for Survival

When the doors closed at Cuthbert’s Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center (SGRMC) last month, Randolph County lost more than a hospital. Jobs and one of its few remaining lures for economic growth disappeared along with the ability to treat patients…

2020 Top Hospitals

This year, the coronavirus has upended all parts of the state, especially hospitals. As healthcare providers and administrators have struggled to manage a growing workload, shrinking supply of personal protective equipment and a pandemic that just won’t quit, they have…

Up for the Challenge

The harsh reality of the COVID-19 crisis that hit last winter may have taken a lot of people by surprise, when something they knew only as an obscure virus in a distant part of the world changed their lives practically…