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  • Mary Jo DiLonardo

    Editorial Contributor

    Mary Jo DiLonardo has been an Atlanta Magazine contributor for 15 years, covering education, health, and family issues. She has written for many magazines, newspapers, and web sites including WebMD where her work has made her half-doctor, half-hypochondriac. She is currently trying to survive parenting a teenage boy.

 

A Marietta native's medical app gets funding from a fictional doctor: Patrick Dempsey

Jared Heyman's Crowdmed.com, which helps diagnose mystery illnesses, caught the attention of McDreamy himself

Imagine having a mystery illness—but also access to dozens of health experts for diagnosis. Marietta native Jared Heyman created a medical crowdsourcing platform after his sister spent three years—and saw nearly two dozen doctors—fighting a life-threatening and undiagnosed disease. Read more...

Emory researchers examine how virtual reality can treat veterans' PTSD

Results show promise of successful and quick treatment

Sometimes the best way to overcome a traumatic experience is to relive it. Researchers at Emory have been exploring ways that combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder could be tackled by using virtual reality. Read more...

Ew! Meet Campy, the slimy bacteria that can make you super sick

Annually in the U.S., there are 1.3 million cases of Campy infection and only 42,000 incidents of salmonella

When it comes to bacteria, salmonella steals all the headlines. But the real newsmaker should be Campylobacter jejuni. It is one of the most common causes of diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Read more...

Thanks to Georgia Tech, a tongue piercing could soon control a wheelchair

This new system would replace sip-and-puff wheelchairs, making movement easier and faster

Most people who are quadriplegics use sip-and-puff wheelchairs; they blow or suck into a straw to direct their chairs. But movement is limited to left, right, forward, and backward. New technology developed by a researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology would allow quadriplegics to use tongue-controlled devices to command not only wheelchairs, but also computers, phones, and video games. Read more...

Atlantans figure out ways to exercise in cold weather

Snow and ice won't keep them idle

Serious exercisers aren't put off by the doom and gloom snow, rain, and sleet hitting Atlanta. They find ways to hit the streets, ride bikes, or lug laundry in order to get their exercise fix. Read more...