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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.

 

Making the most of your aging memory

7 ways to improve the efficiency of a weakening brain

You can recall every obscure song lyric, but you can’t find your car keys or remember why you went upstairs. Welcome to the aging brain. Read More

Healthcare champions

We salute these visionaries who are making Atlanta a healthier place to live

From the road, the old gas station didn’t stand out much from its neighbors—a boarded-up brick two-story building and a green-awninged bodega—on this stretch of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard just west of the Georgia Dome. Read More

How helmets ward off head injuries

A look at the functions of a football helmet and how they minimize concussions

In 2011 researchers at Virginia Tech published a new star safety rating system for football helmets — and last winter, they concluded that wearing the right headgear can reduce a player’s risk of concussion by more than 50 percent. So ask your child’s coach or athletic director about helmets, especially for football; they should be reconditioned and recertified at least every two years. Ask who inspects helmets and how often, and examine helmets for obvious damage to the shell or padding. Read More

12 adult sports leagues in Atlanta

Dust off your athletic gear and get in the game in one of the city's many adult rec leagues

Why let kids have all the fun? Here are some adults-only recreational leagues. Most offer a range of divisions from low-pressure to ultracompetitive, so you can find a team whether you’re fresh off a college roster or just off the sofa. 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