Making the most of your aging memory

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.

By the numbers: Reproductive Biology Associates

Established in 1983 as the first in vitro fertilization program in Georgia, Reproductive Biology Associates welcomed its first IVF baby a year later. The practice has been breaking barriers ever since. It now has seven locations across metro Atlanta and Georgia. We gathered some data on RBA and infertility itself.

Little Town, Big Idea: Rome’s Cancer Navigators

Rome’s Cancer Navigators do more than support patients through a medical crisis. They steer clients through the emotional, financial, physical, and logistical challenges of coping with the deadly disease.

Now in health research news: A heart ‘flashlight’ and WellStar’s new partnership

Heart “flashlight”
Called a “flashlight” for cardiologists, a new device developed at Georgia Tech can record real-time, 3-D images—from inside the heart, coronary arteries, and even surrounding blood vessels. The doughnut-shaped array is a mere 1.5 millimeters across and can be inserted via catheter. It includes ultrasound transmitters and processing electronics, which relay image data at sixty frames per second along thirteen small cables. The feed of images gives cardiologists a much more 360-degree view inside vessels than current cross-sectional ultrasound. It could also allow more blockages to be cleared without surgery. Researchers plan to hold animal trials before eventually licensing the technology to a medical diagnostic company that can conduct clinical trials and seek FDA approval.

Top Hospitals 2014

Healthgrades, one of the nation’s leading healthcare research firms, tracks hospital performance by dozens of indicators. Here are the metro hospitals that excel in one or more areas. Find the one with the expertise you need.

With additional reporting by Carolyn Crist


Plus:
‣ Advice from Healthgrades: How to find the best hospital for you
‣ Advice from Healthgrades: How to select a doctor

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