The Atlanta 100: Your Body: Tongue Tied

Frenulum (Latin for “little bridle”) restricts the motion of a mobile organ in the body. One of the body’s frenulums is located in your mouth. The Frenulum Linguae is the small cord of tissue that secures the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The little string is just the right length to allow the tongue mobility to form sounds. For the rest, click here.

Will Medical Marijuana Become Reality in Georgia?

Much to many Georgia citizens’ surprise, the state may become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. In 2013, voters in Colorado and Washington approved resolutions to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Georgia’s bill will be much more limited than the Pacific Northwestern states’ legislation. Marijuana-use will only be approved for those suffering from cancer, glaucoma or seizure disorders.

The bill has passed in the House and now must be approved by the Senate and Governor Deal. The legislation is called Haleigh’s Hope Act, named after a four-year-old Georgia girl with epilepsy who sometimes suffers up to 100 seizures in one day. A non-psychoactive marijuana derivative, cannabidiol, would provide significant relief.

There are multiple pro-marijuana organizations that have campaigned for years to liberalize marijuana laws in Georgia. As public opinion continues to shift towards liberalization, it is unlikely Washington and Colorado will be the last states to implement pro-marijuana laws.

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The Atlanta 100: Your Body: The Cornea

Two-thirds of the eye’s total optical power comes from the cornea, the transparent front of the eye that covers the pupil, iris and anterior chamber. The cornea is filled with nerve endings and lacks blood vessels, making the tissue quite unique and the area quite sensitive. For the rest, click here.

The Atlanta 100: Your Body: The Small Intestine

Most of us don’t like to give our intestines a second thought. However, today we are delving into the small intestine, which lies between the stomach and large intestine. The three structures that make up the small intestine help with digestion and absorption of food. For the rest, click here.

ADHD Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management

The rapidly approaching spring afternoons are enough to distract even the most focused adults. The skills we learn to stay focused and manage time begin developing during childhood. However, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has increased annually 5.5 percent across the globe.

As the rates of diagnosis rise, many have called attention to the possibility of over diagnosis. Some studies have attributed rising state and federal standards for schools as a reason for increased diagnosis. Others blame drug companies and their pursuit of profit.

Many resources exist for parents who think their child may be suffering from ADHD. To properly diagnose ADHD, a doctor should rule out the possibility of an underlying cause, such as a learning disability or vision issue, that could be impeding a child’s attention span. Then, upon receiving a true ADHD diagnosis, learning to manage the ADHD can begin.

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The Role of Meat in the Modern-Day Diet

In the final installment of this four-part food series, we discuss the importance of sustainable, local meat. Most of the meat in the United States is produced on a large scale and is heavily industrialized to drive the cost down as low as possible for consumers and producers. To find nearby sustainable meat, visit the USDA and Local Harvest websites to find a small-scale farmer.

Though the meat at such places is usually more expensive than at a supermarket, if a consumer follows the recommended amount of meat, the burden is lessened. The average American eats twice the amount of recommended meat. Nutritionists recommend that individuals limit themselves to red meat just 2-3 times per week. Though the Paleo Diet recommends large quantities of red meat, heavy consumption is linked to a higher risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The best diet advice I’ve ever heard came from Michael Pollan in 2007: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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The Shift Back to Antibiotic-Free Meat

Long gone are the days of hunting meat or going to the local butcher for fresh, steroid-free meat. Today, the shift in food production has left us with an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality that has led to animals being pumped with antibiotics.While antibiotics produce plumper animals, it comes at a cost. Antibiotics are attributed to the rise of superbugs, which affect two million Americans per year.

However, a recent shift in politics and consumer trends has begun a food revolution that aims to improve production quality and sustainability. Atlanta-native Chic-fil-A recently announced it will join the ranks of Chipotle and Panera Bread in the goal of only providing antibiotic-free meat. In Dec. 2013, the Food and Drug Administration announced that over the next three years, farmers will no longer be able to feed animals antibiotics. In the meantime, consumers can vote with their dollars and buy antibiotic-free meat from trusted farmers.

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The Atlanta 100: “Your Body: Tugging at Heartstrings”

The Chordae Tendinae, more affectionately known as our heartstrings, connects the mitral and tricuspid valves to the papillary muscles of the heart. These valves allow the ventricles to fill during the relaxed phase of the heartbeat. Our heartstrings also act as an anchor for the valves to prevent them from moving too far in one direction. 

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The Atlanta 100: “Your Body: The Lunula”

The body’s lunula (little moon in Latin) is the white half-circle of tissue in the nail bed. The extremely delicate area appears as early as 14 weeks into gestation, even before the development of the air sacs that allow us to breathe!

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For Healthy Eating, Pay Attention to the Ingredients

In the second installment in the series on eating healthy at home, we discuss what to look for in ingredient labels. When it comes to food, the fewer ingredients the better. A soup that only contains vegetables and broth is far healthier than a soup filled with complex and unpronounceable ingredients. The healthiest foods are closer to the ground, rather than a lab. Artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives aren’t just inherently unhealthy due to them being manufactured in a lab.

For example, artificial sweeteners, which are 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, over stimulate sugar receptors and makes people crave sugar more often. For help when shopping, trying an app. Fooducate allows consumers to scan barcodes and receive information on the product like a list of ingredients and a “grade” from A-F.

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