Helena Oliviero

staff writer

Helena Oliviero grew up in Vermont and graduated from the University of San Francisco. She writes compelling feature stories with health, relationship and lifestyle themes. She lives in Decatur with her husband Brian and two daughters.

Latest from Helena Oliviero

Flu deaths reach 12 in Georgia as flu remains widespread
 The number of flu deaths continues to climb in Georgia as the flu outbreak remains widespread here and across the country.  Influenza activity has increased sharply in Georgia and across the United States during recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the second week  of the year, which runs...

Posted: 2 days ago

The number of flu deaths continues to climb in Georgia as the flu outbreak remains widespread here and across the country.  Influenza activity has increased sharply in Georgia and across the United States during recent weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the second week of the year, which runs...
Children’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery braves snow and ice to get to work 
 With winter weather hitting Atlanta hard this week, effectively shutting down parts of the city, some roads were too dangerous to drive on. That didn’t stop Children’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dr. McKenzie who walked a mile through snow and ice to get to work.    In a touching Facebook post last night, Children&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

With winter weather hitting Atlanta hard this week, effectively shutting down parts of the city, some roads were too dangerous to drive on. That didn’t stop Children’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Dr. McKenzie who walked a mile through snow and ice to get to work.    In a touching Facebook post last night, Children&rsquo...
Parents, here’s how to survive school being canceled again 
 As cold and ice linger, schools across metro Atlanta were closed today again. A dusting of snow and another day at home may be fun for kids, but school closures can be a source of frustration for the parents. School closures can be disruptive for parents especially when parents are due at their workplace.  The warmup will start...

Posted: 4 days ago

As cold and ice linger, schools across metro Atlanta were closed today again. A dusting of snow and another day at home may be fun for kids, but school closures can be a source of frustration for the parents. School closures can be disruptive for parents especially when parents are due at their workplace.  The warmup will start...
Holocaust remembrance event pays tribute to ‘Japan’s Schindler’
 During the early days of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed at a consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania, issued more than 2,000 visas for as many as 6,000 Jewish people desperately trying to escape Nazi persecution. An extraordinarily courageous act, Sugihara defied the orders of his superiors in Tokyo, who told Sugihara...

Posted: 6 days ago

During the early days of World War II, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat stationed at a consulate in Kaunas, Lithuania, issued more than 2,000 visas for as many as 6,000 Jewish people desperately trying to escape Nazi persecution. An extraordinarily courageous act, Sugihara defied the orders of his superiors in Tokyo, who told Sugihara...
Flu hospitalizations and deaths climb in Georgia
 The flu is spreading fast this year. The predominant strain is one of the harsher ones. And with bitterly cold weather bringing people to gather inside in crowded conditions, the flu season is raging. Influenza activity has increased sharply in Georgia and across the United States during the past couple of weeks, according to the Centers...

Posted: 9 days ago

The flu is spreading fast this year. The predominant strain is one of the harsher ones. And with bitterly cold weather bringing people to gather inside in crowded conditions, the flu season is raging. Influenza activity has increased sharply in Georgia and across the United States during the past couple of weeks, according to the Centers...
Does cold weather really make it easier to get the flu?
 Every year, flu activity peaks during winter months. Flu is spreading fast this year with indications of this season being more severe than previous years. It’s also been unusually cold. Is there a connection? Does the cold weather cause the flu to spread faster? Yes, in both direct and indirect ways, according to experts.  The...

Posted: 10 days ago

Every year, flu activity peaks during winter months. Flu is spreading fast this year with indications of this season being more severe than previous years. It’s also been unusually cold. Is there a connection? Does the cold weather cause the flu to spread faster? Yes, in both direct and indirect ways, according to experts.  The...
Young Atlanta performer stars in ‘The Lion King’ at Fox Theatre
 Five years ago, Nia Holloway was a junior at Norcross High School when she made history by becoming the youngest woman to play adult Nala in “The Lion King,” the smash-hit musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney film.  Now 22, Holloway brings the performance back home to the Fox Theatre, where the musical will...

Posted: 12 days ago

Five years ago, Nia Holloway was a junior at Norcross High School when she made history by becoming the youngest woman to play adult Nala in “The Lion King,” the smash-hit musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney film.  Now 22, Holloway brings the performance back home to the Fox Theatre, where the musical will...
Fans come, some as far as Singapore, come to watch Georgia and Alabama
 Graham Jones watched every Georgia game this phenomenal season from the living room of his home in Singapore – until Monday night, when the dedicated fan watched Georgia compete in the National Championship live near the 20-yard-line at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jones was back with his people – those who don red and black and scream...

Posted: 13 days ago

Graham Jones watched every Georgia game this phenomenal season from the living room of his home in Singapore – until Monday night, when the dedicated fan watched Georgia compete in the National Championship live near the 20-yard-line at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jones was back with his people – those who don red and black and scream...
Football stars align: Atlanta revels with UGA in championship game
 Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...

Posted: 14 days ago

Dennis Adamovich hasn’t slept much in recent days and isn’t planning to rest until at least the end of the month. So is the life of the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame. On Friday, he was running around the increasingly busy downtown facility, monitoring at least two television and radio shows being broadcast live...
Meet a local cardiologist who changed how we think about heart disease
 In 1958, when a young Dr. Nanette Wenger became the chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, patients were separated by race. Over the PA system, white patients and white nurses were addressed as “Mr. or Mrs” with their last names. while black patients were called by their first names only. Black nurses were simply called...

Posted: 15 days ago

In 1958, when a young Dr. Nanette Wenger became the chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, patients were separated by race. Over the PA system, white patients and white nurses were addressed as “Mr. or Mrs” with their last names. while black patients were called by their first names only. Black nurses were simply called...
A totally true tale-of-the-tape picks Georgia-Alabama winner
 On Monday night, it’s Alabama vs. Georgia for all the pigskin-covered marbles. And when it comes to pre-picking the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, “informed” opinions are about as plentiful as wings at a pregame tailgate. From Vegas oddsmakers and...

Posted: 17 days ago

On Monday night, it’s Alabama vs. Georgia for all the pigskin-covered marbles. And when it comes to pre-picking the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, “informed” opinions are about as plentiful as wings at a pregame tailgate. From Vegas oddsmakers and...