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Director who steered DFCS through crisis leaving for Calif. post
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Director who steered DFCS through crisis leaving for Calif. post

Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director is credited with stabilizing the long-troubled state agency, is departing for a child welfare position in Los Angeles.

He is being replaced by the agency’s chief of staff, Virginia Pryor, who will be interim DFCS director, the governor’s office announced this week.

Cagle will depart to lead the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services on Nov. 10.

A former caseworker himself, Cagle took over the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services as interim director in 2014.

The agency was plagued by job vacancies, high turnover, low morale, and huge workloads for its caseworkers. And the ...

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More insured people stuck with inadequate coverage, report finds

For many people in this country, October kicks off Open Enrollment season to sign up for health benefits.

And it often brings a rise in deductibles and other costs as part of a benefits package.

A report released Wednesday indicates that more Americans with health insurance are not able to keep up with those out-of-pocket costs.

The Commonwealth Fund report said that last year, 28 percent of U.S. adults who were insured all year were “underinsured” — an estimated 41 million people.

The underinsured are people who have health insurance (including employer and individual exchange plans) but face deductibles and health care costs that are high in ...

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Doctor’s Column: The breast cancer that sneaks up on women

Inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers – and thus is often fatal.

A recent Georgia State University study found that one of the areas with high incidence of inflammatory breast cancer is in South Georgia.

In a new Doctor’s Column, Dr. Ricardo H. Alvarez writes about this aggressive form of breast cancer.

“Given that its symptoms can resemble those of other conditions, IBC can be difficult to diagnose properly,’’ writes Alvarez, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan hospital.

Here’s a link to his column.

 

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An alarming trend: Premature births go up in Georgia

Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday.

Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth.

Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems and cerebral palsy.

Georgia’s preterm birth rate climbed to 11.2 percent last year, up from 10.8 percent in 2015, said Dr. Lara Jacobson, director of Health Promotion at the state Department of Public Health. That’s higher than the national preterm ...

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