Legionnaires’ disease: Its appearance was historic, but it’s not history 

Feature Nov 21, 2017 0

In July 1976, a severe outbreak of a type of pneumonia occurred at a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia. It eventually infected scores of people, and at least 29 of them died. The incident caught the attention... Read more

Zero-premium plans — an odd twist in a turbulent market

Feature Nov 14, 2017 0

Free health insurance? The idea seems like a relic from decades ago, when health care... Read more

International scientist finds her niche in Georgia — fighting a worldwide scourge

Feature Nov 9, 2017 0

At the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, long fluorescent-lighted hallways with... Read more
Feds announce exchange sign-up total for Georgia
Almost 120,000 Georgians have signed up for 2018 coverage in the state insurance exchange,...
Turkey and safety are great combination
Every Thanksgiving, my kids and I drag a big silver-colored pot and a propane...
Research with an Atlanta connection could help countless stroke patients
A clinical trial that involved Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital may help produce...
DeKalb Medical again faces federal scrutiny over patient care
For the second time in four months, DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline for...
Commentary: What uninsured Georgians really need
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Feds announce exchange sign-up total for Georgia

Almost 120,000 Georgians have signed up for 2018 coverage in the state insurance exchange, federal officials announced Wednesday.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the first state-by-state breakdown of sign-ups over three weeks of enrollment in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.gov exchanges.

Nationally, about 800,000 consumers enrolled last week in those states, bringing the total to 2.3 million.

The 119,968 enrolling here placed Georgia as fourth-highest among the states listed, behind Florida, Texas and North Carolina.

Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University, said Wednesday that Georgia could come close to equaling the 2017 enrollment total, despite a shorter ...

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Turkey and safety are great combination

Every Thanksgiving, my kids and I drag a big silver-colored pot and a propane apparatus out of the basement, and place them in our favorite spot in the back yard.

It’s time to fry a turkey.

On our annual safety checklist is setting up the fryer stand far enough away from the house. And I order the kids inside when I fire up the flame. If anyone is going to get hurt, I figure I’m the right guy.

Our other big safety reminder is making sure that the turkey isn’t frozen when it descends into bubbling peanut oil.  Explosions aren’t good for the ...

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Research with an Atlanta connection could help countless stroke patients

A clinical trial that involved Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital may help produce an effective treatment for thousands of stroke victims nationally.

For patients suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off, current guidelines recommend blood clot removal only within six hours of the onset of the event.

But the international study, whose results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that clot removal up to 24 hours after a stroke led to reduced disability for certain patients.

To select patients for the trial, the researchers employed a new approach that was not based only ...

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DeKalb Medical again faces federal scrutiny over patient care

For the second time in four months, DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline for approval of a plan of correction after a patient care problem.

The latest case involved a nursing home patient who was admitted to the Decatur hospital in October. The patient, whose chief complaint was rectal bleeding, was given a dosage of medication that was much higher than the maximum recommended limit for the drug, federal officials said.

The medicine administered, a calcium channel blocker, is used to treat high blood pressure and a type of chest pain called angina.

The patient was provided critical care, and was placed on a ...

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How to help our infants survive — and have better lives
The numbers tell the sobering story for Georgia’s infants. For too many, their “number is up” before they reach...
Doctors, insurers can strike a blow against opioid crisis
When a physician treats a patient, he or she operates under the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm to...

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