Effort to overhaul liver-transplant protocols would cost Georgians’ lives
Any day now the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the system by which deceased people’s donor organs are allotted for transplant throughout the country, is expected to issue new rules that will, quite literally, be making life-and-death decisions. But that is not the only... Read more
Georgia women deserve Medicaid expansion
While Georgians may not yet know who will occupy the Governor’s Mansion in January, there is something Georgians know for sure: They want Medicaid expansion.  A recent AJC poll found that 73 percent of Georgians, including 51 percent of Republicans, support expanding Medicaid. Georgians know that expanding Medicaid will allow those... Read more
CDC should stick with its stand on pneumococcal vaccine for seniors
Imagine a potentially deadly bacteria that infects about 1 million Americans every year. Vaccines exist to prevent it, but the CDC is potentially considering changing an important recommendation helping older people to get vaccinated against it. That bacteria is streptococcus pneumoniae. It causes pneumococcal disease, which is spread through coughs,... Read more
There’s more to vaping than you think — and it’s not good
Recently, two of my colleagues and I spent the day at Gilmer High School in Ellijay talking to students about the dangers of vaping. Addiction treatment agencies like ours have been increasingly involved with the issue because there are many more addictive compounds available for vaping devices than just... Read more
Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization, severe health complications and even death.  The best protection against contracting the disease is getting the flu vaccine. Last year, influenza-like illness activity began to increase in November. Since it can take about two weeks after vaccination for the... Read more

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