As lead poisoned a child, a slow state response
PART  FOUR OF SPECIAL REPORT By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD, and Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. This investigation was supported by a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.   Almost as soon... Read more
Zika virus: The risk is down, but it’s no time to be complacent
Cases of Zika infection have dropped significantly in Georgia and across the United States, public health officials say. Despite the decrease, the Atlanta-based CDC emphasizes that Zika continues to be a public health threat. Zika is a tropical, mosquito-borne virus that has occasionally ranged into the southernmost parts of... Read more
‘An opportunity to give back’ for new chief at Public Health
By age 75, most people have nestled into retirement, taking it easy. Not Dr. Patrick O’Neal. A physician for almost 50 years, he has been interim commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health since Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald left the commissioner’s post to become director of the CDC. And... Read more
Single mom ‘fighting so hard’ for medically fragile child
Sarah Allen, a single mom, spends her days and nights caring for her son, Aidan. Born premature with a malformed brain, Aidan, now 3, has multiple health conditions. They include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and cortical visual impairment. He also has enlarged ventricles, scarring on his brain,... Read more
Step by weary step: Why people walk far (and near) to raise Alzheimer’s awareness 
With sore legs and a swollen ankle, William Glass reached the end of his journey early Monday morning. A journey of more than 600 miles. On foot. Glass made the trek from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s. His mother has the disease, and is a resident of an... Read more

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