Marcus Foundation gives $15 million to help fight scourge of strokes
The Marcus Foundation has donated $15 million to create a network for stroke care to help reduce disability and death from the disease in the Southeast. A wide swath of the South is known as the Stroke Belt, due to the 11-state region’s unusually high incidence of strokes and other forms of... Read more
Latest effort to help cancer hospital fails amid acrimony
Another bid to ease restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America failed to pass a House health committee Wednesday. The 15-13 vote came after a similar measure went down to defeat last week in the House Health and Human Services Committee. This time, provisions that would allow children’s hospitals to... Read more
Legislative twists: A standoff on nursing bill, and a boost for sports medicine center
A wild day in health care at the state Capitol on Tuesday began with a morning legislative hearing on something Democrats have sought for years: Medicaid expansion. No vote was taken on the expansion legislation, which was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on health. The day also included a health... Read more
Alzheimer’s deaths in Georgia show major increase
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually. That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference. An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s,... Read more
HIV expert may be picked to lead CDC
A leading AIDS researcher who is also an expert in treating heroin addiction is the top candidate to head the Atlanta-based CDC, according to news reports. Dr. Robert Redfield, 66, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, would replace Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a Georgia... Read more

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