Commentary: Beware hidden risks of vaping 
Vaping devices have been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. But a new GHN Commentary argues they are anything but safe. Melanie Dallas, CEO of Highland Rivers Health, says inhaling the chemically enhanced water vapor that these devices produce can expose a person to any number of risky... Read more
Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year
Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday. They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC.... Read more
Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says
Low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Monday, based its estimates from a 2016 national survey. An... Read more
Rural hospitals survive — and shine — amid the devastation of Michael
The morning after Hurricane Michael struck, the hospital in Blakely got a call from the Early County sheriff’s office. A woman, 27 weeks pregnant, was in labor and needed to come to the hospital. Michael had swept through southwest Georgia, knocking out power, downing large numbers of trees and... Read more
Many nursing homes, hospitals rely on generators after deadly wrath of Michael
Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday morning that all hospitals and nursing homes in the state had power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, though many were having to use backup generators. He said much of southwest Georgia, where the storm hit hardest, was inaccessible due to debris in roads.... Read more

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