Got that shot yet? Flu season could be rough here, data show
This flu season in Georgia and the South is shaping up to be harsher than the last one. Georgia is one of seven states overall — most of them in the Southeast — that have reported “widespread’’ flu activity, according to a new CDC report, tracking the week ending Dec.... Read more
When you like your health plan . . .  but it’s no longer available
Kathy Brooke of Smyrna is facing a major hassle at a time in her life when she wants fewer problems, not more. The recently diagnosed cancer patient is going to have to get a new doctor at the start of the new year. Many consumers — whether with work-based... Read more
Personal blog: It’s eye surgery, and I’m the patient
More than 3 million cataract surgeries are being performed this year in the United States. Today it’s my turn. I had felt something was wrong over the past year as the vision in my right eye turned partly cloudy. But it took a recent mishap — when I broke a... Read more
Possible bright spot in Georgia’s grim infant mortality picture
Georgia’s infant mortality rate has risen over the last few years while the national rate has flattened or declined, Department of Public Health statistics show. In 2010, 6.3 Georgia babies for every 1,000 live births died within their first year of life. By 2015, that number had increased to... Read more
FTC reportedly probing compliance of Albany hospital with 2015 deal
The Albany Herald, citing letters it obtained, reported Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether the local hospital authority and Phoebe Putney Health System have complied with a settlement agreement with the federal agency. The FTC probe concerns opposition to the proposed new hospital in nearby... Read more

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