Subscribe to The Pulse

Children's Health

Measles scare over with no spread

The Georgia measles scare that stemmed from an infected infant arriving here from overseas is apparently at an end, with no further spread of the disease.

DPH-Logo-Center-HeightEarlier this month, state health officials said they identified 35 people – most of them children – as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease.

The baby arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with measles in early February. Officials said the child left the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on a flight and eventually landed in Atlanta.

“There are no known secondary cases of measles connected to the first case of measles in the infant from Kyrgyzstan,’’ Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Health, said Friday.

Friday was the last day of the incubation period for potential secondary cases, she said. The incubation period of measles is seven to 21 days.

There are no known new cases of measles in Georgia either, she said. full story

Medical cannabis bill clears House panel

A Georgia House panel passed a medical cannabis bill Monday that its author said could eventually help up to a half-million Georgians.

The revised House Bill 1, sponsored by state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), would set up a process whereby patients with one of eight diagnoses, and a recommendation from a doctor, would register for cannabis oil use with the state Department of Public Health.

An individual, or that person’s caregiver, would be issued a registration card from Public Health that would allow them to possess the cannabis oil. (Possession would remain illegal for the general public.)

Miranda Sievert, 20, has seizures from epilepsy.

Miranda Sievert, 20, has seizures from epilepsy.

Peake said with the eight diagnoses – down from 17 in an earlier proposal – as many as 500,000 people in the state could be helped.

The eight diagnoses are cancer, ALS, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, mitochondrial disease, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s disease.

The House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee passed the bill unanimously, after approving an amendment that raised the legal limit of weight of THC in the oil to 5 percent from 3 percent. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes a person “high.” full story

Health officials identify 35 in measles exposure

Georgia health officials say they have identified 35 people – most of them children – as susceptible to getting measles from the infant who was hospitalized in Atlanta for the disease.

The baby arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston with measles on Friday. Officials said the child left the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan on a flight and eventually landed in Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare said Tuesday evening that the infant has been discharged from the hospital.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Public health officials said they have contacted more than 200 people overall in the wake of the arrival of the infant.

Of the 35 considered susceptible to measles, a large number are children, said Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of health protection for the Department of Public Health. These people either have not been immunized against the measles or have compromised immune systems, he said Tuesday.   full story

Study: Decline in deaths for some preterm babies

Death rates for extremely premature infants decreased from 2000 to 2011, according to a newly published national study.

The decline “was largely due to fewer babies dying from breathing complications of prematurity,’’ said Dr. Ravi Mangal Patel, lead author of the study, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Patel, in this GHN video, discusses the reasons for the decrease in mortality for these infants, and about prematurity in general, which is still a leading contributor to newborn deaths in the United States.

The study results are published in the Jan. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The video was produced by Emory University.

YouTube Preview Image

 

 

Shipping proposal outlined on medical cannabis

The legislator championing medical marijuana in Georgia said Monday that he hopes to announce an agreement soon with a manufacturer that aims to ship cannabis oil to residents in the state.

Rep. Allen Peake

Rep. Allen Peake

That process would be facilitated if Georgia passes a bill to offer immunity from prosecution to those families using cannabis oil for medical purposes, said state Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon).

He told reporters Monday that the cannabis product in question contains so little THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, “that it’s considered hemp.’’

Under the plan, he said, families could order the product online and the manufacturer would ship it to their homes. “They’re only sending it to states where immunity is in place.’’

Earlier, Peake had discussed a broader bill that would have allowed some marijuana to be grown in Georgia for the purpose of manufacturing the oil. But Peake backed off that provision in a compromise with Gov. Nathan Deal, who did not support cultivation of cannabis in the state. full story

  • Sign up for our mailing list.