Atlanta area sees dramatic improvement in air quality
A new report Wednesday finds that metro Atlanta has its cleanest air in more than a decade. The American Lung Association’s 2016 “State of the Air’’ report said ozone and particle pollution levels in the Atlanta area have improved since its first report in 2000. That’s when Atlanta ranked... Read more
Campus groups say slavery a modern menace
Student-run organizations at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University are raising awareness about human trafficking and working with local organizations to combat it. Human trafficking involves illegally trading people for exploitation or commercial gain. Traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to lure their victims and... Read more
EPA chief tells Georgians that agency’s mission is public health
The EPA’s administrator told a gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday that she wants her organization viewed “as a public health agency.” Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of environmental effects on health at a roundtable discussion at Morehouse, which including medical students, local college professors and... Read more
New Hampshire cancer cluster has echoes of Georgia cases
A cancer cluster recently reported in New Hampshire has striking similarities with a group of cancers in South Georgia. Both situations involve rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, and both have struck children. Three childhood cases of rhabdomyosarcoma and one case of Ewing sarcoma, another rare cancer, surfaced last year in... Read more
Health care scorecard includes controversy as Crossover Day ends
After two contentious hearings, a Georgia House health committee recently approved a bill that would allow dental hygienists to practice in safety-net settings without a dentist present. The head of the Georgia Dental Association said at the time that he was in agreement with the bill. So the proposal... Read more

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