Georgia’s ranking drops in children’s well-being statistics
Georgia’s ranking among states on children’s overall well-being fell from 40th to 42nd in the annual Kids Count report. The 2016 report, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, judges each state on four categories: children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. It generally compares data from... Read more
Specter of maternal mortality remains grim
The United States ranks 50th among countries in maternal mortality – worse than any other economically developed country. And when the U.S. states are compared, Georgia comes in at or near the bottom of the barrel. Regardless of whether Georgia has the highest rate of maternal death in the... Read more
CDC chief Frieden says Zika fight needs funding now
The director of the CDC on Thursday repeated his call for Congress to approve emergency funding to fight Zika, saying the delay in that appropriation “is impeding our ability to protect American women from this virus.” The agency’s priority ‘’is to protect pregnant women,’’ Dr. Tom Frieden, the head of the... Read more
Child obesity in farm country: Colquitt fights nutrition battle
This is the seventh in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more
A lifesaving message for Georgia babies
Alone . . . back . . . crib. Those words highlight the message that Georgia’s first lady and health officials are emphasizing in a push to prevent sleep-related infant deaths. “We must educate parents about creating a safe sleeping environment for their babies,’’ Sandra Deal, wife of Gov.... Read more

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