Despite low testing, report indicates lead in many U.S. schools’ water
Fewer than half of U.S. school districts test their drinking water for lead, according to a federal report released this week. But among those districts that do test, more than one-third found elevated lead levels in their water.   The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) follows a... Read more
Children’s ready to open first big building in mega-project
Opening soon: A $127 million building that will have 260,000 square feet, more than 250 patient care rooms, 1,100 parking spaces — and an expected 100,000 patient visits in its first year. The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta outpatient, non-emergency facility, will open July 24. It... Read more
Egleston files state application for proposed new hospital
Egleston Children’s Hospital, a subsidiary of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, filed a state application Monday for its proposed hospital in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven. The $1.5 billion project for the North Druid Hills campus would be the largest hospital construction plan, in terms of cost, in the history of... Read more
Number of uninsured kids in Georgia down sharply under ACA
The state has seen a decrease of more than 85,000 in its number of uninsured children since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, a new report says. Georgia had the fourth-highest such decrease among states from 2013 to 2016, said the report from the University of Minnesota’s State Health... Read more
National activist hails state’s new law on child sex abuse education
The first sexual abuse that Erin Merryn suffered was by an adult neighbor. She was 6 years old when it started and 8 when it ended. “I didn’t tell anyone,’’ Merryn says now. “Nobody knew why I was acting out.’’ Then a teenage cousin sexually abused her when she... Read more

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