Deal speech targets health services for the vulnerable
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, outlined several health care initiatives to boost mental health services, DFCS, Medicaid and autism coverage. Deal said his fiscal 2018 budget proposal includes, on average, a 19 percent pay raise for DFCS caseworkers to help ensure “a... Read more
1,300 on list to get medical marijuana
More than 1,300 people have been registered as medical cannabis patients in Georgia, state officials said Tuesday. That patient number has grown since the first Georgia medical marijuana registration card was issued in July 2015. Sheila Pierce of the Department of Public Health told the agency board Tuesday that... Read more
ACA, under the gun, still fares well in polls
Two recent polls on the Affordable Care Act and its provisions show there’s considerable support for at least parts of the 2010 health care law. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey, released Friday, found that just one in five Americans support repealing the ACA without having a replacement plan approved.... Read more
Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia
The upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere of uncertainty to the Atlanta-based CDC. One big sign of an agency in transition is the upcoming departure of Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. He will hand in his resignation on Jan. 20, the day... Read more
Commentary: A hidden danger on campus
Meningitis is a disease that can be fatal, and infections often occur in young adults. Yet many college students aren’t vaccinated for meningitis B, which accounts for about 40 percent of cases, says Dr. Mitzi Rubin of Marietta. In a new GHN Commentary, Rubin says that “parents may think... Read more

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