Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate
Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show. And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses... Read more
State is underpaying child service groups, memo confirms
Georgia programs that provide child welfare services for kids who are under state supervision say they’ve been underpaid for years. A memo from a state official agrees with them. Cliff O’Connor, chief financial officer for Georgia DFCS, reported in the June memo, obtained by GHN, that those organizations providing... Read more
As smoke spreads, respiratory problems rise
More areas of Georgia are reporting increases in respiratory illnesses as the smoke from wildfires spreads over a wide swath of the state. State health officials reported Wednesday that the areas of Rome and LaGrange had joined metro Atlanta, Dalton, Gainesville and Jasper as seeing a rise in hospital... Read more
Smoke from wildfires casts pall over Georgians’ health
State health officials said Monday that significant increases in the number of emergency room visits for asthma occurred in the Dalton, Gainesville, Jasper and metro Atlanta areas last week, at a time when smoke from wildfires drifted over those areas. The state Department of Public Health told GHN that... Read more
Why are childhood cancer rates rising? (Part Three of Special Report)
GHN Special Report on Child Cancer: Part Three Jointly reported by Georgia Health News and WebMD Childhood cancer has been on the rise. The numbers are small because any childhood cancer is rare. Just one of every 100 new cancer diagnoses in the United States is a childhood case. Still,... Read more

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