Possible bright spot in Georgia’s grim infant mortality picture
Georgia’s infant mortality rate has risen over the last few years while the national rate has flattened or declined, Department of Public Health statistics show. In 2010, 6.3 Georgia babies for every 1,000 live births died within their first year of life. By 2015, that number had increased to... Read more
Art for the blind: A serious concept that’s also a lot of fun 
Christopher Morgan, 9 years old, has no sight in one eye, and limited vision in the other. The Douglasville youngster was born with a condition that caused his right eye not to develop at all, and he wears a prosthesis in its place, says his mother, Tee Morgan. The... Read more
DFCS leader’s farewell: Agency is no longer ‘four-letter word’
Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director was praised for leading a turnaround at the state agency, has departed for a child welfare position in Los Angeles. This past week, Cagle sent this letter to DFCS staff, thanking them for helping fuel the agency’s progress. Here’s Cagle’s farewell letter:  ... Read more
International scientist finds her niche in Georgia — fighting a worldwide scourge
At the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, long fluorescent-lighted hallways with card-access doors lead into multiple labs. Large observation windows display science in action — with researchers performing tasks that are not always clear to the lay person. In one such scene, Dr. Monica Cartelle Gestal... Read more
Commentary: We know how to improve birth statistics in Georgia
Georgia’s premature birth rate is going up, recent statistics show. And it’s no coincidence that the state also has high rates of infant mortality and low birthweight babies. Merrilee Gober, a nurse who is a board member of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, says preterm births and their consequences don’t... Read more

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