Georgia will begin auditing water utilities’ lead testing sites
Brenda Goodman is a staff writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. This investigation was done in collaboration with WebMD, and was supported by a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Georgia officials will more closely monitor how utilities in the... Read more
Save lives by enforcing fair compensation for mental health services
“Our citizens are dying. We must act boldly to stop it.” This statement by President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is in response to drug overdoses now killing more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined. Since 1999, more than 620,000 people in... Read more
Is education making a difference on infant sleep deaths?
Georgia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Of preventable infant deaths, most are sleep-related, the GBI says. “The biggest problem is not only not sleeping on their back, but also bed-sharing,” said Dr. Gary Freed, longtime director of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta apnea... Read more
Legislation would help guide patients on birthing hospitals
A House bill aims to lower Georgia’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality by creating a designation reflecting the level of care offered by the state’s birthing hospitals. If the proposal becomes law, the state Department of Public Health would establish designations – almost like ratings — that... Read more
Flu lingers but is dropping significantly
The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state. Hospitalizations for flu in the eight-county metro Atlanta area dropped to 49 during the week of Feb. 18-24. The number had been 91 the week before. And the proportion of outpatient visits for flu-like illness... Read more

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