Having insurance is important to people’s health, but other factors also have a significant impact. They include education, economic stability, physical environment and access to healthy food, notes Dr. Harry Heiman of Morehouse School of Medicine in a new report, written with Samantha Artiga with the Kaiser Family Foundation.... Read more
The maternal death tragedy: Facts come into better focus
“Maternal mortality” is a chilling phrase. And it’s a term that has haunted Georgia public health and medical officials for years. Also known as death related to pregnancy, maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman while she is pregnant or within one year after the end of... Read more
Children born just a few miles apart in Atlanta can have life expectancies that vary by more than 10 years, an analysis shows. A child born in the 30305 ZIP Code in the affluent Buckhead district can be expected to live to age 84, according to a map recently... Read more
More American mothers are breastfeeding their babies, the CDC recently reported. Yet the percentage of African-American women breastfeeding, while rising, lags behind that of other racial and ethnic groups. And Georgia and the Southeast have among the poorest breastfeeding rates, say Emory University researchers. In this video, Emory experts... Read more
A study involving Atlanta and five other U.S. cities shows that young black men who are gay or bisexual have greatly elevated HIV infection rates. Researchers found that the overall rate of new HIV infections among black men having sex with men was 2.3 percent per year, nearly 50... Read more

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