House panel weighs legislation to ease access to vital medications
Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, two years ago at age 4. His family tried for months to find an effective medicine for him that didn’t produce unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and fatigue. Finally, they found what his mother, Melissa, calls “a... Read more
Flu refuses to wane, has now killed 66 in Georgia
Georgia’s flu-related death toll this season now stands at 66, with two confirmed child deaths, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. The agency total means that 15 more deaths in the state were confirmed during the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, the latest for which... Read more
Blurred state lines: Macon hospital system lines up N.C. partner
Another seismic shift rocked Georgia hospital world Thursday, with a Macon system entering partnership talks with a huge Charlotte-based organization. Atrium Health – which just changed its name from Carolinas HealthCare  – and Navicent Health have signed a letter of intent to enter into “a strategic combination.’’ If a... Read more
Hospitals keep up swift pace of mergers, alliances
The new year is bringing a rash of big hospital deals in Georgia, as health systems look to bulk up in size and add to their medical territory. The first transaction came a week ago, with the completion of Tennessee-based HCA’s acquisition of Memorial Health in Savannah. Still pending... Read more
Flu death toll in Georgia rises to 37; first pediatric fatality reported
Georgia’s number of influenza-related deaths has now reached 37, and state health officials say that the brutal flu season may not yet have peaked. The deaths, up from the 25 total reported Friday, include a child who was between ages 12 and 18, Public Health officials said Wednesday. That... Read more

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