When you like your health plan . . .  but it’s no longer available
Kathy Brooke of Smyrna is facing a major hassle at a time in her life when she wants fewer problems, not more. The recently diagnosed cancer patient is going to have to get a new doctor at the start of the new year. Many consumers — whether with work-based... Read more
Personal blog: It’s eye surgery, and I’m the patient
More than 3 million cataract surgeries are being performed this year in the United States. Today it’s my turn. I had felt something was wrong over the past year as the vision in my right eye turned partly cloudy. But it took a recent mishap — when I broke a... Read more
Panel backs broader powers for advanced nurses in rural areas
A Senate study committee Monday recommended the state allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) broader medical authority if they work in rural, underserved counties. Under current state law, nurse practitioners and other advanced nurses in Georgia can prescribe medications only under a collaborative agreement with a physician. The study... Read more
Research with an Atlanta connection could help countless stroke patients
A clinical trial that involved Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital may help produce an effective treatment for thousands of stroke victims nationally. For patients suffering a stroke, which occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off, current guidelines recommend blood clot removal only within six hours of the onset... Read more
Commentary: To fight addiction, reduce the role of opioids
This week, President Trump is expected to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The crisis has hit Georgia hard. More than 1,000 Georgians died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs such as hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl, Vicodin, morphine and street drugs like heroin — a 200 percent increase since... Read more

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