Dangerous dust: Silica exposure haunts former workers in an iconic Georgia industry
Ed Scarborough worked as a sandblaster in the granite industry for 20 years, until his health gave out. He says he knew that getting into such a line of work was risky, but in Elberton, “there really isn’t much else.” He was born and raised in Elberton, a historic... Read more
Estimate of autism prevalence goes up slightly, CDC reports
The estimate of autism prevalence in U.S. children has slightly increased, to about 1 in 59, the CDC reported Thursday. The previous estimate, released in 2016, was that about 1 in 68 children in this country had autism spectrum disorder. Georgia – specifically five metro Atlanta counties — was one... Read more
Hospital group drops fight against Lee County project
Just days after two lawsuits were filed to block a new hospital in Lee County, that legal opposition is already partially unraveling. The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals — which confirmed Monday that it was suing a state agency for allowing a certificate of need for a hospital in the southwest... Read more
One in 5 Ga. hospitals gets ‘A’ in safety ratings
Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. The ratings, released Tuesday, showed that 21 percent of hospitals evaluated in the state got a top grade. That’s a slightly higher percentage for Georgia hospitals than in the Leapfrog rankings issued last fall,... Read more
Facing heat from governor, Blue Cross and Piedmont settle dispute
The pressure from Gov. Nathan Deal evidently worked. Deal announced Tuesday afternoon that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare had reached a “handshake” agreement on a new contract. The accord thus met his deadline of close of business Tuesday, after which the state would have been forced, in... Read more

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