An alarming trend: Premature births go up in Georgia
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday. Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth. Babies who survive an... Read more
West Nile cases finally drop in Georgia, but virus still a danger
The number of West Nile virus cases, which has been alarmingly high, is finally declining in Georgia. State officials said this week that while August saw 18 cases of West Nile, there were just six cases in September. Overall, Georgia reports 37 cases of the disease this year, with five deaths. Department... Read more
Study: ACA may be factor in improved HPV vaccination rates
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It’s so common that the CDC estimates most people will contract it at some point in their lives, and recommends all 11- and 12-year-olds get vaccinated. The most dangerous strains can cause cervical and other cancers. But HPV... Read more
Sick Georgians swamped by medical bills seek help wherever they can find it
Crowdfunding now a major force in health care, but the competition for sympathy can be tough Maurice Tanner has some good days, but many more bad ones. On the bad days, he’s depressed and tired. “I cry a lot,” he says, in a soft, almost apologetic tone. On a... Read more
Commentary: A way to make healthy food more available
Georgians who are poor are challenged on many fronts. One area that often proves difficult is finding healthy food that’s affordable. But Georgia Fresh for Less is making that happen. In a new GHN Commentary, Sara Berney of Wholesome Wave Georgia describes how the Fresh For Less program doubles... Read more

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