Cold caps to fight hair loss from chemotherapy: Will the idea catch on here?
Emily Ferguson is happy when she looks in the mirror and recognizes herself, a slender and athletic woman with medium blonde hair cut at shoulder length. And she’s relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cover her head when she goes for a run, or swims... Read more
State’s air quality improves as EPA funding fight looms
Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says. The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution. “We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the... Read more
Georgia aims to avoid snags as it launches program for public benefits
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. The new computer system, delivered by Deloitte Consulting, has a price tag... Read more
Georgia slips lower in Leapfrog ratings on hospital safety
Less than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. The 17.6 percent figure put Georgia in 40th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by... Read more
‘Good Samaritan’ helps cut opioid overdose deaths in Georgia
Every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses. That adds up to more than 33,000 people in 2015, or four times as many such overdose deaths as in 1999. When federal officials finish counting the deaths for more recent years, the number will be even higher. No wonder there’s... Read more

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