Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate
Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show. And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses... Read more
Do-it-yourself what?! More kidney patients learning in-home dialysis
W.E. “Bubber” Wilkes spent 30 years raising turkeys and then beef cattle, 24 years on the Oconee County Commission, and five years working security at Athens Regional Hospital. And January will mark his first year on home dialysis for kidney failure. Wilkes was born with only one kidney, but it... Read more
Giving thanks  — and timely advice
Thanksgiving makes me think of my wonderful family and friends. Being thankful for them, and for all GHN colleagues, readers and supporters. It’s also a time for many Georgians to think about safety when it comes to cooking. That means those of us who break out the turkey-frying equipment... Read more
Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey
Surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in medical school. He learned to examine, prescribe and operate, but not how to help patients die well. It wasn’t until he was a practicing surgeon that he confronted the idea of a “good” death —... Read more
As smoke spreads, respiratory problems rise
More areas of Georgia are reporting increases in respiratory illnesses as the smoke from wildfires spreads over a wide swath of the state. State health officials reported Wednesday that the areas of Rome and LaGrange had joined metro Atlanta, Dalton, Gainesville and Jasper as seeing a rise in hospital... Read more

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