Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement
Georgia’s preparedness for managing health emergencies is improving but still lags behind the national average, according to a newly released report. The state scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness, in an index that shows the ability to protect Americans’ health from incidents such as newly emerging... Read more
Georgia ranked in top tier for action against opioid abuse
Georgia is one of 13 states receiving the highest mark from the National Safety Council for taking comprehensive actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect residents. The state rose from a “failing’’ designation in 2016 to “improving’’ in the new report on the opioid crisis, released this week... Read more
In search of old ideas: Emory scientist tracks down traditional herbs in war against superbugs
This article was originally published by It’s bubbling, buzzing, humming and rattling in the small lab on the third floor of Emory University’s anthropology building. The room is packed with drying ovens, evaporators and centrifuges. Test tubes and petri dishes pile up behind glass windows. Researchers in lab... Read more
South scores low in healthy communities, but Forsyth County makes top 100
A new ranking of the healthiest U.S. communities puts eight Georgia counties in the top 500, with the highest being Forsyth County, at No. 82. U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, released the list Monday, evaluating communities by factors including population health, education, economy, and... Read more
Alzheimer’s deaths in Georgia show major increase
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually. That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference. An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s,... Read more

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