Blue-ribbon panel urges stronger mental health services for kids
The landmark 2010 settlement agreement between Georgia and the Justice Department to improve mental health services in the state had one glaring gap. It didn’t address services for children. Despite some successful funding and programs since then, the need for more and better funded mental health care has presented... Read more
HIV in America is increasingly a Southern problem
The numbers tell an alarming story: How the South is the U.S. epicenter of the HIV epidemic. Half of the new HIV diagnoses occur in the South, as well as half of the AIDS-related deaths. And the region has just one-third of the U.S. population.   Eight of the... Read more
Got that shot yet? Flu season could be rough here, data show
This flu season in Georgia and the South is shaping up to be harsher than the last one. Georgia is one of seven states overall — most of them in the Southeast — that have reported “widespread’’ flu activity, according to a new CDC report, tracking the week ending Dec.... Read more
Personal blog: It’s eye surgery, and I’m the patient
More than 3 million cataract surgeries are being performed this year in the United States. Today it’s my turn. I had felt something was wrong over the past year as the vision in my right eye turned partly cloudy. But it took a recent mishap — when I broke a... Read more
Possible bright spot in Georgia’s grim infant mortality picture
Georgia’s infant mortality rate has risen over the last few years while the national rate has flattened or declined, Department of Public Health statistics show. In 2010, 6.3 Georgia babies for every 1,000 live births died within their first year of life. By 2015, that number had increased to... Read more

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