Why so many nurses get hurt on the job
“I think in every job there are hidden risks,” said Paige Cummings, director of the Athens Nurses Clinic. These are perils “that people in that area are very aware of and people on the outside may not be.” That’s certainly true of nursing. In 2015, about five of every... Read more
HIV transmission laws: Georgia legislators to look at changes
In Georgia, spitting a piece of gum at another person could land you in jail. At least that’s the case if you’re an HIV-positive person deliberately spitting the gum at the person. Nearly 30-year-old criminal laws related to HIV are still in effect in Georgia – and a lot... Read more
Affluent suburban counties remain Georgia’s healthiest, rankings show
Georgia’s suburbs continue to dominate the rankings of the state’s healthiest counties. Forsyth County, northeast of Atlanta, is the healthiest in Georgia for the fifth straight year, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings. The list was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of... Read more
‘Dry needling’ gives pain sufferers another alternative
Troy Tribble, 41, turned to “dry needling’’ to ease his back pain and spasms. He’s had several sessions. Each time his physical therapist works on a different area. For Tribble, of Suwanee, it has made a world of difference. The change he has experienced is “in my pain level and... Read more
State shows improvement in health system scorecard
Georgia’s ranking on a health system scorecard has improved from 46th in the nation to 41st. The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 scorecard ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the most recent data available in five areas: health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health... Read more

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