Smoke from wildfires casts pall over Georgians’ health
State health officials said Monday that significant increases in the number of emergency room visits for asthma occurred in the Dalton, Gainesville, Jasper and metro Atlanta areas last week, at a time when smoke from wildfires drifted over those areas. The state Department of Public Health told GHN that... Read more
Less than one-quarter of Georgia hospitals score “A” in safety ratings
Just 22 percent of Georgia hospitals received an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. That put Georgia in a tie for 36th place among states ranked on percentages of top-safety hospitals. The ratings from Leapfrog, a patient safety organization founded by employers,... Read more
‘Health literacy’ can be a life-or-death matter
  Many people have trouble understanding the medical conditions they have, the medications they take and the medical consent forms they have to sign. That’s an issue of “health literacy.” The term is not just a metaphor, because a big factor in health literacy is basic reading ability. According... Read more
Why are kids in Waycross getting cancer? (Part One of Special Report)
GHN Special Report on Child Cancer: Part One Jointly reported by WebMD and Georgia Health News Fourteen-year-old Lexi Crawford was attacked by lower back pain so sharp that she couldn’t even sit up to eat. Her mother had to bring her food while she was lying flat on her... Read more
State fares poorly again in infant, maternal health
Georgia still ranks low among states in rates of premature births, low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality. The rankings in those categories are 43rd, 47th and 45th, respectively, based on the latest data, according to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia’s 2016 report on maternal and infant health. The recently... Read more

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