Drop in HIV infection rate is welcome news for Georgia
Georgia’s HIV infection rate dropped by a 6 percent annual rate from 2008 to 2014, the CDC has reported. The state Department of Health said Monday that the decline “is very encouraging news for Georgia as we work to eliminate HIV/AIDS in the state.” Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of health protection... Read more
State Senate approves bill to test schools’ water for lead contamination
The state Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill to require Georgia schools and child care centers to test for lead contamination in their water. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, was passed by a 50-1 vote on Crossover Day. That’s the last day for... Read more
Amid opioid epidemic, Georgia makes overdose antidote more available
People who have lost a friend or loved one to opioid addiction know about naloxone. In December, Georgia became the 36th state to legalize over-the-counter sale of naloxone, which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on painkillers, heroin, or other opioid drugs. In the past, only... Read more
Optometrist bill advances despite physicians’ concerns
The frequent “scope of practice’’ bills in the Georgia General Assembly typically cause commotion within the medical industry, pitting health care professional groups against one another. A recent example is legislation to let dental hygienists practice in nursing homes, school clinics and safety-net settings without a dentist being present.... Read more
House health panel approves needle exchange bill
A bill that would help facilitate needle exchange programs in Georgia took its first step toward passage Tuesday. House Bill 161 is sponsored by state Rep. Betty Price, a physician. She is the wife of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who is also a physician and... Read more

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