The ‘Value Chain’ shows Georgia’s leadership in life sciences
As home to more than 400 life sciences companies, Georgia is a thriving center of this growing industry. Much of the growth, stability and success we enjoy can be attributed to what the Georgia Department of Economic Development calls “The Georgia Value Chain.” I’m the state’s director of Life... Read more
Atlanta lags in black women’s survival of breast cancer
The disparity between breast cancer death rates for black and white women in Atlanta is greater than in any other major U.S. city, a new study has found. Among black women in Atlanta, 44 per 100,000 died of breast cancer in the period 2010 to 2014. Meanwhile, 20 white... Read more
Pencils, pens and EpiPens: How a medical device became standard in hundreds of Georgia schools
The national uproar over the soaring cost of EpiPens has ignited fears that lack of access to this lifesaving medication may cause deaths that could have been prevented. But if advocate Karen Harris has her way, no one in Georgia will face this situation. “It’s imperative that this medication... Read more
Mental health center expanding to serve more young adults
Ziggy K. came to Skyland Trail, a residential mental health center, with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and drug addiction last year. He abruptly left the Atlanta facility in the middle of his treatment. But after a couple of weeks, he returned. “I came back pretty defeated,’’ Ziggy, now... Read more
Kidney transplants: A lifesaving system with serious shortcomings
It’s never a good sign when you start urinating blood. It was 2010, Sara Lewis was 12, and she assumed she had started her period. But what she initially thought was menstrual blood turned out to be something ominous — a sign that her kidneys were failing.    ... Read more

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