Georgia up slightly in state health rankings, but still on lower end
Georgia improved two spots in a national ranking of the healthiest states, ranking 39th in the latest evaluation by the United Health Foundation. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings report found Georgia mirrored national trends with an increase in adult obesity and a reduced rate of children in poverty. The... Read more
As flu season gets rolling, Georgia hit harder than any state
The most recent CDC national data showed Georgia had the highest level of flu activity in the United States. The state’s level of influenza-like illness was reported as “High’’ in the report of the week ending Dec. 8. That was the most activity for any state, according to the agency’s map.... Read more
Fourth Georgia case of mysterious illness confirmed
A fourth case of a rare polio-like illness has been confirmed in Georgia, with two more cases considered probable, public health officials say. The Georgia Department of Public Health did not give identifying information about the fourth patient with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), but said Monday that the person is... Read more
Commentary: Dangerous tinkering with the transplant system 
The world of organ transplants appears about to change. A federal agency may soon issue new rules for the system that oversees how donor organs are allotted for transplant. In addition, six patients have filed a lawsuit over the waiting periods for liver transplants in some states. These proposed... Read more
Effort to overhaul liver-transplant protocols would cost Georgians’ lives
Any day now the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the system by which deceased people’s donor organs are allotted for transplant throughout the country, is expected to issue new rules that will, quite literally, be making life-and-death decisions. But that is not the only... Read more

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