Georgia’s health system ranks 40th in national scorecard
Georgia improved by one spot, reaching No. 40 in an annual ranking of states’ health systems, released Thursday. The state’s ranking in the Commonwealth Fund report is similar to the results on other national scorecards in health care. Georgia was ranked 41st last year in the State Health System Performance scorecard... Read more
Flu season has left a trail of deaths, and perhaps a few lessons
Dr. Hany Atallah of Grady Memorial Hospital saw a patient Monday who had flu symptoms. This possible flu sufferer — who also happened to be a Grady employee — showed that the disease can still appear, weeks after it reached its peak. Still, for Atallah, Grady’s chief of emergency medicine, the... Read more
Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are spreading more sickness, CDC reports
The number of Americans getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled over a 12-year period, reaching more than 96,000 cases in 2016, the CDC reportedTuesday. Such “vector-borne’’ diseases include Zika, West Nile, Lyme and chikungunya. “Vector” is the term that scientists use for... Read more
Dangerous dust: Silica exposure haunts former workers in an iconic Georgia industry
Ed Scarborough worked as a sandblaster in the granite industry for 20 years, until his health gave out. He says he knew that getting into such a line of work was risky, but in Elberton, “there really isn’t much else.” He was born and raised in Elberton, a historic... Read more
Georgia rates better on emergency preparedness, but still has room for improvement
Georgia’s preparedness for managing health emergencies is improving but still lags behind the national average, according to a newly released report. The state scored a 6.8 on a 10-point scale for preparedness, in an index that shows the ability to protect Americans’ health from incidents such as newly emerging... Read more

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