Hospital musicians ease the stress on weary workers   Hot

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By Rebecca Grapevine Guitarist Chuck Beckman was inspired to pursue a career in live therapeutic music for hospital patients after he played at the bedside of a dying friend. His goal, he says, “was to play for patients in... Read more

‘Are you going to keep me safe?’ Violence against hospital workers rising

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By Bram Sable-Smith and Andy Miller The San Leandro Hospital emergency department, where nurse... Read more

Solitary confinement: Many have long-term health issues

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By Katja Ridderbusch Sometimes, Pamela Winn isn’t sure how to connect with people, even... Read more
The Yelp of Covid: Vigilantes providing safety tips for consumers

By Morgan Gonzales

Melissa Lee had more to deal with than funeral planning when her husband, Dan Williams, died by suicide in January. She also was faced with continuing Dan’s 1,400-member Facebook group, “Athens, GA Mask Grades 2.0,” designed to help residents of Athens protect themselves from Covid-19 by grading local businesses on their safety measures.

The group follows a strict template that Melissa Lee compares to a Yelp review. The review includes ...

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Localities pushed to fix sidewalks for people with disabilities

By Maureen O’Hagan

From her Baltimore dining room, Susan Goodlaxson can see her neighbor gardening across the street. But while other neighbors stop to chat, Goodlaxson just watches from the window. She uses a wheelchair, and there isn’t a single curb ramp on her block.

If the 66-year-old wanted to join, she’d have to jump her wheelchair down the 7½-inch curb and risk a fall. Ditto if she wanted to wheel over ...

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Most Georgians struggling to afford health care, survey says

About 70 percent of Georgia adults in a new survey report they had burdensome health care costs in the past year.

And an even higher percentage – 80 percent – are worried about being able to afford health care in the future.

The survey of more than 950 adults was conducted from April 12 to May 3 by Altarum, a nonprofit research and consulting organization.

Those cost concerns extended to respondents’ answers on what issues ...

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Blacks’ vaccination rates rise as many overcome hesitancy, obstacles

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The devastating impact of the Delta variant helped push John Arthur Brown into action.

Brown, an Atlanta photographer, had been reluctant to get vaccinated. “I was the hesitant one,’’ he said. His doubts were based on how quickly the Covid-19 vaccines were developed.

He had what he called a mild case of Covid last June. But some time later, he began experiencing what he calls long-term Covid symptoms. “Much of it ...

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Insurance focused on virtual visits? Pros and cons
At the height of the covid-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting...
Something is lacking in our malpractice oversight 
As a longtime observer of Georgia’s health care system, I try to keep up with reports about problems our...
A Covid crisis that was not inevitable
By Dr. Harry J. Heiman Our current crisis was not inevitable. Eighteen months ago we faced the collective challenge...
As physicians, we stand firm in favor of mask mandates
By Dr. Ericka Russell-Petty We, the doctors of the Georgia State Medical Association, want to express our alarm and...
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