Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal Hot

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The urgent care center diagnosed her condition as a bladder infection. But the pain in Diane Conine’s stomach soon became unbearable. “The pain got so bad, I was throwing up,’’ says Conine, 64. Her urine was filled with blood.... Read more

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Hepatitis A and E. coli outbreaks continue to beset Georgia
Hepatitis A cases continue to surge in Georgia, with 31 more cases reported since...
Georgia women doctors to take over top posts at national physician organizations
For generations, the U.S. physician workforce has been overwhelmingly male. But that’s changing, especially...
Alzheimer’s creates huge burden for African-American community
Camilla White’s days as a part-time caregiver for her mother began at 4 a.m....
Commentary: Medicare for all makes sense
A searing political debate has formed around the idea of how to fix our...
Two outbreaks: Georgia dealing with hepatitis A and E. coli infections
Updated at 7 p.m., April 9 A large outbreak of hepatitis A infections continues...
Hepatitis A and E. coli outbreaks continue to beset Georgia

Hepatitis A cases continue to surge in Georgia, with 31 more cases reported since about a week ago, Public Health officials said Wednesday.

Since June 1, 2018, Georgia has seen 245 hepatitis A infections, with most of them coming this year.

Health officials also said Wednesday that the number of Georgians hit by an E. coli outbreak has increased to 27, up from 17 a week ago. The CDC late last week identified the probable source of the E. coli as contaminated ground beef.

The hepatitis outbreak has especially affected the Rome area of northwest ...

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Georgia women doctors to take over top posts at national physician organizations

For generations, the U.S. physician workforce has been overwhelmingly male. But that’s changing, especially among younger doctors.

The Association of American Medical Colleges reported in 2017 that for the first time ever, women made up a majority (50.7 percent) of those enrolling in medical schools. That trend continued last year, with 51.6 percent of enrollees being women.

This workforce transformation can already be seen at the top of leading national physician organizations.

And a trio of female physicians are set to head up the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Physicians.

Strikingly, each is a Georgia doctor.

Drs. Patrice Harris ...

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Alzheimer’s creates huge burden for African-American community

Camilla White’s days as a part-time caregiver for her mother began at 4 a.m. They ended at 10 or 11 at night.

“It just depended on Mom,’’ White says.

White was living in Huntsville, Ala., at the time. Her mother, Lillian Barber, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, so White regularly commuted to Carrollton in west Georgia (more than 150 miles one way) to care for her.

After the disease took hold, Barber “liked to get into everything,” White says. “We couldn’t leave her alone.’’

White later retired from her job and ...

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Commentary: Medicare for all makes sense

A searing political debate has formed around the idea of how to fix our health care system.

Some leading Democratic contenders for president have talked about putting all Americans under the government-run Medicare system.

That’s what two Georgians are recommending in a new GHN Commentary. Jack Bernard and Dr. William Elsea cite the U.S. infant mortality rate, as well as rising costs, to endorse the plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who’s running for president.

“Under Medicare for all, our overall national health care would improve, via better access, planning, and standards,’’ Bernard and Elsea write. “Further, with the future addition of universal ...

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