Warning to runners: Don’t expect heat to take a holiday
Last year, Gail Nestor set a personal goal for herself: To finish the AJC Peachtree Road Race in under an hour. The challenge seemed simple enough, and with 18 previous races under her belt, she felt almost certain she would accomplish her goal. But something went wrong. In the... Read more
Synthetic pot a growing menace to Georgia’s youth
About a year ago, Lora Duffey’s 14-year-old son went into a convenience store and purchased a form of synthetic marijuana. He got it without an ID because it’s marketed as herbal incense. The Walton County teen took it home and smoked it in his family’s basement. He then went... Read more
Poor county is rich in lessons for med students (video)
This fall, 40 young doctors-in-training visited local clinics throughout impoverished Athens, mainly just to sit and hear what patients have to say. “We’ve all had experiences going to doctors who don’t listen; we want to train doctors who listen,” said Dr. Clive Slaughter, who organizes community training for medical... Read more
Movers, shakers, moms and programs help fight obesity
Nine years ago, Vanetta Keyes didn’t know what to do. Her teenage daughter was obese, and there were no local programs for overweight children and their families. Keyes knew her daughter’s situation could get worse. On her own initiative, she began reaching out to other parents in similar situations,... Read more
Funding problems force closure of child abuse program
  The helpline is out of service, the website shut down. The state’s sole nonprofit organization focused entirely on preventing child abuse has closed its doors. The closure of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia came in mid-March — two weeks before the start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Automated... Read more

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