A few points in support of Medicare for All
By Kirk Wilson We have heard much recently about Medicare for All. Why? Here are some reasons: Reason No. 1. Insuring all people who are currently uninsured can only be a good thing. Obamacare, in its current set-up, falls woefully short of doing so. Reason No. 2. No one involved in either... Read more
The more you know about public health, the more you appreciate it
By Dr. William Elsea and Jack Bernard “In public health, you can impact more than one person at a time. The whole society is your patient.”- Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the CDC We believe that Georgia’s county public health departments accomplish much more than most taxpayers realize.... Read more
Market in pre-owned diabetic strips worries experts
By Yunxuan Gu, Christopher Herbert, Sam Jones and Naomi Thomas The small yellow yard signs began to appear this spring, seemingly overnight and without fanfare. They’re peppered across the parking lots of shopping centers and along the stretch of U.S. Route 78 that runs through downtown Athens. “WE BUY... Read more
Beyond clinical care: Helping the whole cancer patient
By Yunxuan Gu Linda Elkins visits the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support in Athens about four times a week, but not for medical treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. She goes for the free services — such as exercise classes, counseling and support groups — which offer the emotional... Read more
CDC must back pneumococcal vaccinations for seniors
By Dr. Linda Walden As the current U.S. measles outbreak nears 1,000 cases, it seems impossible to deny the power of vaccines in preventing disease. All it took to create America’s biggest measles spike in 25 years was a handful of communities where a high percentage of parents decided... Read more

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