Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more
Rural birth centers would help many Georgia women
This Commentary is written by Helen Baker, Priscilla Hall and Jennifer Vanderlaan As of July 1, 2018, people in rural counties in Georgia can receive local hospital services through micro-hospitals. Although these 24-hour emergency units with less than 10 inpatient beds will help improve access to many types of... Read more
Effort to overhaul liver-transplant protocols would cost Georgians’ lives
Any day now the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency that oversees the system by which deceased people’s donor organs are allotted for transplant throughout the country, is expected to issue new rules that will, quite literally, be making life-and-death decisions. But that is not the only... Read more
Georgia women deserve Medicaid expansion
While Georgians may not yet know who will occupy the Governor’s Mansion in January, there is something Georgians know for sure: They want Medicaid expansion.  A recent AJC poll found that 73 percent of Georgians, including 51 percent of Republicans, support expanding Medicaid. Georgians know that expanding Medicaid will allow those... Read more
CDC should stick with its stand on pneumococcal vaccine for seniors
Imagine a potentially deadly bacteria that infects about 1 million Americans every year. Vaccines exist to prevent it, but the CDC is potentially considering changing an important recommendation helping older people to get vaccinated against it. That bacteria is streptococcus pneumoniae. It causes pneumococcal disease, which is spread through coughs,... Read more

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