Essential oils popular, but can pose risk to kids
The Georgia Poison Center gets a lot of urgent phone calls every day. Two of these calls, on average, involve a category of products that many people might not consider dangerous. The products are known as “essential oils’’ – highly concentrated extracts from plants – and the victims of... Read more
Blood products: Plasma business thriving in Georgia
By Chris Herbert On a street in downtown Athens, across from an arthouse movie theater and beside a craft brewery, sits an off-white building with a large statue of a bulldog near the entrance. This structure houses a local branch of Biotest Plasma Center, a national company that collects... Read more
Too much iron? It’s a real genetic disease
Tresa Haywood, 50, has had a complicated medical history in recent years. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder, in 2000. Two years later came a diagnosis of diabetes, followed by diagnoses of hypoxia – low oxygen in the tissue – irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions... Read more
Social media cracking down on vaccine skeptics
By Chris Herbert For the past three years, Amy Haney has administered a private Facebook group for parents in Georgia who seek more information about vaccines. Haney, a metro Atlanta resident and mother of four, founded the group in February 2016 after a policy change required one of her... Read more
Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal
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. She needed to go to the emergency room, her daughter... Read more

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