Take heat in the 90s and the typical August humidity. Mix in thousands of people of all shapes, ages, fitness and health levels, and add a touch of alcohol and caffeine. Conditions at this week’s PGA Championship are ripe for heat-related illness. The medical crew at the golf tournament, though,... Read more
Georgia firm’s blueprint for taming health costs
Many companies see their health insurance premiums rise by 10 percent or more, year after year. These costs often seem uncontrollable, and that frustrates CEOs. So when a company reports that its health costs have increased by an average of less than 2 percent per year over the past decade,... Read more
Ranks are thin in Gwinnett’s war against TB
Story provided by Public Health News Bureau – When Farhad Jameel, case manager at Gwinnett County’s tuberculosis control clinic, arrives at work each morning, he collects his surgical mask and several large, resealable plastic bags, the kind normally used to store food. The bags contain the individual medications for... Read more
Hospice problems raise concerns on oversight
Care not properly coordinated. Failure to assess quality of care and improve it. Not properly evaluating and supervising health aides’ work. Those are among the most frequent complaints cited by state regulators against hospice operators in Georgia. In one case last year, a Fayetteville hospice organization faced having its permit... Read more
Health groups push for cleaner transit options
In the months he has been chairing the roundtable of public officials that will set metro Atlanta’s transportation priorities, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson has learned a lot about how the region’s notoriously congested traffic affects community health. He knows about the effects that ground level ozone and fine particulate... Read more

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