Lung disease haunts state’s stonecutters
Elberton, Ga. — The public square here boasts an unlikely display: tombstones. Above them, a billboard proclaims Elberton as ”The Granite Capital of the World.” But the industry that put this small town on the map has been linked to illnesses, and premature deaths, of many workers. About 1,800... 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
Nursing shortage: A need for faculty, advanced degrees, statistics
It is as predictable as high pollen counts and thunderstorms in the spring. Every few years Georgia — and the rest of the country, for that matter — experiences a severe shortage of nurses. Only this time it’s different, experts say. This time there are no easy solutions — no way to import... Read more
Distracted driving adds to problems in Ga., U.S. road safety
See the above photo? Remind you of anyone? Let’s face it: Many of us have used a cell phone while driving. In fact, an estimated 11 percent of drivers at any one time are using a cell. But such “distracted driving’’ is dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read more
Camp care: How to help kids come home healthy
Campfires, canoeing, camaraderie. Summer camps offer plenty of exercise, adventure and old-fashioned fun. And camp season is almost here for millions of children. But as you sign up your child for camp, consider advice from health professionals and camp officials on how to make good decisions on choosing a... Read more

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