State probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping amid national concern
Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. Vaping is the use of e-cigarette devices, which mimic cigarettes but produce inhalable vapors instead of smoke. The devices are marketed as alternatives to smoking, but health experts say they... Read more
Don’t confuse care sharing ministries with insurance, state warns
Georgia’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers of the potential financial risks of joining a Health Care Sharing Ministries program as an alternative to regular insurance. In these organizations, members agree to share one another’s health care costs. Members of an HCSM typically have a particular religious faith in common,... Read more
Reviewer says Georgia not living up to mental health, disabilities pact
Georgia is still failing to meet key parts of its agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on caring for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, according to an independent reviewer’s report released this week. The reviewer, Elizabeth Jones, cited “preventable deaths occurring in the state system, often the... Read more
State, federal regulators hear questions, concerns on ethylene oxide
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Why didn’t you tell us? It was the first question from the public to state and federal environmental regulators addressing hundreds of Cobb and Fulton County residents Monday night about... Read more
Hotel OK’d to reopen after cleanup in wake of Legionnaires’ outbreak
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has been cleared to reopen after corrections were made to its water distribution system, public health officials said Thursday. It’s not known when the hotel will actually open to the public. A spokeswoman for the Sheraton said the hotel should have an update sometime Thursday,... Read more

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