More transparency urged on tax donation program for rural hospitals
Tens of millions of dollars in business and individual donations have gone to Georgia rural hospitals this year, thanks to a popular state tax credit program. But how hospitals are spending that money this year has not been officially tracked, the state says. And right now, there apparently isn’t... Read more
Commentary: Seniors still need pneumococcal disease vaccine
Pneumococcal disease can lead to pneumonia, infection of the blood, middle-ear infection, sinus infection and even meningitis — potentially causing hearing loss, blindness, seizures and death. It infects about 1 million Americans annually. This week, a CDC committee will review the agency’s position on vaccination for this disease. The panel... Read more
Ballot measure would help housing for people with mental illness
At the end of the Georgia ballot this year is a referendum that, if approved, would help nonprofits provide permanent housing to homeless people with mental illness. Referendum B would allow a property tax exemption for nonprofit housing of these individuals in residences that get tax credit financing from for-profit... Read more
Commentary: Beware hidden risks of vaping 
Vaping devices have been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. But a new GHN Commentary argues they are anything but safe. Melanie Dallas, CEO of Highland Rivers Health, says inhaling the chemically enhanced water vapor that these devices produce can expose a person to any number of risky... Read more
Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year
Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday. They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC.... Read more

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