7 charged in alleged ‘egregious’ abuse of disabled residents in DeKalb County
Seven individuals have been indicted in an alleged abuse scheme victimizing disabled adults in DeKalb County, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Wednesday. Three of those indicted operated homes for people with mental and physical disabilities, the attorney general said in a press release. The three – Eric West,... Read more
Why do some Georgia women live so long?
Late last year, when Maggie Katie Brown Kidd of Clayton County celebrated her 114th birthday, news reports described her as the oldest living Georgian, the oldest living African-American and the 10th-oldest person in the world. She’s been moving up since then. A recent check of online resources about supercentenarians... Read more
The troubled nursing homes you may not know about
A year ago, a resident of a Central Georgia nursing home climbed out of the window of her room and wandered off. The staff at Pinehill Nursing Center in Byromville realized she was gone and launched a search. The woman had been reported to be delusional and refusing to... Read more
Commentary: Don’t retreat on vaccine policy
The measles outbreak has brought much-needed attention to the importance of vaccines. Next month, a CDC committee will meet in Atlanta to weigh whether to continue recommending another vaccine – this one for seniors. In a new GHN Commentary, Dr. Linda Walden says jettisoning the current recommendation of a... Read more
CDC must back pneumococcal vaccinations for seniors
By Dr. Linda Walden As the current U.S. measles outbreak nears 1,000 cases, it seems impossible to deny the power of vaccines in preventing disease. All it took to create America’s biggest measles spike in 25 years was a handful of communities where a high percentage of parents decided... Read more

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