CBD oil as medicine: The promise and the risks 
Metro Atlanta resident Becky Ferguson says she started using non-addictive cannabis oil because she hoped it would ease her chronic pain. The result was not quite what she expected. “It might have helped a little bit , but I am getting a tremendous reduction in anxiety,” says Ferguson,... Read more
Readmission penalties for Medicare patients hitting dozens of Georgia hospitals
A Medicare initiative aimed at reducing readmissions of discharged patients is penalizing 88 percent of Georgia hospitals evaluated in the program. That’s a slightly higher percentage than the national average of 83 percent of hospitals penalized in the readmission program. The cuts in payments come as Medicare continues its... Read more
Evacuated patients heading home as Dorian passes
As of midday Thursday, health care facilities along the Georgia coast were preparing to receive their patients who were returning from evacuations triggered by Hurricane Dorian. The storm did not hit Georgia as hard as was feared last week, but it brushed the state’s coast, knocking out power to... Read more
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

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