Georgia gets another ‘F’ on preterm births
Georgia has earned an “F’’ grade for its rising rate of preterm births, according to a newly released report. The 2020 March of Dimes Report Card, released this week, said the state’s rate of preterm births, often called premature births, climbed to 11.7 percent in 2019, continuing a steady... Read more
How flu vaccine can help the fight against COVID
By William Newlin Tara Graham recently emerged from the side entrance of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse ready to face one of two major public health threats looming this fall. Graham, a clerk in the county magistrate court, had just received her flu shot from a joint clinic run by... Read more
Gun sales up sharply in a time of uncertainty
Gun sales are soaring in Georgia this year, with background checks for buyers already far exceeding the total for all of last year. The issuance of licenses for carrying a gun is rising in the state as well, according to probate court judges. Many of the purchases are by... Read more
Honoring generosity, new pediatric hospital to be named for Blank
Thanks to a $200 million donation, the new hospital being built by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be named the Arthur M. Blank Hospital. The naming gift for the $1.5 billion Brookhaven project came from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Blank, a co-founder of Home Depot, is the... Read more
Reaching for fitness among middle school girls
In the fifth grade, 51 percent of girls in Georgia have healthy aerobic ability. By the 12th grade, the number plummets to 31 percent. What’s causing this drop? And what can be done about it? A group of nonprofits, led by the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, have decided to focus... Read more

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