Danger in the ground: Lead contaminates neighborhood
Rosario Hernandez regularly gardens with her grandchildren at her two Atlanta properties in the English Avenue district, about a mile from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. So Hernandez, who works with Historic Westside Gardens, was alarmed when an Emory University team analyzed the soil in July 2018 and discovered it contained unsafe... Read more
Georgia and the South feeling brunt of the flu
Flu activity is high in seven Southern states, including Georgia, according to the CDC. The state’s Department of Public Health reported that 5.31 percent of Georgia outpatient visits were reported as influenza-like illnesses during the week ending Nov. 23. That percentage has steadily climbed since the flu season began.... Read more
Georgia gets an ‘F’ grade in preventing preterm births
Johnecia Mason’s pregnancy was going along fine until at six months, she developed preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure. Soon afterward, her son was born prematurely, at 26 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces. He died in the hospital 12 days later. “It was very hard,’’... Read more
Uninsured rate for Georgia children shows troubling rise
Georgia had a spike in its rate of uninsured children between 2016 and 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. The state in 2018 had an uninsured rate among children of 8.1 percent, up from 6.7 percent two years before. Only Tennessee’s rise of 1.5 percentage points was a... Read more
Vaping-linked lung illnesses jump nationally; Georgia death reported
The CDC on Thursday announced a big jump in the number of confirmed and probable patient cases of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. Those cases now total 805, up from 530 reported just last week. The Atlanta-based health agency also said there have been 12... Read more

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