Innovative surgery changes life for girl with scoliosis
By Judi Kanne Henry County resident Audrey Benford was 10 when she arrived at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in December 2018, after her pediatrician diagnosed her with scoliosis. The news that she would have to wear a back brace to help correct a curvature in her spine was about the... Read more
Georgia still ranks low in child well-being, latest figures show
Georgia remained No. 38 among states in an annual analysis of the well-being of children. The 2020 Kids Count Data Book, released last week, is based on 2018 and 2019 figures and doesn’t reflect the devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the disease is rarely serious for younger people who... Read more
Pregnant women with COVID more likely to be hospitalized, study finds
Pregnant women who are infected with COVID-19 are more at risk for severe illness than other women who have the virus, a CDC study released Thursday has found. The analysis determined that pregnant women with COVID had higher rates of hospitalization and increased risk for ICU admission and need... Read more
Doctor groups urge hike in state tobacco tax; panel OKs legislation on surprise medical billing
Four physician groups strongly endorsed a state tobacco tax increase Sunday, a day before a possible vote on the issue in a state Senate committee. “Georgia having the third-lowest tobacco tax in the country has long been unacceptable to Georgia’s medical community,” Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, a Thomson physician and... Read more
Amid pandemic, ethylene oxide makes comeback in Georgia
Once again, the kids at Benjamin Preparatory School can’t go outside for recess. The school, which serves infants to second-graders, is keeping the kids indoors because a toxic gas, ethylene oxide, is once again being used to sterilize medical equipment at a facility about a mile away, in suburban... Read more

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