Georgia Poison Center sees spike in calls from misuse of cleaning products, disinfectants
Calls to the Georgia Poison Center have risen during the pandemic, with a spike in people reporting illnesses related to cleaning products and disinfectants. Those increases have occurred nationally, with poison centers seeing up to a 20 percent rise in exposure calls related to cleaning and disinfecting products, often... Read more
COVID-19 bus brings help for behavioral health needs
By Naomi Thomas A bus mobilized during the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing behavioral health care to two rural counties. The mobile health unit, run by CarePartners, a local agency, has been traveling through Emanuel and Candler counties in east Georgia to bring services to people in need. Since the... Read more
EPA doubling Atlanta area under investigation for lead contamination
By Andy Miller and Scott Trubey The federal Environmental Protection Agency is doubling the area it’s probing for lead contamination west of downtown Atlanta, and residents and volunteer researchers said they want more help from local governments to notify neighbors and urge lead testing of children. So far, the... Read more
Child’s hip problems highlight a little-known issue    
At 3 years old, Sarah Davis was a typically rambunctious child. But one day when she leaped onto the family sofa and plopped into her favorite position, the maneuver resulted in a piercing pain that struck without warning. “We didn’t know what was wrong, we just knew she was... Read more
Digging up soil and trees: Atlanta lead cleanup begins
Work teams using heavy equipment began digging up soil contaminated with lead from an empty lot in west Atlanta on Monday morning. It’s the start of an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup action that will take months to complete. Targeting a neighborhood near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the EPA has found unsafe levels of... Read more

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