‘D’ grade: Georgia’s preterm births rise
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose from 11.2 percent to 11.4 percent in 2017, keeping the state at a “D’’ grade in the annual Premature Birth Report Card from the March of Dimes. The state’s rate of babies born too soon (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) continued to reflect large... Read more
Georgia No. 8 in youth obesity, report says
Nearly 1 in 5 Georgia youths from ages 10 to 17 are obese, according to a new report. The 18.4 percent figure gives Georgia the eighth-highest rate among states. The analysis, released this week, also showed racial and ethnic disparities in the obesity figures. In Georgia, the Hispanic youth... Read more
Commentary: Beware hidden risks of vaping 
Vaping devices have been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. But a new GHN Commentary argues they are anything but safe. Melanie Dallas, CEO of Highland Rivers Health, says inhaling the chemically enhanced water vapor that these devices produce can expose a person to any number of risky... Read more
Rare mystery illness hits 3 Georgia kids this year
Three Georgia children have been reported this year as having a rare, polio-like health condition, state officials said Wednesday. They are among the 62 children nationally who have been confirmed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, with at least 65 more cases under investigation, according to the CDC.... Read more
Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization, severe health complications and even death.  The best protection against contracting the disease is getting the flu vaccine. Last year, influenza-like illness activity began to increase in November. Since it can take about two weeks after vaccination for the... Read more

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