Georgia sees an increase in uninsured kids
The number of uninsured children in Georgia rose by 21,000 last year, mirroring a national increase, according to a new report. Georgia was one of nine states that had statistically significant increases in their rate of uninsured children, said the report from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The... Read more
State OKs new hospital for Children’s Healthcare
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has received state approval for its planned 446-bed hospital in Brookhaven. The approval of the certificate-of-need application was announced late last week. The project was not opposed by any other hospital system. The project features additional beds and expanded services that allows Children’s to relocate... Read more
‘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

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