Football recently has made us much more aware of concussions, but these brain injuries occur in many other youth activities and sports. Some of the increase in concussions comes from greater sports participation by girls. State legislators this year considered a bill that would require school teams to remove... Read more
Dr. Evelyn Johnson was overcome by a “sense of emptiness” when she got the call from the coroner about an infant’s death. Johnson, a Brunswick pediatrician, had just seen the month-old baby two days before. The child was nursing well, and its development was right on track. The mother,... Read more
Premature birth: State, hospitals aim to reduce rates
Southeastern states got poor grades last year in a report card on their rates of premature births, with Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana earning F’s. Georgia scored a D, coming in 45th among states in the “preterm” birth report card, based on 2009 data presented by the March of Dimes. According... Read more
Atlanta is the home of a new autism “center of excellence,’’ thanks to a federal grant of more than $8.3 million to Emory University. The funding from the National Institutes of Health will launch a collaborative research initiative involving the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the... Read more
Medicine for hemophilia. Screenings for breast and cervical cancer. Caring for critically ill pregnant women. Patient advocates and medical groups urged the state to sustain or boost funding for these programs and many others, as the Department of Public Health’s board held a hearing Tuesday seeking public input on... Read more

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