A recent CDC report gets to the heart of why we should care about asthma. The federal health agency reported last week that the prevalence of the chronic airway disorder reached an all-time high of 8.4 percent in 2010. And the children of Georgia have a higher rate of... Read more
The state of Public Health: Answers from the doctor in charge
When Public Health became a separate state agency last July, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald had her work cut out for her as the department’s first commissioner. Georgia lagged behind the rest of the nation on key health statistics, and Public Health had suffered from budget cuts for years. Meanwhile, the... Read more
Grady Health System said Tuesday that it is consolidating its outpatient mental health programs to help meet growing service needs in metro Atlanta. Grady is combining three outpatient behavioral health offices into a larger location at 10 Park Place, near MARTA’s Five Points Station hub. The move will improve... Read more
Child and adolescent death rates from unintentional injuries dropped 29 percent from 2000 to 2009, the CDC reports. But child death rates from suffocation are on the rise, according to the same report. There was a 54 percent increase in reported suffocation among infants less than 1 year old.... Read more
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs are tight on cash. The cash-flow problem has prompted the Department of Community Health to ask medical providers and insurers to give the agency some flexibility on payments. The financial situation came up Thursday at a Department of Community Health board meeting. Scott Frederking,... Read more

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