March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. Ten other states and the District of Columbia also got a “D,’’ while four others and Puerto Rico received an “F” on... Read more
Atlanta lags in black women’s survival of breast cancer
The disparity between breast cancer death rates for black and white women in Atlanta is greater than in any other major U.S. city, a new study has found. Among black women in Atlanta, 44 per 100,000 died of breast cancer in the period 2010 to 2014. Meanwhile, 20 white... Read more
Many Georgians with cystic fibrosis miss out on life-changing help
Ethnic minorities, low-income individuals and those who live in rural areas may be missing out on early diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatments for cystic fibrosis, according to Emory University researchers. That’s a serious problem because such measures can both lengthen and improve life. Heel-stick tests for newborns have been around... Read more
EPA chief tells Georgians that agency’s mission is public health
The EPA’s administrator told a gathering at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine on Thursday that she wants her organization viewed “as a public health agency.” Gina McCarthy emphasized the importance of environmental effects on health at a roundtable discussion at Morehouse, which including medical students, local college professors and... Read more
Georgia Health News recently reported on the wide variation in dialysis facility-level referrals for kidney transplantation, an issue of high concern among providers who care for patients with kidney disease. (Here’s a link to that article.) Patients with end-stage renal disease need dialysis or a kidney transplant to live.... Read more

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