Commentary: An innovation that’s saving lives
Telemedicine offers tremendous breakthroughs in access to medical care.  A patient with a chronic health problem in rural Georgia can be seen by a medical specialist hundreds of miles away. The American Medical Association says 15 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine to treat patients at... Read more
Embracing telemedicine and other innovations
By Geoff Duncan It’s Christmas morning, and sadly the Atlanta patient is bedridden, unable to spend the most important holiday of the year with family because she has come down with a bad case of the flu. Certainly, there isn’t a doctor’s office nor urgent care clinic open on... Read more
Rural remedy: Mercer med school bringing health care to ‘areas of need’
This is the first in an occasional series on rural health care in Georgia. These articles are supported by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Dr. Michael Early practices family medicine in Fort Valley. It’s in Peach County, in the farm belt of Central Georgia, and... Read more
Cancer risks spark calls to replace ethylene oxide
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. In 2005, the EPA considered banning ethylene oxide in new sterilizing facilities because of the cancer risk it posed to residents who lived around the plants. “We also considered prohibiting... Read more
A medical homecoming: Doctor helps storm-ravaged Puerto Rico
When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, Emory physician Dr. Carla Haack had no way of knowing whether her parents were alive or dead. Their home was in Cidra, a town in the central part of the island, where phone service was knocked out and roads were... Read more

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