Poisoning peril: More kids ingesting hand sanitizer
As COVID-19 spread last year, sales of hand sanitizers skyrocketed, with consumers and businesses trying to prevent infection. Also soaring were sanitizer-related calls to the Georgia Poison Center. Here and nationally, more kids than usual have been ingesting these fluids, which are typically alcohol-based. The state saw a 60... Read more
State eases penalty on Elbert medical practice, sets vaccine policy
An Elbert County physician office that was penalized for giving COVID-19 vaccine to teachers has seen its controversial suspension shortened by state health officials. An agreement Thursday between the state and the Medical Center of Elberton came a day after the Department of Public Health set out the penalties... Read more
Elbert clinic says state punishment over COVID shots was unfair
The Elbert County medical practice at the center of a COVID-19 vaccine controversy says it was shocked at being suspended by the state after giving shots to educators. “We feel we were used to send a message,’’ said Dr. Jonathan Poon, part of the seven-physician family medicine practice in... Read more
Georgia vaccination an epic undertaking; seniors, police added to top priority group
Story updated Vials of COVID-19 vaccine have been arriving at medical facilities across Georgia over the past two weeks. But the inoculation process itself has not always gone smoothly here, with logistical challenges and even some ethical concerns, according to health care providers. Still, physicians and medical organizations contacted... Read more
Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization
Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring. The organization was established... Read more

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