State probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping amid national concern
Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. Vaping is the use of e-cigarette devices, which mimic cigarettes but produce inhalable vapors instead of smoke. The devices are marketed as alternatives to smoking, but health experts say they... Read more
Clearing the air? State’s actions on toxic emissions leave confusion
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. At a community meeting in suburban Cobb County on Monday night, elected officials and environmental regulators faced hundreds of residents concerned about toxic pollution. They promised that — at least... Read more
State, federal regulators hear questions, concerns on ethylene oxide
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Why didn’t you tell us? It was the first question from the public to state and federal environmental regulators addressing hundreds of Cobb and Fulton County residents Monday night about... Read more
Hotel OK’d to reopen after cleanup in wake of Legionnaires’ outbreak
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has been cleared to reopen after corrections were made to its water distribution system, public health officials said Thursday. It’s not known when the hotel will actually open to the public. A spokeswoman for the Sheraton said the hotel should have an update sometime Thursday,... Read more
State OKs new plan to cut pollution at Smyrna sterilizing plant
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. State regulators Friday announced swift approval of plans by a medical device sterilizing company to implement pollution-reduction changes at its Smyrna facility. Sterigenics said earlier this week that it had... Read more

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