Now is the time to protect yourself against the flu
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization, severe health complications and even death.  The best protection against contracting the disease is getting the flu vaccine. Last year, influenza-like illness activity began to increase in November. Since it can take about two weeks after vaccination for the... Read more
Managing diabetes through a ‘virtual’ clinic
Late last year, Stephen King of Marietta (not the famous author) started feeling sick at work, having nausea, vomiting and dizziness. King, who had known he was pre-diabetic, went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He later was unable to control his blood sugar levels despite... Read more
State’s obesity rate not the worst, but not good
Georgia’s obesity rate for adults is about average among states, the CDC reports. But it’s still a startlingly high figure. Almost one in three residents in the state is obese. The overall 31.6 percent rate for 2017 in Georgia is slightly higher than the 30.5 percentage in 2014. It’s... Read more
Where people live longer — and where they don’t
Life expectancy at an English Avenue neighborhood address, in a low-income section of Atlanta, is 63.6 years. But less than 10 miles away, an address in the affluent Margaret Mitchell area of Atlanta, named after the famous writer, has a life expectancy of 87.2 years. Such startling variations commonly... Read more
Some Carolina patients evacuated to Georgia health facilities
Hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia are receiving patients evacuating from the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches the Southeastern coast, state officials said Tuesday. Georgia appears likely to escape the brunt of the Category 4 storm as it spins toward landfall. But state health care officials are... Read more

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