Where do our tobacco settlement dollars go?
Twenty years ago, Georgia and 45 other states reached an agreement with tobacco companies that settled all future claims against the firms about smoking. A major goal of the pact was to reduce cigarette smoking in the nation. The Master Settlement Agreement has provided Georgia with more than $3... Read more
Paralyzed by West Nile, he’s fighting a new kind of battle
David Carmon’s body began to shut down just three days after a mosquito bite over Labor Day weekend. He arrived at a Gainesville emergency room extremely ill. No one knew what was wrong. “They ran every test,” says his wife, Jessie. “By the fifth day, he was paralyzed, on a... Read more
Report flunks Georgia on tobacco policy, urges higher cigarette tax
Once again, an annual tobacco control report gives Georgia failing grades for its anti-smoking efforts. The American Lung Association’s national report, released Wednesday, called on Georgia to increase its tax on a pack of cigarettes. At 37 cents, the levy is among the lowest in the country. “Tobacco use... Read more
Predicting pandemics: It’s not easy, but researchers are trying
Studying human behavior on a large scale has long been used to try to predict how diseases move through a population. In the latest twist on this principle, your online footprint may offer valuable insight to researchers who are trying to thwart deadly disease outbreaks before they become widespread. Scientists, frustrated... Read more
State health plan rewarding those who work to stay healthy
Like many U.S. workers, thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are being offered financial incentives for reaching wellness goals this year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 660,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. One SHBP wellness plan, launched by Atlanta-based digital... Read more

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