Hands-Free Georgia Act saves lives — when drivers obey it
Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted-driving crashes. This is an epidemic, and one that can be ended. Last year, the Medical Association of Atlanta joined with a coalition of advocates to fight this epidemic. The coalition included physicians across the state, as... Read more
Blood products: Plasma business thriving in Georgia
By Chris Herbert On a street in downtown Athens, across from an arthouse movie theater and beside a craft brewery, sits an off-white building with a large statue of a bulldog near the entrance. This structure houses a local branch of Biotest Plasma Center, a national company that collects... Read more
Too much iron? It’s a real genetic disease
Tresa Haywood, 50, has had a complicated medical history in recent years. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder, in 2000. Two years later came a diagnosis of diabetes, followed by diagnoses of hypoxia – low oxygen in the tissue – irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions... Read more
Measles strikes again: Three new cases reported in Georgia
Three new cases of measles have been reported in metro Atlanta, state health officials said Thursday. That makes six cases overall of measles reported in the state this year, part of the nearly 700 nationwide. The state Department of Public Health said the three new cases were members of... Read more
Trump headlines emotional Atlanta summit on opioid crisis
President Trump told a drug abuse summit Wednesday in Atlanta that he and his administration will “never stop until our job is done’’ in solving the nation’s opioid crisis. Trump called the opioid epidemic a “terrible menace’’ and highlighted steps that his administration has taken in battling the problem.... Read more

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