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
Health care agenda: Will longtime disputes be resolved?
Despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and lieutenant governor — many health care issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will have a familiar look. They are largely the same ones that have percolated under the Gold Dome in... Read more
Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more

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