Georgia gets an ‘F’ grade in preventing preterm births
Johnecia Mason’s pregnancy was going along fine until at six months, she developed preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure. Soon afterward, her son was born prematurely, at 26 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces. He died in the hospital 12 days later. “It was very hard,’’... Read more
Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children
A recent report ranks Georgia 40th among states on the health of women and children, down three spots from its 2018 ranking. The 2019 United Health Foundation report said among Georgia’s challenges are its high percentage of uninsured women, its low rate of prenatal care before the third trimester, and... Read more
Commentary: An innovation that’s saving lives
Telemedicine offers tremendous breakthroughs in access to medical care.  A patient with a chronic health problem in rural Georgia can be seen by a medical specialist hundreds of miles away. The American Medical Association says 15 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine to treat patients at... Read more
Embracing telemedicine and other innovations
By Geoff Duncan It’s Christmas morning, and sadly the Atlanta patient is bedridden, unable to spend the most important holiday of the year with family because she has come down with a bad case of the flu. Certainly, there isn’t a doctor’s office nor urgent care clinic open on... Read more
Rural remedy: Mercer med school bringing health care to ‘areas of need’
This is the first in an occasional series on rural health care in Georgia. These articles are supported by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Dr. Michael Early practices family medicine in Fort Valley. It’s in Peach County, in the farm belt of Central Georgia, and... Read more

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