New oases in the ‘food deserts’ of Atlanta

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Over the past dozen years, a Philadelphia program has helped bring healthier foods to corner stores across the city. That effort now is coming to Atlanta, through a collaboration between Georgia State University’s School of Public Health and Morehouse School... Read more

Do-it-yourself what?! More kidney patients learning in-home dialysis Hot

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W.E. “Bubber” Wilkes spent 30 years raising turkeys and then beef cattle, 24 years... Read more

Hospice care improves quality of life at the end of the journey Hot

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Surgeon and bestselling author Atul Gawande writes that he never learned about mortality in... Read more
Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate

Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average in 2014, newly released figures show.

And the county — which contains most of the city of Atlanta as well as some of Georgia’s most affluent suburbs — had a higher rate of HIV diagnoses than all but one of 28 large cities studied, according to statistics released this week by the Big Cities Health Coalition project.

Fulton’s data were used because the county, not the city, collects the area’s health information, which is processed by researchers so it’s comparable between jurisdictions.

The county performed better than the national ...

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Exchange sign-ups in Georgia higher than last year’s

More Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at the same time last year, according to new federal figures released Wednesday.

The 106,905 total through Nov. 26 exceeds the 105,299 Georgia sign-ups through Nov. 28 last year.

The sign-up increase comes amid a re-energized Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which created the state health insurance exchanges. In 2017, for the first time in years, the GOP will control the White House as well as both houses of Congress, and scrapping the ACA is one of the party’s priorities.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed ...

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Trump picks Congressman Price of Georgia to run HHS

President-elect Donald Trump has selected U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia as his nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Price, 62, an orthopedic surgeon, has been a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, and has also discussed major changes to the Medicare program.

The six-term Republican congressman and former state senator represents a suburban district north of Atlanta. His wife, Betty, currently serves in the Georgia House.

He was an early supporter of Trump.

Price, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that “there is much work to be done to ensure we have a ...

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Giving thanks  — and timely advice

Thanksgiving makes me think of my wonderful family and friends.

Being thankful for them, and for all GHN colleagues, readers and supporters.

It’s also a time for many Georgians to think about safety when it comes to cooking.

That means those of us who break out the turkey-frying equipment need to take extra care about safety. Georgia ranks seventh in the nation in Thanksgiving Day cooking fires, as Jim Thompson of the Athens Banner-Herald pointed out in a 2014 article.

His article gives tips for holiday cooks on how to fry a turkey safely. Here’s the link.

And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fulton Co. ranks high in opioid deaths, HIV rate
Fulton County’s rate of opioid overdose deaths was more than double the national average...
Exchange sign-ups in Georgia higher than last year’s
More Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at...
Trump picks Congressman Price of Georgia to run HHS
President-elect Donald Trump has selected U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia as his nominee...
Giving thanks  — and timely advice
Thanksgiving makes me think of my wonderful family and friends. Being thankful for them,...
Georgia slightly above average in health care spending
Health care spending for the privately insured increased 4.6 percent nationally in 2015, higher...
The future of health care must be patient-centered, like its past
Is the practice of medicine coming full circle? As the administrator of a large medical practice, I believe it...
How to reduce high costs and wasteful spending in health care
It’s been a rough time for health care. Sixteen of the 23 federally funded, not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans...
The ‘Value Chain’ shows Georgia’s leadership in life sciences
As home to more than 400 life sciences companies, Georgia is a thriving center of this growing industry. Much...

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