Media time for kids: Use it wisely as well as sparingly
Is your toddler already swiping across your smartphone, FaceTiming with family and friends, and confusing Siri with incoherent questions? Tired of wrestling it away for fear that screen time could hinder the child’s development? Parents, take a sigh of relief. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has new guidelines for... Read more
Governor took the right stand in limiting opioid prescriptions
Gov. Nathan Deal acted wisely last week in vetoing SB 125, which would have given physician assistants the right to independently prescribe hydrocodone.  This dangerous opioid drug — which is used for pain relief in children, adolescents and adults — is at the heart of an increasing abuse-and-addiction epidemic.... Read more
Veto will have painful consequences for rural patients
Rural Georgians are once again bearing the brunt of myopic health care policy decisions coming from Atlanta. On Tuesday, just days after the Jenkins County Hospital closure announcement, a bill designed to restore delegated prescriptive authority to Georgia’s board-certified physician assistants (PAs) treating painful injuries and other medical emergencies... Read more
A prescription for looking beyond Obamacare
This week marks seven years since Obamacare was signed into law. Leading up to the passage of the 2,700-page legislation, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Although much has been made of Pelosi’s... Read more
ACA repeal is too great a chance to take
  Finding out that she had breast cancer shook up Jirapon Yolpan’s life. An immigrant from Thailand and a 54-year-old single mom, Jirapon had never seen a doctor in the U.S. until she received health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After enrolling, she scheduled her first appointment,... Read more

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