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Mucoid colonies of the pathogenic multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae cling to an agar plate. Nightmare bacteria--those that are resistant to almost every drug—are particularly deadly in the elderly and people with chronic illnesses. (Moment/Getty Images)

Nightmare bacteria stalk U.S. Hospitals

By Kaiser Health News – Reprinted with permission ~~ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics, according to a report released Tuesday. Although the CDC […]

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Governor comes to aid of state workers hit by insurance standoff

By Andy Miller, Editor and CEO Georgia Health News ~~ Gov. Nathan Deal, continuing his public pressure on Piedmont and Blue Cross in their contract stalemate, said Tuesday that the state and University System of Georgia will absorb out-of-network costs for employees for up to 30 days to reduce their potential financial burden. The extraordinary […]

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Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen-ator Zell Miller.

Former Georgia governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, a lifelong Democrat and the father of Georgia’s lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, died Friday. He was 86.

AP NEWS REPORT ~~ Miller’s family revealed last year that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Miller served two terms as Georgia’s governor from 1991 through 1999. His signature accomplishment was the HOPE scholarship, which paid college tuition to Georgia students maintaining a “B’’ average and was funded by establishing a state lottery. Miller […]

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Fannin Regional Hospital

Fannin Regional Hospital to discontinue inpatient labor and delivery services effective April 10

Hospital will continue to provide Women’s Services BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin Regional Hospital has announced it will discontinue inpatient labor and delivery services effective April 10 following more than a decade of declining births. The hospital continually reviews service line utilization and volume trends in an effort to identify the types of health care […]

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Emma Gonzalez

Florida school massacre: Students lead fightback against US gun culture

BY JACQUI GODDARD, LONDON TIMES ~~ Children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland long for the days when the definition of adversity was a failed science experiment. After the massacre of 17 pupils and staff, it is now measured by the body count of their dead friends, by funerals, grieving families, post-traumatic stress, […]

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Florida students

Florida students vow to hold lawmakers accountable on gun violence

BY BRETT SAMUELS – 02/18/18 09:17 AM EST – THE HILL ~~ Students who survived last week’s shooting at a Florida high school vowed Sunday to hold politicians who accept money from the National Rifle Association (NRA) accountable, and shared plans for a protest march next month. “My message for people in office is you’re […]

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Flu deaths here up to 79; hospitalizations reach new high in metro area

By Andy Miller, Editor, Georgia Health News ~~ Georgia public health officials have now confirmed a total of 79 influenza-related deaths this flu season, including three children, as of Friday. That total easily surpasses the 58 deaths the state reported in 2009, the first year that all flu deaths were required to be reported to […]

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McDonald's Restaurant

Big changes coming to McDonald’s this year

According to 24/7 Wall Street, almost half of America eats McDonald’s in a given month. But there are big changes coming to how you order food, the kind of food and beverages you can order and even how that food gets to you! This is what’s new at McDonald’s… The dollar menu is back in […]

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Gerard at the medals ceremony. Image courtesy Reuters

17-year-old Red Gerard wins first U.S. Olympic Gold

PRESS RELEASE In his first Olympics appearance Sunday, 17-year-old American snowboarder Red Gerard became the first U.S. athlete to claim a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics—and the youngest ever to take the top prize in Olympic snowboarding. “I’m just mind-blown. I can’t believe everything worked out,” Gerard said after his victory at Pheonix […]

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Dr Mahmood Siddiqui stands inside one of the 10 exam rooms at his Family Clinic in Copper Basin Medical Park where he sees hundreds of patients each week.

Copper Basin Medical Center and the future of Medical Park still in question

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Copper Basin Medical Center (CBMC) ceased hospital operations effective Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. after serving the Copper Basin and the surrounding East Polk County communities of Copperhill, Ducktown, Turtletown (Tenn.) and McCaysville (Ga.) for more than 60 years. No hospital services including inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic laboratory, or […]

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