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Opioid abuse

Battling Opioid Addiction Requires a Holistic Approach

WASHINGTON—This op-ed by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was first published by the Gainesville Times on June 18, 2018. Over the last five years, Americans have seen a dramatic rise in home invasions. The numbers rose slowly and steadily from 2000 to 2013 and skyrocketed from there through 2016, when the same menace claimed 20,145 lives […]

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fish kill

Reward offered for Chattahoochee fish kill information

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT Suches, Georgia — In the early hours of June 4, the main water line to the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery was cut off, killing about 52,000 trout worth $62,000. The Fannin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. The hatchery’s friends group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest […]

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Record number of kids died of flu this season

Approximately 80 percent of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination this season. CDC REPORT A record number of children died from influenza this past flu season, federal health officials said Friday (June 8). One more death was reported this week, making 172 child deaths reported for the 2017-18 flu […]

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Georgia Hiking Trails

$4 Million in Trail Grants Awarded for Recreation in Georgia

USFS Blue Ridge Ranger District OHV awarded $199,998 for Maintenance ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the award of 19 new grant recipients totaling $3.2 million for trails around the state. The selected projects will provide new outdoor recreation opportunities for a variety of trail user groups. A total of […]

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Governor Nathan Deal

Deal signs bill to block Medicaid access to estates

ATLANTA – Advocates are celebrating the signing of a bill they say will ease the financial burden on the families of deceased Medicaid recipients. Gov. Nathan Deal has approved a bill that blocks the state Department of Community Health from pursuing the first $25,000 of a recipient’s estate as part of the state’s Medicaid recovery […]

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Worst flu season

Flu season has left a trail of deaths, and perhaps a few lessons

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News ~~ Dr. Hany Atallah of Grady Memorial Hospital saw a patient Monday who had flu symptoms. This possible flu sufferer—who also happened to be a Grady employee — showed that the disease can still appear, weeks after it reached its peak. Still, for Atallah, Grady’s chief of emergency medicine, […]

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Fannin Regional Hospital

Fannin Regional Hospital gets “A” Safety Grade from Leapfrog

By Elaine Owen, Editor ~~ Blue Ridge, GA. April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, last week released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Fannin Regional Hospital was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting […]

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Bio-terror

Inside the secret US stockpile meant to save Americans in bioterror attack

WORLD NEWS Updated: April 24, 2018 – CDC Report A SECRET LOCATION OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, D.C. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary commercial warehouse, only much bigger, about the size of two super Walmarts. Inside it’s dark except when motion sensors are triggered. When the lights come on, hundreds of thousands of shrink-wrapped boxes […]

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romaine lettuce recall

CDC expands warning to consumers to avoid all romaine lettuce

By MARK OSBORNE ~~ The Centers for Disease Control is expanding its warning over romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli. The lettuce is responsible for at least 53 people falling ill, including 31 hospitalizations, in 16 states. The CDC had previously warned consumers only about chopped romaine lettuce, but is now saying anyone who purchased […]

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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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