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U.S. has Most Measles Cases Since Disease was Eliminated in 2000

U.S. has Most Measles Cases Since Disease was Eliminated in 2000

AP News Reports by Elaine Owen, Editor. There have been more measles cases in the first four months of 2019 than in any year since 2000, when the disease was declared eradicated. Twenty-two states have reported a total of 673 measles cases as of Wednesday, outpacing the 667 cases reported in the entirety of 2014. […]

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Trump headlines emotional Atlanta summit on opioid crisis

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News President Trump told a drug abuse summit Wednesday (April 24) in Atlanta that he and his administration will “never stop until our job is done’’ in solving the nation’s opioid crisis. Trump called the opioid epidemic a “terrible menace’’ and highlighted steps that his administration has taken in battling […]

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71 New Measles Cases Reported Across the U.S.

71 New Measles Cases Reported Across the U.S.

By Elaine Owen, Editor The United States recorded 71 new measles cases last week, a 13 percent increase as the country faces its second-worst outbreak of the disease in almost two decades, federal health officials said Monday (April 22). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had recorded 626 cases of the […]

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Teen Suicide: The silent threat

Teen Suicide: The silent threat

By Mary Migliaro, M.Ed., Educator and Parent Mentor Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects many young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, with approximately 4,600 lives lost each year. Suicide affects all […]

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Fannin County Resident Bitten by Rabid Raccoon

Fannin County Resident Bitten by Rabid Raccoon

Resident immediately began series of rabies postexposure vaccinations By Jennifer King, North Georgia Health District News North Georgia – While preparing to fish on Hot House Creek between Curtis Switch Road and Old Mill Pond Road in Mineral Bluff, Georgia on Sunday, April 7, a local resident was chased and bitten on the ankle by […]

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Flu decreases across Georgia

Georgia flu levels drop to moderate

CDC REPORT The number of influenza cases in Georgia has dropped to a moderate level. For week 12 of flu season, which ended March 23, the Influenza-like illness (ILI) intensity indicator was 7. The highest ILI rating is a 10. According to Hayla Folden, public information officer for Georgia Department of Public Health, there have […]

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Kemp celebrates waiver win, but pivot by White House may complicate things

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News The state affirmed Wednesday that it will pursue its waiver plan despite the Trump administration’s renewed bid to eliminate the Affordable Care Act – the federal law under which at least part of the Georgia plan would be carried out. “We have regular contact with federal officials, and they […]

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The Trump administration in Obamacare legal battle

Trump Loses Second Obamacare Court Battle This Week

By Carlos Barria/Reuters News The Trump administration has lost its second Obamacare legal battle this week just as the president has revved up efforts to eliminate the 2010 healthcare law, Politico reports. A federal judge in Washington ruled late Thursday that the administration’s attempt to expand availability of health-care plans that don’t meet the requirements […]

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Speaker Ralston opposes cigarette tax hike

By Bill Nadler, Associated Press Georgia House Speaker David Ralston moved Thursday (Jan. 10) to extinguish talk of a cigarette tax hike during the upcoming 2019 General Assembly session. The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in both the Senate and House had raised the possibility of major increases on cigarette and smoking products this session. […]

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Kemp wants $3,000 raises for teachers

By Elaine Owen, Editor Gov. Brian Kemp made a substantial down payment on his campaign promises Thursday (Jan. 17), recommending that teachers get a $3,000 raise and state employees a 2 percent pay hike. If the budget Kemp proposed in his State of the State message is approved, the raises will put more money in […]

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