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Veterans Affairs abandoned 200,000+ health care applications this year

Veterans Affairs abandoned 200,000+ health care applications this year

Reprinted with Permission Georgia Health News An arm of the Veterans Affairs Department in Atlanta eliminated 208,272 applications from across the country for health care early this year amid efforts to shrink a massive backlog of requests, saying they were missing signatures or information about military service and income, according to records reviewed by The […]

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Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Litigation begins over Georgia’s near-total abortion ban

Saporta Report by Maggie Lee Friday, Georgia joined the list of mostly Republican-led states that have been brought to federal court over moves to cut the length of time that people can seek abortions. SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective is the lead plaintiff on a list that includes individual Georgia doctors plus groups […]

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DPH Urges Georgians to be Vaccinated Before Traveling

Measles Confirmed in Overseas Traveler

DPH Urges Georgians to be Vaccinated Before Traveling Press Release ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated metro Atlanta resident who recently traveled overseas. DPH is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing […]

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Don’t Complain to BOC Chairman or You Might Get Arrested

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Everyone knows that if you go to a Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting and try to speak to the commissioners during public commentary, you will get absolutely no response. You have only three minutes to state your case, complaint or concern. The BOC will not recognize anything you […]

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Televangelist Pat Robertson says Alabama abortion law has gone too far

By Elaine Owen, Editor Longtime televangelist Pat Robertson, who opposes abortion, criticized Alabama’s near-total abortion ban that on Wednesday (May 15) became the nation’s most restrictive and one expected to face legal challenge. “I think Alabama has gone too far,” Robertson said Wednesday on “The 700 Club” before the bill was signed into law by […]

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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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