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State probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. Vaping is the use of e-cigarette devices, which mimic cigarettes but produce inhalable vapors instead of smoke. The devices are marketed as alternatives to smoking, but health experts say they […]

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GDOT gives grim statistics about Georgia roadways and drivers

GDOT gives grim statistics about Georgia roadways and drivers at Rotary meeting

By Bree Collar, Sentinel Staff Writer According to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) a staggering 1,549 fatalities were reported on Georgia roadways in 2017, adding to an increasing call for action. District 6 Engineer Grant Waldroup, manager of the northwest Georgia region that includes Fannin County, spoke to the Rotary Club of Blue Ridge Aug. […]

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Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases

Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases

State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults. A large number of those stricken ill have been hospitalized, with some in intensive care and on ventilators. As of Friday (Aug. 16) at […]

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Kemp administration probing ethylene oxide risk in Georgia

Kemp administration probing ethylene oxide risk in Georgia

By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller, Georgia Health News Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said Thursday (Aug. 1) that it’s investigating toxic pollution involving two medical device sterilization plants in metro Atlanta. An EPA report last year flagged two census tracts in the Smyrna area and one in Covington—along with dozens of other areas in the […]

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Mobile health care for kids takes another step

Mobile health care for kids takes another step

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News A new van that will deliver health care to Georgia children continues a trend of bringing medical services to schools. Peach State Health Plan is partnering with Kids’-Doc-On-Wheels, a pediatric organization, to run the new mobile health clinic. It will offer well-child exams, asthma and allergy monitoring, immunizations and […]

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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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