Health & Wellness


Tobacco products, e-cigarettes harmful to health, teeth of young teens

Parents and caregivers can help identify health conditions prompted by tobacco or e-cigarette use in their children by paying close attention to symptoms such as bleeding, tender gums, oral pain and mouth infections, state health experts say.

Weight-loss challenge benefits Decatur education nonprofit

Forty-seven competitors are vying for the title of Decatur’s Biggest Loser in the third annual weight-loss challenge.

Immunization protects social, mobile youth

Vaccines are the best defense against preventable and sometimes deadly contagious diseases, and Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about immunization.

Emory’s free online course offers overview of evolving Ebola epidemic

Emory University is offering a free online overview course on the evolving Ebola epidemic, including disease, prevention, management and treatment, response, ethical considerations, communications and a post-Ebola global health landscape.

Woman needs kidney, seeks a living donor

Gladys Briggins of Lithonia is among about 1,000 Piedmont Healthcare patients waiting for a kidney transplant.

Emory, WellStar discuss forming new unified health system

Emory University and WellStar Health System are formally discussing the creation of a new, unified health system formed by combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar.

DeKalb shares child safety grant

DeKalb is among 137 Georgia counties sharing the 2015 Child Passenger Safety Mini-Grant.

Disability Day to celebrate ADA

Advocates for Georgians with disabilities will converge on the State Capitol on March 5 for Disability Day 2015.

Disability Day to celebrate ADA

Advocates for Georgians with disabilities will converge on the State Capitol on March 5 for Disability Day 2015.

‘Heart Health’ at Stonecrest

Dr. Tawainna Houston will facilitate an in-depth discussion of heart disease on Feb. 23 at the Stonecrest Library in Lithonia.

Keep kids safe, warm outdoors in winter

Kids can have a fun and healthy winter when properly prepared for cold weather and the season’s unique environmental changes, state injury prevention experts say.

Time to take health to heart

February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love.

State’s first confirmed measles case treated at Egleston

An infant who recently traveled overseas is Georgia’s first confirmed case of measles since 2012.

Free diabetes workshop at South DeKalb YMCA

Residents with type 2 diabetes who are 18 or older can sign up now to participate in free diabetes self-management workshops beginning in March at the South DeKalb Family YMCA in Decatur.

Kids’ secondhand smoke exposure still high

Two of every five children, including seven in 10 African-American kids, are still exposed to deadly secondhand smoke.