Health & Wellness


HHS: Largest drop in uninsured in 4 decades

More than 541,000 Georgians selected or were automatically re-enrolled in the health care Marketplace through Feb. 22.

More Ga. schools are tobacco-free

More than half of Georgia’s school districts – 101 out of 181 – are now tobacco-free, protecting 1.3 million students from tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

GSU issues ruling on Ebola sewage

Ebola-infected sewage may require a longer holding period for safe disposal, a Georgia State study finds.

DeKalb Medical’s Breast Center facelift completed

DeKalb Medical has completed an 8,500-square-foot renovation at its Comprehensive Breast Center at the North Decatur campus, offering more privacy at registration, state-of-the-art upgrades and equipment, and new furnishings and lighting.

Big South River facelift kicks off

A 10-acre buffer restoration event along the South River takes place on March 14 in Lithonia.

GEMA offers tips to prepare for flood threat

Spring is upon us, bringing warmer weather and a new set of severe weather threats.

Single Parents Day 5K walk, classes

A 5K walk and free workshops on March 21 at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church will help mark National Single Parents Day

Clear out old electronics, chemicals

DeKalb residents can begin their spring-cleaning in earnest with an electronics recycling event on March 14 and a household hazardous waste event on March 21.

Strides for Stroke 5K honors late educator

Walkers and runners can help raise awareness about strokes and their prevention at the inaugural Dr. Bobby McGhee Strides for Stroke 5K Walk on March 14 at Gresham Park in Atlanta.

Help kids adjust to time change

Daylight-saving time returns on March 8 at 2 a.m., and we lose an hour of sleep when we turn the clocks forward one hour.

Symposium on mental health, substance abuse

Caregivers and residents can share in the discussion of mental health and substance abuse issues at a symposium on March 7 at the Community Achievement Center in Decatur.

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.