Articles from the Health section archive

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Health care plan costs may decrease

With nearly double the number of plans available during open enrollment beginning next month under the Affordable Care Act, costs of coverage will likely go down.
By Tom Corwin

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Therapy dogs comfort air travelers

Dogs will be roaming the main terminal and gate area of the Augusta Airport to spread happiness and entertainment to travelers who might feel tense about flying,
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Hospitals face readmission fines

ATLANTA -- Two-thirds of eligible Georgia hospitals will face Medicare fines for having too many patients return within a month for additional care, federal data show.
By Andy Miller

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

50 people in Dallas monitored for Ebola

There are now 50 people in Dallas being monitored daily for signs they might have contracted the Ebola virus, although only 10 are considered at higher risk of developing the disease, health ...
By Tom Corwin

2nd enrollment period coming

The second enrollment period for the health care law often referred to as Obamacare will begin in less than 50 days on Nov. 15 and experts expect it to be much different than the first.
By Tom Corwin

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Georgia colleges ban tobacco products, some students skeptical

As 31 Georgia universities adopt a ban on all tobacco products colleges in and near Augusta enthusiastically support the measure, but some students unsure the bans will really stop smoking on ...
By Sean Gruber

Several monitored in Texas Ebola case

Authorities in Texas are continuing to assess about 100 people who might have had contact with the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States and are essentially quarantining four people ...
By Tom Corwin

Ebola protest at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA - As health officials monitor a Texas patient sickened by Ebola, a Missouri man donned full protective gear at Atlanta's airport to protest the government's response to the outbreak.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Woman charged with running unlicensed care home

A woman suspected of running an unlicensed personal care home where residents may have been neglected, abused or exploited has been arrested. 
By Sandy Hodson

GRU forum tackles Ebola issues

A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S. in a traveler from Liberia, the university hosted a forum Wednesday night on the ...
By Tom Corwin

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Breast cancer plagues 5 sisters

Of the 10 girls born into the Ficklin family of Warrenton, Ga., five have been diagnosed with breast cancer and one has already died.
By Tom Corwin

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Bids for Columbia County hospital criticized

The "opposition meeting" was a chance for competitors to voice concerns that are also reflected in lengthy, written documents on file at the Georgia Department of Community Health.
By Walter Jones and Tom Corwin

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

One positive TB reaction at Columbia County elementary school

The Columbia County Health Department administered the test to 62 children and adults at the school in Evans on Wednesday and results were revealed Friday, said the health department's county ...
By Valerie Rowell

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

State proposes fixes for Gracewood

In its plan of correction, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities said it would hire at least nine additional administrators and revamp guidelines on injuries.
By Tom Corwin

Columbia County hospital ruling requires adjustments

The state says a proposed Columbia County hospital can be built only if the county ponies up 20 percent, which means the county must make a new commitment that could cost it more than $30 million.
By Tom Corwin

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Pupils, teachers tested for TB

The free TB skin tests were offered to classmates, teachers, and pupils on the bus of the student who was possibly exposed to the disease Sept. 18.
By Valerie Rowell

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Ex-Augusta VA director paid $76k, retired

Rebecca Wiley agreed to dismiss allegations against the VA of wrongful or unlawful conduct on the condition the agency pays her $76,006 to retire.
By Wesley Brown

Ebola epidemic could reach 1.4 million

But CDC Director Tom Frieden said a rapid response can stem the tide.
By Tom Corwin

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

MCG students spend summer in research

Seventy percent of first-year medical student Noah Koon's class spent their time in the summer research program, the first time more than half of a medical school class has done that, Medical ...
By Tom Corwin

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Pupil evaluated for possible tuberculosis exposure

The Georgia Department of Public Health informed school officials to isolate the fourth-grader and send him home until he could be further evaluated, said Columbia County Superintendent Sandra ...
By Valerie Rowell

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Azziz is finalist for UNLV presidency

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