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Milestone: 50 Years of Medicare, Medicaid

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation, roughly half of Americans 65 and older had no health insurance, the Associated Press reported. “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson declared at the bill signing.

Albany Burn Fest offers multiple attractions

Burn Fest raises funds to help young burn victims

The first ever Burn Fest at Chehaw Park on Saturday will provide a motorcycle dice run, food, music and more.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

Four physicians, six midlevel providers, looking to gain privileges at Albany hospital

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The credentials report reviewed by the committee went before the Medical Executive Committee on July 7 and the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on June 29.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Seven habits of highly fit people

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Excellence is a habit, not an act

Adopt these seven habits of fit people to realize your individual goals of a healthier body.

Hazardous heat advisory issued for Albany, Southwest Georgia

Heat advisory to be in effect 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today

With a heat index today expected to reach as high as 112 degrees early this afternoon, weather officials are urging those who have to be outside to exercise extra caution and to watch out for signs of heat-related illness.

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Georgia trails other states in home health ratings

Few Georgia agencies earn superior ratings

Just 12 percent of Georgia home health agencies received a superior 4-star or 5-star rating in a new Medicare quality ranking system for that industry.

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Americus state senator appointed to study committee

Sen. Greg Kirk to serve on panel loking at women's health care

Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, has been selected by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to serve on the Women’s Adequate Healthcare Senate Study Committee.

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Presence of telemedicine increasing access to care in new age

The goal is to reach out to those remotely who otherwise would be unable to see a doctor

Telemedicine, or telehealth, is considered to be a growing part of the national health care landscape. It may be of particular benefit in Georgia, which ranks 40th in the nation when it comes to an ideal spread of physicians by specialty and geographic location.

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Albany optometrist speaks of helping Haitian people

Optometrist moved his family to Haiti

Kerry Reeves, an Albany optometrist spoke to members of the Exchange Club of Albany Friday about his humanitarian service in Haiti.

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Big insurance deal raises questions, fears

Will it lead to high insurance premiums?

Aetna’s $33 billion acquisition of Humana will get close regulatory scrutiny by state and federal officials over its effect on competition and prices.

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Acupuncture: A different way to deal with pain

Some insurance companies may cover the costs of acupuncture

Ann Gill Taylor, a professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing, says she finds that “practitioners who use acupuncture view the human body as an ecosystem.”

Tobacco prevention campaign from CDC brought into Southwest Georgia

Tips From Former Smokers is now running in the Southwest Public Health District

The Tips campaign features stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities and the toll smoking-related illnesses have taken on them.

Albany heat wave to last through Monday

Air conditioners and plenty of water recommended

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee warns to drink plenty of water during the summer heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to be in the 105-110 degree range through Monday.

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Donation from Devil Dogs benefits Phoebe neonatal unit

Funds will be used to purchase amenities for infant patients

The Marine Corps League’s local chapter of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs donated $500 Friday to the Phoebe Foundation in support of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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Young patients prominent in cannabis registry

Medical marijuana program strictly regulated

Two-thirds of the Georgians newly registered for medical marijuana are under age 17. And the most prevalent diagnosis for the cannabis oil is seizure disorder, Donna Moore, state registrar overseeing the agency’s vital records section, told a Public Health board meeting.

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