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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Mac & cheese can be a healthier choice

HEALTH & FITNESS: Add nutrition to a kids favorite

Kids will eat more nutritious food, as long as you sneak it in.

Georgia Certificate of Need law facing challenge

Two Cartersville doctors file suit claiming law is unconstitutional on state and federal grounds

The law requires health care providers to seek permission from DCH before expanding health care practices or buying certain equipment. Two doctors were recently denied permission to expand their outpatient surgery center by adding another operating room for scheduling flexibility, and allowing other surgeons to use the facility when it is not in use.

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Coffee County set for 10th annual Joe Farris Day

For 53 years, Joe Farris has taken gifts and contributions to St. Jude Hospital

Joe Farris will be recognized for the 10th years on Wednesday as Coffee County observes Joe Farris Day. Farris has made 104 trips to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bring gifts to the young patients and donations to the medical center.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

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A Table With A View: Jacqueline Jenkins

Jacqueline Jenkins serves as epidemiologist, health promotions manager for the Southwest Public Health District

The field of epidemiology involves not just looking at the disease a patient has, but where the patient has been and who they have been in contact with in order to get them treatment and prevent further spread.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Muscle memory offers hope for change in habits

HEALTH AND FITNESS: With work, old unhealthy dogs can learn new healthy tricks

Muscle memory allows the health-conscious to reverse certain bad habits.

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Georgia elected officials dig in on positions following Obamacare ruling

Hospital official says pieces of funding puzzle still need to come together

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled ACA subsidies in states with federally-run exchanges like Georgia are legal, but elected officials have not moved from their positions on whether the law should continue or be repealed.

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Poison center fields more calls on synthetic pot

CDC reports increase of 229 percent

Hundreds of synthetic marijuana cases have occurred this year in Southeastern states, according to officials with the Georgia Poison Center.

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Phoebe Sumter Medical Center named Most Beautiful Hospital by Soliant Health

Phoebe Sumter earned the top recognition with 95,426 votes for a month-long period

Officials say Phoebe Sumter Medical Center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility with an eco-friendly rooftop garden, natural lights, 76 all-private patient rooms and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores exceeding national standards on quietness and cleanliness.

Mental illness topic of Jon Howard's town hall meeting

Psychiatrist Dr. Ray Johnson will answer questions about mental issues

Guest speaker Dr. Ray Johnson will talk about mental illness at a town hall meeting Saturday.

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Southwest Public Health District says farewell Dr. Jacqueline Grant

Dr. Jacqueline Grant, the district's health director, is leaving for a maternal and fetal medicine fellowship

A reception was held for her at the Dougherty County Health Department on Thursday afternoon, a week ahead of her last day with the health district. Once she leaves, she will depart Albany so she can start the fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on July 1.

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Albany nursing home residents evacuated after fire

Some residents transported to other nursing home facilities

Residents of the PruittHealth — Palmyra nursing home at 1904 Palymra Road were evacuated after a Tuesday morning fire. Two wings of the facility will be closed indefinitely because of smoke and water damage, EMS officials say.

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Big jump looming in health insurance rates

Many Georgians could face double-digit increases

The proposed hikes in Georgia are “larger than we’ve seen in the last four years,’’ said Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University.

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Georgia inches up in senior health ratings

Few senior citizens have chronic drinking problems

Georgia ranks 39th among the states on seniors’ health, one place better than last year, according to a new report on people 65 and older.

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Memories and a Mustang raffle benefits Alzheimer's Association

Fundraiser includes food, music, chance to win a rebuilt Mustang

One lucky ticket holder will win a 2010 Ford Mustang at the Memories and a Mustang event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

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