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Stomach bug slams schools

Flu season hasn't hit Georgia in full force yet, but there are plenty of other illnesses going around.

February 12, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


National event lands in your backyard

Calling all "citizen scientists"!

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Get Out


25,000-gallon sewage spill in Flowery Branch

Flowery Branch officials discovered Wednesday morning that an equipment malfunction had caused an estimated 25,000 gallons of sewage to flow into a tributary of Lake Lanier.

February 11, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


State woos medicine makers with legislation

It's not unusual for states to offer tax incentives to lure new industries. But in a bid to entice manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, Georgia may go a step beyond.

February 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


Dentists will hold free clinic Friday

Even in the best of times, many people can't afford to go to the dentist.

February 10, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Matters of the heart: Medication, awareness helping battle against cardiac disease

February is Heart Health Month, and there's some good news to report: It appears that Americans' hearts may actually be getting healthier.

February 09, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Hall rabies cases tops in Georgia during 2008

2008 was a record-breaking year for Hall County, but nobody is celebrating.

February 08, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Bill would let pharmacies give flu shots

When some Georgia residents went to their local pharmacies to get a flu shot last fall, they were surprised to learn they'd need a doctor's prescription.

February 05, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Legislature 2009


Peanut product recall 'far exceeds any ... in the last decade or so'

The recall of peanut products associated with a nationwide salmonella outbreak has had a ripple effect, challenging food retailers to keep up with the ever-expanding list.

February 03, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Smoking bans in parks are growing

The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to ban smoking in any city-owned park, sports complex or recreational facility.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Corps back to accepting Lake Lanier fishing tourney permits

After a year of being shut out of the fishing tournament circuit, Lake Lanier is open for competitions again.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Health companies complain as Medicare reduces payments for oxygen therapy

Home health companies that provide oxygen therapy are unhappy about new Medicare rules that limit reimbursement, and they warn that the policy change could harm patients.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


It hasn't been a winter wonderland so far

Today is Groundhog Day, and whether or not the chubby rodent sees his shadow, we can predict one thing with absolute certainty: There will be six more weeks of winter.

February 02, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Court will hear South Hall hospital appeal

The Georgia Court of Appeals has agreed to hear an appeal from Northeast Georgia Health System, which is seeking to reverse a denial of its request to build a 100-bed hospital in South Hall.

January 30, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Study: Top hospitals offer best odds for survival

Patients admitted to the nation's top-rated hospitals, a category that includes Northeast Georgia Medical Center, have a 27 percent lower chance of dying during their stay.

January 30, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


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