August 4, 2017
These Classes Teach The Kiss Of Life — Exclusively For Pets
There's a growing demand for CPR and first aid courses for cats and dogs. Veterinarians often have mixed feelings about this trend.
Summer is a busy time for Anne Blanton — and a time full of adventures for her four-legged clients. Blanton is the owner of Brookhaven Barks, a pet-sitting agency mostly for dogs.
Blanton often has to deal with the flip side of summer temptations, in Georgia particularly — snakebites and heat strokes, for example, and all the nicks and cuts that come with exploring the outdoors. "I want to be fully prepared for any type of emergency," she says.
That's why she decided to enroll herself and her employees in a CPR and first aid course, one specifically designed for pets. I dropped in on a class in Atlanta.
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July 26, 2017
Georgia Health News
Hyperventilating reporters and badly strained metaphors
Can the health care bill be resuscitated? Is it in critical condition? Or is the legislation heading for a full recovery? And will all the drama be too much for us? A personal perspective.
By nature, health policy isn't a "sexy" subject. It doesn't hold the excitement or mystique of wars, foreign crises and high-stakes diplomacy. There's rarely a glam factor in analyzing the inner workings or Medicare Part B or the long-term impact of hospital mergers.
Health policy is dry, detail-driven, technical and — yes — complicated, as President Trump has acknowledged.
Of late, however, health care experts and journalists covering health policy have been working in the spotlight, not just for a few days or a few weeks, but for almost 200 days. Since Trump took office, he and the Republican-dominated Congress have tried to make good on their campaign promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The political results of the GOP effort have been modest so far. What's clear, however, is that the continuous debate over repeal and replace, repeal only, maybe rebuild and repair, or simply do nothing, has pushed health care reporters to desperately reach for handy medical metaphors, one after another.
July 5, 2017
In the Eyes of the Patient
Ophthalmologists are often among the first to detect serious diseases during routine exams
Only about half of all adult Americans get regular eye exams. That's according to the CDC. Yet a visit to an eye doctor cannot only improve vision. It can also save lives. Eye exams often reveal systemic diseases, some serious, like cancer, stroke, heart problems, and Multiple Sclerosis. Research at Emory and other universities even suggests that Alzheimer's may soon be detected early - with help of new eye imaging technology.
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