APRIL 18, 2019
Medical marijuana oil sales signed into Georgia law
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday signed into law a bill to grow and sell medical marijuana in Georgia, a milestone for patients who are allowed to use the drug but had no way to buy it. READ MORE
Georgia women doctors to take over top posts at national physician organizations (features MAG members Patrice Harris, M.D., and Jacqueline Fincher, M.D., and quotes MAG President Rutledge Forney, M.D.)
Georgia Health News
For generations, the U.S. physician workforce has been overwhelmingly male. But that’s changing, especially among younger doctors. | READ MORE
[President] Trump to headline health care summit in Atlanta next week
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
President Donald Trump will headline a summit targeting prescription drug abuse next week in Atlanta that’s set to include more than 3,000 participants. | READ MORE
Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal
The urgent care center diagnosed her condition as a bladder infection. But the pain in Diane Conine’s stomach soon became unbearable. | READ MORE
Hepatitis A and E. coli outbreaks continue to beset Georgia
Georgia Health News
Hepatitis A cases continue to surge in Georgia, with 31 more cases reported since about a week ago, Public Health officials said Wednesday. | READ MORE
Online demos help bring diabetes prevention programs to life
AMA Wire
About one in three adults has prediabetes, yet 90 percent are unaware that they have the condition and are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Participation in evidence-based lifestyle change programs can help patients with prediabetes make healthy behavior changes and lose weight to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. | READ MORE
Alzheimer’s creates huge burden for African-American community
Georgia Health News
African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as Caucasians. And that disparity is a mystery to researchers. | READ MORE
Barriers to telehealth adoption remain, survey finds
Medpage Today
Fitting telehealth into the daily flow of a medical practice is the biggest perceived barrier to telehealth adoption, according to a survey conducted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). | READ MORE
The FDA just approved a new prescription weight-management device
In a rare move, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel prescription device meant to help with weight management. | READ MORE
First-year trainee doctors spend little time on patient care
Over a typical 24-hour shift, first year residents training in internal medicine spend just three hours on direct patient care and only 1.8 hours on education, a U.S. study suggests. | READ MORE
5 reasons why physicians should use social media professionally
AMA Wire
As social media has moved from a toy of the technorati to a mainstream facet of American life, many physicians have learned how to get the most out of Facebook, Twitter and the like while avoiding some of the ethical pitfalls. But if you’re still trying to understand why smart use of social media could help your physician career, AMA member Tyeese L. Gaines, DO (@doctorty), has got the answers. | READ MORE
The great nursing shortage: Which states are hit hardest and what’s being done to help?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
RN jobs are one of the top 3 growing professions right now per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Georgia is one of the states hit hardest by the nursing shortage, even with incentives such as student loan forgiveness and statewide initiatives like fellowships. | READ MORE
AJC Deja News: Atlanta parents eagerly OK polio vaccines (1955)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In the first four months of 2019, reported measles cases in the U.S. have skyrocketed. The 555 cases confirmed as of April 11 mark the second-highest outbreak of the disease since 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control.  | READ MORE
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