WUGA Health Desk

Friday afternoon at 5:44 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 5:35 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller

The WUGA Health Desk presents a weekly program, Georgia Health Report, focused on health news and issues facing Georgians. The program features news and commentary from Andy Miller of Georgia Health News and is hosted by UGA College of Public Health health writer Lauren Baggett. 

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Pete Souza

The Affordable Care Act is once again facing political and legal pressure. A lawsuit threatens to overturn the ACA, which would reverse one of the law's most popular provisions -- protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

New Medical Device Coating Can Stave Off Infections

Jun 8, 2018
University of Georgia

According to the CDC, one in 25 patients contract an infection from central lines, catheters or other medical devices during a hospital stay. As the threat antibiotic-resistant bacteria grows, hospitals are working to reduce these healthcare-related infections.

 

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how a biofilm coating developed by UGA researchers can prevent harmful bacteria from forming on common medical tools in the first place.

 

 

  Georgia is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas where it can be difficult to attract doctors.

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how a growing number of physician assistants in Georgia are helping to fill that gap. They also cover the some of the policy challenges Georgia that currently restrict certified PAs from delivery more care to more people. Read more.

Emory University

 

Hospitals can have a hard time finding doctors and nurses to work the night shift, but this is a critical time for patients in intensive care units.

 

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy discuss how Emory University traveled halfway around the world, and harnessed emerging telemedicine technologies, to offer a novel solution to this issue.

 

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University of Georgia

Georgia Health News is our weekly feature that keeps you up to date on what is happening in health around the state. This week, Andy Miller and Victoria Knight talk about the complicated reasons behind why a local hospital is closing in Dahlonega. 

  

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