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March 21, 2013
Dr. Virginia A. Moyer, chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and a leading national voice against prostate cancer over-screening, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual conference of the University of Georgia’s Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education April 5. The keynote is free and open to the public. The conference, titled “From Research to...
March 21, 2013
  Engaging communities and promoting partnerships to improve health care dominated discussions Thursday during the inaugural State of Public Health Conference at the University of Georgia. Organizers of the conference held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education hoped to spark discussion and craft a plan to improve the health and well-being of future Georgians. Hosted by the...
March 21, 2013
Too many of the state’s school children are physically unfit, said Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Brenda Fitzgerald. Only about 16 percent of children tested last year could pass all five parts of a test designed to measure physical fitness, and 20 percent didn’t pass any of the five measures, said Fitzgerald, one of the keynote speakers on Thursday at the University of...
March 21, 2013
State public health commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald says 84 percent of one million Georgia children flunked their school fitness test last year. Fitzgerald spoke Thursday at a University of Georgia conference in Athens. Fitzgerald identified childhood obesity as the state's number one public health challenge. Video from The Georgia Public Policy Foundation
March 20, 2013
 Metro Atlanta counties secured top spots in an annual ranking of the healthiest counties in the state with Forsyth leading the way, according to a study released Wednesday. Just behind Forsyth is Fayette, followed by Oconee, Gwinnett and Cherokee. On the flip side, the five counties with the poorest health, starting with the least healthy, include Clay, Stewart, Terrell, McDuffie, and...
February 27, 2013
The University of Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute and Faculty of Infectious Diseases along with the University of Liverpool will host the first international One Health Symposium March 21-23 at the UGA Center for Continuing Education. The symposium brings together researchers, human and animal health care practitioners, clinicians and experts in microbiology, infectious...
February 6, 2013
Moderated by Rick Badie from the Atlanta Journal Constitution We turn attention to preventive health care since today (Thursday) happens to be National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. A former CDC researcher writes that early HIV detection is paramount to curbing the virus, which more than 40,000 Georgians live with. Two college officials outline statewide progress made in preventive care since...
September 10, 2012
by Mark Ebell, MD, MS Screening for disease is challenging because we must minimize the possibility of taking someone who is perfectly healthy and making them worse off. Even relatively innocuous blood tests can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and imaging studies have the added danger of radiation exposure. Although it may be tempting to have more information about our patients, we...
August 13, 2012
The public is invited to attend an open house at the new University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus, located at the corner of Prince and Oglethorpe avenues, on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Guests are asked to enter the facility using Foster Road off of Oglethorpe Avenue. UGA President Michael F. Adams will host the event. The program begins at 10 a.m. in George Hall with remarks from Adams, Senator...
July 30, 2012
Strong Growth Prompts Move to New Health Sciences Campus In its six years of existence, the University of Georgia's College of Public Health has grown from some 200 students in 2005 to an expected total enrollment of about 900 undergraduate and graduate students in fall 2011. This despite annual budget cuts and the difficulties associated with operating at a half dozen locations on the UGA...
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