Modern Measles

In 2000, the World Health Organization declared that measles had been eliminated in the United States. In 2019, the country is watching as the once eradicated disease makes its resurgence. The reason? A decrease in the number of people vaccinated against measles. As a result, new cases of the highly contagious disease have been cropping up all over the map. What Is Measles? The contagious … Continue reading Modern Measles

HIGH RATES OF HIV IN GEORGIA

According to a recent study that pulled data from the CDC, Georgia ranks third in the nation for HIV risk. It also has one of the highest numbers of new HIV cases in the country. Georgia is not unique among southern states, however. Nearly all the states that rank top 10 in HIV risk are located in the south. Statistics show that the disease disproportionally … Continue reading HIGH RATES OF HIV IN GEORGIA

High Maternal Mortality Rates in Rural Georgia

In 2017, Georgia had the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S., with 48.4 deaths per 100,000 births, according to a data study from USA Today. The state is also one of the poorest, with poverty disproportionally affecting black and minority communities.Rural communities have significantly higher maternal death rates compared to urban areas. Many rural towns don’t have hospitals equipped to receive women in labor … Continue reading High Maternal Mortality Rates in Rural Georgia

More to Health Than BMI

While extra pounds can sometimes cause distress, body mass index, a common tool that calculates weight and height to measure body size and whether a person has a healthy or excess amount of weight, can sometimes be much worse. Although BMI is used as a standard screen tool to track weight statuses, according to Yvette Brazier of Medical News Today, it does not measure the … Continue reading More to Health Than BMI

What’s in Store for Wiregrass

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College anticipates the arrival of new additions to its curriculum this year. Faculty and students alike are excited to broaden their horizons and receive more opportunities to become successful in their fields of study. Among the new additions is the new Allied Health building, which has been in the works for nearly five years. This building, according to Jackie Spriggs, dean of … Continue reading What’s in Store for Wiregrass