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Doctors group says hot dogs as dangerous as cigarettes

Doctors group says hot dogs as dangerous as cigarettes

INDIANAPOLIS -- Instead of grouping hot dogs with Mom and apple pie, a national medical group wants you to consider them as bad for your health as cigarettes.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: "Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health."

The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones. It aims to increase awareness of a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs.

The group raised a similar billboard by Atlanta's Turner Field last summer with the message "Hot dogs can strike you out -- for good."

Get vaccinated before school starts

Get vaccinated before school starts

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The 2011-2012 school year is about to begin for students in both Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools, which means that vaccination rush week is right around the corner.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will administer required vaccinations for school entry at several locations from Monday, Aug. 1 to Friday, Aug. 12.

"During the rush weeks, the nursing division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye/ear/dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school," said Dr. Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services.

The county's back-to-school vaccination kickoff will take place Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Fulton Service Center (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs).

Vaccinations will be given from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

DOWNTOWN: Dallas exec. nominated as new Grady CEO

DOWNTOWN: Dallas exec. nominated as new Grady CEO

ATLANTA -- A Dallas health-care executive could soon be the new CEO of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital.

John Haupert, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, has been nominated for the top job.

The Grady board is expected to meet Aug. 8 to vote on Haupert's appointment.

If he gets the job, Haupert will take the reigns from Michael Young, who quit to take a job at Pinnacle Health System Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa.

Haupert will also inherit a safety net hospital and Atlanta institution that has gone from a financial death bed to financial post-op unit in three years.

Grady's balance sheet continues to bleed as ER volumes climb and its indigent care funding gets cut. The hospital lost more money in the first four months of the year, than it anticipated losing all year.

Last month Grady announced 120 job cuts, in addition to 200 cuts made earlier this year.

Saturday, July 23rd, Southern Women Matter! Engagement for Action Townhall Event

Saturday, July 23rd, Southern Women Matter! Engagement for Action Townhall Event

The Decatur/DeKalb Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), in partnership with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, will host a community dialogue focused on advancing HIV Policy and Prevention for women in observance of National Clinicians HIV AIDS Testing Day on Saturday July 23, 2011 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Emory University School of Medicine (Faculty Office Building; 49 Jessie Hill Jr.