Local hospitals rated on mortality and complications

Need knee replacement surgery or emergency help for a heart attack? The hospital you choose can make a huge difference in whether you have complications or literally make it out alive.

CDC director helps save choking woman

If you're going to choke on your dinner, you should definitely do it in the company of doctors and the head of the CDC.

Atlanta surgeon organizes march on Washington

Atlanta gynecological surgeon Ceana Nezhat wants more people to become aware of endometriosis. He and his two surgeon brothers hope to raise awareness by staging a Million Women March on Washington D.C. The idea has taken off and similar marches will be held simultaneously in cities throughout the world.

Georgia hospitals boost economy by $38.6 million

Hospitals obviously fix ailing bodies. They're also pretty good for an ailing economy. Even in iffy economic times, hospitals in Georgia gave the state's economy $38.6 million in 2011, according to a report by the Georgia Hospital Association.

Against the Odds: James Kinsey

Maybe James Kinsey swerved to avoid an animal. Maybe his cell phone rang. Maybe, as the investigating officer suspected, he dozed off at the wheel on Old Fountain Road, just a half mile from his home in Dacula, after a long night shift. Whatever the cause, his Chevy Aveo crossed into an oncoming lane and was struck by another car. Too tall for the Chevy’s tiny cabin, the six-foot-one Gulf War veteran smashed his head against the door frame. The seat belt saved his life.

Against the Odds: Brandy Green

Jeremy had gone hunting, so two days after Christmas, Brandy Green rose late to make breakfast alone. She and Jeremy lived in a small, white-brick ranch house near Brandy’s parents in Ellijay. Together six years, married three, they were having trouble getting pregnant and Brandy had started fertility treatments. She thought about this as the coffee brewed.

Lots of flu vaccine options this year

Did you get your flu shot yet? Before you head to your doctor's office or the local pharmacy to get poked in the arm, you should know your flu vaccine options are mighty plentiful this year. Dr. Michael Jhung of the CDC explains the flu vaccine smorgasbord.

Flu busters: Medical minds strive for universal vaccination

f you were vaccinated against the flu this past winter, you had a 61 percent chance of emerging from the season without getting the bug. That’s according to the CDC, which—along with researchers at Georgia State, Emory, and Georgia Tech—is working to improve the odds even more.

What It’s Like To: Transplant a Hand

The patient lost both legs and her left hand when she was a year old due to Kawasaki disease, a rare childhood condition of inflamed blood vessels. She emailed Cendales soon after her twenty-first birthday, and a short time later, she was evaluated and approved as a transplant candidate.

What It’s Like To: Bring Someone Back to Life

In 1993 David V. Feliciano received a phone call in the middle of the night from a surgical resident at Grady Memorial Hospital about a patient who had been stabbed in a robbery. The resident sewed up a hole in the heart, but called Feliciano again when the liver began bleeding uncontrollably. The patient was dying.

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