Category Archives: Health

Health: Recognizing the signs of alcohol dependency, opioid addiction subject of Willowbrooke at Floyd seminars. Highland Rivers earns three-year accreditation renewal.

Health: Recognizing the signs of alcohol dependency, opioid addiction subject of Willowbrooke at Floyd seminars. Highland Rivers earns three-year accreditation renewal.

How to recognize the signs of alcohol dependency and opioid addiction and where to get help will be the focus of two, free community education events organized by \ in Polk County and Floyd County in November. The event in Polk County will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at… Read more

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Dr. Courtney Cash joins Global Impact International (Restoration Rome) as vice president of development and community engagement.

Dr. Courtney Cash joins Global Impact International (Restoration Rome) as vice president of development and community engagement.

  On radio:  Dr. Courtney Cash, the new Vice President of Development and Community Engagement for Global Impact International, parent ministry of Restoration Rome, joins us at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm. Media release: Global Impact International, the parent ministry of Restoration Rome, has announced… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic introduces DaTScan Imaging for patients with concerns about Parkinson’s.

Health: Harbin Clinic introduces DaTScan Imaging for patients with concerns about Parkinson’s.

  Media release: For those experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Harbin Clinic’s newest diagnostic test can help answer tough questions, optimize treatment regimens and give patients peace of mind. Home to the only imaging equipment in Northwest Georgia that performs this type of scan, Harbin Clinic Imaging Rome is now offering DaTscan Imaging for those… Read more

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Health: CDC report says suicide rates are higher in rural areas’ NAMI’s Bonnie Moore says ‘it’s harder to get services’ in those areas.

Health: CDC report says suicide rates are higher in rural areas’ NAMI’s Bonnie Moore says ‘it’s harder to get services’ in those areas.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News While suicide rates have increased across the United States, the highest percentages are in rural counties, a new CDC report reveals. That differential may reflect not only economic factors, but also insufficient access to  mental health treatment in rural areas, experts say. Overall, suicide death rates for rural counties… Read more

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Health commentary: It’s past time to erase the stigma of mental illness (Oct. 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week)

Health commentary: It’s past time to erase the stigma of mental illness (Oct. 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week)

  By Melanie Dallas, LPC, and CEO of Highland Rivers Health Mental illness is sometimes called the invisible illness – but for very different reasons than people might call high blood pressure a silent killer. While both invisible and silent would seem to imply stealthy, secretive diseases, hypertension is referred to as a silent disease because… Read more

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Health: Blood Assurance on standby to assist Las Vegas hospitals; how and where to donate locally. Link to the latest updates from the massacre scene.

Health: Blood Assurance on standby to assist Las Vegas hospitals; how and where to donate locally. Link to the latest updates from the massacre scene.

  Mandalay Bay Massacre: For the latest from Las Vegas, we recommend the Review-Journal website. Click Updates On radio: Mandy Perry of Blood Assurance’s Rome office will join us at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM or listen at wrga.streamon.fm. Media release:  Blood Assurance is on standby to send blood… Read more

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State accepts big hikes in rates for ’18 insurance exchange, according to Georgia Health News.

State accepts big hikes in rates for ’18 insurance exchange, according to Georgia Health News.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News State insurance officials Wednesday gave approval to premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four insurers participating in next year’s insurance exchange in Georgia. The officials said that the huge rate hikes assume that subsidies for insurers to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will not be paid next year by… Read more

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Health: Groundbreaking held for new home of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Adairsville.

Health: Groundbreaking held for new home of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Adairsville.

  Harbin Clinic breaks ground on new Adairsville office. Tuesday’s ceremony marks the formal start of what’s on the way: A 10,000-square-foot building at the corner of North Central Avenue and U.S. 41 expected to open in May 2018. Planned within the mostly brick-and-stucco building are a lab, a family medicine wing with 10 exam rooms… Read more

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Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler met Monday with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sens. Renee Unterman, Dean Burke, Ben Watson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Jack Hill and Doc Rhett, for the fourth meeting of Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Members discussed solutions to address the opioid crisis in our state while elevating Georgia as a leader in… Read more

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Health: Flu vaccines available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St.

Health: Flu vaccines available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St.

  Media release: The Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St., Rome, is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. Public health experts say now is a good time for people to consider getting vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. “Get your flu vaccine as soon as it is available… Read more

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Updated: More help to prevent youth suicides. Earlier: An epidemic of suicides by children and teens ages 10 through 19 that continues both here and in Georgia. 90-minute discussion this evening focuses on warning signs, prevention.

Updated: More help to prevent youth suicides. Earlier: An epidemic of suicides by children and teens ages 10 through 19 that continues both here and in Georgia. 90-minute discussion this evening focuses on warning signs, prevention.

  September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month By Melanie Dallas, LPC; Highland Rivers Health CEO Suicide has always been puzzling and tragic. Psychiatrists, psychologists and especially those who have lost a loved one to suicide often don’t understand how an individual might perceive daily life to be so unbearable that he or she would choose… Read more

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Health: Another great turnout for Harbin’s Walk with a Doc with nearly 300 participating this season. Next event: Oct. 21.

Health: Another great turnout for Harbin’s Walk with a Doc with nearly 300 participating this season. Next event: Oct. 21.

Today’s edition of Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc drew another big crowd to downtown Rome Saturday morning. It was the fifth walk in the 2017 series and together around 300 area residents of all ages interested have participated. The event includes some simple exercise and a chance to talk with Harbin doctors before, during and after… Read more

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