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Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely

Planned UWG nursing facility gets funding

Planned UWG nursing facility gets funding

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- In an effort to address a critical need in Georgia's health care industry, Governor Nathan Deal and local lawmakers have approved a $16.5 million bond offering to fund a new building for the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia.

The measure was part of the $18.3 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

In crafting the budget, lawmakers agreed that the state's long-term ability to meet its health care needs would hinge in part on its ability to address its worsening lack of nurses. A recent estimate found that Georgia is projected to have a shortage of more than 37,000 nurses by 2020.

"We are grateful to Governor Deal, to our entire legislative delegation, to other influential people who helped us get to this stage, and to our School of Nursing colleagues and Dean Kathryn Grams, who developed a strong proposal supported with a first-class program," said Dr. Beheruz N.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Scholarship established for UWG nursing students

Scholarship established for UWG nursing students

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- An endowed scholarship has been established at the University of West Georgia that will provide a helping hand to several students in the School of Nursing each year.

Derek and Patricia Reynolds created the Reynolds Nursing Education Scholarship to celebrate the field that makes a substantial positive impact on society.

"The students and I appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds," said Dr. Kathryn Grams, professor and dean of the School of Nursing. "The scholarships they are funding will support the efforts of our students to become caring and competent nurses."

The Reynolds consider their gift to be an investment with unlimited potential.

"Nurses are the cornerstone of health care," said Patricia Reynolds, a perioperative nurse who has served in the role of director of surgical services at several major healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

ATLANTA -- April is Autism Awareness Month, and 17 North Georgia landmarks are letting their blue lights shine to raise awareness for this growing health crisis that now affects one in every 110 American children.

On the evenings of Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2, the buildings will illuminate special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign.

Over 700 iconic locations in 180 U.S. cities and 30 countries will glow blue on Apr. 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

At dusk on Apr.