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Georgia Certificate of Need law facing challenge

Two Cartersville doctors file suit claiming law is unconstitutional on state and federal grounds

The law requires health care providers to seek permission from DCH before expanding health care practices or buying certain equipment. Two doctors were recently denied permission to expand their outpatient surgery center by adding another operating room for scheduling flexibility, and allowing other surgeons to use the facility when it is not in use.

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Smoking up in Georgia bars, restaurants

The percentage of restaurants and bars in Georgia that allowed smoking rose from 9.1 percent in 2006 to 17.6 percent in 2012, according to a study published last month in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy.

Weekly restaurant health inspections for June 29

Each week the Daily Post takes a snapshot of recent health scores from around the county that have been released by the Gwinnett County Health Department.

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Former patient helps out at free dental clinic

Doug Taffe of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., traveled hundreds of miles north to central Georgia over the weekend to work as a volunteer at a free dental clinic. His volunteer stint at the event in Perry was a form of repayment.

Weekly restaurant health inspections for June 22

Each week the Daily Post takes a snapshot of recent health scores from around the county that have been released by the Gwinnett County Health Department.

HEALTH BRIEFS: Free HIV testing at Walgreens in Norcross

A look at local health news.

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Georgia Poison Center fields more calls on synthetic pot

Georgia and other states are seeing a rise in poison center calls that are linked to use of synthetic marijuana.

Weekly restaurant health inspections for June 15

Each week the Daily Post takes a snapshot of recent health scores from around the county that have been released by the Gwinnett County Health Department.

North Fulton Hospital wins award for working with Gwinnett Tech

Gwinnett Tech’s partnership with North Fulton Hospital began five years ago, with the hospital serving as a clinical site for students in Gwinnett Tech’s programs in Radiologic Technology, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography and Cardiac Catheterization.

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WellStar calls off merger with Emory Healthcare

The merger discussions had gone on for months and were aimed at producing a giant hospital-based system – the biggest in Georgia and perhaps the Southeast.

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Big jump looming in health insurance rates

Many Georgians could face double-digit increases

The proposed hikes in Georgia are “larger than we’ve seen in the last four years,’’ said Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University.

Weekly restaurant health inspections for June 8

Each week the Daily Post takes a snapshot of recent health scores from around the county that have been released by the Gwinnett County Health Department.

HEALTH BRIEFS: Eastside offers community health screening

A look at local health news.

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