WUGA Health Desk

Friday afternoon at 5:44 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 5:35 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller

The WUGA Health Desk presents a weekly program, Georgia Health Report, focused on health news and issues facing Georgians. The program features news and commentary from Andy Miller of Georgia Health News and is hosted by UGA College of Public Health health writer Lauren Baggett. 

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Three Georgia sisters join growing list of centenarians

Jul 13, 2018
Georgia Health News

Georgia is home to a number of people who have lived to be 100 years old. At 98, 100 and 103, the Skrine sisters of Sparta are doing their part for the state's longevity trend.

On this week's Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller discuss some of the reasons that may have contributed to the sisters' long life and what the rest of us can learn from their example.

Read more.

Costly mistake could hurt many GA Medicare providers

Jul 6, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services often contract with outside companies to handle the administrative task of processing claims and paying providers. Now, they say one of these contractors filed hundreds of thousands of Medicare claims incorrectly, and CMS is looking to recoup $55 million from Medicare providers in primarily Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee due to the error. 

New York University recently released its City Health Dashboard, which measured 36 factors shaping the health for the 500 largest cities in the U.S. Rather than rank cities against one another, the dashboard offers a guide for cities to make changes to improve the residents' lives.


On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how Georgia cities, including Athens, are doing. Read more.

The Eyes Have It

Jun 26, 2018

Eyes may be the gateway to the soul, as the old adage goes, but to UGA researcher Lisa-Renzi-Hammond, eyes are the gateway to health. 

With the right tools, healthcare providers can detect the early signs of disease by taking a look at a patient’s eyes, so Lisa and fellow UGA collaborators are developing the technology to help those tools.

Jimmy Carter Champions New Model for Rural Primary Care

Jun 22, 2018
Jud McCranie

Georgia has a primary care problem. Six of the state's 159 counties have no practicing physicians, leaving many towns without access to local healthcare. Now, Former President Jimmy Carter is working to change that, starting with his hometown of Plains, Georgia.