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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Georgia earns "D" grade on mental health parity

3 hours ago
Georgia Health News

A recent report graded each state in the U.S. on how well it ensured that residents could equally access health services for mental illness as they could for physical illness. Georgia was one of many states that received a "D'. Read more

This week, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News break down why Georgia received a low grade and what could be done to improve access to care for mental illness.

Controversial CON laws under scrutiny again

Oct 5, 2018
Georgia Health News

When a new health care facility wants to open in Georgia, it must go through a controversial regulatory process known as the CON program. Now, supporters and opponents of the current system are now making their cases to the Georgia General Assembly, who may be looking to legislate changes to the program. At the heart of it, a state-of-art sports medicine complex. Read more

New data shows where Georgians live longer

Sep 28, 2018
Georgia Health News

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released data that break down the life expectancy of Americans by neighborhood.


This week on the Georgia Health Report, we’ll talk about where people live longer, where they don’t, and why.


Text neck: A new condition for the smartphone era

Sep 21, 2018

Have you been experiencing a bit of stiffness in your neck and upper back? Do you own a smartphone? If you do, you may be among the growing number of people with ‘text neck.’ Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller decided to take a deeper look after his own experience with this new condition. Read more.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett gets the scoop from Andy on text neck and how smartphone is affecting our health.

SWGA county losing only pharmacy

Sep 14, 2018

Amidst a trend of rural hospital closings and doctor shortages, Clay County in southwest Georgia is losing its only drug store. Residents are "heartsick" over the closing, and the county's only doctor is concerned about the gap it will leave in the community's healthcare network. Read more.

This week, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss what it means for a rural community when a pharmacy is difficult to access.