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's troubled nursing homes

Jun 14, 2019

Ten Georgia nursing homes have appeared on a federal watchlist for facilities that consistently fail to meet regulators’ safety and care standards.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, we discuss the troubles cited in a recent U.S. Senate report, including reports of neglect and sexual assault found in one central Georgia facility.

Macon hospital to close onsite McDonald's

Jun 7, 2019

Following a complaint from a physicians’ advocacy group, Macon’s Medical Center Navicent Health has decided to close the McDonald’s restaurant operating onsite.

The move reflects a growing opposition to the presence of fast food locations on hospital campuses.

Yet, some Georgia hospitals are standing by their onsite chains, arguing that they provide more food options to patients' families. That's the topic this week on the Georgia Health Report.

Essential oils can be dangerous to kids

May 30, 2019

The popularity of essential oils has skyrocketed in the last few years, topping $133 million in retail sales last year alone. But now doctors are warning parents that these oils can pose a risk to kids.

That's what host Lauren Baggett and Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller discuss this week on the Georgia Health Report.

Are greens the key to maintaining brain health?

May 19, 2019

Most of us could stand to eat a few more vegetables, and now researchers from UGA have given us one more reason to our greens.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how adding dark, leafy greens to our diets can support our brain health.

Andy Miller

Some Georgians who signed up for Anthem Blue Cross insurance plans through the state health exchange are learning that the list of in-network providers they saw when they signed up, may not be in network after all.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how these errors resulted in thousands in unexpected medical bills for one Georgia woman. Read more.

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