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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Grady brings mental health services to primary care

Aug 31, 2018
Georgia Health News

Though an estimated one-quarter of patients deal with issues like depression or anxiety, many don’t seek out help. Read more.


On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller discuss how Grady Health System in Atlanta is bringing mental health care to regular doctor’s visits.


Drug donation program helps Georgians afford medicine

Aug 24, 2018
Georgia Health News

As the price of prescriptions skyrockets, more people are choosing to forgo necessary medications because they can't afford them. A 2014 New York Times/CBS News poll found that 25 percent of families were skipping doses due to cost, and a recent study said the same thing about 17 percent of Georgia families.

Georgia Health News

With health premiums on the rise for most workers in the U.S., Georgia teachers and state employees can breathe a sigh of relief. Georgia's Department of Community Health announced last week that teachers and state employees would not see any increase in their health premiums for 2019.

Lyme disease is on the rise, and treatment is behind

Aug 10, 2018
Georgia Health News

Cases of Lyme disease – a tick-borne illness characterized by fever, headache, and sometimes a rash –  are on the rise across the country, and some reports suggest the disease is spreading into Georgia. When left untreated, the illness can lead to serious and expensive health complications.

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett talks with Andy Miller about why Lyme disease presents such a complex medical challenge to doctors and scientists. Read more.

GA nursing homes short staffed on RNs

Aug 3, 2018

A recent analysis of Medicare data revealed that Georgia’s nursing homes are struggling to staff registered nurses. Nearly half of Georgia’s nursing homes rated “below average” or “much below average” when it came to nursing staff. Shortages can have a major impact on resident health, and many patient advocates in Georgia say the issue is systemic. Read more.