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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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.

Pete Souza

The Affordable Care Act is once again facing political and legal pressure. A lawsuit threatens to overturn the ACA, which would reverse one of the law's most popular provisions -- protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

New Medical Device Coating Can Stave Off Infections

Jun 8, 2018
University of Georgia

According to the CDC, one in 25 patients contract an infection from central lines, catheters or other medical devices during a hospital stay. As the threat antibiotic-resistant bacteria grows, hospitals are working to reduce these healthcare-related infections.


On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how a biofilm coating developed by UGA researchers can prevent harmful bacteria from forming on common medical tools in the first place.



Georgia is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas where it can be difficult to attract doctors.

On this week’s Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how a growing number of physician assistants in Georgia are helping to fill that gap. They also cover the some of the policy challenges Georgia that currently restrict certified PAs from delivery more care to more people. Read more.