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Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

Ga. health rankings: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Cobb is Georgia's 4th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 8th for quality of life, 3rd for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 21st for clinical care, 10th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 124th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Cobb County:

Free dental services for Georgia children

Free dental services for Georgia children

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Dental Association will offer free dental services to local children on Friday.

It's part of Give Kids a Smile Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of good oral health. More than 350,000 children nationwide receive dental treatment on every Give Kids a Smile Day.

Several Georgia colleges and health centers will provide dental exams:

Fortis College School of Dental Hygiene
2108 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna

Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood

Mercy Health Center
700 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Clinic
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta

For more information, visit gadental.org.

Smyrna lab reports milestone in Ebola vaccine work

Smyrna lab reports milestone in Ebola vaccine work

SMYRNA, Ga. – Scientists working on an Ebola vaccine in Smyrna have announced a major milestone.

Dr. Harriet Robinson and her staff at GeoVax Labs are celebrating the bio-tech equivalent of a first inning home run -- they've created cells that mimic Ebola.

They are non-infectious cells called VLPs -- virus-like particles they predict will spur antibodies to ward off the deadly disease.

"Virus-like particles are the best vaccines because they really mimic the virus and train the immune system to recognize the virus should you be infected," said Robinson.

Robinson is a veteran scientist who developed an HIV vaccine currently in human testing. Her excitement about these stringy little blobs is contagious.

The next step in the process is animal testing, which they hope will begin in March.

MedZed expands service area into Cobb, north Fulton

MedZed expands service area into Cobb, north Fulton

(WXIA) -- MedZed, an innovative at-home pediatric care service in the Atlanta area, announced its expansion into Cobb and North Fulton Counties. MedZed’s growing business in Atlanta neighborhoods provides parents with an alternative after-hours healthcare option in the comfort of their home. With rapid growth in the Atlanta area, MedZed’s team has expanded its service area to include larger patient populations outside of the perimeter.  The new service area includes Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Vinings, Smyrna, Marietta, Kennesaw, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, East Cobb, Morningside, Druid Hills, Midtown, Decatur and Johns Creek.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

ATLANTA -- MedZed, an Atlanta-based at-home pediatric care service, is providing more healthcare options and significantly more convenience. MedZed’s team of highly-trained pediatric nurses and pediatricians operate after normal office hours, seven days a week, in the comfort of a patient’s home. With MedZed, parents and children now have the option to forego crowded emergency rooms, minute clinics and doctors’ offices for the ease and comfort of an at-home visit still assured to end with a diagnosis and a lollipop.