ATLANTA (AP) - Health inspectors say they've shut down a cafe inside Fulton County's government building in Atlanta after receiving a complaint involving roaches.
Fulton County Environmental Health Services officials say the Chambers Café in the Atlanta Government Center downtown was closed after it was given a grade of 59 after an inspection.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the cafe is operated by a private contractor.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Health officials say students at an east Georgia high school will continue to be tested for tuberculosis after the holidays as a precaution. Tammy Burdeaux, a nursing and clinical director with the East Central Health District, says officials will re-examine Butler High School students who returned negative skin tests for tuberculosis bacteria during the initial rounds of testing.
Three students have been diagnosed with tuberculosis and are out of school receiving treatment. The initial patient showed signs of the illness in October. Earlier, the health department tested 500 people for the disease and 75 of them showed signs of TB exposure. However, most people in the county who show signs of TB exposure never develop the disease.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says his state won't set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Corbett announced the decision Wednesday, saying the planning had been haphazard and setting up an exchange would be irresponsible.
He says federal authorities haven't adequately responded to questions about cost and other issues. Many Democratic lawmakers, insurers and hospitals wanted Corbett to set up a state-run system. The new insurance exchanges will allow households and small businesses to buy a private health plan, and many will get help from the government to pay their premiums. Under the law, states that can't or won't set up exchanges will have theirs run by the federal government. States considering a partnership have until mid-February to make a decision.
ATLANTA (AP) - Executives with the health website WebMD say the company will cut dozens of jobs in the Atlanta area as part of a broader plan to trim about 14 percent of its workforce to reduce costs. WebMD Health Corp. officials say 62 of the 250 jobs being cut are in metro Atlanta.
The cuts are aimed at reducing costs after a drop in advertising and sponsorship revenue. The New York-based company said it expects to reduce annual operating expenses by about $45 million. Most of the job cuts will take place by the end of the year, while some of the other cost-cutting measures will extend into the first three months of 2013.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio hospital where a viable kidney was accidentally thrown in the trash is resuming live kidney transplants. Such transplants at the University of Toledo Medical Center had been halted after the Aug. 10 incident so procedures could be reviewed. Hospital spokesman Jon Strunk said Tuesday the hospital has lifted its voluntary suspension of the program.
He says he didn't know when the surgeries would resume, but it's likely to be in the next couple weeks. A report says the nurse who removed the viable kidney from the operating room and threw it out during the aborted transplant did not follow standard procedures. Another report conducted by the state for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says poor oversight and communication, and insufficient policies were factors.
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