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What can the field of medicine learn from art? Polyxeni Potter knows.

For over 20 years Potter served as managing editor of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's medical journal "Emerging Infectious Diseases," which stood out from other journals for publishing — not graphic illustrations of disease on the cover, but classic works of art, from 17th century Dutch masters to Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo and many more.

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Georgia's health commissioner was named Friday to lead the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government's top public health agency.

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Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is an OB-GYN and has been head of the Georgia Department of Public Health since 2011. She succeeds Dr. Tom Frieden, who resigned as CDC director in January at the end of the Obama administration.

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A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.

 

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The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency named in the false reports, encourages breast-feeding . The CDC says breast milk is best for all infants except in rare cases such as when a mother has active, untreated tuberculosis.

 

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A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation's lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections.

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Experts on climate change and public health gathered at the Carter Center on Thursday for a conference put together to replace one with a similar agenda the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put on hold.

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