Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Georgia court case focuses on what is dentistry and what is overreach
 The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...
Trump administration rule allows cheaper, skimpier health plans
 The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...

Posted: a day ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...
Study: Fewer Georgia kids lack health insurance
 The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...

Posted: 2 days ago

The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...
CDC: Women show biggest increase in suicides
 Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...

Posted: 7 days ago

Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...
Georgia has a lot on the line with ACA lawsuit
 Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...

Posted: 12 days ago

Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...
GSU report: Juul’s e-cigarettes sales ride Twitter publicity wave
 The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...

Posted: 15 days ago

The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...
Georgia patient loses national lawsuit over broken medical implant
 A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...
CDC confirms warning on romaine lettuce is lifted
 Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...

Posted: 20 days ago

Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...
Weak oversight of medical devices jeopardizes patient safety
 Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...

Posted: 27 days ago

Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...
Five things to know about the Atlanta area’s opioid epidemic
 A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...

6:48 PM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...
Opioids feed surge in Atlanta region’s fatal overdoses
 Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...

11:14 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...





Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Georgia court case focuses on what is dentistry and what is overreach
 The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...
Trump administration rule allows cheaper, skimpier health plans
 The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...

Posted: a day ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...
Study: Fewer Georgia kids lack health insurance
 The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...

Posted: 2 days ago

The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...
CDC: Women show biggest increase in suicides
 Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...

Posted: 7 days ago

Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...
Georgia has a lot on the line with ACA lawsuit
 Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...

Posted: 12 days ago

Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...
GSU report: Juul’s e-cigarettes sales ride Twitter publicity wave
 The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...

Posted: 15 days ago

The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...
Georgia patient loses national lawsuit over broken medical implant
 A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...
CDC confirms warning on romaine lettuce is lifted
 Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...

Posted: 20 days ago

Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...
Weak oversight of medical devices jeopardizes patient safety
 Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...

Posted: 27 days ago

Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...
Five things to know about the Atlanta area’s opioid epidemic
 A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...

6:48 PM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...
Opioids feed surge in Atlanta region’s fatal overdoses
 Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...

11:14 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...





Ariel Hart

Reporter

Ariel Hart is a reporter on health care issues.  She works on the AJC’s state politics team and has reported on subjects including the Voting Rights Act, technology, storms and transportation.  She has been with the AJC since 2005. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

Latest from Ariel Hart

Georgia court case focuses on what is dentistry and what is overreach
 The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The state investigator with the bulky belt was an unlikely client at Jessica Julien’s business. Once he got past the door, he quickly told her the truth: He was there to shut her down. People came to Julien’s office in Duluth to get whiter teeth through her advice and instruction while they sat in comfortable chairs and applied...
Trump administration rule allows cheaper, skimpier health plans
 The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...

Posted: a day ago

The Trump administration on Tuesday finalized a controversial exception to Obamacare rules that will give more freedom to people who want less health insurance for less money. Starting September 1, small businesses and individual business owners will more easily be able to form “association health plans.” Among other things, such...
Study: Fewer Georgia kids lack health insurance
 The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...

Posted: 2 days ago

The number of uninsured children in Georgia dropped by 32 percent following the implementation of the Affordable Care, according to a new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2016, Georgia had 85,000 fewer children without health insurance than in 2013, according to the study. Only three other states added more children...
CDC: Women show biggest increase in suicides
 Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...

Posted: 7 days ago

Suicide rates since 1999 have risen sharply in nearly every state, including Georgia, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week. The CDC is now revealing more disturbing news: The trend is worse among women. Suicide among women in Georgia increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2016, the latest year available, according...
Georgia has a lot on the line with ACA lawsuit
 Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...

Posted: 12 days ago

Georgia health insurance customers have a lot on the line with a court case the state has joined trying to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, requires every American to have health insurance. It also requires every health insurance company, among other things, to offer coverage regardless of...
GSU report: Juul’s e-cigarettes sales ride Twitter publicity wave
 The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...

Posted: 15 days ago

The e-cigarette maker Juul’s retail sales increased last year right along with Juul-related tweets, whose growth “exploded” over that time, according to a new study led by researchers at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. It’s just one of the study’s findings suggesting that traditional...
Georgia patient loses national lawsuit over broken medical implant
 A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Savannah woman whose medical implant fractured and moved, leaving a broken wire permanently stuck in the blood vessel between her heart and lungs, has lost her case against the company that made the device. More than 3,000 patients have sued the device maker, Bard, over a metal filter implant. The filter is placed in a big vein leading...
CDC confirms warning on romaine lettuce is lifted
 Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...

Posted: 20 days ago

Romaine lettuce is no longer under a government health warning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. An outbreak of sickness from E. coli bacteria was linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region and led to five deaths, according to figures the Atlanta-based CDC released Friday. None of the deaths...
Weak oversight of medical devices jeopardizes patient safety
 Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...

Posted: 27 days ago

Pain in her arm and lightheadedness sent Doris Jones to the emergency room at Savannah’s Memorial Health University Medical Center. A scan there soon revealed a shock. A filter placed in her bloodstream years before to catch clots had fractured, and debris was migrating toward her heart. While the main part of the filter was removed...
Five things to know about the Atlanta area’s opioid epidemic
 A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...

6:48 PM Sunday, May. 06, 2018

A new analysis released by the Atlanta Regional Commission last week showed how the opioid epidemic is killing people in parts of metro Atlanta that have previously had low rates of premature death. The driver has been prescriptions for pain-relief opioids such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, in which the patient can get hooked or in which...
Opioids feed surge in Atlanta region’s fatal overdoses
 Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...

11:14 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

Where is the opioid abuse epidemic happening? Not where you might expect. Cobb County has premature death rates much better than most other metro counties. But in the last three years for when data are available, it saw a massive spike in overdose deaths, far above that of any other county in the Atlanta region. And that is a feat, since...