Health

  GoFundMe established for former Auburn grad diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma

Allyson Allred is one of several former Auburn University students now diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer.

  3 possible cases of polio-like illness in Alabama

A mysterious polio-like disease has parents worried across the nation and in Alabama.

Federal pill mill trial wraps fourth day of testimony in Montgomery

The government certified its first expert witness Wednesday.

Retailers offer gift cards to get flu shots

'Tis the season to get your flu vaccine, but did you know you could get paid to get one?

Cases of mysterious paralyzing illness reported in 22 states

Health officials are reporting a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children

DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

The $69 billion CVS Health-Aetna deal gets the greenlight from Department of Justice

Gender X: New York City now recognizes third gender

New York City residents can now submit an affidavit asking for a change in their gender identity.

Nationwide shingles vaccine shortage being felt in Alabama

Nationwide Shingles vaccine shortage being felt in Alabama

End of life planning should happen now

It’s not something many people want to talk about. But avoiding it can lead to major problems down the road.

UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

UN report says limiting global warming to just under a single degree could mean the difference between life and death in the coming decades

Doctors warned after 6 kids in MN contract rare, polio-like condition

Health officials are recommending parents take precautions against the condition, which is associated with viruses. These include good handwashing and keeping up to date on vaccinations.

Probe of disease outbreak ongoing at Alabama prison

The Alabama Department of Public Health continues to investigate after symptoms of a disease were found among inmates at a facility in Barbour County.

Food for Thought 10/4

Each week, the 12 News Defenders bring you the highest and lowest restaurant inspection scores from the county health department.

58K Clear & Simple digital pregnancy tests recalled

Approximately 58,000 Clear & Simple digital pregnancy tests are being pulled from shelves due to false positive tests.

New VA stats show AL veteran suicide rate higher than national average

Alabama veterans die by suicide at higher rate than the national average according to new numbers released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Drug companies ramp up efforts against life-threatening food allergies

Will Brody’s allergy to nuts is so severe he’s had to use an Epipen four times to counter dangerous attacks.But through a clinical trial of a new approach to peanut allergy, he’s built up a tolerance that should protect him from accidental exposure.

Nobel prize-winning ‘God Particle’ physicist dies; sold prize to pay for medical care

He's described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, "The God Particle." Lederman won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1988 with two other scientists for discovering a subatomic particle called the muon neutrino.

American Legion Dept. of AL reacts to Montgomery VA 1-star Rating

A local veterans service organization is reacting along with others to the Montgomery VA Hospital’s 1 star rating.

Superheroes surprise kids at Children’s Hosptial

This is one of our favorite stories we cover every year - the day superheros wash windows at Children’s Hosptial of Alabama!

New study shows how hugs can heal

There are some tried and true ways of staying healthy like exercise, good hand washing and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.Now you can add "hugs" to the list.

Marijuana could be worse for teen brains than alcohol, researchers find

Smoking weed is still illegal in most of the U.S., but nine states have legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over 21.

  6.5 million pounds of beef products recalled nationwide due to possible salmonella

An investigation has identified 57 people from 16 states with illnesses believed to have been caused by the beef products.

Montgomery VA Hospital receives 1-star rating

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs released its hopsital ratings for the 2018 Fiscal Year and Montgomery’s score lowered from its 2017 rating.

Study: 1 in 3 Americans eats fast food daily

A study, released on Wednesday, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that one in three, or 85 million, Americans eat fast food on a daily basis.

Ambulance company starts service into Macon County

Macon County residents now have an ambulance service thanks to a five-year contract.

The Alabama Boys host Men’s Health Summit

Sometimes men don’t make the best patients. In fact, a lot of guys will do anything to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office. Now a group of musicians is working to change that.

More than 1 in 3 US adults eat fast food daily, study finds

The study found, the more money someone has, the more likely they are to eat fast food on a given day.

FDA seizes documents from e-cigarette maker in broader crackdown on underage vaping

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized over 1,000 pages of documents from e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs after a surprise inspection last week, the agency said Tuesday.

Why don’t more Americans get the flu vaccine?

As of October 1, flu season has officially arrived. But national health experts say many of us haven’t gotten our flu shots yet and probably won’t do so at all.

FDA: 38 ill in egg-based salmonella outbreak affecting AL, GA, TN

The farm where the outbreak began, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County, in northern Alabama, began the recall last month.

2 big studies in older, healthy adults hope to prevent Alzheimer’s

Two new studies in older healthy adults hope to prevent Alzheimer's.

Mouth guards may do more than protect teeth

It used to just be for football, but over the years more and more athletes are wearing mouth guards. And they may do more than just protect your teeth.

East Alabama Medical Center makes history with first female president

The East Alabama Medical Center has made a history-making decision by appointing their first female president.

Congenital syphilis cases in newborns at 20-year high CDC says

Cases have more than doubled in the United States since 2013

Disease outbreak under investigation at south Alabama prison

An investigation is underway into a pneumococcal disease outbreak at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Barbour County, state health officials confirmed Friday.

First-ever disability summit held in downtown Montgomery

Two-hundred-fifty people attended the first-ever Disability Awareness Summit today in the Alley Station Warehouse in Montgomery.

LifeSouth suffers blood shortage crisis

Blood isn't the only thing in low supply. LifeSouth also needs platelet donors.

FDA disputes study on silicone breast implants

According to the study, one group of patients had illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis and melanoma twice as frequently as the general population.

Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years

Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years

Health benefits from eggs depends on person

We often hear that we shouldn't eat eggs because they're high in cholesterol, but they're also high in protein. So, are eggs good or bad?

Study finds four people got breast cancer from same organ donor, regardless of organ

Only one person survived, after having the donated organ removed, suggesting "the removal of the donor organ ... can induce complete remission" of the cancer.