Health

  Law enforcement encourages use of transmitter bracelets to help locate people

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness month and the state’s top law enforcement agency is encouraging the use of electronic bracelets to help locate people.

  National Rural Health Day observed in Alabama

Alabama sees the lowest infant mortality rate in state’s history

LifeSouth looking for cord blood donors

World Prematurity Day raises awareness, education about babies born too soon

GRAPHIC: Mom warns against vape pen after one explodes, leaving son with shattered jaw

Frozen asparagus recalled over listeria concerns

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Household disinfectants could affect children’s weight

Men’s Health Awareness Month: Keeping your heart healthy

Veterans express their struggles, experiences after serving

Blue Cross warns Alabamians of robocall scam

Montgomery neurologist develops groundbreaking concussion technology

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM): What it is and what to know about it

1 case of polio-like illness AFM confirmed in Alabama

AFM is a rare but serious illness that’s making national news. It causes polio-like symptoms that usually target children.

EAMC introduces more secure visitor system

This new identification system will help ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff members in restricted access areas.

  More turn to mindfulness practices to deal with daily pressures

The CDC reports meditation rates have more than tripled from 4 percent in 2012 to 14 percent in 2017.

FDA could launch new restrictions on e-cigarette flavors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to impose new restrictions on e-cigarette sales.

CDC links Salmonella outbreak in 35 states to raw turkey products

New procedure a ‘game changer’ when treating enlarged prostates

Blue Cross of Alabama to drop OxyContin coverage in 2019

Flu season begins, tips on how to fight it

Frito-Lay recalls popcorn bags filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips

First Alabama baby conceived with INVOcell born in Northport

  Food for Thought 11/01

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

Wellness Coalition offers free health insurance enrollment help

The Wellness Coalition is offering health insurance enrollment assistance in 25 central Alabama counties.

Alabama to ask Supreme Court to review abortion

Alabama to ask Supreme Court to review abortion

Lower age requirement leads to reports of shingles vaccine shortage

The shingles vaccine is in high demand and some patients are having trouble finding it.

Baptist East offers first high-risk pregnancy clinic in River Region

Baptist East opens new clinic for high-risk pregnancy patients.

Attorneys await sentencing after 23 pill mill trial guilty verdicts

She was one of more than a dozen defendants charged in a Montgomery pill mill investigation centered on Family Practice, and the only defendant who didn’t plead guilty in the case.

  New flu drug will soon hit the market

A new flu treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

AL Senior citizens group wants hands-free driving law

Friends said Frances Phelps was a vivacious World War II veteran who served her community until she died in a crash caused by a distracted driver.

Montgomery clinic provides flu vaccines to fight illness

Health Services, Inc. wants to help you protect yourself and protect others by preparing for flu season.

Prescription drugs can be dropped off at sites on Saturday

There are several sites in the River Region where people can drop off prescription drugs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Eat Halloween candy with meals to cut cavity risk, ADPH says

Eating Halloween candy with meals or just after eating can reduce the risk of cavities.

Study shows more patients beating cancer without chemo

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, affecting one in eight women in the United States.

Alabama to hold Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

About 50 locations across the state will be open on Saturday for the event.

ADPH says there’s no evidence of rare eye cancer at AU

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that there is no evidence of Uveal Melanoma among Auburn University students and employees.

New device may help manage pain, reduce number of opioid prescriptions

The number of opioid prescriptions is decreasing, and now doctors in Florida are implementing a new pain device to get that number even lower.

Consumer Reports: Four popular booster seats broke during testing

Consumer Reports says parts of four popular toddler-booster car seats broke during recent testing.

IT’S GONNA’ GET LOUD: Tips to protect your hearing at the LSU vs. Alabama game

Next weekend’s highly anticipated match up between No. 4 LSU and No. 1 Alabama, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, is going to be loud... very loud.

LifeSouth seeks help to address low donations during flu season

During flu season, blood donations drop. That’s why LifeSouth in Montgomery is asking donors, who are healthy, to donate blood now.

Third graders with winning smiles to help state promote oral health

A third-grade boy and girl will win the ‘Share Your Smile with Alabama’ contest, making them the featured attraction in upcoming state marketing promoting flossing and brushing.

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