Health

  Hemp becomes growing sector in Alabama agriculture

Since Attorney General Steve Marshall indicated selling hemp oil is now legal in the state, prospective growers and proprietors believe they're getting in on the ground floor. One CBD oil seller in south Alabama is making it her business to be out front with the product.

  Montgomery doctor charged with 26 counts in new indictment

  WIC program set to go electronic in Alabama

  Covington County Commission reverses vote on mental health treatment center proposal

Health Department warns against using CBD products

Wrongful-death lawsuit filed on behalf of aborted embryo

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

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Georgiana hospital to close earlier than expected

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

  Alabama health officials warn against using CBD products

Alabama couple delivers baby in their truck outside of hospital

  River Region Medical Center coming to Wetumpka

The new River Region Medical Center will soon rise from the muddy plot of land next to Lowe’s on Highway 231 South.

  Real Women Wear Blue campaign kicks off to raise awareness on colorectal cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and around the River Region, you’ll notice a lot of women wearing blue to raise awareness.

  Keto Craze: Diet helps pounds drop fast but is it safe?

Lots of folks turning to low carb Keto diet to drop pounds fast but is it safe?

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Pollen season is expected to be aggressive in 2019.

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

  AL doctor invents ‘ResQRinse’ to battle allergies

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

  Fight the flu in the germiest places of your home

There are steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu that go beyond washing your hands.

Heart health screenings educate on dangers of heart disease

February is Heart Health Month in America.

Attention Parents: You need to know this about your kids teeth!

Most of us know you need to brush twice a day and floss at least once. But did you know that brushing should start before your first tooth even comes in?

  Auburn researches olive oil in quest to prevent Alzheimer’s

Researchers are about to begin work on a pilot program in humans to test the potential of extra virgin olive oil in an effort to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

  Flu-related deaths increasing in Alabama

To date, there has only been one pediatric death, but 20 flu-related deaths among adults have been reported.

  Program provides dental care in exchange for community service

Montgomery organization offering free dental services.

  AL Kidney Foundation seeks donations to help more patients

The Alabama Kidney Foundation transported 940 patients to their appointments in 2018, but the waiting list is considerable.

Former VP Al Gore set for visit to Alabama

Gore will be joined by others in the Lowndes County town of White Hall as part of an event called “The Moral Call for Ecological Justice Across Alabama.”

  Alabama breastfeeding rates among lowest in nation

In Alabama, statistics from the CDC show just 68 percent of babies in Alabama were breastfed. That number drops to 36 percent by 12 months.

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

Flu still on the rise in Alabama

Flu cases are still on the rise in Alabama

  Montgomery nurse urges women to take control of their heart health

Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year – that’s more than all cancers combined.

Couple talks about having gastric bypass just days apart

A local couple is sharing their story of going through gastric bypass surgery together. Cheryl and Dwight Smith have been married for 28 years.

  More than half of Dothan’s sidewalks, curbs fail to meet federal guidelines

A new study found that more than half of the sidewalks and curb ramps in Dothan are not in compliance with federal guidelines.

AL woman’s brain tumor recovery prompts presidential surprise

The return address, one of the most famous in the country: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Exercise simulates transportation of person with infectious disease

Public health agencies from Alabama, Florida and Georgia participated in an exercise of the Florida Infectious Disease Transportation Network Tuesday.

  ‘Sad day in Georgiana’ official says of hospital closure

It hadn’t come as a surprise. Rumors had been trickling throughout the small town. Until Monday, they were just rumors. Now, with notice from Ivy Creek CEO Michael Bruce, it’s official.

  Alabama to lose another rural hospital

One of the two hospitals serving the Butler County community will close its doors in just over a month, the latest hospital to shutter its doors in rural Alabama.

  Montgomery law firm involved in cases against e-cigarette companies

The Montgomery-based Beasley Allen Law Firm is involved in a number of cases against e-cigarette companies.

  Health officials: Low chance food handler transmitted Hepatitis A to customers

The Alabama Department of Public Health is responding after Friday’s announcement they are investigating a case of Hepatitis A at a Montgomery restaurant.

Judge: Alabama has been ‘indifferent’ to isolated inmates

Judge: Alabama has been 'indifferent' to isolated inmates

  Auburn student overcomes rare eye condition, makes music

An Auburn University student with a rare genetic condition is making a name for himself in the music industry.

  Hepatitis A case identified at Montgomery Panera; some customers urged to get vaccine

A food handler at a Montgomery Panera Bread was identified as having the hepatitis A virus.

  ‘Give from the Heart Blood Drive’ a huge success

WSFA’s 12th annual Give from the Heart Blood Drive with LifeSouth was a success.

  Rock Steady Boxing course offered for those dealing with Parkinson’s disease

Rock Steady Boxing course offered for those dealing with Parkinson’s Disease through Southeast Health.

  Hospital association releases reports, says Medicaid expansion will help save rural hospitals

The Crenshaw Community Hospital is in rural Alabama. The health care facility hopes every month it can at least break even.

Rabies virus detected in Houston County puppy

A four-month-old stray puppy recently taken in by Dothan City and Houston County Animal Control has been confirmed to have rabies.

  Nurses rally at Alabama Capitol

Nurses are rallying at the Alabama Capitol Wednesday to advocate for access to health care, nurse safety, and modified laws for nurses to practice the skills they have learned.

Think you have the flu? Avoid the emergency room

Of course, there are situations that would necessitate an emergency room visit. But, generally, if you're otherwise healthy with the flu, the emergency room is not the place for you.

  People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

Many people associate flu season with November and December, but few realize that the peak of flu season isn’t until February or March.

  Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise in millennials, study says

Researchers warn the findings could potentially halt or reverse progress in reducing cancer-related deaths

FDA: Six patients reportedly die due to defibrillator malfunction, Stryker recalls

The device reportedly locks up after shock.

  Farm Bill changing hemp industry in Alabama

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill opened the door for a newer agriculture commodity to potentially take center stage - industrial hemp.

  AL departments work to combat opioid crisis

396 Alabamians died from opioids in 2017 and state departments are working to solve the problem.

Alabama’s Medicaid agency says it needs less money

The head of Alabama's Medicaid agency says it will need less money for the coming year

  Infant ibuprofen recall expands

It’s all over concerns that the concentration of ibuprofen in some of the lots is too high, as much as 10 percent above the specified limit.

  State to offer opioid reversal medicine in Alabama high schools

The Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health announced a program to make a drug available to public high schools that can reverse the effects of opioids.

FDA given an ‘F’ for e-cigarette efforts by American Lung Association

In its annual State of Tobacco Control report, the American Lung Association gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration an "F" grade.

Suicide rates among Marines, Navy reached 10-year high in 2018

Many of the cases are young Marines who have not been deployed overseas nor been in combat, a situation that has also been seen in other military branches.

  Fresh peaches, plums, nectarines sold nationwide recalled due to listeria concerns

Consumers who have purchased any of the fruit are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

2 people in GA treated for measles, health officials urge awareness of disease

Health care professionals want to remind Southwest Georgians of the disease and how quickly it can spread.

  Blood test may detect Alzheimer’s disease 16 years in advance

Researchers believe any rise in levels of that NFL protein could be an early sign of Alzheimer's, because the protein indicates any loss of nerve cells in the brain.

Johnsonville recalls frozen pork patties that may contain rubber

The recall is limited to 24 oz. boxed packages of Johnsonville Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Grillers with specific “Best Flavor By” dates.

Alabama issues midwife licenses for first time since 1976

The state of Alabama has issued its first licenses to out-of-hospital midwives since 1976

  South Alabama 10-year-old recovering from heart transplant

These days 10-year-old Rylann Day is moving around the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham with ease. The Slocomb Elementary School student is no longer confined to a hospital bed. Almost two weeks ago - she was getting prepped for a life-saving heart transplant surgery.

  Study suggests single workout can boost metabolism for days

Working up a sweat can no doubt help your waistline, and now scientists say even a single workout can make a difference.

  Clear braces making ‘brace face’ a thing of the past

When 17 year old Tyler Glover decided to go to Dr. Jared Corbridge for a straighter smile, one thing was clear, Tyler wanted clear alignment.

Microsoft and Walgreens partner to take on Amazon in health care

The two companies said the partnership will help Walgreens gain personalized data about their customers' health. (Source: CNN)

  Scale Back Alabama set for 2019 kickoff

Since it started, Alabamians have shed a collective 1 million pounds!

  Judge halts scheduled weakening of Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate

In his ruling, Judge Haywood Gilliam, Jr., said the states "face potentially dire public health and fiscal consequences from the implementation of the Final Rules."

Phenix City chiropractor receives 37-month sentence for conspiring to commit wire fraud

Authorities say Dr. Edwards would accept cash payments in exchange for falsely approving physical examinations of commercial truck drivers

Widespread flu continues across Alabama for 4th week

Significant flu activity has been reported in nearly every county.

  Auburn officials push to keep SNYPing animal overpopulation

Humane societies across East Alabama are full and are always in need of more fosters. Officials hope that having more animals that are fixed could lead to having fewer animals out on the streets.

  Food stamps guaranteed through February, USDA says

As the partial government shutdown continues, millions of Americans are concerned about their food stamps.

Georgia, Alabama named among the worst states to raise a family, new study says

A new study by Wallet Hub compares the 50 states to determine which states are the most family friendly.

Prison system won’t face contempt hearing on staffing

Prison system won't face contempt hearing on mental health staffing

  Hospital prices now posted online due to federal regulation

When you go to a store or restaurant to purchase something, you have an idea of the cost before your bill comes. That hasn’t been the case for hospital procedures, until now.

  Flu cases on the rise in U.S.

Flu cases are spreading fast across the United States.