Health

New leadership named for troubled central Alabama VA system

Changes are coming to the VA Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, or CAVHCS.

ADPH investigates 15 probable cases of lung disease from vaping

  $12.6M senior housing development coming to Montgomery

Alabama officials find spiked CBD products sold in the state

Deep South states have among the worst adult obesity rates

Study puts Alabama, U.S. obesity rates at historic highs

Dale County football player donates AED unit to coaches who saved his life

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  Alabama hospitals file lawsuit against opioid companies

  Doctors offer advanced screenings to combat leading cause of death in Ala.

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

5 possible cases of vaping-related illnesses reported in Alabama

  Better Breakfast Month encourages well-balanced morning meals

  $21M in revenue cuts, layoffs expected by Ala. Dept. of Public Health

You are what you eat: UAB researchers find a link between diet and depression in teens

Teenagers aren’t known for making the best choices, especially when it comes to what they eat, but new research from UAB shows a teens diet, can be a causal factor in depression.

EXCLUSIVE: Decatur girl with rare disease says moving to Alabama saved her life

She was an active athlete who loved playing soccer. For the past five years, she’s suffered from rapid weight gain and constant fatigue.

  Study: Alabama has longest wait time for organ transplants in nation

A new study from Health Testing Centers found that Alabama is the state with the longest wait time for organ transplants in the nation.

  35 percent of Alabamians stopped taking prescriptions due to cost

Data provided by AARP shows that 1 in every 3 Alabamians stopped taking prescription medication as prescribed by their doctors simply because of the price alone.

Alabama Department of Public Health investigating increase in Hepatitis A cases in the state

Doctors and cardiac center agree to $1.1 million settlement

  At least 25 Wetumpka students overheated, 7 taken to hospital

Lawmaker, advocates want yoga ban lifted in Alabama schools

TX woman gives husband kidney through living organ donation

  Baptist Health opens center for addiction recovery

School not source of carbon monoxide illnesses, says superintendent

Testing was done Thursday, Friday and over the weekend. On Monday, four different agencies checked the facility twice, all with no trace of the deadly gas.

  Carbon monoxide illnesses prompt closures of 2 south Ala. schools

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Large amounts can overcome a person within minutes, without warning, causing a loss of consciousness and, ultimately, suffocation.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

Report: Staff claimed they saw elderly woman inside building as she sat in hot van

The Alabama Department of Public Health has released its report on an investigation into a Montgomery assisted living facility after a woman was left inside a van for several hours in June.

Outbreak of scabies at Alabama’s Holman prison

Dozens of inmates have been diagnosed with scabies at William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore.

  Montgomery schools to lose no-cost athletic trainers

Rehab Associates has provided Montgomery Public Schools with athletic trainers, at no cost to the school system, for the past 25 years. But that agreement is about to come to an end.

  August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The American Academy of Pediatrics is using this month to spread its message that vaccines are safe and effective,

Medical marijuana commission to hold first meeting

Alabama's medical marijuana commission is holding its first meeting

  AUM athletics trainer lists ways to combat heat related illness

High school football players are back on the practice field preparing for the upcoming season.

Tick season in full swing in Alabama

The three most common ticks in Alabama are the lone star tick, the Gulf Coast tick, the deer tick and the American dog tick.

4th case of rabies confirmed in Houston County for 2019

The Houston County Health Department has confirmed a fourth case of animal rabies for 2019.

Leeds family warns other parents of deadly tick infection

Leeds family warns other parents about deadly tick disease.

Dale County student collapses during football practice

A 15-year-old Dale County student collapsed at football practice at around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

  Rule change expected to give struggling hospitals another lifeline

A new rule change was announced this month is expected to help financially struggling hospitals.

  Doctor offers tips to avoid back-to-school germs

August is National Wellness Month, and also the start of the school year, but doctors say that when kids get together in the classroom, that can be a breeding place for communicable germs.

Lawmakers praise rule change to help Alabama’s struggling hospitals

“Alabama hospitals have suffered the negative effects of the Medicare wage index for over two decades,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, who praised the change.

  First responders recognized after saving stroke victim’s life

"We transport patients all the time, but we rarely get to see the outcome of the patient," one first responder said.

North Alabama photo celebrates rainbow babies

A professional photographer from north Alabama felt a calling to help mothers of rainbow babies celebrate their children.

Recall issued for sleepers; infant deaths reported with similar products

A recall has been issued for infant bassinets after reports of infant deaths.

UAB, UnitedHealthcare reach agreement on insurance contract

The UAB Health System and UnitedHealthcare have reached an agreement on a health insurance contract with little time left to spare.

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

Williams Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary recall including Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix (sold at Walmart) and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  Montgomery woman puts up billboards in hopes of finding a kidney donor

According to the Living Kidney Donors Network, the average wait time for someone on the waiting list is between five and 10 years.

  Opioid education program happening Tuesday in East Alabama

The Opioid Training Institute, a collaborative program offered by the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, is trying to spread awareness and knowledge about opioid abuse in East Alabama.

Lawsuit claims Limestone County teen permanently damaged from Juul addiction

A Limestone County family is filing suit against e-cigarette maker Juul, claiming a 17-year-old in their care suffered brain injuries, addiction and mood disorders after using the product.

  USDA: Check your sunscreen’s expiration date before use

Before you go, double check your sunscreen. Did you know it expires?

  The War Within: Alabama grapples with high veteran suicide rates

“We took him out deep sea fishing and he caught a lemon shark," his mom remembered. "He was so tickled pink calling all his friends." Now, all she has are pictures and memories.

  AL woman recalls experience with flesh-eating bacteria six years ago

Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state.

ADPH partners with state group to share which fish are safe to eat

The Alabama Department of Public Health has teamed up with the Alabama Fish Consumption Advisories to release a 37-page guideline about which fish are safe to consume and which aren’t.

  More than 4,000 students were exempt from vaccinations for religious reasons last school year

By law students in public and private schools are required to get vaccinations, however, some are exempt.

Union Springs daycare reopens after bats removed

State health leaders said the kids at the daycare will get their final round of rabies shots in the coming days.

$3.7M grant awarded to help domestic, sexual abuse victims

The funds will go toward helping victims in 10 central Alabama counties.

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

  Blood donors needed due to critically low supply

LifeSouth Donor Recruiter Ronda Kindred says that without the community’s help, their supply might run dry.

  Alabama doctor arrested by federal agents will remain in custody

The warrants concern allegations of unlawful drug distribution by Dr. James Henry Edwards.

President Trump signs executive order to transform kidney care

We’re on your side finding out how an executive order signed by President Trump will impact Alabamians.

  New diversion program quickly connects drug offenders with addiction treatment

The Montgomery District Attorney’s Office has launched a new drug diversion program to address addiction and curb recidivism.

  Red Cross in urgent need of blood, platelet donors

The Red Cross says it's below a 3-day blood supply after donations plummeted during the July 4 holiday.

Scientists doing more research about the dangers of algae bloom

Experts have said the bloom is due to the low salinity in the Sound as freshwater flows from the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway.

La. man charged after licking Blue Bell ice cream in copycat video; deputies warn others

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office says Lenise Martin III, 36, has been taken into custody after being filmed in a store licking a Blue Bell ice cream container, moving his finger through the container, then putting it back onto the shelf.

Tobacco purchase age raised to 21 in Walmart, Sam’s Club stores

Walmart officials said this includes all e-cigarettes.

Hartselle teen battling cystic fibrosis prepares for double lung transplant

In just the last two years, Savannah Wallace's lungs have collapsed four times. The excruciatingly time-consuming illness is causing Savannah to get a new set of lungs.

Water restrictions scheduled for Mill Creek Subdivision in Auburn

Water to the Mill Creek Subdivision will be restricted this week while city officials work to install a new pressure regulator valve near the entrance.

Bacteria advisory issued for part of Panama City Beach

Due to elevated bacteria levels, an advisory is in effect for Panama City Beach Beach Access #41 (SP 5).

Blood donations critically needed during holiday week

The American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.

UAB Health System responds to possibility of UnitedHealthcare cutting ties

The University of Alabama Birmingham Health System is responding to the possibility of UnitedHealthcare not renewing contracts with the system.

  UnitedHealthcare may cut ties with many Alabama hospitals

If an agreement is not reached by July 31 UnitedHealthcare will cut ties with several hospitals.

  What Trump’s hospital price transparency order could mean for you

While the administration says this order will drive down health care costs, there’s a real concern it could do the opposite.

AL dermatologist warns swimmers after flesh-eating bacteria case in FL

After a Alabama case of flesh-eating bacteria, a Birmingham dermatologist has a warning for people headed to the lake or the beach.

Illness outbreak at Prattville church prompts investigation

First Baptist Church of Prattville said in a social media post that it was canceling its Vacation Bible School classes for the rest of the week after many of its leaders became sick with a “stomach virus outbreak."

  Investigation opened after Ala. assisted living resident left in hot van

The Alabama Department of Public Health says it has opened an investigation into a Montgomery assisted living facility after an 83-year-old woman was apparently left inside one of its vehicles for hours.

  Rabies concerns after bat infestation at Union Springs day care

The state health department is recommending all children who attend the center get preventative treatment for rabies as a result of their investigation.

Summer Safety: Tips to have fun and stay healthy

As we head into the first full week of the official summer season, it’s important to remember some of the dangers summer can pose and how to avoid them.

  Opelika water fix could cost millions of dollars

It doesn’t taste like water. It tastes like dirt. When you turn the tap on it comes out rusty,” explained Opelika resident, Dwayne Jones.

  Treatment developed at AU for rare genetic disease to undergo first human clinical trial

Researchers say they hope to find an effective treatment for the rare, deadly genetic disease GM1 gangliosidosis.

Daycares in subsidy program face deadline to get licensed

Daycares in subsidy program face Aug. 1 deadline to get licensed

Study: Alabama ranks 44th in child well-being

A new report shows that the well-being of Alabama's children has failed to keep pace with the rest of the country.

Study: Alabama ranks 44th in child well-being

The well-being of Alabama's children has failed to keep pace with the rest of the country

Colorblind Auburn man sees a whole new world on Father’s Day

An Auburn man who suffers from colorblindness can now look at life in a whole new way.