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ADPH confirms third case of vaping-related lung disease

The good news is that of the reports ADPH has looked into, most have been found to be unrelated to vaping.

  UA researcher studies sleep impact on obesity and chronic diseases

  CDC urges expectant mothers to get flu shot

New report ranks Alabama #16 in country for highest childhood obesity rate

Governor Ivey completes radiation treatment

New device helps prevent infant hot car deaths

  Montgomery police officers go pink for breast cancer awareness

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Alabama confirms second case of vaping-related lung disease

Psychologist: family of Kelsey Starling may still have difficult challenges ahead

Breast cancer survivor encourages others to join fight against disease

Don’t let the heat deceive you, it’s flu season

  Medicaid changes target obesity, infant mortality and substance abuse

  Hospital association says new money helps hospitals hold on

  Auburn professor: Vaping, flu season poses major challenges

She studies the effects that vaping has on the lungs and says those who vape could face major challenges if they were to get the flu.

Study shows Ala. vaccination rates much higher than neighboring states

The study, conducted by WalletHub, looked at 18 metrics to determine each state’s rank.

Alabama Dept. of Public Health reports significant flu activity in East Alabama

To prevent the illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that mostly everyone get the flu shot this year.

$78 million in state, federal dollars provided for hospitals treating Medicaid patients

State hospitals will receive $78 million in extra reimbursements for treating Medicaid beneficiaries.

  First death from vaping-related illness in Alabama confirmed

Hospitals proceeding with surgeries despite computer hack

  Ala. woman loses 340 pounds, helps others start weight loss journey

  Man with cancer baptized days before he died

Wallace announces new surgical tech program

  Record heat, drought impact air quality prompting respiratory issues

  ADPH: Stop using e-cigs, vape products amid investigations

The Alabama Department of Public Health is recommending that everyone stop using vape products and e-cigarettes until national and state investigations into deaths and illnesses related to vaping are complete.

  Alabama doctors already seeing flu cases

Fall is here and that means flu season is soon to follow. In fact, some Montgomery doctors are already seeing some cases of the flu.

  Second annual conference to stop infant mortality in Ala. meets

Alabama had the highest infant mortality rate in 2016 and hit the state’s lowest rate in 2017.

ADPH recommends Alabamians consider not using e-cigarettes, vaping products

The Alabama Department of Public Health is recommending that all consumers consider refraining from the use of electronic cigarette and vape products.

CDC: Deer with TB can transmit bacteria to humans

The report, which was issued Sept. 20, stems from a case in Michigan where a man who had no exposure to people with endemic tuberculosis was diagnosed with the disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis.

16th Alabamian now ‘probable’ for vaping-related lung disease

U.S. health officials have urged people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses.

  ADMH brings resources, vendors to Montgomery for National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, a time to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate those who recover.

Doctors getting cases of flu days before official start of season

We are days away from what’s considered the start of flu season and doctors are already starting to see cases trickle in.

Gov. Ivey’s lung cancer caught early, an exception in Alabama

While Gov. Ivey's prognosis is good, that’s not the case for the majority of Alabamians who hear the words "lung cancer."

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  ADPH talks signs leading to suicide, how to prevent

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The theme of this year’s month is “Be The 1 To.”

New leadership named for troubled central Alabama VA system

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

Gov. Ivey’s cancer treatment procedure ‘went well,’ her office says

The outpatient procedure, conducted at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, “went well and as planned,” Ivey’s spokeswoman said.

  Ala. Gov. Ivey to undergo treatment for lung cancer

Gov. Ivey will undergo treatment at UAB after doctors found a spot on her lungs.

ADPH investigates 15 probable cases of lung disease from vaping

The Alabama State Department of Health says 15 people in the state may have lung disease associated with vaping.

  $12.6M senior housing development coming to Montgomery

It will provide 62 new one-and two-bedroom apartments for seniors, along with special set-asides for veterans and those with disabilities

Alabama officials find spiked CBD products sold in the state

Alabama health officials had good reason when earlier this year they warned that products labeled as the cannabis extract CBD may not contain what they claim.

Deep South states have among the worst adult obesity rates

The Deep South states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are among nine states where at least 35% of adults are obese

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

U.S. obesity rates at historic highs

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

The first half of the Dale County High junior varsity game gave the crowd plenty of football to cheer about,

  Alabama hospitals file lawsuit against opioid companies

A group of 21 hospitals filed a civil lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of opioid-based drugs.

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

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control show heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in Alabama.

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

Before you start grilling, you might want to check whether your hamburger buns are safe to eat.

5 possible cases of vaping-related illnesses reported in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating five possible cases of vaping-related illnesses, state health officials confirmed Friday.

  Better Breakfast Month encourages well-balanced morning meals

September is Better Breakfast Month!

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

As a result of Medicaid’s new program, ADPH’s social work division will be dissolved.

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

The Alabama Department of Public Health says there are over 100 cases in the state and has spread to 25 counties including, Lee, Russell, and Chambers counties.

Doctors and cardiac center agree to $1.1 million settlement

Three doctors and a medical practice have agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to resolve claims that they received kickbacks from a Seattle-area medical testing company

  At least 25 Wetumpka students overheated, 7 taken to hospital

The superintendent said more than 25 sixth-grade students got overheated and seven were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Lawmaker, advocates want yoga ban lifted in Alabama schools

Rep. Jeremy Gray says he’s pushing for a change and is encouraging the teaching of yoga in schools.

TX woman gives husband kidney through living organ donation

There's a big push to get lifesaving organs to the thousands of people on the wait list for a new kidney.

  Baptist Health opens center for addiction recovery

Those who suffer from the painful grip of addiction now have a new option for treatment in the River Region.

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.