Health

  Mandatory vaccine database raises concern over privacy

It’s a database some members of the Alabama Republican Party are calling an intrusion of privacy.

  Ala. medical marijuana bill passes first hurdle in state legislature

Allergies expected to happen earlier than usual this year

TikTok challenge leads to Ozark kid’s broken arm

  Law enforcement supports proposed mental health crisis centers

Case of tuberculosis confirmed at Ventress Correctional Facility

Auburn pharmacy school probes ‘widespread cheating’ allegations

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UAB basketball player beats toughest opponent he’ll face, cancer

Alabama cities rank poorly on ‘healthiest cities’ list

Ala. lawmaker proposes ban on smoking in cars carrying minors

Give from the Heart blood drive happening Friday

'She was the star in our family’s solar system’: Mobile family says 4-year-old girl died from flu

Gov. Ivey’s shoulder procedure went well

ADPH: If you’ve visited mainland China recently, call us

“Risk depends on exposure, so those exposed to ill persons are at greater risk of infection."

New liver transplant policy goes into effect Tuesday

The new rules allow livers to be sent to patients in the most critical need within a 500-mile radius from the donation site.

  Troy University keeps wary eye on global coronavirus

Troy University leaders say there is no alarm and no widespread worry on campus, but they didn’t waste any time in getting ahead of the game on the coronavirus.

  AL lawmaker tries again to pass bill to ban smoking in cars with children

Representative Rolanda Hollis’ bill would ban adults smoking in cars who have children under 14 in there will them. It would impose an up to $100 fine if caught violating the law.

Flu remains widespread across Alabama

Opp closes schools to fight ‘significant’ flu increase

  How concerned should we be in Alabama about the coronavirus?

  ADPH monitoring coronavirus

Miss. woman says new device for those suffering from sleep apnea will 'change your life’

  LifeSouth in ‘emergency need’ of blood donors; offers free movie ticket

  Demopolis hospital to benefit from property tax increase

Marengo County voters passed a property tax increase that is expected to generate $1 million a year for Whitfield Regional Hospital in Demopolis.

Alabama AG comes out against medical marijuana legislation

In a 4-page letter to state senators and representatives, Marshall laid out his reasons behind pushing back on legalization of the drug.

American Cancer Society reports cancer death rate makes biggest one year drop

The US saw its largest ever single year drop in cancer death rates.

Alabama governor’s doctor considers her ‘cured’ of lung cancer

“Naturally, I want to thank the Good Lord for His abundant grace in my healing," Ivey said

Tuskegee University’s president takes medical leave of absence

Dr. Lily McNair will miss most of the spring semester starting Jan. 15.

Women in Alabama more likely to die from cervical cancer according to new study

The study conducted by advocacy group Human Rights Watch, African American communities in the Black Belt are the most impacted and likely to die from cervical cancer.

  Infamous ‘Poop Train’ could roll back into West Jefferson County

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management calling a hearing Tuesday January 7, to discuss the state overseeing the shipment of human waste into the state.

  Lions Club works to improve reading skills for students with Irlen Syndrome

For children struggling with reading, a special set of lenses could make all the difference.

  Rise in flu cases leads to visitor restrictions at hospitals

A significant increase in flu cases across most of Alabama has prompted our hospital officials to put visitor restrictions in place.

  Explore your why: Expert gives tips for staying motivated to lose weight

Losing weight is probably one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.

Can Good RX Save You Money?

Good RX claims it can save you potentially $100's, but an Alabama healthcare advocate says you need to be a smart consumer.

High flu activity leads EAMC to restrict visitation

East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika and EAMC-Lanier are restricting visitation after they have a high level of flu activity.

  Stores begin implementing law raising age limit to 21 for tobacco purchases

The FDA said this includes cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes.

National Children’s Advocacy Center: More sexual, physical abuse cases reported after holidays

The National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville says they typically get more reports of physical and sexual abuse incidents after the holiday break from school.

UAB awarded grant to use herpes virus as treatment for tumors in new area of brain

It’s a story that got a lot of attention on social media when we first reported it: the herpes virus - yes, the same one responsible for cold sores - is being used to treat brain tumors in children.

  UA studying sensory device that might help with weight loss

Could a wearable device help you change bad eating behaviors? That's what researchers at the University of Alabama aim to find out after getting a new grant.

Surgeon, hospital honored with Auburn’s International Quality of Life awards

This is the 26th year for the IQLA awards recognizing individuals who exemplify the core mission of Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.

  Stop Judging, Start Healing: new Campaign aims to change the way we speak

There's a new campaign in Alabama to change the way we speak about individuals with mental health illness or substance use disorder.

Hepatitis A virus outbreak continues in Alabama

The number of Hepatitis A virus outbreak cases continues to increase in Alabama, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

  Infant mortality rate drops to lowest level in Alabama history

Alabama's infant mortality rate has dropped to its lowest rate in history, but there's still more work to be done.

  Former patient testifies doctor fueled her pill addiction

The now-former patient told the jury she started seeing Stehl when she was 18 years old and continued for the better part of 12 years.

Wooster baby stricken with meningitis is fighting for his life; parents have a warning for others

Little Prestley is just 7-months-old.Around Thanksgiving, his parents say they watched him seize for nearly an hour before doctors and nurses put him in a medically induced coma.

  Flu ‘widespread’ in Alabama, according to CDC

The holiday season is here, and so is flu season. Flu season started early this year, the earliest start in over a decade.

Stop the Stigma: message to change the way we talk to people with mental health and substance disorders

Stop Judging. Start Healing. That's the message behind a new statewide campaign from The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

  South Alabama hospital celebrates milestone

It was 70 years ago Friday that locals formally dedicated the hospital, lighting the way for thousands to be treated, cured, deliver babies and provide comfort to those who had a loved one pass away.

Huntsville OB-GYN pleads guilty to health care fraud conspiracy

Dr. John Cimino has pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit health care fraud.

Five pediatric flu-related deaths reported as of December

The flu season was just getting started and Alabama had already shown a significant amount of diagnosed cases.

Is your Christmas tree making you sick?

It doesn't matter if the tree is artificial or real.

Dothan school has sent over 100 sick students home

Dothan City Schools is hoping to work with parents in keeping classrooms germ free.

Data incomplete when it comes to infant deaths

Infants die at a higher rate in Alabama from Sudden Unidentified Infant Death (SUID) than any other state in the country.

  Local church works to help erase millions in hospital debt

A local church is working to help erase millions of dollars in medical debt for people across central Alabama.

  Phone app aims to help parents with “Picky Eaters”

A Birmingham family developed a new app to help parents with a common childhood problem - picky eating.

Health officials warn overuse of antibiotics could kill you

The overuse of antibiotics makes it easier for bacteria to adapt and become resistant.

  Latest numbers show flu activity on the rise across Ga. and Ala.

The percentage of outpatient visits for flu-like symptoms was above the regional baseline at just over 4 percent.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

  New security measure added at Montgomery, Prattville Baptist hospitals

Baptist Health says all visitors will soon have to show a government-issued photo ID to check-in.

  Physicians warn about dangers of pediatric flu

This year’s flu season claimed its first child death.

  HIV rate in Montgomery County the highest in the state

Alabama is one of seven states with high rural HIV numbers.

  New report assesses Ala. kids’ health, safety, education and security

New numbers are out for the annual Alabama Kids Count Data book.

Dept. of Mental Health requesting more mental health services in schools

These services allow a school district to partner with a local community mental health center to put a therapist in a school.

  Medicare enrollment closes next month

If you have not enrolled yet, you still have a couple of weeks to get that done. The deadline is Dec. 7.

  Health experts push for more regulations on tobacco, vaping products

Some health groups are pushing for more regulations to deter people from using these products.

UA researching high statewide infant mortality rate

Research has shown women in Alabama face many risks that influence the state's high infant mortality rate nearly 9 percent, when the national average is just almost 6 percent. Factors include substance abuse, mental health, and domestic abuse, that could be causing the high number of babies dying w

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

Alabama receives “F” on March of Dimes annual report card

Among several southern states, Alabama has received an "F" when it comes to premature births.

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s tough abortion law

A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion ban that would have made the procedure a felony at any stage of pregnancy in almost all cases

South Alabama man dies from mosquito-borne virus

Health officials say a south Alabama resident has died from a mosquito-borne virus

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

Medical pot on campus: Colleges say no and face lawsuits

Colleges are becoming a battleground in the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws

ADPH: Doctors investigating 8 vaping-related lung disease cases

Doctors say everyone should stop vaping until they know exactly what causes people to get sick.

  October is National Bullying Prevention Month

A new PSA was just released, a very powerful video, that’s interactive, allowing viewers to experience the bullying themselves.

On your side with the best ways to tackle 2020 open enrollment

It's that time of year again.

Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone

An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities

Most parents steal from their kids’ Halloween candy, survey says

The results are spooky!

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.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  Georgiana gets much-needed shot in the arm with pharmacy, jobs

New jobs are on the way. The average pay? $18 an hour.

  UA researcher studies sleep impact on obesity and chronic diseases

UA Health science associate professor Adam Knowlden is looking into how sleep impacts us when it comes to our health. As it relates to obesity he’s trying to find out if lack of sleep leads to obesity or other health concerns.