Health

  Part of Generation X? You might need an MMR booster shot

  AL dad designs truck to raise awareness for autism

Approved ADHD device sends electrical pulse to child’s brain

  Discovering herbal medicine in South Mississippi

  MSDH: Measles traveled from Tennessee through Mississippi earlier this month

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

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  Pollen season in South Mississippi means allergies for many

  No confirmed cases of measles in MS as outbreaks grow elsewhere

FDA bans sales of transvaginal mesh amid safety concerns

Fake-smiling at work makes you drink more at home, study reveals

  Caring for baby dolls lessens anxiety in nursing home residents

Men’s beards have more germs than dog fur, study finds

  Hancock High hosts first ‘ponytail drive’ to help cancer patients

The gym transformed into a hair salon as 20 students and community members lined up for a free haircut. Every ponytail of hair cut will go to Pink Heart Funds to create wigs for those with cancer.

Cannabis users needed up to twice the sedation for medical procedures, study says

Researchers in Grand Junction, Colorado looked at 250 patients that required endo-scopic procedures.

  US measles outbreak grows, 555 cases reported by CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 555 cases from Jan. 1 to April 11.

  Fisher-Price recalls sleepers after more than 30 babies die

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that anyone who bought any models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

  Eight-month-old Pascagoula baby inspires blood drive

  Artificial sweetener found in gum, certain peanut butters can be deadly for dogs

  Drug-resistant superbug spreads nationwide with two-thirds of cases in NYC, NJ area

  Tips to keep your skin, face healthy during summer

  Number of juveniles going to ER for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts doubles, new study finds

  Drug-resistant fungus susceptible to spread in nursing homes and hospitals has health officials worried

Too much screen time harming your teen’s mental health? New study casts doubt

Screen time, even before bed, has little impact on teen well-being, a new study says.

  US measles tally jumps 78 cases to 465, mostly in kids

Health officials say 465 measles cases have been reported this year, as of last week. That's up from 387 the week before.

‘Walk Without Limits’ spreads awareness for those on autism spectrum

A Saturday event at MGM Park in Biloxi was among many this month that brought awareness to autism and how it can be treated.

Hunt’s Tomato Paste recalled over potential presence of mold

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sounding the alarm about a recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans due to the potential presence of mold.

  Harrison County battles mosquito breeding

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one million people a year die from mosquito-borne diseases.

Health insurer says it will cap insulin prices at $25 for a month’s supply under new program

Cigna announced Wednesday it's launching the Patient Assurance Program which will will cap out-of-pocket expenses for a 30-day supply of insulin at $25.

  Coast businesses and organizations kick-off Move More Month

The streets of downtown Gulfport were filled Wednesday morning with people celebrating the kick-off to Move More Month.

  Number of measles cases in U.S. rise, but what does it mean for Mississippians?

This years skyrocketing numbers makes this the second greatest number of U.S. cases since the disease was said to be eliminated back in 2000.

  Coast families, organizations raise awareness for Autism

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

Americans borrowed $88 billion over past year for health care, survey finds

Sixty-five million adults surveyed said they had a health issue but did not seek treatment because of the cost, with 45 percent worrying that a major health event could lead them to bankruptcy.

  Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  FDA proposes change to modernize mammography standards, improve quality

The agency says the new policy would require breast density reporting, enhance the FDA’s ability to enforce mammography facilities’ compliance with standards

Center for Reproductive Rights challenges six-week abortion ban in court

Center for Reproductive Rights asks judge to block Mississippi’s new law criminalizing abortion after six weeks of pregnancy

US begins organ transplants from living donors who have HIV

Surgeons have performed what's thought to be the first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a long-awaited milestone

  Springtime for migraine sufferers

It’s pollen season and if you have allergies, this time of year is aggravating. There is a certain population that suffers even more this season for a different reason.

Memorial Hospital using new technology to diagnose, treat lung cancer

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport is utilizing Auris Health's Monarch platform, which can look inside the lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy, offering more accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eighth grader battles brain cancer with smile, positive attitude

A Biloxi eighth grader and her mom put on a brave smile and a positive attitude each day as the teenager battles brain cancer with the help of St. Jude Hospital.

  Nasal Spray Addiction: The risks of instant relief

The affordable and easy-to-grab nasal sprays have been on the market for years for people desperate for relief. But how much is too much?

Federal health plans extension good news for Mississippi

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday that they will allow insurance companies to continue to offer certain health plans that would have been phased out on January 1, 2020.

Two male enhancement supplements recalled due to presence of sildenafil

The active ingredients in both supplements may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

  Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month highlighted at Merit Health

An inflatable colon and a robot doing surgery were on display at Merit Health in Biloxi Monday as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

  $775 million settlement reached in 25,000 lawsuits over Xarelto blood thinner

Bayer Healthcare and Janssen Pharmaceuticals had won six of the cases that went to trial. Bayer said in an emailed statement that the settlement "allows the company to avoid the distraction and significant cost of continued litigation."

  CBD gaining popularity in Mississippi and on the Coast

CBD is flying off shelves in Mississippi after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized it in all 50 states.

REMINDER: Miniature batteries, magnets in faux piercings pose serious threat to kids and teens

Nationwide, nearly 2,500 children each year require emergency medical care after swallowing button batteries. It's why doctors urge parents to take note of the dangers tiny magnets and batteries present to teens and young children.

  Brain injuries from contact sports send thousands of children to ER annually, CDC says

The study also found that boys are twice as likely as girls to get a brain injury.

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths up 1,000 percent, CDC says

In the five years from 2011 to 2016, the number of deaths linked to fentanyl grew from less than 1,700 to more than 18,000.

Tyson recalls 69,000 pounds of chicken strips over possible metal contamination

Retail locations across the U.S. received the recalled strips.

Spring into allergy season with these tips to feel better

If you're one of the millions who go through this every year, there are a few things you can do to ease the discomfort.

  Tulane researchers discover technique to help detect pregnancy disorder

Tulane researchers study photoacoustic imaging to identify preeclampsia.

Poplarville school named healthiest in MS by BCBS Foundation

Poplarville Lower Elementary School has been rewarded for its efforts to promote better health among its students, teachers and administrators.

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

The syrup has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans.

  ADHD patients on amphetamines like Adderall might be at greater risk of psychosis, research finds

While the overall risk for psychosis is very low, more than twice the amount of patients in an amphetamine group in the study were affected by psychosis compared to those in a methylphenidate group.

  Lethal Libido: FDA warns the public of dangerous over-the-counter male enhancement pills

You see them on convenience store shelves with names like “Rhino” “Black Stallion” and “Libidomax” boasting some big claims, promising male enhancement and better results in the bedroom.

  Coast mom aims to raise awareness about Down syndrome

World Down Syndrome Day is March 21. The date is chosen to represent the three copies of chromosome 21, and it’s a day Brandi Berkhimer plans to celebrate Ashton and others with Down syndrome.

  How colonoscopy screenings save lives and why you may need one

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and the second leading cause in Mississippi, but many of those deaths could be prevented through earlier screenings.

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senate Bill 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.

US airlines rank poorly in cleanliness, survey finds

Japan’s All Nippon took the top spot in the survey. The cleanest ranked airline from North America is Air Canada

Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

Some patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer may be affected.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

  FDA proposes stricter rules on e-cigarettes to keep them away from minors

The Food and Drug Administration is fighting to keep electronic cigarette products out of young hands.

Police remind parents, coaches of warning signs for sports-related concussion

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the Gretna Police Department is reminding parents and coaches of the signs of concussions ahead of the spring and summer months in which children begin to participate in a variety of recreational sports.

  Program brings fresh food to the table in Gaston Point community

There’s nothing like teamwork to appreciate good food, and the Climb CDC Family Enrichment Center in Gulfport is cooking up a storm as well as a healthy meal.

  Veterans open up about healthcare at VA’s open forum

The quarterly Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System town hall at the Biloxi VA Medical Center drew a small crowd, but it has already started to make a big difference.

March of Dimes prepares for yearly fundraiser

The March of Dimes is preparing for its March for Babies walk in May.

  Spring allergy season hits Mississippians, but there are ways for relief

While some might only see pollen, others are hit with the unbearable symptoms.

Mississippi House passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill

The House on Monday amended and passed Senate Bill 2116 , which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The House and Senate must work out differences in their respective bills before it moves forward to Gov. Phil Bryant.

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Winn-Dixie announced a voluntary recall for for two codes of its Pillbury all-purpose flour for possible contamination of Salmonella.

New contact lenses could correct color blindness

A Canadian woman is working to help colorblind people see the world in all its vivid colors.

  Beach day allows people with disabilities a chance to have fun in the sun

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies, the City of Long Beach and Gulfport’s Junior Auxiliary partnered to throw “Beach Day at the Wheel Way.”

  Meet Dr. Chris Duke, Mississippi’s Veterinarian of the Year

Mississippi's 2019 Veterinarian of the Year practices right here on the Coast and heads up one of the largest clinics in the state.

  South Mississippi pastor has 30 days to find a kidney donor

Thirty days: that’s the time frame doctors gave Tony Guerin to find a live kidney donor. As his family is on the hunt for a match, he said his faith helps him push forward.

  Trippy ketamine-like drug approved for severe depression

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression.

Bill to help first responders with occupational diseases moves to House floor

Chiefs and firefighters on the Coast are pushing for a new law designed to help Mississippi first responders facing life-threatening illnesses they may have contracted while performing life-saving acts.

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

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

  Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine not linked to autism, study says

The lead researcher said the idea that vaccines cause autism is still around and is getting a lot of attention on social media. He said they wanted to provide solid scientific answers on the issue.

Lilly to sell cheaper version of top-selling insulin Humalog

The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin Lispro and come with an initial price 50 percent lower than Humalog's current rate of about $275 per vial.

  Contact lenses that can reverse nearsightedness while you sleep

"It was like a miracle. I could like see again.”

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

The latest case "shows the cure of Timothy Brown was not a fluke and can be recreated," said Dr. Keith Jerome of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle who had no role. He added that it could lead to a simpler approach that could be used more widely.