Health

  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.

Injection used in combination chemotherapy recalled, possible copper salt presence

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

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

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

  Program brings fresh food to the table in Gaston Point community

  Veterans open up about healthcare at VA’s open forum

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March of Dimes prepares for yearly fundraiser

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

Mississippi House passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

New contact lenses could correct color blindness

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

  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.

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

Lilly to sell cheaper version of top-selling insulin Humalog

  Contact lenses that can reverse nearsightedness while you sleep

Second man seems to be free of AIDS virus after transplant

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

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

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  St. Jude Dream Home now open for tours in Gulfport

Starting Saturday, March 2, you can tour the beautiful St. Jude Dream Home in the new Landon Green subdivision in Gulfport.

Alabama health officials warn against using CBD products

The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued a warning about products labeled CBD, cannabidiol, which is derived from the marijuana plant.

More than 200 lots of blood pressure medication recalled for carcinogenic impurities in a week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced two more recalls of blood pressure medication Friday because potentially carcinogenic impurities were found in them.

  Yoga offers health benefits no matter your age, fitness level

Yoga is an ancient technique that can help people live healthier lives, mentally and physically. And it's never too late to start.

  Young women experiencing rise in heart attacks

Above all else, Dr. Nickens wants you to remember one important thing about heart disease: It is treatable!

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

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

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  New veterans care facility planned at Tradition

More jobs, and better care of veterans may be coming to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the form of a planned VA care facility.

  Study finds 31 Mississippi rural hospitals at high risk of closure

A new study reveals Mississippi has the highest number of rural hospitals at financial risk of closing. Some factors are making matters worse for the state.

  Aggressive Spring allergy season ahead

If you struggle with spring allergies, now is the time to prepare for what doctors say will be another aggressive spring allergy season.

  How a Coronary Calcium Scan can help predict your risk of heart disease

You've probably heard about calcium being connected to your bone health. But did you know calcium might also be connected to heart health?

  Governor Phil Bryant declares Feb. 28 Rare Disease Day in Mississippi

These families met with Governor Phil Bryant at the State Capitol on why they want to bring attention to conditions that they’re facing.

Chick-fil-A offering keto-friendly menu options

The restaurant’s keto-friendly option allows you to eat on the go while sticking to the popular diet trend.

Memorial Hospital warns patients of December data breach

Officials with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport are warning that some patient information, including social security numbers, may have been compromised.

  Men who can do 40 push-ups have lower risk of heart disease, study says

Men able to do more than 40 push-ups had a 96% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those who were able to do fewer than 10.

Nature’s Path Foods recalls more than 400,000 boxes of cereal

The voluntary recall is for more than 400,000 boxes in the EnviroKidz line – Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch.

Experimental gene therapy treatment used to try to stop most common cause of blindness in aging people

The gene therapy aims to halt vision loss for people with age-related macular degeneration.

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.

  Coast mother seeks to provide support to families affected by drug addiction

Cheryl Howell's daughter Mandi battled drug addiction for 14 years before dying from an overdose. The painful experience of losing her daughter fueled Howell to create the non-profit “Someone’s Child.”

  New flu drug Xofluza helping flu patients get better, faster

More than 7 million people across the country have caught the virus so far this flu season, but now there may be hope for a speedy recovery.

  EPA to regulate cancer causing chemicals in drinking water

Millions of Americans are exposed to contaminated drinking water.

  Diet drinks linked to risk of heart attack, stroke, early death in women over 50, study says

Previous research has shown links between diet beverages and stroke, dementia, diabetes, and obesity

  Mississippi lawmakers sound off on fetal heartbeat bill, question its future

Mississippi lawmakers are a step closer to passing a more restrictive abortion law

  Advocates gather for Mental Health and Wellness Day at State Capitol

The National Alliance on Mental Illness organized the event and partnered with advocacy groups and state agencies across the Magnolia state.

  Resolution Check: Are you still exercising and eating better?

Getting healthyWe’re only into the second month of 2019 and many people are already struggling to stick to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthier. Here are some tips to help inspire you to keep working.

JPS student contracts tuberculosis; Doctor explains symptoms, treatment for the disease

Symptoms include persistent coughing, coughing up blood, night sweats and weight loss

DEA issues warning about deadly synthetic opioid

The synthetic opioid is 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 5,000 times stronger than fentanyl. It’s been linked to overdose deaths in cities and towns across the U.S.

Active case of tuberculosis confirmed in Provine High School student

MSDH will test approximately 200 students and faculty for TB infection.

  Gulf Coast schools seeing a rise in flu cases

Once again the flu virus has taken hold of the Gulf Coast. This time, it has its sights set on the school systems.

  E-cigarettes are gateway to nicotine addiction, study says

E-cigarette sales went up with the amount of nicotine in their cartridges, study author says.

  New cases of deadly cancer linked to breast implants, FDA says

According to the FDA, implants with textured surfaces are more closely linked to the cancer than those with smooth surfaces. (Source: CNN)

  Medical experts explain why you should get vaccinated

Immunization against some of the most contagious diseases should start at birth, according to the CDC.

  $5 million senior living investment about to be unveiled

A $5 million investment in Jackson County is about to be unveiled. Lighthouse, a senior living facility, will open later this month, and it’s delivering something that is needed more often these days.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bethesda Free Clinic helps people stay healthy, strong

During the past nine years, the Bethesda Free Clinic has offered care to more than 17,000 patients. These are people who might not receive the care they need if not for Bethesda.

Mississippi bill banning abortions once fetal heartbeat is detected advances

“I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.”

Willie Nelson launches CBD-infused coffee called ‘Willie’s Remedy’

Now you can brew a pot of Willie Nelson's CBD-infused coffee.

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

The device reportedly locks up after shock.

  National Wear Red Day kicks-off American Heart Month on the Gulf Coast

National Wear Red Day is the official start to the month-long focus by the American Heart Association to help people maintain healthy hearts and lifestyles.

Friday is National Wear Red Day for heart disease awareness

Friday is National Wear Red Day in an effort to help raise awareness and save lives from heart disease.

  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.

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.

Ocean Springs school recognized for healthy initiatives

For the fifth year in a row, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has offered Mississippi schools the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in grant funding through the Healthy School Awards.

Study links climate change to higher number of congenital heart defects in babies

Women who are pregnant during the spring or summer months in warmer climates are at the most risk, study says. (Source: CNN)

Over 30,000 pounds of Tyson Foods chicken nuggets recalled due to possible rubber contamination

Consumers who have purchased these products are asked to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

  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.

  Community joins Gulfport teen with cerebral palsy in 20-mile hike, one step closer to being an Eagle Scout

Despite having cerebral palsy and optic nerve damage in one eye, Aaron Smith hiked 20 miles to be one badge closer to becoming an Eagle Scout.

  Community comes together to give blood in memory of Courtney Hubbard

The family of Courtney Hubbard organized a Memorial Blood Drive with the Blood Center on Saturday.

Medicaid hearing takes place at Capital; addresses “elephant in the room”

The big issue at hand - whether the state should “expand.”

  Three Rivers Elementary’s ‘fearless’ girls practice self-care through yoga

Girls at Three Rivers Elementary had a chance to practice self care through yoga on Wednesday.

The VA is on mission to end veteran suicides

The VA is on a mission to end suicide among veterans. 20 percent of the veterans who return from combat will experience symptoms of depression or other mental health concerns.

One year later: Blood drive scheduled in memory of Courtney Hubbard

One year after the death of beloved Ocean Springs teacher Courtney Hubbard, the community will once again gather in her honor.

Anti-cancer group: Ban tanning beds for younger than 18

Health advocates are asking Mississippi lawmakers to ban people younger than 18 from using tanning beds

  Miss Mississippi encourages North Bay students to be tobacco free

Students at North Bay Elementary were all ears Tuesday morning as Miss Mississippi, Asya Branch, pushed a big message: say no to smoking.

Blood pressure medication recalled for trace amounts of cancer-causing material

NDEA is a substance that occurs naturally in certain foods, drinking water, air pollution, and industrial processes and has been classified as a probable human carcinogen, the company’s website states. (Source: FDA/CNN)

  South Mississippi organic farm growing herbs and vegetables

More and more people are buying organic and some of those fruits, vegetables, and herbs are grown right in South Mississippi.

Paralyzed Olive Branch veteran to receive donated exoskeleton

A paralyzed Mid-South veteran will soon have his own unique device to help him walk again.