Health

Protesters rally for patients' rights to proper opiod use

A group demonstrated Tuesday outside the VA in Biloxi for the DPP 2018 rally, which is happening in 46 states.

Low-dose aspirin increases risk of bleeding, study says

According to the studies, healthy people appear to be wasting their money by taking aspirin every day.

Coca-Cola is signaling interest in sale of cannabis-infused drinks

Coke says cannabis is an ingredient that could gain ground in wellness beverages globally.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Concerns grow over mental health care options on the Coast

Concerns are growing about the availability of mental health care options on the Coast after news of a Gulfport mental health facility's plan to stop its outpatient services.

New tiny pacemaker reduces risks and improves lives on the coast

A new type of pacemaker is making life easier for some heart patients on the Coast.

Mental health officials can't 'second guess' judges

A recent court ruling says mental health professionals can't refuse a judge's order committing patients, even if the Department of Mental Health disagrees that a state mental hospital is the right place for a patient.

Medical City projected to create $2 billion impact for Mississippi

A study presented by economists Thursday at the Governor's Health Care Economic Development Summit projected the Medical City at Tradition may have a $2 billion impact on the state of Mississippi over the next 10 years.

Singing River uses new medical app to speed life saving communication

New mobile technology is being used to help save more lives at Singing River Health System.

Law enforcement learning how to tend to wounds in traumatic events

An injury to a major artery could cause you to bleed out in seconds.

Blood donor services in need of donations as blood shortage continues

Blood collection agencies, like the American Red Cross and The Blood Center, are reporting an emergency shortage of blood. They are asking anyone that is able to please donate.

VA clinic helps South Mississippi veterans with claims questions

Dozens of booths filled the Long Beach Senior Center, each with a specialty meant to help the men and women who have served.

Dozens attend kickoff party for 'Race for the Cure'

Dozens came out to kick things off for this year's Susan B. Komen "Race for the Cure."

Roberts sisters team up with Susan G. Komen foundation to fight breast cancer

Two well known sisters from Pass Christian are joining forces with the Susan G Komen Gulf Coast Race for the Cure to fight breast cancer.

Mississippi challenge to execution drug put on hold

A challenge to lethal injection in Mississippi is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a Missouri case.

Medical marijuana could be coming to Mississippi

There is a push to get medical marijuana on the state ballot in 2020.

Medical marijuana stirs social media debate on governor's page

As an initiative to allow medical marijuana in Mississippi gains traction, the state's governor is speaking out on social media against the issue, causing many to respond to his posts on the topic.

Gulfport Memorial Hospital CEO stepping down

The CEO of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is retiring effective Thursday. Memorial Hospital spokesperson confirmed to WLOX News Gary Marchand's last day as Chief Administrative Officer is Wednesday.

Homemaker service company holds job fair for CNAs and PCAs

If you have a heart for helping the elderly or disabled a new business on the coast is looking for you. On Thursday W.R. Community Services held a job fair at the West Biloxi Library. 

Town hall aims to educate, find solutions to MS opioid epidemic

StandUp Mississippi hosted an opioid town hall in Biloxi on Tuesday to educate people on the opioid crisis.

Free immunizations still being offered for Coast students

Biloxi Excel By 5's third annual immunization fair is still going on. The event began Saturday and continues through Wednesday.

Officers learn more about mental health when responding to calls

Emergency personnel from several South Mississippi law enforcement agencies attended a seminar Tuesday on responding to calls that involve mental health issues.

William Carey opens Coast's first pharmacy school

The Gulf Coast's first pharmacy school is now open at William Carey University's Tradition campus.

Class of 2018: Introducing the coast's newest therapy dogs...

A graduation ceremony in Gulfport this weekend went straight to the dogs -- the therapy dogs, that is.

How you can help keep Nashayla strong

A Jackson County family is in need of a helping hand.  A rare heart condition has left the 16-year-old daughter of Crystal and Brandon Merrill wheelchair bound.

Pediatric rehab patients take break from therapy for splashing good time

Dozens of pediatric rehab patients at Singing River Health System took part in a water fun day Friday. The event was held on the grounds at Singing River Medical Park in Pascagoula. The children took a break from their normal therapy session to cool-off.

Coastal Family Health Center awarded $100,000 to address health concerns

Coastal Family Health Center in Biloxi was awarded a $100,000 grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the New Orleans Saints.

Singing River Health System's new CEO talks about what lies ahead for hospital

While walking the halls of Singing River hospital, CEO Lee Bond talked to WLOX about the hospital system's past and what lies ahead in its future.

Mississippi revises proposal for Medicaid work requirement

Mississippi is still seeking federal permission to set a work requirement for able-bodied people covered by Medicaid.

Jackson County man loses multiple fingers after firework explodes

A Jackson County man is coping with serious injuries after a firework exploded during a Fourth of July celebration.

  South Mississippi Strong: Jackson Co. stroke survivor shares journey to recovery

One Jackson County man is sharing his story of how stroke rehab experts helped him with his recovery.

Biloxi man joins thousands waiting for liver transplant

The need for organ donors continues to grow in the U.S., with more than 114,000 people nationwide on a transplant waiting list. Getting on a transplant waiting list is no small task. Patients must meet a lot of criteria. But, that's where a Biloxi man recently found himself.  But making the transplant list is giving his family hope.

Harrison Co. leaders look at ways to give more help to those with mental illnesses

Right now, eight inmates at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center are considered extreme mental health patients. The sheriff said a judge ordered them to go to a mental health facility, but there's no space for them.

South Mississippi Strong: Woman with cerebral palsy to compete in bodybuilding contest

Toni was born with cerebral palsy, but she doesn't let those obstacles keep her from following her dreams.

A unique bond; friends fighting lupus one step at a time

May is Lupus Awareness month: a time set aside to educate people about a serious disease that can affect anyone, but Lupus is most often diagnosed in young women between the ages of 15-44.

Melanoma Monday: do you know your skin cancer risk?

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the first Monday of may marks National Melanoma Monday. Because of that Singing River Health System is spreading awareness about the risks.

Two Gulfport hospitals ready for hurricane season

Gulfport's two largest healthcare providers, Memorial Hospital and Garden Park Medical Center, are now more storm-ready than ever before. And that's good news as we near the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season.

St. Jude helps Coast boy make great strides against cancer

Countless young lives are saved every year at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Many of those children are from right here in South Mississippi.

Less painful way for diabetics to monitor blood sugar

New sensor technology is helping patients with diabetes achieve better health, new freedom, and less pain.

Coast resident shares her fight against colorectal cancer on a national stage

A Gautier resident will be one of the twenty-five people nationwide featured in a new PSA in March, for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.