Health

New child advocacy center to open Tuesday in Pascagoula

  Law enforcement officers receive crisis intervention training

Mississippi is least physically active state in U.S., study finds

  CDC: Jackson ranked 2nd highest U.S. city for STDs

Group of Mississippi physicians come out in support of medical marijuana initiative

Best Life: Race, class and kids’ conversations

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  One Pass Christian brother and sister help give the gift of life

Most lung injury victims bought THC vapes outside of commercial sources, CDC says

  Boy hears voices after suffering apparent Tamiflu-induced hallucinations

Study says Americans wait too long to get knee replacement

Several medications used to treat acid reflux recalled over probable carcinogen

  Long Beach students and parents learn more about vaping’s harmful effects

  Cancer death rate sees largest single-year drop, report says

Researchers credit reductions in smoking and improvements in treatment for the decline as well as early detection for some cancers.

Chief Justice Randolph wants to add mental heath and veteran courts to state system

State Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph of Ocean Springs was the special guest speaker Friday morning at a special meeting of the Gulf Coast Business Council.

'Don’t be fooled’: Health officials urge voters to just say ‘no’ to medical marijuana initiative

State health officials are responding to the news that an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi will be put to voters later this year.

  ‘We’re talking about a medication’: Gulfport doctor breaks down benefits of medical marijuana

Many residents and some medical professionals throughout the state want to see the medical marijuana initiative passed.

  National Championship, Carnival season brings worry about spread of flu

Bed bugs discovered at a Hancock County school

Merit Health Biloxi celebrating their Baby-Friendly designation

Medical marijuana will be on Mississippi’s November ballot

  Coast woman shares what she’s learned from her inspiring weight loss

  Young smokers frustrated after legal tobacco age increases to 21

WWE star Roman Reigns makes Mississippi boy’s wish come true

A Mississippi boy fighting illness received his wish when he met WWE Superstar Roman Reigns last week.

Male infertility got no boost from zinc, folic acid in study

Previous studies on whether over-the-counter supplements might boost sperm health had conflicting results.

  More Americans getting vaccinated for HPV

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the HPV vaccine for boys and girls ages 11 and 12 and three doses in 6 months if you are 15 or older.

Number of US measles cases in 2019 highest in decades

The majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles.

Wash backpacks before school resumes, doctors advise

Backpacks can harbor contaminants that can be harmful to your child and make them sick.

  2,900 US flu deaths this season, CDC reports

The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu.

  Bay St. Louis business hopes to make clean eating easier for busy people

Healthy eating, such as whole foods and clean meat, is the focus of Wholey Foods, a new eatery in Bay St. Louis from the owner of Starfish Café.

  CrossFit bandits say new year resolutions can become lifestyle changes

A common annual new year resolution is about going to the gym or exercising.

  New saliva test may detect autism earlier in toddlers

A group of researchers in Upstate New York are hopeful a new saliva test aimed at toddlers will help doctors detect autism earlier

Department of Health reports increase of flu cases in Miss.

Also, keep an eye out for your youngest and oldest family members; their weak immune systems can make them more susceptible to the flu.

Mississippi asks appeals court to reconsider abortion ruling

Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that said the state’s ban on most abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional.

  Tobacco, vape retailers have mixed reactions to raising legal age to sell

The reaction is mixed among retailers of tobacco and e-cigarettes over the new law raising the legal age to purchase their products to 21.

  Tips to keep on track with ‘new year, new me’ resolutions

“New year, new me” is the phrase you hear this time of year. We’re just days away from entering 2020, and a popular new year’s resolution is getting in shape.

  WLOX Holiday Blood Drive hopes to help Red Cross with critical blood shortage

This holiday season, the American Red Cross and WLOX encourage individuals to be the lifeline for patients in need and give something that means something – a blood donation.

  ESPN reporter’s death prompts questions about dangers of pneumonia

More people are asking about the dangers of pneumonia after the passing of ESPN reporter Edward Ashcoff.

Give the gift of life this season at WLOX’s Holiday Blood Drive

Christmas may be over but it’s still the season for giving! Ring in 2020 by giving blood at WLOX’s Annual Holiday Blood Drive.

  Depression and anxiety can feel worse during the holidays

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but it can be a stressful time for others.

South Mississippi girl walks the ‘blue carpet’ at Star Wars premiere

The stars aligned last week for Addisyn Richards, who was invited to Hollywood to attend the world premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

  Mississippi teenager asks for Christmas cards as he waits for heart transplant

Waylon Walker, 14, just wants to know how many cards he can get for Christmas as he waits for a donor for a new heart.

  CDC reports 1,800 flu deaths in US this season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu has killed 1,800 people, sent 32,000 to the hospital and sickened 3.7 million.

Holiday temptations, stress could create negative consequences

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep your weight in check and your stress levels low.

  Teenager battling brain tumor uses music to cope and inspire others

The high school sophomore has plenty of reasons to want an escape. Although you would never know it while he’s singing, just over a year ago he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

  Pilot for a day earns wings from Hurricane Hunters

It was a wish come true for 14-year-old Payton Burge, as the Carriere resident got to be pilot for a day with the Hurricane Hunters as part of the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Pet store puppies could make people sick, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked an outbreak of campylobacter to puppies. It's a type of bacteria most commonly transmitted by eating undercooked poultry.

  Flu cases on the rise in Mississippi

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu virus is at high levels all over the country. Even here in Mississippi, high levels of flu cases are being reported.

  MS Gulf Coast Marathon celebrates another successful run

With a record turnout, organizers are excited about the future of the South Mississippi race.

  Doctors warn against misusing psycho-stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin

Psycho-stimulants are used to treat conditions like ADHD and ADD.

1,300 flu deaths in US so far this season, CDC estimates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have at least 1,300 deaths, 23,000 hospitalizations and 2.6 million illnesses from the flu.

  Expert explains how to cope with holiday depression

Experts say anxiety and depression can increase this time of year.

  Tips for staying healthy this holiday season

Most people associate food with the holidays. A huge turkey dinner or prime rib, whatever the tradition is, involves consuming lots of calories. Some may be good for you, but more times than not, it means, sugars, sweets, and treats.

  How to deal with Seasonal Affective Disorder

It can sometimes be dismissed as just “winter blues,” but Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is much more serious than just being sad.

UMMC breaks ground on facility for children with medically complex conditions

It will be built in a wooded area off Eastwood Drive in Jackson, minutes from the UMMC campus.

Mississippi school district sues maker of e-cigarettes

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A school district in Mississippi is suing the largest e-cigarette maker in the U.S., saying that Juul Labs is deceptively marketing its products to teenagers and causing young people to become addicted.

It’s flu season: Here’s how to protect yourself

The first line of defense is a flu shot, but a good diet and hygiene are important, too.

Brain bleeding triggers new aspirin recommendations

Aspirin regimens are no longer being recommended for preventing stroke or heart disease.

  Pink Up: Organization donates knitted prosthetics to breast cancer survivors

Nurses at Forrest General Hospital are working together to provide comfort for those who go through breast cancer surgery.

  How essential oils can make your pet sick

Essential oil diffusers are popular Christmas presents but they can make your pet sick!

  South Mississippi Strong: Family stays positive after infant is diagnosed with rare disease

Colbi Capuano was born with a rare disease, one that makes life a little more challenging. But her condition isn’t stopping her or her family.

Free Hepatitis A vaccinations available following rise in Pearl River Co. cases

Health officials are taking action after a recent increase in the number of hepatitis A infections in Pearl River County.

  New drug shows promising results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s

In clinical tests, aducanumab given to patients monthly by IV has proven effective.

MRIs of dense breasts find more cancer but also false alarms

Giving women with very dense breasts an MRI scan in addition to a mammogram led to fewer missed cancers but also to a lot of false alarms and treatments that might not have been needed, a large study found.

Number of E. coli cases connected to romaine lettuce grows

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says an additional 27 people have become sickened after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli.

MSDH reports tenth case of vaping-related lung illness

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported one additional identified case of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi on Thursday.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

  D’Iberville schools, police department get life-saving trauma kits

D’Iberville’s educators are now equipped with trauma kits that can save lives. It’s a partnership with the D’Iberville Police Department and an organization called CitizenAID.

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.

Louisiana reports first vaping death

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) confirmed on Monday, Nov. 18 the first death linked to a vaping-associated lung injury, or EVALI, in the state. LDH was unable to provide specifics about the deceased individual due to privacy concerns.

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care.

Gulfport boy gets wish to go to Disney World

Drew Endsley and his family are going to Disney World, all thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  American Heart Association amps up fight against e-cigarettes and vaping

The American Heart Association is ramping up its fight against the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Now it’s time for a Tobacco Endgame: to eliminate tobacco and nicotine addiction in the United States.

  US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017.

  Vacancies an issue for VA facilities across Mississippi

As we honor Mississippi veterans today, we're taking a closer look at the health care they're offered upon their return.

  Good Morning America shares story of Gulf Coast’s Willow Cannan and MSD

Recently, a producer with ABC’s Good Morning America shared Willow Cannan's story with the network’s national audience, hoping to bring more attention to Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency.

Red Cross competition enhances volunteer response skills

American Red Cross volunteers from across South Mississippi got some valuable skills training in a competitive two-day event that wrapped up Saturday.

Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium going up to $144.60

Medicare blamed the premium increase largely on rising spending for drugs administered in doctors' offices.

US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

A government lab found the same chemical compound in lung fluid from 29 patients. The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in vaping fluid used by many of those who got sick.

  Jackson County health screening sparked by local business owner who suffered a stroke

Medical professionals on site checked cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and BMI. There was also a station to learn CPR.

Three coast hospitals earn “A” ratings in national safety survey

Three Mississippi Gulf Coast hospitals each received an "A" in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, announced Thursday.