Health

  Coast man battling heart disease shares message of hope

  Father of 2 sues Los Angeles hospital after wife dies during childbirth

  Hancock County student returns to school after battling cancer

  Kratom sales once again targeted and advocates are fighting back

  South Mississippi Strong: Bethel Free Clinic dedicated to providing quality health care to anyone

  Uptick in surprise medical billing prompts legislation push in Mississippi

Continued Coverage

  Study: Eradication of cervical cancer possible in US within 20 years

  Options explored to keep mental health centers open

MSDH, CDC continue to monitor current outbreak of coronavirus

  Stomach virus at Coast Coliseum isolated, contained

  “An organic option for the rich”: Medical marijuana price concerns remain after pharmacy slashes prices

Baby tests positive for coronavirus just 30 hours after birth

What is gray death? The lethal opioid combination reportedly found in Louisiana

The drug takes the shape of small pieces of concrete and rocks.

MSDH: Case of hepatitis A being investigated in Jones Co. restaurant employee

An employee of the Huddle House in Laurel has been diagnosed with hepatitis A infection.

  Coast patient loves new diabetes technology

New FDA approved technology is helping insulin-dependent diabetics gain more control over their blood sugar levels. Lisa Boccaleri is one of the first patients on the coast to try it out, and says she loves it.

  Biloxi VA to host Veteran Family Expo, Mardi Gras parade in February

A series of events this month at the Biloxi VA Medical Center will focus on the health of veteran families, showing appreciation to those who have served our country, and inspiring the community to visit and volunteer at VA facilities.

  Vaping in young people on the rise as Coast schools fight to stop it

  Mississippi closely monitoring coronavirus outbreak but no cases currently reported

  CDC: Flu deaths reach 10K this season

  Miss. Dept. of Health hosts briefing on coronavirus outbreak

Alexandria residents desperate to evacuate China following coronavirus outbreak

Parkinson’s may affect brain before birth, study says

  Medical marijuana opponent speaks out to Coast Republicans

On Monday, Harrison County Republican Women heard from a speaker opposed to legalization for medicinal use.

United MSD Foundation kicks off campaign for annual Zebra Run

The United MSD Foundation is preparing for one of its biggest fundraisers to find a cure for a rare disease.

  SNAP recipients receive funding to buy healthier foods

SNAP recipients receive funding to buy healthier foods

  William Carey hosts healthcare symposium for high school students

Coast high school students interested in the healthcare field got a chance to learn more about possible future careers.

  Jackson doctor explains new viral respiratory illness that killed 17 in China

The CDC said this coronavirus may have come from a seafood market in Wuhan, China that has since been closed.

  New hip replacement surgery on the coast offers faster recovery for patients

Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport is offering a new hip replacement option that doctors say means faster recovery for the patient.

  Running a marathon may help you live longer, study says

New research indicates training and running a marathon for the first time could reverse some of the effects of aging in our bodies.

Sunscreen chemicals exceed safety levels in bloodstream after single use, FDA says

Experts and the FDA stress the sun's link to cancer and aging is real, so sun protection shouldn’t be abandoned.

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

After countless sleepless nights, Susan Walters realized it was time to finally make a change.

New child advocacy center to open Tuesday in Pascagoula

South Mississippi will receive another child advocacy center which offers young victims a safe haven from abuse.

  Law enforcement officers receive crisis intervention training

Law enforcement officers in Harrison County are working to better understand how to help people with mental health issues.

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

According to a newly-released study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi ranks as the least physically active state in America.

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

Places where education and job wages are low show a correlation with high STD rates.

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

Mississippians will vote for or against the initiative on November 3, 2020.

Best Life: Race, class and kids’ conversations

It’s one tough subject that parents may be shying away from---- and it’s not the birds and the bees. A new study by the researchers at Sesame Street indicates a majority of parents may not be having a conversation about race, class, or ethnicity with their kids, the factors that make up social ident

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

A Pass Christian brother and sister have been regular blood donors for more than four decades, giving the gift of life time and time again. They hope to inspire others to do the same.

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

More than 2,600 people nationwide have been hospitalized with lung injury linked to vaping and 57 people have died.

Boy hears voices after suffering apparent Tamiflu-induced hallucinations

Sarah Wells took her son to the doctor and they prescribed Tamiflu, a popular anti-viral treatment for the flu. Wells says that she was not prepared for the severe side effects of the drug.

Study says Americans wait too long to get knee replacement

Most Americans wait too long to get much-needed knee replacement surgeries, and those delays could lead to other health problems.

Several medications used to treat acid reflux recalled over probable carcinogen

Several medications used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are being recalled after manufacturers detected trace amounts of the same probable cancer-causing impurity that prompted earlier recalls of several medications used for similar purposes.

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

For the third year in a row, a leading expert in the field of vaping and youth drug trends, Michael DeLeon is spreading a message of health and preventative measures students can take to live a healthy life.

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

Doctors say that many people coming together could also make Louisiana even more vulnerable to a second peak in what has already been an early and bad flu season here.

Bed bugs discovered at a Hancock County school

It’s fairly common to get a warning from your child’s school about lice being discovered. But bed bugs require an entirely different course of treatment.

Merit Health Biloxi celebrating their Baby-Friendly designation

Breastfeeding rates in Mississippi are well below the national average, but one South Mississippi hospital is doing it’s part to increase those numbers.

Medical marijuana will be on Mississippi’s November ballot

Ballot Initiative 65 is now on the ballot, but it may not be the only initiative up for consideration.

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

Ocean Springs woman lost more than 300 pounds, and kept it off for more than a decade.

  Young smokers frustrated after legal tobacco age increases to 21

New legislation signed by President Trump puts tobacco consumers between the ages of 18 and 20 in a predicament.

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.