Health

  Officials: Mislabeled vaping products causing growing concern

Mississippi agency says vaping presents more than a public health concern but also a public safety concern.

Pandemic could kill up to 80 million people across the globe, and the world isn’t ready, report says

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sewage issues repaired in Gautier; water advisory lifted

West Nile Virus cases reported in Hinds, Rankin counties

No new measles cases reported; US outbreak is fading

Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

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  Rally for Recovery offers resources to those trying to beat addiction

Dozens walk to draw awareness to diabetes

  Widow of Keesler 403rd worker not satisfied with Air Force’s answers

  Local shop owners concerned over e-cigarette flavor ban threatened by White House

  Volunteer group works to keep kids from going hungry on weekends

  Jester becomes first K9 security officer at a hospital campus in Mississippi

  Mint, menthol: Vape industry has dug heels in on flavor bans

Public health experts say all flavors should be banned and that menthol can still hook kids on vaping.

  Study: Shorter people at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes

According to the study, shorter people are at more of a risk of developing the disease than their taller peers.

  World Suicide Prevention Day: Department of Mental Health aims to ‘shatter the silence’ on suicide

Tuesday, September 10, was Suicide Prevention Day.

Americans love snacks. What does that mean for their health?

Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

  Families, caregivers on front lines of opioid crisis hope federal money will help

  Medical Marijuana could appear on 2020 ballot, pending approval

North Alabama school removes bathroom stall doors to combat vaping

  Breast cancer survivors ‘Race for The Cure’ at annual Susan G. Komen 5K

  After one month, how are Louisiana’s medical marijuana patients doing?

Advocacy group supports federal judge’s ruling on mental health in Mississippi

  Restaurant owner, heart patient encourages others to be heart aware

Ron Savell, the owner of Patio 44 and Mugshots, found out just five weeks ago that he probably should be dead, and just three weeks ago, he had quadruple bypass heart surgery.

  Vape store owner encourages vapers to do research, make safe choices amid health warnings

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) issued a statement regarding one death and more than 200 possible cases of lung disease in the U.S. that could be linked to e-cigarette use.

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

By the 2025 model year, nearly all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will come with electronic alerts to remind people to not leave children behind in the back seats.

  Federal judge: An outside expert should oversee changes to Mississippi’s mental health system

Mississippi's mental health system is under the microscope and the feds are stepping in.

Mississippi getting more than $19M to combat the opioid crisis

Mississippi is getting more than $19 million over the next three years to combat the ever-growing opioid crisis in America. The money will help expand access to treatment and support near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.

Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

In a ruling late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said he wants to appoint an outsider to oversee changes.

Harrison County supervisors discuss mental health dilemma

The Gulf Coast Mental Health Center was a heated topic of conversation at this week’s Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Pennsylvania man on life support after doctors say vaping caused critical illness

The Centers for Disease Control says there are harmful chemicals in vapes and e-cigarettes, and scientists have much to learn about these products.

  Former law enforcement officer faces long road to recovery after double organ transplant

Bruce Addison had his kidney and pancreas transplant less than three weeks ago. He feels blessed beyond belief. But now he and his wife are facing new challenges.

2 new cases of West Nile reported in Mississippi, bringing state total to 9 this year

Symptoms of the West Nile virus are often mild and may include: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

Investigation into surgeon at Biloxi VA ends with oversight concerns for entire facility

What started as an investigation into a claim of improper care against a VA surgeon ended with authorities finding multiple infractions by facility leaders at the Biloxi VA.

‘Fussy eater’ goes blind after diet of white bread, Pringles and French fries

To prevent similar cases, researchers are urging doctors to ask patients about their dietary history as part of routine examinations.

Cases in Salmonella outbreak linked to pet chicks, ducklings exceeds 1,000; slight rise in La. cases

The number of Salmonella cases linked to backyard poultry in Louisiana has slightly risen from 2 cases to 6 cases between June and August, states a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the nation, the number of cases linked to the outbreak now exceeds 1,000.

  “I am stronger than this:” Breast cancer survivor inspires others to Race for the Cure

Pamela Killingsworth is the 2019 Susan G. Komen Survivor of the year.

  Pass Christian STEM students learn about 3-D printing while helping others

In the age of STEM classes and robotics competitions in coast schools, Pass Christian Middle School is taking education to the next level.

  Retired USM professor gears up for ride to promote kidney donation

Thirteen years ago, then 69-year-old Denny Behm donated a kidney to a very close friend.

Teens, fast food and depression: A new study says there’s a connection

Tests found high levels of sodium and low levels of potassium in the group. Researches also saw symptoms of depression, not only among the children but their parents, too.

Mark 14 years since Katrina by rolling up your sleeve at memorial blood drive

The American Red Cross is hosting its annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial Blood Drive on Thursday and Friday.

  CDC investigating death possibly linked to vaping, causing concerns

A death possibly linked to e-cigarettes is under investigation by the CDC.

  CPR training coming into Coast junior high schools

CPR training is now at the 100 percent placement level at Coast high schools. But now, thanks to Bancorp South and the American Heart Association, the valuable life-saving training is now being implemented at the junior high level.

PediaSmart vanilla drink mix recalled due to undeclared milk allergen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public to a recall involving a complete nutrition vanilla drink mix due to an undeclared milk allergen.

The US officially eliminated measles in 2000. It’s about to lose that status.

Nearly 19 years after a big achievement in public health, the U.S. could lose it.

  U.S. News recognizes Gulfport Memorial Hospital as Best Regional Hospital

After U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers around the country, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport received recognition as Best Regional Hospital on the Coast.

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

The recalled water bottles have a black spout base and a black spout cover. They were sold from April 2018 through June 2019.

  Wiggin’ Out for Willow aims to fund first-ever clinical trial

The United MSD Foundation, created by Amber Olsen, is hosting the third annual Wiggin’ Out for Willow, a fundraiser designed to help bring in the last $600,000 needed to fund the clinical trial but in a fun way.

  Susan G. Komen Foundation gearing up for annual Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is getting ready for its sixth annual Race for the Cure.

Gautier fitness trail slated for completion by the end of October

The City of Gautier is moving into a more health-friendly direction. Construction is underway on a fitness trail off De La Pointe Drive.

Texas teen’s lung collapses due to vaping

Machines kept him alive and tests confirmed he hadn’t picked up a bug, but had been vaping.

'I pretty much douse everything in Lysol’: Teachers and faculty fight off back-to-school germs

Kids are back in school and so is bacteria, increasing any child’s chance of getting sick.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 2: Records show conditions that led to dangerous chemical exposure at KAFB existed for years

Workers at the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base are trying to get leadership there to recognize that their illnesses may be related to workplace exposure to hexavalent chromium.

  Dangers in the Air - Part 3: Children of sick Air Force reservists suffer with their fathers

The families of at least six employees of the 403rd Wing Maintenance Group at Keesler Air Force Base are coping with uncertainty while their fathers seek information on what has made them ill.

Daytime sleepiness could be sign of Alzheimer’s disease, study says

If you can't make it through the day without a nap, the authors of a new study suggest the brain cells that keep you awake may be under attack by Alzheimer's disease.

Study claims fluoride exposure during pregnancy tied to low IQ scores in children

A new study says increased exposure to fluoride during pregnancy is tied to lower IQ scores in children.

New reported case of West Nile Virus brings state total to six

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported one new human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2019 on Monday.

  New Weight Watchers diet app is aimed at kids as young as 8 years old

Critics say the diet app could lead to lifelong problems with food.

Tyson recalling nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken patties due to foreign matter contamination

The USDA classifies the health risk as "high."

  Women in medicine honored by the Mississippi State Medical Association

Women in medicine who are pioneers in the field for their accomplishments in Mississippi were honored during a ceremony sponsored by the Mississippi State Medical Association.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

  Study: Mississippi ranked worst state to have a baby

Mississippi was ranked the worst state to have a baby but there are steps being taken to try and improve the statistics.

Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in US

As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products.

  Miss. man files lawsuit against Roundup, claims it gave him lymphatic cancer

The popular weed-killer, Roundup, is the number one selling herbicide in the world.

Kale juice may kill cancer cells, Belhaven University researchers say

Kale is healthy to eat, but can it also cure cancer?

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach due to a possible salmonella risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported, brings state total to five

In 2018, Mississippi had 50 WNV cases and no deaths. The first case was reported in mid-July.

Scientists are working on a cat vaccine to relieve allergic reactions by people

The vaccine would be given to cats to block a protein that causes allergies in humans.

A warning to pet owners: toxic algae kills three dogs in matter of hours

A hot summer evening in Wilmington was made a little cooler for three dogs when their loving owners brought them to a nearby pond to play and swim Thursday night. Just hours later all three dogs were dead, their owner’s lives now shattered.

Hurricane prep should include mental health services, experts say

Mental health experts and community leaders are hosting a free seminar at the Corpus Christi Community Center on Friday (Aug. 9), to discuss ways to better prepared before a storm.

Biloxi VA cited in report detailing staff’s response to a patient’s death

The patient died in 2017 less than 24 hours after being admitted. Now, the OIG says staff did not perform life-saving measures.

  Louisiana’s first medical marijuana patient checks out in Baton Rouge

Patients will start receiving the first legal doses of medical marijuana Tuesday.

  Gulfport man finds living kidney donor through social media

In 2015, Gulfport resident Ryan Pierini found out he had low kidney function from Polycystic Kidney Disease and began dialysis in June 2016.

Medical marijuana available in La. next week, but advocates worry over accessibility

After months of testing, medical marijuana is expected to be available to Louisiana patients on Tuesday (Aug. 6), according to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry. But, getting it might not be easy.

  Benefit fish fry helps pay Ocean Springs man’s medical bills

An Ocean Springs man is halfway through treatment for prostate cancer. On Saturday, the community rallied around him to help raise money to offset some of his medical bills.

Hundreds show up for benefit to raise money for local autism center

Members of the Pascagoula chapter of the Pistoleros organized a lunchtime silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast Center for Autism in D’Iberville.

  Hundreds of families receive fresh fruits and vegetables

Feeding the Gulf Coast teamed up with the Mississippi Public Health Institute, Society of St. Andrew, Rouses Supermarket and other local partners for a Produce Drop at First Baptist Church of Biloxi on Saturday.

Department of Health calling attention to pet-friendly restaurants

Creel has had his restaurant pet-friendly restaurant open for years. He said that after learning about this food code, the restaurant will turn away any future furry customers.

CBD drug trial at UMMC delivers promising results; gets one-year extension

According to the hospital, results from a clinical trial of a new marijuana-derived drug to treat seizures in children has prompted approval of a one-year extension to the study. Great news for those with children suffering from severe epilepsy.

  MDEQ continues water sampling in Mississippi Sound

Right now, all 21 swimming stations on the Gulf Coast are under swimming advisories due to the blue-green algae.

  What you need to know about the Hepatitis A outbreak in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health is joining other states across the country to fight the spread of Hepatitis A.