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  Class of 2019 therapy dogs celebrate graduation

The Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi held its annual graduation Saturday for this year’s class of pet therapy dogs.

Gulf Coast Mental Health Center to close its doors at clinics in four South Mississippi counties

  Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

  Get outside: It’s the best way to reduce stress, study says

A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

  MS OB/GYN accused of sexual assault, misconduct after fathering children with patients

Health officials urge Mississippi residents to prepare before the storm

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2019′s first case of West Nile Virus reported in Smith County

  Are meat alternatives healthy?

  Validity of Obama healthcare law at issue in appeal hearing

Marine scientists agree caution is the best approach to algae bloom

  It’s a CRIME: Viral ice cream video prompts warnings about social media challenges

Disney actor’s death draws attention to seizures

  UPDATE: All South Mississippi beaches now under algae-related water warnings

The entire shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is now under the same water warning tied to the blue-green algae bloom. Pascagoula’s two beach testing sites joined the list Sunday morning.

  Hot weather prompts concerns of potential heat illness

There are a number of ways to keep cool in the summer, like staying in the shade or wearing bright colors but your best bet is to keep plenty of water handy.

  13-year-old stepsisters celebrate remission after battling the same type of cancer

Olivia Barlow and Natalie Harvey have a few things in common. They are both 13, they are stepsisters, and they both have the same type of bone cancer.

Eye drops sold at Walgreens recalled

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. voluntarily recalled eye drops sold at Walgreens after concerns were raised about nonsterility.

Health warning: Contact with some pet treats can give people salmonella

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  Federal lawsuit filed challenging Mississippi’s meat alternative labeling

Algae bloom is not as bad, but Mississippi Sound is far from healthy

  ‘Open for business’: Toxic algae bloom not affecting Ship Island waters, park service says

  Hancock County supervisors approve new beach flag warning system

  Health officials warn about a parasite in pools making people sick

The Centers for Disease Control is warning swimmers about the parasite cryptosporidium, also known as crypto.

  HPV vaccine recommended for men through age 26, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee on immunization practices voted Wednesday to recommend men get the vaccine through age 26.

  Flint Creek Water Park battling bacteria issue ahead of holiday weekend

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times of the year for water parks across the country. Yet, just a few days away from July the Fourth, Flint Creek Water Park is empty.

Red Cross blood drive collects over 200 pints of blood

The Media for Red Cross Blood Drive wrapped up another successful year on the Gulf Coast last Thursday.

  Living with Scleroderma: Long Beach woman stays active despite debilitating condition

As part of National Scleroderma Awareness month, we talked with a Gulf Coast woman who has beat the odds with this disease.

Feds expand recall on blood pressure meds

Macleods Pharmaceutical announced it is recalling 32 lots of losartan, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Vancleave woman’s kidney donation a success

We have some good news to update you on about a Vancleave woman who decided to donate a kidney to a man she’s only met once.

Singing River Health System debuts new Baby Café in Pascagoula

Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System Thursday debuted a Baby Café. It’s a special room in the Women’s and Children’s wing where breastfeeding moms and families can come for encouragement and information.

Vaccine no match against flu bug that popped up near season’s end

The vaccine didn't work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the past flu season, dragging down overall effectiveness to 29%.

  Mississippi center first in nation to perform outpatient knee replacement surgery using ROSA

ROSA is a piece of cutting edge technology that is revolutionizing the way doctors perform surgery, and it’s all happening right here in our community.

3D mammograms grow in popularity, but are they better than 2D?

The number of 3D mammograms more than tripled between 2015 and 2017.

Staying safe in summer heat

Summer may have just begun, but roadside and outdoor workers have been braving the summer like heat for weeks.

Smoking sharply raises young women’s risk of serious type of heart attack

A new study says that women under 50 who smoke may face the highest risk of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) compared to men.

Walgreens to provide free testing on National HIV Testing Day

HIV testing is recommended as part of routine health care, yet many Americans are not being tested as often as advised.

Smartphones are making our kids grow horns. Or maybe it’s just bad posture

Researchers looked at 1,200 X-rays covering a wide variety of ages. One-third of them showed horn-like bone spurs growing at the base of the skull.

Toddler hears mom say ‘I love you’ for first time

Thanks to cochlear implants, which are so advanced now they can link to Bluetooth, A’Deja got to hear for the first time.

Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops because of risk of fire

Select 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops have batteries that may overheat.

Cosmetic Surgery Dangers: What to know before going under the knife

Recent spikes in deaths in the Dominican Republic continue to rise! So far this month, 2 American tourist have died from complications after undergoing plastic surgery.

  Gleeful Celebration flashes back to the ’80s

In its eighth year, the Gleeful Celebration continues to raise money for the fight against Pediatric AIDS and HIV.

1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers ‘surprise’ bill

Millions of people with what’s considered solid coverage from large employers are nonetheless exposed to “out-of-network” charges that can amount to thousands of dollars.

  Pascagoula-Gautier School District takes Summer Feeding Program on the road

Pascagoula-Gautier School District takes the Summer Feeding Program on the road to make sure children without transportation aren't missing out on the meals.

  Statue is a lasting tribute to Sophia, others lost to DIPG

Sophia Myers captured the hearts of Coast residents after she was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare brain cancer. Myers was one of three Jackson County children who have died of the disease, and the statue is a tribute to those three and others who have died of childhood cancer.

  Vancleave woman inspired by WLOX report also donating kidney to a stranger

A Vancleave woman will travel nearly 800 miles this month to help a man she’s only met once. The idea was sparked from a WLOX report six months ago.

Facebook debuts new tool to help you donate blood

The Red Cross says only 3 percent of people in this country who can give blood do so, and tens of thousands of donors are needed every day.

Study on Mississippi life expectancy following national decline

A new study shows Mississippi is the No. 50 state in America with a life expectancy 74.4 years old.

  REPORT: Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services at risk of takeover for failure to protect children

The neutral monitor in the class-action foster care lawsuit Olivia Y. vs. Bryant documents how far off Mississippi is in meeting requirements of the 11-year-old court order to reform the system that's supposed to protect the state's most vulnerable children.

  Hey, men: Your beer belly increases your chance of aggressive prostate cancer, study says

Where the fat is in a man’s body plays a bigger role in prostate cancer risk than does the amount of overall fat.

Medical pot laws no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

Mental health funding a topic for Harrison County supervisors

Every day people at the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi are working to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health.

Attorney Generals across the country file motion to unseal generic drug price fixing complaint

Attorney General Jim Hood joined a 44-state coalition in a motion Thursday to unseal their complaint against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers.

  US measles count surpasses 1,000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year.

  Miss. deputy first in state to receive cutting-edge eye procedure

A Mississippi deputy is now seeing clearly after a doctor at Southern Eye Center of Hattiesburg performed a cutting-edge procedure for the first time in Mississippi.

  Garden to provide free fruits, vegetables for Scarlet Pearl employees

There’s a new way for employees at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort to get fresh fruits and vegetables on the dinner table.

Nearly 12 million patients’ personal info exposed in Quest Diagnostics data breach

Quest hasn't been able to determine the impacts of the reported data breach yet.

  25 cups of coffee a day are as safe for your heart as 1 cup, new study says

Coffee fans have been getting mixed messages about their favorite drink for years, including previous studies that suggest coffee is bad for your heart.

LIST: Summer feeding programs in South Mississippi

Summer meals are available for all children under the age of 18. Here's where you can find the nearest location.

Cooling cap keeps cancer patients from losing their hair during chemotherapy

There’s a new cap in town, but it’s not the kind you wear on a night out; it’s actually helping people through tough times.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus discovered in St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany Parish officials have captured mosquitoes that have tested positive for infection with West Nile virus for the first time this year.

  US measles count nears 1,000, surpassing 25-year-old record

U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 971 cases so far this year.

  Life after Sexual Assault: The Emotional Trauma Victims Face

Every 92 seconds a sexual assault occurs in the United States

  Proposed change to Medicaid State Plan questioned by Mississippi Hospital Assocation

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid is proposing to do away with the Medicare Crossover Payments

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

A majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in at least 10 states were allowed to enroll provisionally for the last school year, without any formal exemption, according to data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Burnout, gaming disorder deemed medical diagnoses by WHO

Starting in 2022, doctors will be able to diagnose their patients with burnout from chronic work stress or gaming disorder.

  Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk

Chemicals in the inhaled vapor may pose unique risks that are important to understand, especially as more and more teens take up vaping.

  As temperatures rise, so do the chances for serious health problems

The temperatures are rising and, with that, the chances for serious health problems. Here are some ways to stay safe this summer when outdoors.

  Tips to prevent a heat stroke

With temperatures reaching 90 degrees, it’s important you stay cool to prevent possible heat exhaustion and even worse, a heat stroke.

Petal student with Batten disease beats odds, graduates

At Petal High School’s graduation, there was triumph as students crossed the stage to begin the next chapter of their lives.

ACLU, Planned Parenthood file lawsuit challenging Ala. near-total abortion ban

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law banning nearly all abortions across the state.

Community group and UMMC surgeons provide trauma training for crime scenes

An increase in violence means every day citizens could find themselves at crime scenes. The City of Jackson is working with a community group and doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to provide trauma training.

Don’t Punish My Pain rally protests CDC pain medication regulations

Don't Punish My Pain rally protests CDC pain medication regulations

  Dozens of children ride to raise funds for Willow Canaan

There were dozens of bicycles riding in the parking lot at Cedar Lake Christian Academy Wednesday, but it wasn’t a race. It was a fundraiser for the United MSD Foundation.

Online groups falsely promote bleach as autism ‘cure’

Many of these so-called cures are recommended in private online groups and prey upon parents’ desires to “heal” their kids of the developmental disorder.

  Mississippi federal judge examines case surrounding state’s heartbeat abortion ban

Judge Reeves said he plans to issue a decision soon but did not say exactly when.

Alabama senator introduces bill to repeal abortion ban

An Alabama state senator has introduced a bill that would repeal the abortion ban passed through the Alabama legislature just last week.

Mississippi heartbeat law banning most abortions heads to federal court

This organization is Mississippi’s only abortion clinic.

Activists protest abortion restrictions in downtown Memphis

Protests are planned across Mississippi and Tennessee on Tuesday in opposition of new state laws restricting abortion.

  Long Beach High students hope to clear the air within city limits

With a CDC report citing a rise in vaping amongst teens and middle-schoolers, students at Long Beach High are about to make a stand on an issue they feel starts with them.

Gulfport city leaders encourage residents to live healthier lifestyle

The city added four exercise stations around Jones Park that will make getting a good workout easier, and those facilities will be available for public use by the end of the week.