Health

  Doctors: Get your flu shot now

Hospitals across the country were packed with flu patients last year and doctors are hoping to avoid a repeat.

  Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital launches new quality initiatives

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is restructuring the hospital.All in an effort to lessen death rates.

Two Dougherty Co. residents diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Two residents of Dougherty County have been diagnosed to have West Nile Virus infections, Southwest Health District reports.

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.

Health officials work to solve Albany's food desert problem

Health officials said there is a growing problem in Albany.

Albany school stresses importance of physical, mental health of students

With school back in session, it's very important that students stay healthy.

Teachers, state workers will see stable health care premiums

Georgia teachers and state employees next year won't see the types of rising health care costs seen in many industries in recent years - at least not in 2019.

Albany non-profit works to bring fresh farm food to your table

A new non-profit in Albany is focusing on increasing access to locally grown produce.

Health officials offer sick prevention tips for start of school year

Mitchell County Health Department leaders said parents should be aware of the spread of sicknesses at the start of the school year.

South GA library to host virtual dementia tour

A South Georgia library said it will be one of the first public libraries in the state to host a virtual dementia tour.

West Nile virus peak season to begin in August

We are entering the peak season for the potentially deadly West Nile virus. The numbers for infections and deaths spiked last year, and with a fairly wet summer - health officials are warning people to take precaution--especially those vulnerable to the virus.

  More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Southwest GA

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed 24 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Lowndes County.

Officials warn parents to vaccinate their kids now

There are only a few weeks left until school starts again. That means it's also time for kids to get their vaccinations.

Dougherty Co. seeing fewer drug-overdose deaths this year

In the first six months of the year, Dougherty County saw a huge improvement in the number of opioid-related drug deaths, according to Coroner Michael Fowler.

GBI concerned about counterfeit pills

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released a new study regarding counterfeit pills. Counterfeit pills do not contain the drug indicated by the markings and often contain strong opioids instead.

Health experts warn against sunburn, sun poisoning this summer

Summer arrived Thursday morning, and South Georgia is certainly already feeling the heat that comes with it.

Phoebe introduces new monitoring device to prevent patient falls

Phoebe Putney Hospital now has new technology that prevents patients from getting injured while in their care.

FDA removing all trans fats from food

The F-D-A is shaking up Americans' diet tonight with a bold announcement. The F-D-A announced today that it is launching a new initiative to remove ALL remaining trans fats from our foods.

COPY-Eastern Equine Encephalitis prevention tips

Get Eastern Equine Encephalitis prevention tips from the Chatham County Health Dept.

Georgia, others show obesity declines for preschoolers

The fight against childhood obesity is starting to show some progress, according to the CDC, and Georgia is among the states showing the most promise in those efforts.

Moody chopper makes emergency landing

A helicopter stationed at Moody Air Force Base touched down on a football field at Hahira Middle School, with an undisclosed problem.

Homicide rate lowest in 30 years for children and young adults

In a 30 year study of homicides from 1981-2010, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control show homicide rates on a decline, although slowing in the past few years.

Free HIV tests at Walgreens this weekend

The group encourages sexually active people and those who use intravenous drugs to get tested.

Some foods can soften your allergy symptoms

The sun may be shining, the flowers blooming, and wonderful weather right? If you're one of the millions of allergy sufferers out there, you may be thinking, not so much!

Albany ENT Open House

Please join us for our Open House March 19th, 20th, & 21st. We will be offering Free Hearing Evaluations.

Teen shot; APD seeks black Impala

APD reports that 18-year-old Cenqwarn Harris told police that he was riding his bike in the 700 block of Holloway Avenue, when he was approached by three or four men in a black car.

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 12, 2011

Restaurant Inspections Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 12, 2011 Dougherty County Health Department ▪ Environmental Health Section

Food for Thought - Restaurant inspections – July 9 – 16, 2010

Food for Thought - Restaurant inspections –  July 9 – 16, 2010 from the Environmental health section of the Dougherty County health Department.

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections – Sep. 16 – Sep. 23, 2010

Restaurant Inspections –  Oct 27 – Nov 3, 2010... From the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section

Rodney A. Raker, DPM

Rodney A. Raker, DPM is a native of Newnan, Georgia. Dr. Raker received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Valdosta State University in1995. Dr. Raker attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in

Timothy E. Pitts, DPM

Timothy E. Pitts, DPM is a native of Valdosta. Dr. Pitts received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Valdosta State University in 1985. He received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine Degree in 1989,

Food for Thought - Restaurant inspections – July 31 – Aug. 6, 2010

Here are the restaurant inspections from the Environmental Health section of the Dougherty COunty Health Department.

Food for Thought July 23 – 30, 2010

From Dougherty County Environmental Health, Restaurant inspections – July 23 – 30, 2010...

Food for Thought Restaurant Inspections – June 24 - 30, 2010

Restaurant Inspections –  June 24 - 30, 2010 from the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section.

Food for Thought - Restaurant inspections – June 9 – 23, 2010

Restaurant inspections –  June 9 – 23, 2010 from the Environmental Health Section of the Dougherty County Health Department.

Food for Thought Restaurant Inspections – May 13 – May 19, 2010

Restaurant Inspections – May 13 – May 19, 2010 from the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section.

Food for Thought- Restaurant Inspections April 28 – May 5, 2010

Restaurant Inspections –  April 28 – May 5, 2010 from the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section

Know the diabetic warning signs

Seen on WALB news 10-- It is a rare and in some cases deadly disease that will affect over ten thousand children this year alone. Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes has no known cure and can occur suddenly.

New treatment stops Glaucoma

As seen on WALB News-10: Now a new minimally invasive procedure that can stop the disease in it's tracks.

Food for Thought

Restaurant Inspections –  April 7 – April 14, 2010 from the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section.

Food for Thought - Restaurant Inspections Mar. 23 - Apr. 7, 2010

Restaurant Inspections –  March 23  - April 7, 2010 from the Dougherty County Health Department's Environmental Health Section