Health

  Archbold Memorial Hospital receives new CT scanner

Officials with Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville said they’re replacing decades-old equipment with the latest technology.

Americans now more likely to die of accidental opioid overdose than in a car accident

Report: Georgia on track to exceed medical residency goal

New reports find an alarming shortage of adolescent mental health care in Georgia

Phoebe Putney prepares for flu outbreak

DCSS promotes good nutrition for students

Patients to benefit from money raised by Phoebe Foundation in 2018

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  Dougherty Co. coroner starts opioid awareness trainings for New Year

Phoebe to make changes to visitation policies during flu season

Rhino 5K male enhancement pills recalled

What you can do to avoid the flu

Southwest GA Health District offers free HIV testing

Fifths disease could be on the rise in South Georgia

Officials say you should get your flu shot now

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, flu activity is higher this year at this point than it was last year at this same time.

Health experts advise to not neglect overall health amid weight loss goals

Experts said while people are trying to lose weight, often they neglect their preventive care or doctor visits.

Phoebe doctors speak out on Wall Street Journal accusing them of keeping referrals in house

Doctors at Phoebe Putney Health System are speaking out after an article published in the Wall Street Journal accused Phoebe doctors of refusing to refer patients to their competitors.

Cost of care: New law allows you to see hospital costs in South GA

A new federal law is requiring hospitals to be more transparent when it comes to pricing.

Georgia sues drug manufacturers over opioid crisis

YMCA encourages blood donations

Physicians say it takes three things to have a well-balanced lifestyle

Too many sugary drinks linked to higher kidney disease risk

Medical marijuana sales, cultivation pitched in Georgia

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

Doctors warn of flu prevalence during holidays

Holiday time with your family could mean folks are spreading the flu virus much faster.

Mobile market helps elderly, low-income families in Albany

People in one West Albany neighborhood said they are struggling to receive fresh food, but thanks to a mobile fresh market, farm fresh produce is available right outside their doorsteps.

South Albany residents say they are in need of grocery store

A number of people in South Albany are concerned that the only grocery store in walking distance closed down.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

  New stimulation machine to help combat depression

The Behavior Health Center at Phoebe is combating depression with a new stimulation machine.

Inpatient hospice center coming to Thomasville

One southwest Georgia hospital is in the process of constructing a brand new inpatient hospice center.

Be mindful of how much you eat on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is stuffed with all kinds of delicious food, but doctors recommend not overindulging. Catching up with friends and family over a meal can lead you to forget about just how much you're consuming.

Georgia Water Coalition identifies worst offenses to GA waterways

The Georgia Water Coalition released their annual “Dirty Dozen” report, pointing out what the organization believes are dangers to Georgia waterways.

CDC links Salmonella outbreak in 35 states to raw turkey products

The Centers for Disease Control says a Salmonella outbreak has now made 164 people sick across 35 states.

Regional food and innovation hub coming to vacant Albany grocery store

Leaders with the Southwest Georgia Project said they need your help with bringing a new regional food hub that will combat food insecurities.

Sylvester woman believes her son contracted AFM virus

Acute flaccid myelitis, or the AFM virus, has been seen all over the country and there has been a confirmed case here in Georgia.

Columbus, GA child confirmed with rare polio-like illness

News Leader 9 is the first to confirm with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a Columbus child has a confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare condition known as AFM.

Crisis counseling coming to 8 Southwest Georgia counties

While many people are taking care of their homes and businesses, it’s also important to remember your mental health.

CDC confirms three cases of Polio-like disease affecting children in NC

A polio like disease called Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been found in kids throughout the country.

Moultrie hospital goes mobile for hands-on experience

Doctors at Colquitt Regional Medical Center are gaining hands-on experience in a mobile medical lab, to learn how to use the newest devices in bariatric surgery.

Voluntary recall issued for ground beef products

Southeastern Grocers has issued a voluntary recall for a dozen ground beef products, according to a press release.

Phoebe’s genetic testing program one out of four nationwide

One Southwest Georgia hospital has one of the only four tele-genetics programs in the country. And the program is located right here in Albany.

FDA: 38 ill in egg-based salmonella outbreak affecting AL, GA, TN

The farm where the outbreak began, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County, in northern Alabama, began the recall last month.

Thomas Co. Central hosts drive-thru flu clinic, disaster drill

The event is set for Monday, October 15, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Thomas County Central High School.

Low THC oil helps Albany man with chronic pain

Medical marijuana is becoming more popular across the state, but only if you have a low THC registry card making it legal to use.

  Georgia residents donate $3.5 million to Phoebe Worth

Rural Georgia hospitals are facing several challenges and you may be able to help. Donors gave around $3.5 million to Phoebe Worth in 2018 through the Helping Enhance Access to Rural Treatment tax credit program.

FDA approves drug used to prevent migraines in adults

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved a drug that is used to prevent migraines in adults Thursday.

DCSS reminds parents about medical centers for students

The Dougherty County School System wants parents and students to know about its medical centers in the schools.

Boy Scouts of America neckerchief slides recalled due to high levels of lead

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the colored enamel on the neckerchief slides contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content ban. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health issues.

South Georgia Medical Center faces serious accusations from Joint Commission

One south Georgia hospital met for hours on Monday to discuss issues that the Joint Commission discovered through a survey.

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,