Health

  DCSS mental health facility opening planned for 2020

The Dougherty County School System (DCSS) is opening a mental health facility at Albany Middle School.

  Health department encourages infant vaccination

Georgia burn center, largest in US, to start $75M expansion

  Safe and Sound: National Infant Immunization Week

  Groups host Medicaid enrollment drive

ADPH: Person with measles likely exposed others during 2 stops in AL

  Is Georgia seeing an outbreak of Hepatitis A?

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Department of Health talks E. Coli outbreak

  SWGA health experts weigh in on measles cases

  Coroner: First flu death in Dougherty Co. happened Saturday

  South GA hospital works to stabilize those facing addiction

  Dougherty Co. students see opioid dangers in realistic re-enactment

  Amid HIV concerns, Georgia legalizes needle exchanges

  Phoebe focuses on patient experience

It is an exciting time at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital because it has launched a state-of-the-art patient logistics command center.

  Free breast exams happening soon in Tifton

If you think you have symptoms of breast cancer but you don’t have health insurance, the Tift Regional Health system is offering free breast exams for women.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

Dougherty Co. Health Department to host free health fair

Learning how to keep yourself and your family healthy doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Hepatitis A on the rise in GA

  State House gives Kemp’s Medicaid waiver plan final passage

Dougherty Co. Health Department to hold free health fair

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

Senate Committee passes bill legalizing needle exchange

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

  South Georgians urged to monitor kidney health

World Kidney Day is a time to focus on the importance of kidneys and how to avoid kidney failure.

  What you may not know about pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is number four out of the top five deadliest cancers.

  HIV rates remain high in GA

A second person being cured of HIV this week in Great Britain could bring hope to the growing number of people fighting the disease in Southwest Georgia.

Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion ‘Heartbeat’ bill

A Georgia House committee has approved legislation that would outlaw abortion after a fetus' heartbeat can be detected.

Tifton to host Community Care Day this weekend

A day dedicated to helping people get up-to-date on their health is coming to Southwest Georgia.

  Lee Co. Medical Center to bring over 350 new jobs

With those jobs, over $21 million is expected to be paid out in wages, a Georgia Power study found.

Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

A bill that would allow the production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil in Georgia has been passed by the House.

FDA: Asbestos found in Claire’s cosmetics

The FDA is warning consumers not to use three Claire’s brand cosmetic products after tests found they contained asbestos.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

Georgia state senator weighs in on new needle exchange bill

A new needle exchange bill that would drug users to exchange used needles for clean ones has passed through the Georgia House of Representatives.

Georgia Gov. Kemp’s Medicaid waiver proposal passes Senate

A bill authorizing Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue Medicaid waivers has passed the state Senate.

  Berrien Co. blood drive helps first responders

Volunteers hosted their first Badges for Life blood drive to collect blood for those in need and honor first responders.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  Safe and Sound: Heart health

Heart disease is the number one killer in men and women.

Restaurant Report: Health inspections from Feb. 15-21

This is a list of health inspections conducted between Feb. 15-21 in Metro Albany.

Phoebe promotes better health with ‘Love Your Heart’ event

February marks Heart Healthy Month and Phoebe wants to get the community active this weekend.

  Despite delays, Lee Co. leaders optimistic for 2019 hospital groundbreaking

Wet ground is causing a snag in the project, according to Rick Muggridge, Lee County commissioner.

  Students smoking vapes on the rise

Lee County schools report three students in the last month needed medical attention after smoking vapes.

  Mandate requires hospitals to post prices

Hospitals must now publicly post online their pricing for all services they provide.

  Phoebe hosts free event to celebrate Heart Health Month

The whole month of February is dedicated to helping you become heart healthy. And Phoebe is hosting a free event for you and your family to do just that.

  The pollen count is up in Southwest GA and so are allergy cases

Doctors at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said they’re already seeing allergy cases this year.

Medical school pushes plan for more doctors in rural Georgia

The Medical College of Georgia wants a program that would help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas

  Heart disease prevention for Southwest Georgians

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States affecting millions of Americans each year.

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced is advising the public about recalls on a Gripe water product for infants and adults. The product was distributed throughout the United States by Dollar General Corporation.

  Flu cases impacted by weather

Phoebe doctors said they have seen a significant amount of flu cases this season but our warmer climate keeps the virus at bay.

Georgia bill would allow medical marijuana production

Georgia may soon allow the production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil within the state.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Medicaid waiver plan

The goal is to give the state more flexibility in using federal health care funding.

  Flu activity continues in schools

The CDC says flu activity remains high in Georgia, and cases are increasing throughout South Georgia.

  Change center supports people in long term recovery

Changing the way people in South Georgia recover from substance abuse and addiction is the goal of the new Aspire Change Center.

  Georgia governor proposes funding to bring more mental health professionals into schools

In his campaign, Governor Kemp made mental health and school safety priorities in his platform. On Monday, he announced more funding for a plan to bring mental health professionals to your child’s school.

  Flu activity rising across Georgia

Flu activity in Georgia continues to climb upward after declining last month.

  Adel family fights to raise thousands for toddler with deadly heart condition

"Samuel the Cardiac Warrior's" family is fundraising for a service dog.

  Phoebe Putney applies for trauma center status

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital leaders want to join hospitals in Columbus and Thomasville as level II trauma centers.

  “Helping Hands Ending Hunger” program helps kids in need

A new program is helping kids get food on the weekends when they aren't able to receive a free breakfast and lunch from school.

United Healthcare gives healthy eating, lifestyle tips for Super Bowl

United Healthcare offers health tips for Super Bowl

Measles outbreak triggers vaccination discussion

After the measles outbreak in Washington State there is new attention being given to whether or not children should be vaccinated.

  Lee Co. leaders request extension for CON of future hospital

Delays in construction have led to the Lee County Commission requesting an extension on the Lee County Medical Center’s (LCMC) Certificate of Need (CON).

3 cases of measles reported in Atlanta area

There have been six measles cases in Georgia in the last 14 years.

Over 30,000 pounds of Tyson Foods chicken nuggets recalled due to possible rubber contamination

Consumers who have purchased these products are asked to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

  From flu season to flu shots: What health officials want you to know

It’s flu season in Southwest Georgia and experts want to make sure you are doing everything you can to make sure you don’t get the flu.

CORRECTION: Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA investigating possible case of mumps, not measles

An alleged measles outbreak is being investigated at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin

2 people in GA treated for measles, health officials urge awareness of disease

Health care professionals want to remind Southwest Georgians of the disease and how quickly it can spread.

Georgia correctional officers supplied with Narcan

Around 375 correctional officers and criminal investigation division staff members have been trained to administer the drug.

  Safe and Sound: Testing your private water well for bacteria

Unlike public water systems that are tested daily, private water wells are only tested when the system owner requests it.

Southwest Public Health district urges measles awareness

Public health officials are urging healthcare providers to “maintain heightened awareness” when it comes to measles after two confirmed cases in Atlanta, the Southwest Public Health District said in a release.

  Phoebe works to build residency program

The residency program is designed to train graduates from medical schools in various specialties.

  MLK Day of Service honored with free flu shots

As Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for service to communities, Phoebe, the Dougherty Department of Health, and the Medical College of Georgia teamed up to honor the Albany community with free flu shots.

  Recall: Chicken nuggets may contain wood pieces

The company became aware of the situation after three consumer complaints were filed. There are no reports of related illnesses from the apparent contamination.

Georgia’s Kemp unveils Medicaid waiver in State of State

Kemp said Thursday that he wants to continue the economic success Georgia has seen under past governors.

  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.

  Government shutdown impacting food banks

Food is a staple that many people, especially furloughed government employees, are running out of because they simply don’t have the money to feed themselves or children.

  Lack of sleep linked to cardiovascular disease, study says

Plaque buildup increases risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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

For the first time in U.S. History, Americans are now more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle accident, according to a new report by the National Safety Council.

Report: Georgia on track to exceed medical residency goal

A state report also said Georgia still lags behind national and southeastern averages for medical residents.

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

Experts say that about 4 in 5 children in need of behavioral health services don’t get them