Health

  Valdosta community encourages unity against HIV/AIDS

With over 35 million people living with HIV and 35 million lives lost, public health leaders are encouraging the community to unite in the face of HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Georgia officials identify likely source of measles outbreak

Breakstone’s cottage cheese recalled due to potential presence of foreign material

Parent Survival Guide: Teaching kids the value of self-care

  1 in 4 older adults aren’t reporting falls; physical trainers speak on fall prevention

Crisp Co. FCS raises awareness about preventing type 2 diabetes

Phoebe gets ‘A’ for safe healthcare

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Woman reverses Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis

  Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

  Dougherty Co. heroin overdoses drastically spike in October

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

  South Ga. Medical Center recognizes World Stroke Day

Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  Doctor: ‘We have had a handful of men who have had breast cancer’

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and new research shows men are also at risk.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  Health officials say flu activity expected to pick up

While the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) shared that exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, this month is when influenza activity often picks up.

Frozen patties are recalled at Walmart

  Dept. of Public Health: ‘Flu cases increase in last few weeks, season started early'

  CDC gives name to vaping-related illnesses

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

  Possible links to vaping and flu, experts say get your shots

DPH: Second vaping-related death reported in Ga.

  Tift Regional Foundation donates ‘life-saving tool’ to Turner Co. EMS

One Turner County EMS official called a new tool that can communicate with doctors in minutes while en route to the hospital a lifesaver.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the highest number of Measles cases since 1992

In Friday’s Report, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the number of states reporting sick individuals stands at 31. The CDC confirms a total of 1,249 cases of Measles this year.

  Tifton to host first bodybuilding competition Saturday

If you’re interested in this year’s National Physique Competition happening for the first time in Tifton this year here is your chance to learn more.

Youth has higher rates of HIV infection in Coastal Ga.

Georgia ranks No. 1 in the nation for new HIV infection rates.

  Red Cross looking for diverse donors

The Red Cross is encouraging people of all races and ethnic backgrounds to give blood or platelets.

Ga. Department of Public Health identifies state’s first death from vaping-related illness

The department states the patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no reported history of vaping THC.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

  SWGA health officials taking action to prevent Hepatitis A outbreak

Health officials in Southwest Georgia said Thursday that they are preparing for the possibility of a Hepatitis A outbreak.

  Health officials: Flu season gets an early start in SWGA

Fall has not officially begun yet, but health officials in southwest Georgia said Thursday that this year's flu season is already underway.

  What vape shops are saying after vaping-related illness reported in South Ga.

Several vaping related illnesses have been reported at a Southwest Georgia hospital.

  Tift Co. Schools partner with Tift Regional to get in-house clinics

No more playing hooky for students at Annie Belle Clark Elementary as well as Eighth Street Middle School.

  New community garden could help those in downtown Albany

A South Georgia Farmer is creating a community garden in downtown Albany.

Voluntary recall issued for Harveys, Winn-Dixie cookie products

The recall is because of the inclusion of an undeclared allergen in the products.

  Augusta medical students learn about rural healthcare at Tift Regional

Medical students got a taste of how rural healthcare facilities work on Monday.

  Safe and Sound: The dangers of Vaping

Health organizations are again alerting Americans about the possible dangers of e-cigarettes, after a sixth person has died.

What’s in your mouth can infect your brain

Growing scientific evidence has found our mouths, or what’s in our mouths, can infect our brains

Blood needed after Dorian impacts blood supply

Several sites are set up in several cities through the month....

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

Before you start grilling, you might want to check whether your hamburger buns are safe to eat.

'A fresh start’: Ben Hill Co. schools to begin serving fresh fruits and vegetables

For the last two weeks, students have been given the option of fresh Georgia Grown produce.

  State health department to investigate vaping and respiratory illness cases

Some doctors in south Georgia said they are glad the state is taking measures to find out whether vaping is truly dangerous.

  Phoebe creates hundreds of new jobs

The hospital system said in a release that its new budget includes funding for 207 new jobs.

  Phoebe Putney announces major improvements

The hospital has also created a new website to gather feedback from customers and patients.

  Americus Animal Control: No more animals spotted with signs of rabies

If you see an animal with possible signs of rabies, report it by calling 911.

Tyson recalls Weaver frozen chicken patties

The frozen, fully cooked chicken 26 oz. items were produced on January 31, 2019.

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.

  Lee Co. High football staff: ‘If they aren’t practicing, they’re hydrating’

“If they aren’t practicing, they’re hydrating.” That’s what the two-time state defending champion Lee County High School Trojans football staff said about taking these hot temperatures seriously.

  Tift Co. leaders work to protect you in dangerous heat

A recent heatwave in Southwest Georgia has residents concerned.

Pediatrician explains how to make transition between summer, school sleep schedule easier on kids

A few simple steps can make that sleep transition as easy as counting sheep.

Georgia awarded $18.4M for opioid crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis on Tuesday.

  Heatstroke vs. heat exhaustion; knowing the differences

Heatstroke and exhaustion cases can increase in the recent high temperatures seen around Southwest Georgia.

  South GA doctors warn of heat-related illnesses

With day after day of dangerous heat, South Georgia doctors have a warning for anyone spending time outdoors.

Valdosta State University researchers discover new way to treat tuberculosis

The students have developed a new way to treat tuberculosis.

  South GA woman treated for legionnaires after visiting Atlanta hotel

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials said a South Georgia woman was one of the people who contracted legionnaires disease in an Atlanta hotel last month and was treated at Phoebe.

  Ribbon-cutting held for SWGA’s first 4-year medical school

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Moultrie to celebrate the opening of the first-ever four-year medical college in South Georgia.

  Dougherty Co. community gardening program promotes healthy living

Dougherty County health leaders are working to expand a gardening program that will fight chronic diseases immediately.

  It’s not too late to get your child vaccinated for school

School is back in session in Dougherty County and health leaders said some students still need to get their shots.

  How to avoid getting sick as students go back to school

As Dougherty County students soon head back to school, health leaders are warning parents to be aware of a few illnesses.

  Albany town hall to highlight summer viruses

The summer is not over and one Albany commissioner wants to remind you of the dangers of the West Nile virus.

  Public Health talks children’s vaccine program

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) are speaking out about a special vaccinations program.

Health officials say you should get student vaccines before the back-to-school rush

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) wants to encourage you to beat the rush for back to school.

Get free health screenings this weekend at Tift Regional Medical Center’s Kickoff to Men’s Health event

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Tift Regional Medical Center is hosting its annual kick-off to men’s health this Saturday.

  ‘Treat it right then, don’t just wait’: South GA parents issue warning after 11-month-old daughter contracts flesh-eating bacteria

An Albany woman is sending a warning to all parents after her baby contracted a flesh-eating infection.

  South Georgia Medical Center awarded accreditation

South Georgia Medical Center earned its accreditation after a possibility of losing it in 2018.

  Lowndes Co. officials want you to be safe in the South GA heat

Lowndes County leaders want to make sure everyone is able to stay safe and healthy.

Company recalls hummus dips due to potential contamination

A company has voluntarily recalled hummus products due to a possible contamination.

  How are restaurants scored?

Reade said not all bad scores are related to food. When inspecting any restaurant, they look at a number of factors.

Public Health District urges immunizations before new school year starts

The Georgia Department of Public Health urges parents to not wait until the last minute for required immunizations or exams.

  Phoebe Putney: Social media post could be putting South Georgians in danger

Hospital officials in Albany said a false social media post could put lives at risk this weekend.

  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.

  Dept. of Public Health to use $4.5 million to support healthy pregnancies

The Georgia Department of Public Health is planning to use almost $4.5 million over five years to support pregnant women, new mothers and fathers and infants across South Georgia.

  Albany YMCA camp makes eating vegetables fun

We all know most kids do anything they can to avoid eating their greens, but on Friday, they ate them with a smile.

  Southwest Public Health District offers free HIV testing

Dougherty County health officials want to take the stigma away from HIV testing.

South Health District moves to free HIV testing

The Georgia Department of Public Health is planning to continue their initiative to offer free HIV testing year-round.

  Staying safe in the South GA heat

There’s no doubt it’s hot outside in South Georgia and Dougherty County EMS wants to make sure everyone is staying hydrated.

  Phoebe helipad to help transport emergency patients

Currently, Dougherty County EMS has an ambulance that meets the emergency plane at a field.

  Dept. of Public Health offers free HIV tests

The Georgia Department of Public Health is hosting a number of free HIV testing events this month.

  Cook Medical Center nears completion

The new $40 million Cook Medical Center in Adel is now 90 percent complete.

  Health officials want residents to prepare now for mosquito-born illnesses

The South Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health is speaking out about how you can take early precautions against mosquito-born illnesses.