Health

DPH: Second vaping-related death reported in Ga.

DPH officials said the victim had a history of nicotine vaping but the case is still being reviewed to see if other substances played a role.

  Tifton to host first bodybuilding competition Saturday

Youth has higher rates of HIV infection in Coastal Ga.

  Red Cross looking for diverse donors

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

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

  SWGA health officials taking action to prevent Hepatitis A outbreak

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  Health officials: Flu season gets an early start in SWGA

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

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

  New community garden could help those in downtown Albany

Voluntary recall issued for Harveys, Winn-Dixie cookie products

  Augusta medical students learn about rural healthcare at Tift Regional

  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

  State health department to investigate vaping and respiratory illness cases

  Phoebe creates hundreds of new jobs

  Phoebe Putney announces major improvements

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

Tyson recalls Weaver frozen chicken patties

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.

Southwest Health District urges early precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

The Southwest Health District is asking citizens to be cautious of mosquito-borne illnesses.

  Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Lowndes Co.

Four samples from mosquito pools in the county have tested positive from May 9 to present day.

  Phoebe unveils new cardiac treatment; the first in SWGA to use

Watchman is a device that can help those that are at risk of a stroke because of atrial fibrillation.

  Lee Co. granted more time to build hospital

Lee County Medical Center’s Certificate of Need (CON), filed in February, was resubmitted to the state

Aspire talks mental health in Southwest Georgia

Aspire Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Services in South Georgia helps residents who may be struggling with a mental health issue.

  Do you know the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion?

With temperatures flirting with 100 degrees, healthcare providers are warning you to be aware of the signs that could save your life.

  DCSS mental health facility opening planned for 2020

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

  6 measles cases reported in GA

More than 700 cases of measles have been reported in 22 states according to the CDC. Six of those are here in Georgia.

  Senior Georgians awarded more than $5.6 million for aging services

Georgia senior citizens just got a big win in the form of more than $5.6 million in funding for aging services.

  Health department encourages infant vaccination

The Lowndes County Health Department is urging everyone to make sure their kids are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

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

The project will “improve efficiency and overall care” at the Augusta facility, which treats burn patients from across the U.S.

  Safe and Sound: National Infant Immunization Week

Immunizations drastically reduced infant deaths and disability caused by vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S.

  Groups host Medicaid enrollment drive

Multiple groups in South Georgia are coming together to help people understand and complete the Medicaid enrollment process.

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

The Alabama Department of Health urges action from people who were potentially exposed.

  Is Georgia seeing an outbreak of Hepatitis A?

More than 30 cases have been reported in the last two weeks and the CDC is calling it an outbreak.

Department of Health talks E. Coli outbreak

The Georgia Department of Health wants to make sure you’re protecting yourself against a recent E. coli outbreak.

  SWGA health experts weigh in on measles cases

South Georgia health experts are weighing in on the measles cases confirmed from Michigan to New York.

  Coroner: First flu death in Dougherty Co. happened Saturday

The coroner said this is the first flu death this year for Dougherty County.

  South GA hospital works to stabilize those facing addiction

Clinch Memorial Hospital has a new program for those impacted most by alcohol and drug use.

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

Dougherty County leaders and first responders put together a theatrical re-enactment awareness event on Wednesday to teach students from all over the county about the dangers of opioids and drug abuse at the Albany Civic Center.

  Amid HIV concerns, Georgia legalizes needle exchanges

Injection drug users will be able to legally swap out used syringes for sterile ones under a bill the governor has signed into law.

  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.