United Blood Services becomes Vitalant

The new name is now the unified brand for 127 donation centers nationwide.

  Saving souls and lives: Church trains to use Narcan

It's a church of second chances. And if you are an addict or a recovering addict, Victory Baptist Church says there is a pew waiting just for you.

Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Mississippi

So far this year human cases have been reported in Adams (2), Attala, Calhoun (2), Copiah, Forrest (2), Harrison (2), Hinds (12), Itawamba, Jones, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Oktibbeha, Pearl River, Rankin (2), Walthall and Washington counties. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths.

$19 million grant renewal aims to enhance biomedical research in MS

A $19 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the Mississippi INBRE program was announced by the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday.

Glaucoma numbers increase in baby boomers

In the next decade, a disease impacting the vision of baby boomers will triple from more than 2 million cases to upwards of 6 million.

FDA combating e-cigarette ‘epidemic’ among teens

More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. are getting letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warning them to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors.

Doctors encourage getting vaccinated ahead of flu season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported high levels of activity from influenza-like illnesses in Mississippi during last year’s flu season with widespread flu activity in the state.

Pine Belt suicide survivor shares story on World Suicide Prevention Day

Brianna Barefoot is a suicide survivor, and she plans to use her experience to help others.

HPSD comments on ‘incident’ that sent band members to the hospital

The Hattiesburg Public School District has released a statement on the “incident” that resulted in members of the HHS band being taken to the hospital after Friday night’s football game.

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.

Preventive Wellness luncheon held in Hattiesburg

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi teamed up with the Women’s Pavilion of Hattiesburg for a conversation about wellness in the workplace.

New technology provides early cancer detection

This summer, South Central Reginal Medical Center became the first facility in the state to use a technology that can detect breast cancer early and far better than a mammogram. We talk to an OBGYN and a radiologist who say this is life-saving technology for a particular population of patients.

Recognizing the signs of esophageal cancer

Forrest General Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist Sophy Mangana said something as common as acid reflux can be a sign of esophageal cancer.

Merit Health Wesley nurse shares benefits of breastfeeding

Mothers can now legally breastfeed in public in all 50 states. That's good news for Merit Health Wesley's Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse Stephanie Sheppard.

Lamar County doctor teaches food is medicine

Dr. Lara Otaigbe is taking healing from the exam room to the dining room.

MS reports 3 new West Nile Virus cases

The Mississippi Department of Health reported three new human cases of West Nile Virus on Monday.

Hattiesburg Clinic fights the flu early

Hattiesburg Clinic is fighting the flu by getting ahead of it. Bellevue Clinic Family Medicine Physician, Dr. Allen Martin said it may seem early to be talking about the illness, but flu season is less than two weeks away.

Hattiesburg yoga instructor gives self-care, stress managing tips

August is National Wellness Month, this month is all about focusing on self-care, managing stress and promoting happiness.

Measles outbreak hits nearby states

A Measles outbreak affecting several states has many parents on alert.

Fitness director gives tips for a successful morning

Mornings can be a struggle for many people, but one Hattiesburg fitness director says the key to a productive day is a productive morning.

Physicians recommend eye exams for back to school

Pine Belt doctors say back-to-school time should also be eye exam time for children.

  Hattiesburg pediatrician warns of rise in childhood disease

Hattiesburg Clinic's Children's Clinic Pediatrician Yakeyla Naylor said she has been seeing her smallest patients with a significant illness called hand, foot and mouth disease.

Pine Belt health clinics offer free check-ups this week

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. is celebrating National Health Center Week by offering a series of free check-up days at health centers throughout the Pine Belt.

Mississippi ranked worst state to have a baby

WalletHub ranked Mississippi as the worst state to have a baby.

2018 WDAM Blood Bowl results revealed

Donors in the Pine Belt helped make this year's Blood Bowl extra special.

Give blood for a chance to win a dream vacation

United Blood Services and Forrest General Hospital are teaming up to help save lives this summer, and they need your help.

Lamar County chef shows us how to cook clean

When it comes to what you put in your body, you can't be too careful or too clean.

Breast cancer survivor inspires others in Hattiesburg

Meet Annie Ford, a mother of two-step children and a 17-year breast cancer survivor that had rough moments after finding out she was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. Ford said that she was curious and confused at the time, but now has no issue with inspiring others battling the same fight.

Study: Mississippi ranks bad for health care

WalletHub ranked Mississippi next-to-last in a list of states with the best health care systems.

Hattiesburg doctor explains proper hydration

In these dog days of Summer, you will hear make sure you are drinking plenty of water'. There are tips for drinking enough water everywhere, even warnings that drinking really cold water while you're hot is dangerous. Merit Health Wesley's Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr. Daniel Crane said don't believe everything you read.

Merit Health Wesley offers alternative form of healing

Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg is spreading the word to the public that it is putting the "person" in personal care.

Foxworth man receives gift of life twice

Two years ago, a doctor told a Foxworth man he had two years to live. Now, two years later, Jeff Armstrong can tell his story of being given the gift of life.

Forrest Co. Health Dept. to host back to school immunization clinic

The Forrest County Health Department will host a special childhood immunization clinic for school registration on July 27 from 9:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

Lamar Co. doctor advocates for mental health check ups

Lamar County physician Dr. Lara Otaigbe says your primary care physician isn't just for check ups. She said they should be your first line of defense when it comes to your mental and emotional health.

Severe Weather Anxiety: What it is and how you can treat it

The Pine Belt has been hit hard with big weather events over the past decade. Whether its hurricanes or tornadoes that hit the area, living through it and seeing the damage it leaves can easily make you anxious about severe weather.

Hattiesburg Eye Clinic promotes fireworks eye safety

The Fourth of July is three weeks away. Many people will be setting off fireworks for the occasion. Hattiesburg Eye Clinic's Ophthalmologist Dr. David Richardson warns setting your sights on fireworks could be putting your eyesight at risk.

St. Jude: In the business of saving children

This mom knew the bone marrow transplant alone would threaten young Caleb's life. "They asked if I knew the percentages, the chance of it working

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Over one million people will get cancer this year. In some cases it may have been prevented. But now there is a new way to lower your risk.