New pain medication rules for pain sufferers

Hattiesburg Immediate Care Medical Director Samuel Crosby said the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure’s new regulations for opioids and benzodiazepines are not to make patients feel judged, but for protection.

  Merit Health Wesley recognized with Gold Seal in sepsis care

Open enrollment deadline quickly approaching

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era guidelines for school lunches

Pink Up: Camp Bluebirds role for cancer patients

Woman contracted fatal brain-eating amoeba infection from Neti pot water, doctors say

State epidemiologist tells parents to take flu precautions now

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Prenatal chemical exposure tied to early puberty in girls, study says

Infants' liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart, Family Dollar recalled

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner is pushing for truth-in-labeling on lab-grown meat

Lamar Co. mom of 3 shares postpartum depression journey

State health department reports first pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season

MSDH reports first flu case of 2018-2019

Study reveals new harmful chemicals present in children’s car seats

You might want to check this list to see where you child’s car seat ranks after a new study revealed the presence of new flame retardants in some car seats.

New dean named for WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

Newly appointed dean of the the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Italo Subbarao, sat down with Jessica Bowman to talk about his new role and the future of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  Hub City bicycle shop hopes to save lives with NARCAN

One father raises awareness after losing son to opioids.

Pine Grove psychologist explains common holiday stressors

This time of year your days are expected to be merry, bright and joyful, but that’s not the case for everyone. This season can bring on stress and even depression.

FDA approves groundbreaking cancer drug Vitrakvi

Dr. Blair E. Batson, first pediatric chair at UMMC, dies at 98

Vitalant asking for blood donations during holidays

US Judge: Mississippi 15-week abortion ban unconstitutional

CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce until we tell you

FDA warns infants could get botulism from honey pacifiers

  Researchers release study on new treatment that helps fight peanut allergies

For the study, researchers gave the participants small doses of peanut flour in vials.

WCU Nursing grads post 100 percent pass rate on licensure exam

The new graduates have entered professional roles in caring for patients throughout south Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, and Alaska.

FDA calls for new e-cigarette regulations after teen use increases

The Food and Drug Administration proposed tougher regulations on flavored e-cigarette products after a dramatic rise in use among teenagers.

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

Caffeine packed energy drinks are popular. You've heard the health risks about drinking them before, but you may want to pay attention to a new study.

Pain psychologist receives prestigious award for pain treatment

Around the country, the Centers for Disease Control and clinicians are working to improve the way opioids are prescribed in order to reduce misuse, abuse, and overdose from these drugs.

Lamar Co. Lifeguard Ambulance Service acquires life-saving drug

The ambulance service received the drug in late October.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Alternatives to build your immune system, fight flu

There is no substitute for the flu shot, but there are ways you can help build your immune system.

WDAM Investigation: Your care and where you live

No one likes to think they’ll need it, but when there’s an emergency, where you live matters. Your lifeline is often one of two resources, hospital or ambulance, and timing is everything.

Pine Belt chef gives basics & benefits to meal prepping

WDAM takes you outside of the online culture and behind the scenes of the Birdhouse Cafe. It's a nutrient powerhouse with a simple goal, "Love, nourish, inspire," motivated by Chef Katie Dixon.

New trial looking for patients carrying Alzheimer’s Disease gene

Hattiesburg Clinic Neurologist Dr. Ronald Schwartz is on a mission to save your memory.

PINK UP: Hattiesburg woman encourages others not to give up

Jessica Bowman introduces you to one Hattiesburg woman encouraging others suffering with breast cancer, not to give up.

Ortho-Novum recalls birth control pills over incorrect dispenser instructions

The company is issuing a voluntary recall on three lots of birth control pills.

Louisiana, Mississippi top list of states for preterm births

Premature babies are also at higher risk for problems later in life such as breathing and feeding difficulties or vision and hearing problems.

Pearl’s Diner: A gem in the Pine Belt

From the date of its establishment until now Ms. Pearl and her diner have become a jewel here in the Pine Belt.

Pediatricians advise parents to not spank children who misbehave

The report states that corporal punishment is limited in its effectiveness and has potentially harmful side effects. (Source: CNN)

Frito-Lay recalls popcorn bags filled with cheese-flavored tortilla chips

Frito-Lay issues a popcorn recall for some products.

2nd annual Caregiver Conference helps caregivers across the state

Caregivers and health care professionals filled the Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg all day Friday for the second annual Disentangle AD Caregiver Conference.

Insurance Commissioner offers understanding of Medicare

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner, Mike Chaney said he doesn't manage Medicare, but he does try to take of Medicare consumers of the state of by giving as much guidance as he can.

FDA recalls another heart medication for possible cancer risk

The drug may contain a chemical that is carcinogenic to humans and animals.

Nonprofit to hold 2nd Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Conference

A few years ago, Hattiesburg Clinic Neurologist Dr. Ronald Schwartz realized his Alzheimer’s disease patients weren’t the only ones in need of care. He saw the burden weighing on the family, and the caregiver.

Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in second Mississippi white-tailed deer

A 1.5-year-old male white-tailed deer collected on October 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from initial testing.

  Laurel, Petal police host drug take back events

Petal Police Department collected 40 pounds of drugs and the Laurel Police Department collected about 176 pounds of medication.

21-year-old lifelong migraine sufferer finally finds relief

A 21-year-old Columbia resident said she has gone from blinding, debilitating pain everyday for most of her life to only having to manage her pain once a month.

WCU president cuts the ribbon on new school of pharmacy

The first class of William Carey University School of Pharmacy, and future students, now have a place to call home on William Carey's Tradition Campus in Biloxi and that's the new Sanderson Hall building.

Southern Eye Center gives ‘Gift of Sight’

Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg gave the Gift of Sight Friday by providing eye care to those who need it the most.

Understanding your Health Insurance: Health experts say they are here to help

Hospitals, Doctors, to Marketplace Exchanges and private insurance companies. They are all connected, and they affect you, your health and your wallet.

Attorney General Jim Hood warns of e-cigarette dangers

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was in the Pine Belt Wednesday to talk about his joint efforts with the Mississippi Department of Health regarding the initiative to alert parents and teens of the dangers of e-cigarettes.

National Mammogram Day comping up

Friday is National Mammography Day and doctors are encouraging women to put themselves first and schedule a mammogram.

Flu shots for children now available at all county health departments

The season flu shot is recommended for anyone age 6 months and up to prevent the flu.

American Cancer Society hosts 2nd annual Men in Pink event

The American Cancer Society hosted its 2nd annual Men in Pink Event in Hattiesburg.

Is cellphone radiation as bad as it sounds?

Many of us are on our cellphones all the time. Some of us even sleep with them in our beds or next to our beds. What harm could that cause, especially since our cellphones give off a certain kind of radiation?

Scientists to sterilize mosquitoes, making it harder for them to transmit deadly diseases

While the experts say this is a step in the right direction, more research is needed to determine what consequences this could have on the food chain and ecosystem.

The Dubard School helps students cope with dyslexia

The Dubard School for Language Disorders on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi handles many young students with learning disabilities. One of those conditions affects one in five students.

Doctor offers tips as Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off

Dr. John “Bo” Hrom recommends women get a mammogram at least once every two years after turning 40.

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.

State officials address ‘epidemic’ among teens in Mississippi

General Hood is joining the Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi Tobacco Data at the Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi to alert parents and teenagers of the dangers of teens using nicot

Group offers free hepatitis C testing for veterans

According to Focus Medica, hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease with more than 200,000 cases per year in the U.S. A group in Hattiesburg offered free testing for military veterans Thursday.

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.

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.