Updated: 02/20/2013 - A local teenager with severe scoliosis is fighting back with a vengeance. Two months post surgery, she's back to dancing and she hopes her remarkable recovery will inspire others.
Updated: 12/22/2012 - When compared with the rest of the nation, per capita Northwest Florida has a tremendous amount of sinus disease. If those problems begin to affect your daily routine, most often the answer is surgery. In the past that meant at least a day in the hospital and a long recovery time, Now an alternative is being offered in Bay County that can be done right in the doctor’s office.
Posted: 12/06/2012 - Despite a relatively mild season locally, flu season is off to a strong start across the rest of the country. The Centers for Disease Control has said they expect this year's flu strains to be serious and is hitting it's victims quicker.
Posted: 11/24/2012 - Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. has recalled dozens of lots of its generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor
Posted: 11/15/2012 - Wednesday was Global Diabetes Awareness Day, calling attention to the 26 million Americans living with the disease.
Posted: 10/17/2012 - October 12th is world arthritis day. When most people think of arthritis, they think of elderly people. But that’s far from the case.
Posted: 10/04/2012 - Most people wouldn't think twice about basic tasks like getting dressed or tying your shoes. But for some, it's not that easy. And when it involves a child, it can be excruciating for both parent and child.
Updated: 10/09/2012 - Panama City- NewsChannel 7 reported Monday about a local five year old little boy suffering from a condition called hydrocephalus or water on the brain. Unfortunately it appears he's not the only one in our area suffering from the neroulogical disease. In fact, one local doctor called it an epidemic.
Updated: 07/05/2012 - Panama City - Alzheimers. By age 85, 30% to 50% of adults show signs of the disease. For family caregivers, dealing with Alzheimer's effects on their loved one can be heartbreaking and stressful. That's why a local in-home senior care provider is spreading the word about a new, and free resource for families. The online training module is called "CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education." It helps families better understand the disease and how to cope with it, as well as offer tips on how to care for the 60% to 70% of Alzheimer's patients still living at home.
Posted: 06/14/2012 - A collaboration between a local neurosurgeon and a chiropractor has led to major pain relief for accident patients. One teenager even traveled from Utah to see if it would work for her. She had actually become a prisoner to her pain.
Posted: 07/20/2012 - Panama City - As the demand for nurses keeps rising, more students than ever will graduate from Gulf Coast State College with a practical nursing degree. 31 students will graduate Thursday at Gulf Coast's Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe.
Updated: 05/24/2012 - Five percent of the American population has an abdominal aortic aneurysm and most have no clue they could be a ticking time bomb. To make matters worse, there really aren't any symptoms. If it ruptures, large amounts of blood can spill in the abdominal cavity, leading to death within a matter of minutes. The good news is, once you know it's there it can be removed. Now a Bay County doctor has a much less invasive way to get rid it.
Updated: 05/10/2012 - The battle over legalzing medical marijuana in Florida continues to grow. Supporters were hoping to pass a bill this past legislative session allowing the drug, but it failed to get enough support.
Posted: 05/08/2012 - Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the country. May has been designated as melanoma / skin cancer detection month with Monday the 7th known as melanoma Monday. It's a reminder to get checked for this most aggressive form of skin cancer.
Updated: 05/03/2012 - When there's an accident with severe injuries, getting help quickly is the key to survival. In the past patients in our area were usually life flighted to Pensacola or Tallahassee to a hospital that specializes in treating trauma patients. That's no longer the case.
Posted: 02/23/2012 - Bay Medical is in for some changes due to their new management. Since Sacred Heart is a Catholic organization, certain medical and surgical procedures will no longer be available. After Sacred Heart takes over Bay Medical on April 1st, one of the procedures that will no longer happen is tubal ligations.
Updated: 02/21/2012 - The state's new pill mill law has forced some doctors to give up their ability to prescribe certain drugs, forcing their patients to go elsewhere.
Updated: 02/29/2012 - Earlier this month we had Go Red for Women day, where you were encouraged to wear red to bring attention to women's heart health issues. But with February being heart health month we believe you can't get the message out often enough.
Posted: 02/14/2012 - Parents of student athletes may soon have to sign a form saying they understand the risk of serious head injuries, and players who may have a concussion will have to sit out the rest of the game under legislation approved by a House committee Monday in Tallahassee.
Posted: 02/09/2012 - More people than ever are being diagnosed with seasonal or food allergies, and researchers say allergies could make people sick in other ways, too.
Posted: 02/07/2012 - ATLANTA (AP) -- Trying to cut down on salt? Health officials have come up with a list of the top 10 sources of salt in the American diet -- and bread is No. 1.
Updated: 02/06/2012 - Panama City - Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder are becoming the signature injuries of the Iraq and Afhgan wars. With symptoms like depression, irritability, hyper-vigilance, short-term memory loss, and difficulty sleeping, some affected vets have trouble doing the simplest things. But now some vets are finding help in an unusual way. A treatment developed to cure the Bends in divers is now being used to heal the brain and cure vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from traumatic brain injury.
Updated: 02/29/2012 - In the 1950's surgeons used what is called the Smith-Peterson approach for hip replacement. It provided a great view of the hip but surgeons had to cut through muscle which meant a long recovery time. Recently the anterior hip procedure was improved and one local orthopedic surgeon is happy to see its revival.
Posted: 02/01/2012 - Bay County – A bobcat tested positive for rabies on January 31, 2012. The bobcat was killed by a dog in West Bay, just south of the Highway 79 B.V. Buchanan Bridge.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.