Updated: 07/29/2009 - A government panel has recommended that certain groups be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations this fall, including pregnant women, health care workers, and children six months and older.
Posted: 07/27/2009 - Obesity's not just dangerous, it's expensive. New research shows medical spending averages $1,400 more a year for an obese person than for someone who's normal weight.
Posted: 07/22/2009 - State health officials say 22 people have died from swine flu in Florida.
Posted: 07/15/2009 - Wednesday, Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Florida, 34 other states and the District of Columbia have reached an agreement with Merck & Co. Inc, Shering-Plough Corporation, and MSP Singapore Company, LLC.
Updated: 07/14/2009 - Most people know the harmful effects that ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on the skin. But many are not aware of the damage that they can cause to the eyes.
Posted: 07/13/2009 - Walton County health officials urge residents to avoid contact with wild and stray animals to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure.
Posted: 07/07/2009 - New safety standards aimed at reducing salmonella and E. coli outbreaks are part of a government effort to try to make food safer to eat.
Posted: 06/30/2009 - U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd, D-North Florida, announced that PanCare of Florida, Inc. of Panama City, Florida, is scheduled to receive an additional $331,655 in federal stimulus dollars to help improve access to quality healthcare for North Floridians.
Posted: 06/22/2009 - An appellate court has ruled that a Florida law banning the substitution of certain drugs must be followed even if a generic version gets federal approval.
Updated: 06/22/2009 - As of Monday; there are three confirmed cases of Swine Flu, H1N1, in Bay County - one 2 year old female, one 5 month old female, and one adult male in his 20s.
Posted: 06/19/2009 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli O157:H7 (a bacterium that causes food borne illness).
Updated: 06/17/2009 - Florida health officials have confirmed the state's first swine flu death.
Posted: 06/02/2009 - The University of Florida/Bay County Extension is offering a Food Safety and Quality Program, which is dedicated to providing training that enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment.
Posted: 06/02/2009 - More Florida children will soon have easier access to state-subsidized health insurance.
Posted: 06/01/2009 - Dennis Cookro, M.D., M.P.H., assumed the position of Interim Director of the Bay County Health Department.
Posted: 05/20/2009 - Gulf Coast Medical Center has taken another step toward reducing waits times in its emergency department.
Posted: 05/15/2009 - Six more cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Florida, bringing the total in the state to 69.
Updated: 06/01/2009 - Being told your child is Autistic can be heart wrenching -- just imagine -- someone telling you that your son or daughter's life is going to be more challenging than your life was, and that there's not much you can do change the diagnosis.
Updated: 06/01/2009 - Many local parents are beginning to get some help from several new efforts to help them understand Autism and provide their child with the appropriate therapy.
Updated: 05/12/2009 - U.S. health officials are advising pregnant women to take prescription flu medicines if they are diagnosed with the new swine flu.
Posted: 05/12/2009 - Officials have confirmed one more case of swine flu in Florida, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 56.
Posted: 05/12/2009 - The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule banning the use of the pesticide carbofuran on food.
Posted: 05/12/2009 - Leo Lytel was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. But by age 9 he had overcome the disorder.
Posted: 05/12/2009 - Scan the breathless headlines at any magazine rack - Fight Flab in Minutes! Get Beach Ready! Add the skinny yet buxom model, and it should be no surprise that the average woman feels insecure if not downright unhappy with her real-world figure.