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Heart Health Month is for both Men and Women

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.

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Head Injuries Could Sideline Florida Student Athletes

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.

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The Mystery of Allergies

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.

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Too Much Salt is Bad - How About Bread?

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.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Vets Recover

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.

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Hip Replacement Goes Back To The Future

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.

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Bobcat Tests Positive for Rabies

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.

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Health Officials Urge Flu Prevention

Posted: 01/10/2012 - Cooler weather usually means flu season is nearby and the Florida Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves and their families from the virus.

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DaVinci Robot Now Used for Lung Surgery

Updated: 12/16/2011 - Traditional lung surgery is tough on patients. Not only does it require a huge incision, it means months of recuperation. Now local patients have another choice that's much less invasive with a very quick recovery time. A local man was one of the first in our area to have the surgery..

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Bay Medical Center Moves One Step Closer to Signing the Lease

Posted: 12/07/2011 - Panama City - We're learning more about the proposed 40 year lease of Bay Medical Center to the Sacred Heart Group. Bay Medical Center, Sacred Heart, and LHP executives were in town Wednesday with the media and county commissioners explaining the lease agreement.

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New Laser Makes Eye Surgery Easier

Updated: 12/01/2011 - Roger Hicks is a minister and a pilot, who relies heavily on his eyes for both passions. A large part of his ministry involves flying himself and others to countries for mission trips. He thought eye problems just might ground him, but a new laser is taking his need for glasses away.

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Bay Medical Board of Trustees Close to Signing 40-year Lease

Updated: 11/23/2011 - Panama City - The lease negotiations for Bay Medical Center are moving faster than most people realize. The hospital's board of trustee's met with county commissioner Guy Tunnell and representatives from Sacred Heart and the LHP Group Tuesday morning to further discuss the 40 year lease agreement.

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Special Report: Medical Tourism

Posted: 11/18/2011 - With skyrocketing healthcare costs a major concern, many people are finding they can save money on medical and dental procedures by hitting the road. But how far would you go to save as much as 80% off of the cost of surgery?

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There is Help for Bladder Control Issues

Updated: 11/16/2011 - November 14th through the 18th is national bladder week. It's a great time to remind people, they don't have to live with bladder problems.

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HPV Vaccination Rate Low in Northwest Florida

Posted: 11/11/2011 - Based on American Cancer Society estimates, about 30 women a day are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. According to the CDC, 80% of all women will be infected with the HPV virus by the age of 50, but experts say there is something that can be done in middle school to prevent that.

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Placenta Donation Becoming Popular In Bay County

Updated: 02/16/2012 - There are many decisions that come along with having a baby. Everything from choosing a name to what kind of crib to get. A local hospital is hoping moms will make one more decision that could mean a better life for others. It involves donating their baby's placenta.

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A Race Against the Clock: Surviving a Heart Attack

Updated: 02/16/2012 - If it happens to you, would you be able to live to tell about it? It depends on more than just your health. We'll take a look at the best-and-worst places to have a heart emergency and hear from one family who is turning their tragedy into a life-saving campaign.

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Rabies Alert for Eastern Bay County

Updated: 10/14/2011 - The Administrator of the Bay County Health Department has issued a rabies alert for the eastern geographical region of Bay County, Florida. This is in response to cats that tested positive for rabies on September 20, 2011 and October 12, 2011.

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Bay Medical Lease Agreement Update

Posted: 10/06/2011 - The potential lease agreement between Bay Medical Center and Sacred Heart Hospital is becoming more concrete.

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Prostate Cancer not just an older man's disease

Posted: 09/22/2011 - The American Cancer Society predicts 240-thousand men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. 34-thousand will die. Most people think of it as an older mans disease. One local man found out that's just not the case.

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Infant Mortality Rate Still A Concern in Northwest Florida

Posted: 09/08/2011 - Marianna- Each year, more infants are dying in Northwest Florida because of health complications compared to the rest of the state. But there's a statewide program that's been trying to change that for the last 20 years.

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Controlling Psoriasis

Posted: 09/01/2011 - Psoriasis affects about 1 in 100 people. That number might actually be higher because many don't realize they have it. There are five kinds of psoriasis and each has its own symptoms. The tough part for those who suffer from it, is the embarrassment.

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