Updated: 9:22 AM Fried food, no exercise, smoking, are all precursors to heart disease. Those are the factors you can control, but as one local woman learned, you can't control genetics. She believed everything was fine, until she caught what she thought was the flu.
Updated: 9:45 PM Oral cancer is the sixth most common form of the disease in American men.
If that's not frightening enough, dentists are now discovering more cases of oral cancer among young, healthy women.
By the time oral cancer is visible, it's usually too late.
But a local dentist is shining new light on the problem, that's saving lives.
Updated: 10:37 PM Ebooks are the wave of the future in Florida education. The only question is when will the state make the switch from hardcover textbooks. The state Board of Education is trying to speed up the process. The board wants to get rid of textbooks and go all digital by 2015.
Posted: 9:21 AM Florida leads the nation in the number of lethal pills prescribed by unscrupulous doctors. So called pill mills, set up in store fronts, are overprescribing potent drugs such as oxycodone. Thursday, Attorney General Pam Bondi launched a crackdown on over prescribers.
Updated: 8:41 AM Arnold football fans have had the chance to see a brave young lady participate in the color guard this season, without fully understanding what she's had to do to be on the field.
Her family believes it's nothing short of a miracle.
This time last year, doctors weren't sure Avonlea Dunn would even be around to see another football season.
But so far she's beaten the odds and has come back even stronger.
Updated: 8:42 AM She's managed to push her pain to the background and keep it a secret from everyone, while entertaining hundreds of people every Friday night on the Arnold Blue Thunder Marching Band Color Guard.
Updated: 9:30 PM Medicaid eats up 20 billion state dollars every year. That’s about a third of the state’s total budget. Lawmakers are looking for ways to lower the cost without drastically cutting services.
Posted: 4:38 PM Santa Rosa Beach- A licensed medical doctor says he is currently treating patients with symptoms of toxic exposure he believes originates from the BP oil spill.
He's waiting on blood test results of pateints who work in the Vessels of Opportunity program, who were exposed to high levels of hazardous chemicals--but they may not be the only ones at risk.
Posted: 4:40 PM Santa Rosa Beach - Dr. Rodney Soto, a licensed medical doctor, says the effects of organic volatile compounds found in petroleum product and chemical dispersents contain toxic material. He's already treating patients with symptoms of exposure..
Updated: 8:30 AM According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. It is for that reason faculty and students from Florida State University's Panama City campus and Gulf Coast Community College worked together to host a lecture on suicide prevention.
Updated: 2:15 PM As many as several hundred local healthcare workers will be getting smaller pay checks by the end of this month. Bay Medical Center is cutting the hours of a large number of it's employees. Last year employees at Bay Medical launched a campaign to help raise money for the new patient tower project. Now one month after the tower opening, many of those employees are facing pay cuts.
Posted: 8:19 AM On Monday we told you about a Bonifay family who's daughter struggled with lyme disease for years, then found healing through hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Now that family is getting ready to open an outpatient hyperbaric oxygen center of their own. The center in Bonifay should be up and running by the first of the year, just in time for another local lyme disease patient to use it for follow up treatments.
Updated: 2:52 PM Bonifay - As more and more young people in Northwest Florida contract lyme disease, one family in Bonifay is fighting back by opening a hyperbaric oxygen center in Holmes County. They say the treatments helped heal their daughter.
Updated: 8:19 AM People in Washington County, suffering from chronic wounds, won't have to travel for treatment.
Northwest Florida Community Hospital opened a Wound Healing Institute this week, offering hyperbaric chamber treatments.
The institute is ready to receive its first patient.
Posted: 9:24 PM Four Floridians have died from a rare mosquito borne illness in the past six weeks. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is passed from birds to humans through mosquitoes. One in three people who contract the disease die, and there’s no cure.
Posted: 9:46 PM Police are still looking for the thief who stole a 3-year-old girl's leg braces. However, the family did get some good news Friday with a local company offering to help the child and her family with replacement braces.
Don't look for emergency contraception soon The Obama administration may have backed down after a decade of fighting over emergency contraception, but don’t expect to see Plan B, or any other morning-after birth control product, out from behind the counter anytime soon.
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.
Health workers strike at UC Calif. medical centers Thousands of healthcare workers walked off the job at the University of California's five medical centers on Tuesday, delaying surgeries, diagnostic procedures, treatments and emergency care throughout the state.
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.
Don't pull Avandia from market, FDA panel urges The controversial diabetes drug Avandia should stay on the market for now, with relaxed restrictions on its use, Food and Drug Administration advisers said on Thursday. Avandia was the world’s No. 1 diabetes drug until research showed in could raise heart risks.
12 school football players die each year, study finds Each year in the U.S. an average of a dozen high school and college football players die during practices and games, according to a new study that finds heart conditions, heat and other non-traumatic causes of death are twice as common as injury-related ones.