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Colon Cancer, The Silent Killer

Posted: 04/07/2011 - Colon cancer is often referred to as the silent killer...in the early stages there aren't any symptoms. That's why screening for colon cancer is so important. It may not be the most popular procedure, but as one local woman found out, getting a colonoscopy could mean the difference between life and death.

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There is a new kids dental clinic in Bay County

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Panama City - The Bay County Health Department Children's Dental Clinic has a new home on east 15th Street. Official say the clinic is in high demand and could help up to 18,000 children in Bay County. Health department officials started working on the vacant dental clinic on East 15th Street back in November of 2010.

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H-C-G Diet. Is it too good to be true?

Posted: 03/29/2011 - Imagine being able to lose weight from all your trouble spots: Belly, hips, thighs and arms, all without feeling hungry.

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Breast Biopsy Just Got Easier

Updated: 03/19/2011 - A survey released just three months ago shows half of women 40 and older do not get recommended yearly mammograms. That holds true even when they have insurance. One local nurse admits she fits into that category.

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New Surgery for Acid Reflux

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Panama City -- Acid reflux can cause a lot more than heartburn. If left untreated, it can lead to esophageal cancer. But there's good news for local patients. A local hospital is offering a new surgery that not only cures acid reflux, but lets patients get back to eating and sleeping normally.

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Bay County Birth Rates Amongst Teens Drops

Posted: 03/01/2011 - Panama City - The Centers for Disease Control has released the latest statistics for teenage births, and numbers for Florida are down 19%. They're down as well in Bay County.

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Day of Dance

Updated: 03/22/2011 - Panama City-- Several women in Panama City may know a little bit more about the importance of staying healthy after attending Gulf Coast Medical Center's first annual day of dance.

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Healing The Heart Part 2

Updated: 02/25/2011 - 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.

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Shedding Light on Oral Cancer

Updated: 02/18/2011 - 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.

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Fighting Heart Disease

Posted: 02/18/2011 - Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Bay County. And, type 2 diabetes is also currently increasing in our community at a faster rate than the state average.

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EBook Stampede

Posted: 02/04/2011 - 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.

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Pill Mill Crackdown

Posted: 02/04/2011 - 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.

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Local Teen Excels, Despite Painful Conditions

Updated: 12/03/2010 - 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.

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Local Teen Excels, Despite Painful Conditions, Part 2

Updated: 12/03/2010 - 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.

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Too many fat kids

Posted: 11/18/2010 - One in every three Florida kids ages 10 to 17 is overweight or obese. Blue Cross Blue Shield is looking for solutions, through its philanthropic affiliate The Blue Foundation.

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Panama City Beach Stem Cell Dogs Are Recovering Well

Posted: 11/18/2010 - In October, Panama City Beach participated in Florida’s first ever in-clinic animal stem cell therapy. It’s been about three weeks and the two dogs are doing extremely well.

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Florida Medicaid Reform

Updated: 11/17/2010 - 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.

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New Laser Helps Melt Fat

Updated: 11/11/2010 - Some doctors claim you'll see the results in as little as two weeks.

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What Are The Long Term Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill? ((Part 2))

Posted: 11/09/2010 - 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.

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What Are The Long Term Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill?

Posted: 11/09/2010 - 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..

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Budget cuts force Bay Medical Center to trim employee hours

Updated: 10/08/2010 - 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.

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