Study claims fluoride exposure during pregnancy tied to low IQ scores in children

  New Weight Watchers diet app is aimed at kids as young as 8 years old

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

  Long-term exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack a day, study finds

  New study shows vaping linked to marijuana use in young people

  Heavy social media use may hurt teens’ mental health, study says

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  Legionnaires’ cases are soaring in the US; experts call for stronger policies to fight the disease

Intensive blood pressure control could slow age-related brain damage, study finds

What’s on school menus this fall? More than $1 billion worth of ‘free’ food because of trade disputes

  USDA Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, including in Crockett

New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

  A new drug could save a 1-year-old from a life of paralysis. His insurance won’t pay.

Walgreens to close about 200 stores

The retailer doesn’t plan to announce which stores will close but said they are in areas that have multiple locations.

  Woman dies from Legionnaires’ disease after visiting Atlanta hotel

A 49-year-old woman has died after recently attending a conference at the Atlanta Sheraton hotel.

14 teens, young adults in 2 states hospitalized for lung disease that may be linked to vaping

In Wisconsin, some of the patients were put in intensive care and on ventilators.

More people are dying from drugs in urban areas than in rural ones, CDC says

The conclusion reverses a trend for most of the last decade, in which there were more drug overdose deaths in rural areas of the country.

  Updated cottage food law gives business owners more freedom

1 in 10 seniors admit to binge drinking

74% of adult video gamers report harassment

  City of Lufkin adds workout stations to Azalea Trail

  Haunting drug overdose photo shows opioid epidemic in Mississippi

Carter BloodCare in ‘crisis mode’ due to significant dip in donations, director says

Required physical exam proved successful, two students diagnosed with heart murmur

Last week, the U.I.L. started requiring physical exams for students in school marching bands across the state, and that new requirement has already proven successful.

Organic apples contain more beneficial bacteria than conventional apples, study finds

A new study compared the bacteria found in freshly picked organic apples and more conventional store-bought apples of the same size.

US fertility rate falls to ‘all-time low,’ CDC says

Other studies show the fertility rate has been dropping for a while. It’s now at the level where the nation cannot replace its existing population.

  Allergan recalls textured breast implant tied to rare cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it called for the removal after new information showed Allergan's Biocell breast implants with a textured surface account for a disproportionate share of rare lymphoma cases.

  CASA Deep East Texas: Spike in foster care cases connected with rise in drug abuse

The number of cases has more than doubled since 2000, according to a study.

A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and good habits, researchers reported Sunday.

1st baby in US born from dead donor’s transplanted womb

These transplants were pioneered by a Swedish doctor who did the first successful one five years ago.

  Summer camp is newest front in battle with measles outbreak

Vaccinations have been made mandatory this summer for campers and staff in several counties north of New York City that annually fill up with kids from the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been hit hardest by measles.

  Former NBA player helps organize walk honoring Garrison student who died of genetic heart condition

The Community Wellness Walk will be held Saturday, June 15 on the SFA campus.

Eating more red meat could mean shortening your life, study says

A new study published this week found an increase in total red meat consumption is associated with higher overall death rates.

  Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin to host free conference for new and expecting parents

The event will focus on raising emotionally-healthy children, organizers say.

  More than 1 million STDs contracted every day, World Health Organization says

The figures were collected worldwide from men and women between the ages of 15 and 49. They show more than 1 million new cases of four STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis – are contracted every day.

  Family medical clinic in Alto to host free community health fair

The fair offers the community one-on-one time to discuss with medical professionals and free servces.

  US measles count surpasses 1,000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year.

Red meat? White meat? Study says it really doesn’t matter

A new study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows red and white meats are equally bad for cholesterol.

  25 cups of coffee a day are as safe for your heart as 1 cup, new study says

Coffee fans have been getting mixed messages about their favorite drink for years, including previous studies that suggest coffee is bad for your heart.

Thanks to surgery in the womb, newborn avoids devastating birth defect

The in-utero surgery to repair the baby’s spine came with serious risks, especially for the mom.

Companies report progress on blood tests to detect cancer

Many companies are trying to develop early detection "liquid biopsy" tests that capture bits of DNA that cancer cells shed into blood.

Heat wave before summer even starts grips Deep South

High temperatures were at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit Monday in Florence and Columbia, South Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Jacksonville and Gainesville, Florida. It was the fourth day of temperatures in that range this week.

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

A majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in at least 10 states were allowed to enroll provisionally for the last school year, without any formal exemption, according to data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Burnout, gaming disorder deemed medical diagnoses by WHO

Starting in 2022, doctors will be able to diagnose their patients with burnout from chronic work stress or gaming disorder.

  Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk

Chemicals in the inhaled vapor may pose unique risks that are important to understand, especially as more and more teens take up vaping.

Online groups falsely promote bleach as autism ‘cure’

Many of these so-called cures are recommended in private online groups and prey upon parents’ desires to “heal” their kids of the developmental disorder.

Overprocessed foods add 500 calories to your diet every day, causing weight gain

A shocking 61% of American adults get their total diet from ultraprocessed foods, according to the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

‘Baby Shark’ could help save lives, as middle schoolers learn to perform CPR to song

The catchy and popular tune “Baby Shark” helped make sure the students' chest compressions stayed on beat.

  Eat well, exercise more: New guidelines to reduce risk of dementia

Some 3 million Americans each year are diagnosed with a form of dementia. It’s a condition that can be managed, but not cured.

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

"Almost 6% of adolescents in the United States are severely obese, and bariatric surgery is now the only successful, long-term treatment option" for them, researchers say.

Tattoo ink recalled for bacterial contamination concerns

Inks contaminated with microorganisms may cause infection and serious health issues when introduced to the skin, including scarring.

U.S. birth rate falls to lowest level in 32 years, CDC says

The report showed that birth rates declined for nearly all age groups of women younger than 35 but rose for women in their late 30s and early 40s. (Source: CNN)

  Opioid epidemic sparks new health crisis - hepatitis C

Officials are tackling the problem with clean needle exchanges.

  Low-dose aspirin linked to bleeding in the skull, report says

Researchers analyzed data from 13 previous studies involving more than 130,000 people ages 42 to 74.

Healthwise: The dangers of a ‘brain attack’

We all know what it means to have a heart attack. The National Stroke Association wants people to become just as familiar with a brain attack. That’s what happens when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.

  Mineral sunscreens touted as healthier, more environmentally friendly alternatives to typical sunscreens

If you’re looking for an alternative to common sunscreens this summer, environmental groups say look no further than mineral sunscreens.

  US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

Backseats of Uber, Lyft vehicles carry more germs than toilet seats, study finds

The study conducted by NetQuote swabbed the surfaces of rideshares, taxis, and rental cars.

  Pack these healthy travel snacks to get through summer trips

Are you taking a trip this summer? Here are some healthy snack ideas to get you on your way.

  Hepatitis A infections in US increased by nearly 300 percent over 2 years, CDC reports

The highly contagious virus of the liver, which is also a vaccine-preventable illness, has made a resurgence among adults in the United States.

Professor invites Alto tornado victims to take part in group therapy session at SFA

The processing session will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17

Sticker shock: Trump taking aim at ‘surprise medical bills’

Trump wants to make it clear that patients who receive emergency care should not be hit with charges that exceed the amount paid to in-network providers.

  Woman says birth control caused stroke at young age, helps raise awareness for others

Amy Bergeron had a stroke at the age of 19. She says it can happen to any young woman.

More people don’t have health insurance, CDC says

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, the uninsured rate for Americans aged 45 to 64 jumped to 10.3 percent last year.

Sunscreen: How to protect your kids from the sun

Use at least SPF 15 and make sure it covers both UVA and UVB rays.

TV ads for prescription drugs will have to include the price

The Trump administration is finalizing regulations that will require drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month's supply, says the Health and Human Services secretary.

US pregnancy deaths up, and report says most are preventable

Bleeding and infections used to cause most pregnancy-related deaths, but heart-related problems do now.

  Chemicals in sunscreen enter your body after just one day of use, study says

The four chemicals studied, avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene, are part of a dozen that the FDA recently said needed to be researched by manufacturers before they could be considered “generally regarded as safe and effective.

Report: Vaccine exemptions in Texas rise for 15th year

The Texas Department of Health Services says the number of Texans who chose to not immunize their children jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles national outbreak

  US measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. It's the most in the U.S. since 1994, when 963 were reported.

Vivimed Life Sciences recalls losartan potassium tablets after detecting impurity

Vivimed is recalling 19 lots of its product, which is produced by Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc in East Brunswick, NJ.

  HIV drugs stop transmission of virus, study says

The report shows that using antiretroviral therapy to suppress HIV to undetectable levels renders it incapable of transmission during sex.

  State-supported living center in Pollok opens market to provide workforce skills for residents

The market sells plants, woodworking and handcrafted items, and produce grown by residents in the center’s garden.

  Man suffers stroke from cracking his neck

The doctor shared an X-ray of the man's neck, showing a tear in his vertebral artery - a crucial vessel leading to the brain.

FDA permits sale of smokeless tobacco product

The FDA says even though it is allowing IQOS to be sold, that does not mean it has been deemed safe to use

  Nacogdoches social worker addresses need for mental health services in Texas

Mental Health America has released statistics for 2018, which ranked Texas for the number of mental health cases and access to services.

FDA strengthening warnings for some popular sleep aids

There have been reports of rare, but serious, injuries and deaths resulting from sleepwalking, sleep-driving and other complex behaviors by people who took the popular drugs. (Source: CNN)

  Antibiotics no match for superbugs, UN report says

Researchers said the growing threat is increasing the risk of life-saving medical procedures and making common diseases like tuberculosis nearly impossible to beat because of “alarming levels” of resistance to the drugs created to treat them.

ER doctors say they are dealing with more patient assaults

Most emergency room doctors believe violence is increasing

2 cases of HIV confirmed from possible ‘vampire facials’ at NM spa

The aesthetician running the spa was using unsafe practices that could spread infections like HIV and hepatitis B and C, according to health department officials.

  Measles cases climb to 704 for the year, highest since 1994, CDC says

The number of confirmed cases across the country is 704, up 78 over the last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.