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  America’s deadly flu outbreak declines, but may not have peaked, CDC says

  Fitbit could help predict flu outbreaks, study says

Sepsis deaths greater than thought; remains leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals

ETX mother with very rare disease hopes to find kidney donor

Law helps protect patients from surprise hospital bills

  University of Kansas seeking couples for male birth control clinical trial

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Most lung injury victims bought THC vapes outside of commercial sources, CDC says

Boy hears voices after suffering apparent Tamiflu-induced hallucinations

  Report: Women now outnumber men in the workforce

  Cancer death rate sees largest single-year drop, report says

Protect your New Year’s Resolution Beyond Quitter’s Day

Miracle baby born after transplant from deceased donor

  No link between talc and ovarian cancer, study says

A study suggests there's no statistically significant link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, but researchers say questions remain.

‘Dry January’ is money-saver for millennial bank accounts

Millennials spend about $300 a month on booze, a Harris Poll says.

Male infertility got no boost from zinc, folic acid in study

Previous studies on whether over-the-counter supplements might boost sperm health had conflicting results.

  More Americans getting vaccinated for HPV

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of the HPV vaccine for boys and girls ages 11 and 12 and three doses in 6 months if you are 15 or older.

Number of US measles cases in 2019 highest in decades

  Health experts rank the top diets for 2020

What you need to know about the new nutrition label from the FDA

Infection outbreak affecting pet owners now linked to dogs

  89-year-old Lufkin resident works out three times a week to keep independence

Experts predict U-Haul’s nicotine-free hiring policy to become more common

Elderberry syrup gaining popularity in fight against cold and flu

Some people are turning to a centuries-old home remedy to protect themselves from the cold and flu this year, and nutritionists say it works.

FDA approves UVA-developed artificial pancreas

The FDA has approved an artificial pancreas system – based on technology from the UVA Center for Diabetes Technology – that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels.

ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

A particular depression medication is being recalled due to a labeling error related to the dosage strength of the medicine.

FDA approves drug for pancreatic cancer treatment

Pancreatic cancer patients in the United States now have a new treatment option.

  5 ways to help make your New Year’s resolutions stick

Losing weight, quitting smoking and saving money are just some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but how do you make them stick?

  New saliva test may detect autism earlier in toddlers

A group of researchers in Upstate New York are hopeful a new saliva test aimed at toddlers will help doctors detect autism earlier

Alex Trebek discusses the latest in his cancer battle

In March, Trebek revealed he had been suffering from stomach pains before being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

FDA can’t prove its opioid strategy worked, study says

As part of its strategy, the FDA mandated drug makers offer education on safe prescribing and that they create medication guides informing patients of risks.

Study looks at intermittent fasting as weight loss option for the New Year

If your New Year's Resolution means looking for the right weight loss plan, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests something called Intermittent Fasting could be an option for several reasons.

FDA: It is now illegal to sell tobacco products to people younger than 21

When initially signed into law earlier this month, there was no effective date for raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. It was suggested that the new law wouldn’t be enforced for about six to nine months.

  FDA approves new drug for migraine sufferers

A new medication has been approved for those who haven’t found relief from migraines through other medicines.

  Possible measles exposure at 5 US airports

Health officials are warning of measles exposure at five U.S. airports.

Caffeine could reduce weight gain from unhealthy diet, study finds

Drinking four cups of coffee daily could reduce weight gain from a diet high in fat and sugar, according to a new study.

Medication Mistakes When you Travel

Dr. Charles Seifert is the Regional Dean of the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. He says packing your prescriptions in luggage or even a carry-on is one of the biggest mistakes people make when they travel.

Study links vaping to long-term respiratory disease

Researchers are learning more and more about the health risks of vaping.

Pet store puppies could make people sick, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked an outbreak of campylobacter to puppies. It's a type of bacteria most commonly transmitted by eating undercooked poultry.

Officials: 3 people who went through Los Angeles airport had measles

Health officials say three people who traveled through Los Angeles International Airport last week had measles and may have exposed others to the disease.

1,300 flu deaths in US so far this season, CDC estimates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have at least 1,300 deaths, 23,000 hospitalizations and 2.6 million illnesses from the flu.

  How to avoid ‘holiday heart syndrome’

“Holiday heart syndrome” was coined in 1978 to describe the dramatic increase in patients going to the emergency room complaining of irregular heart rhythms during the holidays.

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a second drug to treat muscular dystrophy, the debilitating disease that causes loss of movement and early death.

Six Texas children have died from flu-related causes this season

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that six children have died in Texas of flu-related causes since the flu season started at the end of September.

Study: More people dying at home, not hospitals

Social: Doctors say the trend reflects the rise in home hospice care.

UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center merger to benefit students, community

UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center merger will benefit students and community, according to those who made the merger happen.

It’s flu season: Here’s how to protect yourself

The first line of defense is a flu shot, but a good diet and hygiene are important, too.

Brain bleeding triggers new aspirin recommendations

Aspirin regimens are no longer being recommended for preventing stroke or heart disease.

‘Miracle’ baby survives heart surgery doctors believed would be too dangerous

Facing the possibility the baby girl would outgrow the shunt that helped with her heart defect, her family was desperate.

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use.

  New report finds Americans weigh more this decade

A new report find that Americans weigh more this decade, but they don't seem to mind.

  Nacogdoches health clinic marks World AIDS Day every day through its work

Although World AIDS Day is marked every Dec. 1, a Nacogdoches health clinic practices the focus of raising awareness every day.

  New drug shows promising results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s

In clinical tests, aducanumab given to patients monthly by IV has proven effective.

MRIs of dense breasts find more cancer but also false alarms

Giving women with very dense breasts an MRI scan in addition to a mammogram led to fewer missed cancers but also to a lot of false alarms and treatments that might not have been needed, a large study found.

  ETX doctor issues warning to high school students about vaping

An East Texas school is hitting the front lines to confront an epidemic facing young people today.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

‘Let the baby die’ sign attacks parents raising money for infant son with rare disorders

The 4-month-old was diagnosed at birth with two rare disorders. His father says most babies with these diseases don’t live past age 2.

  Hate broccoli? Scientists say it could be genetic

If your parents always pushed you to eat vegetables that you just couldn't stomach, you might finally have validation for not cleaning your plate. Your aversion could be in your DNA.

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care.

Cat food recalled over salmonella risk

The Utah-based company Go Raw is recalling its Quest brand 2-pound frozen bags of beef cat food.

  Scientists developing ‘smart toilet’ to collect health data

The toilets of the future might be able to analyze urine samples and explain health behavior.

Flu gets an early start this year, but it’s not too late for a flu shot

They say 30 states are already recording flu activity.

  First responders give Nacogdoches health science students up-close look at potential careers

First responders gave students a closer look at the tools that help save lives every day.

FDA: Dollar Tree selling ‘potentially unsafe drugs’

According to the agency, between 2016 and this year, Dollar Tree was notified of warning letters sent to manufacturers the company has relationships with.

  US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017.

  Local, state officials break ground on $200 million Rusk State Hospital upgrade

The construction projects at Rusk State Hospital are part of the $745 million Texas is investing to revitalize and transform several state psychiatric hospitals.

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

  Nacogdoches Treatment Center: Don’t ignore dementia warning signs

Nacogdoches Treatment Center Director Kathy Strong says it’s important to accept the behavior as a red flag and a sign that it’s time to take more control.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  Rain doesn’t dampen East Texas Community Health Services groundbreaking in Lufkin

It’s been a year-long process for the health center to open a clinic in Lufkin, and it’s one organizers said was badly needed.

  Power of Pink!: 27th annual breast cancer awareness luncheon set in Lufkin

The event features hilarious and heartwarming moments that entertain, inspire and provide educational awareness, according to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial.

  WEBXTRA: Bra art contest underway at CHI St. Luke’s in Lufkin

Judges will decide which bra has the best decoration.

  3-year breast cancer survivor shares story about battling cancer

October marks Breast Cancer awareness month, and an East Texas woman is sending out a message about the importance of early detection.

  WEBXTRA: Lufkin doctor addresses cardiovascular concerns with community leaders

Dr. Ravinder Bachireddy urged the community to partner to help reduce health issues such as heart attacks, stroke and more.

  Community health center, SFA nursing students offer free flu shots at Piney Woods Fair

Organizers said the fair is a perfect opportunity to maximize outreach in the community.

  Addiction treatment center shares dangers of vaping with Deep East Texas students

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas is educating students on various about the dangers of vaping.

WEBXTRA: FDA advisory committee recommends approval of drug that could reduce severity of peanut allergies

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 7 to 2 to approve, Palforzia, a treatment to help reduce allergic reactions to peanuts for patients aged 4 to 17.

  New law enables Texas patients to see physical therapist without physician referral

Gov. Abbott signed HB 29, although physical therapists must meet certain standards.

  Lufkin ISD to install devices to detect vaping

In efforts to combat vaping among teens and young adults officials at Lufkin High School will soon install vape detection devices.

The US officially eliminated measles in 2000. It’s about to lose that status.

Nearly 19 years after a big achievement in public health, the U.S. could lose it.

Heart disease death rates are rising again

New research shows death rates from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure have either plateaued or climbed after falling from the late 1990s until about 2010.