Health

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

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

MRIs of dense breasts find more cancer but also false alarms

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

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

  Hate broccoli? Scientists say it could be genetic

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Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Cat food recalled over salmonella risk

  Scientists developing ‘smart toilet’ to collect health data

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

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

FDA: Dollar Tree selling ‘potentially unsafe drugs’

  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

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

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

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

  3-year breast cancer survivor shares story about battling cancer

  WEBXTRA: Lufkin doctor addresses cardiovascular concerns with community leaders

  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.

Study: US throws away nearly 3,500 donated kidneys a year

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the U.S. throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

WEBXTRA: Tyler woman expecting one child gives birth to triplets

A Tyler native, 19 year old Tatiana Pink thought she’d be having her baby in November.

International traveler with measles visited Disneyland

A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month had measles and may have exposed others, public health agencies announced Friday.

  Want a healthy heart? Get a dog

People who have dogs are more likely to exercise regularly, eat a healthier diet and have better sugar levels in their blood, a study shows.

Doctors pull brown recluse out of woman’s ear in Mo.

She thought it was water in her ear, but when it wouldn't go away, she went to see a doctor.

  Doctors warn against heatstroke dangers amid recent heat advisories

Recent heat advisories prompt a word of warning from East Texas doctors

  State health department investigates lung disease among e-cig users

Health officials have released a new alert concerning e-cigarettes.

Daytime sleepiness could be sign of Alzheimer’s disease, study says

If you can't make it through the day without a nap, the authors of a new study suggest the brain cells that keep you awake may be under attack by Alzheimer's disease.

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

A new study says increased exposure to fluoride during pregnancy is tied to lower IQ scores in children.

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

Critics say the diet app could lead to lifelong problems with food.

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous neck tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes.

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

The study spanned 10 years and is considered one of the largest of its kind. Researchers looked at more than 7,000 adults in six metropolitan areas in the U.S.

  New study shows vaping linked to marijuana use in young people

Nicotine changes how people respond to and crave addictive substances.

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

The study suggests social media use may harm the mental health of teenagers by increasing their exposure to bullying.

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

Experts say annual cases of Legionnaires' jumped more than fivefold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the disease every year.

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

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health found a link between high blood pressure and what are known as “white matter lesions,” which reflect a variety of changes deep inside the brain.

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

This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food courtesy of President Donald Trump's trade disputes.

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

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

New UN warming report sees hungry future that can be avoided

A new United Nations scientific report examines how global warming and land interact in a vicious cycle. Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the land, while the way people use the land is making global warming worse.

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

Wade has spinal muscular atrophy, type 2. The rare genetic disease keeps his legs and core strength from developing normally, and it will continue to weaken him, affecting his ability to walk, move his arms or maybe even breathe without a ventilator.

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

The updated cottage food law takes effect on September 1.

1 in 10 seniors admit to binge drinking

Binge drinking is defined as consuming five drinks or more on the same occasion for men and four drinks or more for women.

74% of adult video gamers report harassment

The Anti-Defamation League says it found that nearly 74 percent of adults playing multiplayer games have experienced harassment in some form.

  City of Lufkin adds workout stations to Azalea Trail

The signs are stationed along the trail where people can stop and exercise.

  Haunting drug overdose photo shows opioid epidemic in Mississippi

One picture taken in Jackson over the weekend and then posted to Facebook may sum up the problem in one snapshot.

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

The donation slump has become a nationwide issue that could impact how hospitals operate.

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.