Best Life: All gain less pain

Recovering from abdominal surgery is tough. It takes the average person at least six weeks to get back to work. Now, there’s a new way to manage pain and get patients back to work much faster. The CDC said prescription opioid overuse for pain management costs the U.S. at least $78 billion a year.

  Best Life: Deep TMS battles depression

  Best Life: Lab in a box - adaptive PCR

  Best Life: Higher rates of ALS in veterans

Group of Mississippi physicians come out in support of medical marijuana initiative

  Best Life: Race, class and kids’ conversations

  Best Life: Immune-boosting foods that fight the flu

  Second wave of influenza could strike the Mid-South

  West Memphis set to open 3 medical marijuana dispensaries

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Flu claims 8 lives in one week in Arkansas

  Best Life: Nurse navigators with you step-by-step

  Best Life: Teen moodiness or dangerous depression?

  Best Life: Traveling with the right identification

  Best Life: Barostim heals heart failure

  Best Life: When skipping school, time out adds up

  Best Life: Tio, the bone-breaking tumor

Physical therapy to help with his degenerative disc. Steroid injections to treat his psoriatic arthritis. One young high school teacher went from doctor to doctor and diagnosis to diagnosis to find out why his bones were breaking but left with more pain than answers.

'Don’t be fooled’: Health officials urge voters to just say ‘no’ to medical marijuana initiative

State health officials are responding to the news that an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi will be put to voters later this year.

  Mid-South high school aims to fight obesity among students with new healthy lifestyle program

Commontable Health Alliance and the Amerigroup Foundation teamed up to launch the program at Craigmont High School.

  Best Life: Saving hearts from birth to beyond

Holes in your heart. Blocked valves and narrow arteries. The fact is… if you were born 40 years ago with one of these problems, you probably would not live to be a teenager.

  Best Life: Fermented foods - The good and bad

  Lead testing complete for 1 Shelby County school; 34 more to go

  Local organization hosts ‘Dementia Experience’ to raise awareness

Medical marijuana will be on Mississippi’s November ballot

  Best Life: Knee pain relief from a woman’s womb?

  Best Life: Signs of dyslexia and what to do

  Mom makes desperate plea for 8-year-old son in need of bone marrow transplant

A Tennessee Mom is making a desperate plea for her son battling a serious condition -- sickle cell anemia.

  Best Life: Silence your inner critic

Sometimes the voice inside your head is the biggest critic of all, but are their ways to stop the negative self-talk?

  Best Life: Hep C transplants save hearts

Right now, as many as 4,000 people in the United States are waiting for a heart or heart and lung transplant, and more than 25% will die before they get a donor organ.

  Shelby County takes lead in statewide reports of flu-like illnesses

Newly released data shows during the last week of December more than 2,800 cases of flu-like illnesses were reported.

  ‘Dry January’ is a popular New Year’s resolution, but addiction experts say it’s not for everyone

Addiction experts applaud those reevaluating their alcohol use, but it’s not for everyone.

  Best Life: Pets healing vets

Every day, about 20 military veterans in the United States die by suicide – more than are lost daily in combat. Many of these veterans develop post-traumatic stress disorder transitioning back to civilian life. A new program is bringing canines and veterans together to save lives.

  Best Life: The dangers of being a snowplow parent!

You’ve heard of helicoptering. Parents that hover too closely over their children. Now in this age of anxiety and uncertainty - a new parenting style has emerged called snowplowing.

  Tenn. to offer free in-home radon test kits

This month Tennesseans can get a free radon test kit to test for the odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

  Best Life: Creating a math-friendly environment

Counting out objects in the grocery store, adding up all their toys, subtracting how many cookies they have left. There are lots of math-related activities that parents already do at home with their little ones, but there’s also many more that go beyond counting to one, two, three.

  Best Life: Women in surgery - fixing the shortage

Surgery is a field long dominated by men, but one woman surgeon is on a mission to change that - and for good reason. The U.S. is facing a shortage of general surgeons in the coming years. So, she’s pushing to get more women interested in choosing surgery as a career.

  Best Life: Game-changing sponge detects deadly cancer

Anyone from babies to seniors can suffer from GERD, a chronic condition that causes acid reflux and heartburn. But did you know, GERD can be an early sign of cancer?

  Best Life: Push for federal paid leave for mothers in the workforce

Congress has attempted in the past to pass federal paid leave, and President Trump just announced he will soon sign into law 12 weeks of paid leave for federal employees.

  Best Life: Kids recognize social class early in life

Rich, poor, middle class. Parents often believe it’s their responsibility to shield their children from economic differences and social class.

  Best Life: ABA therapy changes lives of those affect by Autism

There is no one standard treatment, with medication, occupational therapy and nutritional therapy all among the options. These days, some families are turning to an individualized approach, known as applied behavioral analysis.

  Best Life: Sneaky plastics to avoid

By now, you’ve probably heard about the dangers of plastic exposure. More than 4,000 chemicals are used in plastics and many of them are toxic.

  Best Life: Do preschool math skills predict success?

Many parents send their young children to preschool to help them gain social skills and prepare them for kindergarten.

Briefs filed to continue block on Arkansas abortion laws

Opponents of laws limiting abortion in Arkansas are asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue a ban that temporarily blocks three Arkansas abortion restrictions.

Arkansas Dept. of Health reporting widespread flu activity

Flu season in Arkansas usually doesn't peak until January but widespread activity has been reported early.

  New Tennessee law stiffens punishment for elder abuse

It’s a growing problem. Experts say one out of every 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced some form of elder abuse.

  Best Life: Virtual reality manages pain without opioids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 50 million Americans live with chronic pain, many take opioids to deal with it. Now a new weapon in the fight against pain has some reaching for a virtual reality headset instead of the pill bottle.

  Best Life: PARS procedure for young athletes

Young athletes who play contact sports are at risk for a debilitating back injury. Now a new, minimally invasive procedure is helping them recover and get back in the game.

Department of Health reports increase of flu cases in Miss.

Also, keep an eye out for your youngest and oldest family members; their weak immune systems can make them more susceptible to the flu.

  Experts offer advice on how to stay committed to New Year’s resolutions

2020 is right around corner, which means New Year’s resolutions are being made. Experts say fitness and health-related resolutions usually top the list.

  Best Life: 5 health myths that are true

“An Apple a Day keeps the doctor away.” You probably heard plenty of wife’s tales like that as a kid. but which ones are true?

Tips to keep on track with ‘new year, new me’ resolutions

“New year, new me” is the phrase you hear this time of year. We’re just days away from entering 2020, and a popular new year’s resolution is getting in shape.

  Best Life: Treat the gut, treat depression - Medicine’s next big thing?

Studies have shown as many as 30 to 60% of people who take antidepressants do not get adequate relief from depression. Now a team of Philadelphia researchers is looking beyond the head to the gut for answers.

Depression and anxiety can feel worse during the holidays

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but it can be a stressful time for others.

  Best Life: Avoiding problem teen behavior in the home

Studies show teens growing up in poverty are more likely to engage in problem behavior and experience poor academic outcomes. But research out of Temple University shows that a family’s home environment can protect against that.

  Best Life: Alpacas antibodies create more options for human patients

They are like the immune system’s own supercharged superheroes. When a foreign invader attacks the body, the immune system uses antibodies to neutralize the pathogen. Now researchers believe alpacas may hold the key to studying and treating rare diseases.

  Best Life: How Handwriting stimulates the brain

Technology has changed the way kids today record information in school. Laptops and mobile devices have made typing a more convenient way to log notes and data, but a new study shows it may not be a better way to learn.

  Best Life: The Workout Diet - When and what to eat

When it comes to physical activity, doctors recommend getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity or more a day if you are looking to lose weight. But what are the right foods to eat?

  Best Life: New options to treat depression

More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Now, novel therapies are changing the game when it comes to managing this often-debilitating illness.

  Best Life: How long should babies sleep?

A good night’s rest is great for babies and parents. Infants, ages four to eleven months, get an average of 12 to 15 hours of sleep per day. But what happens if a baby isn’t sleeping that long?

Shelby Co. Health Department offering free flu shots

The Shelby County Health Department is offering free flu shots across the county on Friday, Dec. 20.

  Best Life: Quenching your thirst - the right way to hydrate

Water, Gatorade, juice, it’s good for the body and mind!

  Lead testing of SCS students, staff underway

Lead testing for students and teachers at Shelby County Schools is underway.

  Best Life: GRACE Program works to save pregnant addicts

In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a baby is now born suffering from opioid withdrawal every 15 minutes.

  Best Life: Researchers work to develop non-implantable artificial pancreas

Type one diabetes is managed with insulin administered by injection or a pump. Now, researchers are developing what’s being called an artificial pancreas.

  Best Life: Let your fingers do the counting

Have you ever watched a young child count to ten? Their fingers are probably moving as the numbers go up.

  Best Life: 10 of the germiest places in hotel rooms

Before you kick back your feet and turn on the TV, you might want to wipe down that remote with some Lysol wipes.

  Best Life: How the flu can attack your heart

his has been one of the longest flu seasons in 10 years according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s estimated 25 million Americans have been affected.

  Flu season off to early start in the Mid-South

The flu season is off to its earliest start in more than a decade.

  Methodist Le Bonheur set to buy Saint Francis hospitals

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare announced Friday an agreement to purchase Saint Francis Hospitals in Bartlett and Memphis.

  Best Life: Preparing kids for the worst with self defense

he National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that strangers are most likely to abduct a child when they’re going to or from school.

  Best Life: Face to face learning vs. on-screen learning

Some parents think of the screen as a temporary babysitter, something that keeps young toddlers fascinated and occupied for a few moments while parents take care of chores.

  Expert explains how to cope with holiday depression

Experts say anxiety and depression can increase this time of year.

  Pharmacists receive extra training to prevent excess opioid prescriptions

A Memphis pharmacy company is making sure pharmacists are trained to fight the opioid epidemic by rolling out a new continuing education plan to stop addiction and spare lives.

  Doug the Pug visits St. Jude

Doug the Pug showed up to spread holiday cheer with patients and support the This Shirt Saves Lives campaign.

  Best Life: Living with type 1 diabetes

Don Ray, 85, can’t remember a life without diabetes. As a child, Don could not go to gym class. He couldn’t play sports. He couldn’t even play hide and seek.

  Best Life: Top health and fitness trends for 2020

Wondering what the next workout, supplement, or food craze will be? We’ve got you covered!

  Humboldt school district cancels classes due to flu

Humboldt City Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday due to flu outbreak within the district.

Mid-South 3rd grader wins competition for massive 27-lb. cabbage

A local 3rd grader grew a massive 27.5lbs cabbage.

  Best Life: New dosage of Parkinson’s medication lessens symptoms

Nearly one million Americans will be living with Parkinson’s disease next year. So far, there is no cure, but medication can bring patients some relief from the symptoms.

  Best Life: The power of using hypnosis to lose weight

Surgery free weight loss may all be in the power of your mind. It’s a technique called gastric bypass hypnosis.

  Delay in testing for SCS students potentially exposed to lead at school

Last week, the Shelby County Health Department said the testing window was set to begin Dec. 10. But Tuesday afternoon Shelby County Schools told WMC Action News 5 the testing has not started, and they’re working to review all opt-in forms and documents.

  1st medical marijuana dispensary opens in northeast Arkansas

NEA Full Spectrum is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open up in northeast Arkansas. It’s the 12th overall in the state.

First medical marijuana dispensary in area set to open in Brookland

NEA Full Spectrum, the state's first medical marijuana dispensary in Northeast Arkansas, will open its doors in Brookland this week.

  Best Life: Vaccines adults need

Too many adults in the U.S. are not protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.