Rain, heat makes mosquitoes more populous, dangerous

With extreme heat and chances for rain, the Mid-South has been a breeding group for mosquitoes.

Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported, brings state total to five

  Excessive heat in the Mid-South prompts cancellation of sports practices

  Human case of West Nile Virus found in Shelby County

  Tennessee’s breastfeeding rate falls below national average, hospitals work to boost numbers

SCS opens first trauma center

  Healthy sleep habits are the key to a successful school year, says pediatrician

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  World’s first voice box reconstruction performed in Memphis

  Fayette County teen recovering from nearly fatal blood clot likely caused by birth control

  Tennessee and Arkansas drug overdose deaths expected to rise this year

  Health officials see uptick in Hepatitis A

  What you need to know about the Hepatitis A outbreak in Mississippi

  Shelby County awarded millions in federal funding to fight new HIV infections

Mississippi reports hepatitis A outbreak, joins surrounding states in fighting national epidemic

Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting; jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes); and stomach pain, low appetite, and fever.

Insurance reverses decision, will pay for toddler’s $2 million drug

A 19-month-old boy has been denied a $2 million drug.

  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.

  Methodist Healthcare no longer suing employees with outstanding medical bills

Families of three with a household income of $53,000 or less will now have access to financial assistance.

  Folders, notebooks and vaccinations: Shelby County students are getting ready for school

  Health clinic to keep SCS students on track with immunizations

Baptist-Memphis performs 400 heart transplants

  West Memphis PD gets more than 70 nalaxone kits

Possible Hep A exposure reported at McDonald’s in Trumann

Health officials investigating possible Hepatitis A exposure at Mississippi restaurant

  Well Child helps Shelby County students start the school year with a clean bill of health

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, hundreds of Shelby County kindergartners had incomplete or missing vaccination records last year.

  Shelby County Health Department warns public about Hepatitis A

A Hepatitis A outbreak has hit several states. In Tennessee, more than 1,800 people have gotten sick and at least 10 people have died.

  Trump’s executive order on kidney health could save lives in the Mid-South

The president’s announcement calls for big changes for millions of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease so more people can have outcomes like James Rogers.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

  Shelby County spraying for mosquitoes after positive West Nile Virus tests

West Nile has been spotted in the Mid-South. One human case has been reported in Mississippi, and mosquitoes in four zip codes in Shelby County tested positive this month. Now, county officials are doing massive mosquito sprays.

Mosquito traps in 4 zip codes test positive for West Nile Virus

The zip codes are 38118, 38115, 38104 and 38133.

102-year-old Cape Girardeau woman celebrates her birthday with the St. Louis Cardinals

Arabella Stike is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan and was personally invited by the St. Louis Cardinals to watch the game on July 14 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Memphis man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in Florida, family says

A Memphis family is in mourning after their beloved husband and father was killed by a flesh-eating bacteria that he contracted in the Gulf Coast.

  Experts warn against expired sunscreen

Experts want to remind you to check your sunscreen’s expiration date before you go outside.

Ark. Department of Health issues ‘Boil Water’ notice for Earle

The Arkansas Department of Health has issued a “Boil Water” notice for the citizens of Earle.

  Heat advisory returns as oppressive heat continues

A heat advisory is in place once again Wednesday as heat index values are expected to top 100 degrees.

Heat advisory in effect across Mid-South Tuesday

Heat index values will climb to between 105 and 109 degrees.

  Mississippi faces federal lawsuit over new meat labeling law

A federal lawsuit says the Magnolia State is violating free speech by banning the use of terms like "meatless meatballs" and "vegan bacon."

  Memphis firm creative voice behind statewide vaccination education campaign

The Tennessee Department of Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against a handful of dangerous illnesses.

Health dept. hosting back-to-school immunization clinics

Shelby county Health Department is hosting back-to-school immunization clinics ahead of the new school year.

  Survey provides new insight into mental health of LGBTQ youth community

A new nationwide study is providing new insight into the challenges that LGBTQ youth face every day.

  Bill passed to lower health care costs

Senators on the health care committee voted to push forward new legislation to make big changes to the American health care system.

Mississippi center first in nation to perform outpatient knee replacement surgery using ROSA

ROSA is a piece of cutting edge technology that is revolutionizing the way doctors perform surgery, and it’s all happening right here in our community.

  Walgreens to offer free HIV testing

Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are working with health departments, HIV/AIDS service organizations, and other community organizations to provide free HIV testing and information at select Walgreens stores in more than 260 cities on National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), Thursday, June 27 between 10 a.m.

Cosmetic Surgery Dangers: What to know before going under the knife

Recent spikes in deaths in the Dominican Republic continue to rise! So far this month, 2 American tourist have died from complications after undergoing plastic surgery.

Le Bonheur named Best Children’s Hospital

For the ninth year, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has been named one of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

  Gov. Bill Lee speaks at 9th National Suicide and the Black Church Conference

Governor Bill Lee came to Memphis Wednesday to speak at the 9th annual National Suicide and the Black Church Conference.

  West Nile discovered in mosquitoes in Shelby County

The mosquitoes were found in the 38115 and 38118 zip codes and are the first traces of the virus to be found in the county in 2019.

  VA launches new healthcare options for veterans

The Department of Veteran's Affairs rolled out its new healthcare system Thursday.

  Warning on heat exhaustion inside vehicles

Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone if they're left in a vehicle.

  Program helps callers find medical transportation

For five years Ty Jones has owned PrimeCare Transport.

  MPD: 12 overdoses reported in 24 hours

Memphis Police say 12 overdoses have been reported within 24 hours. Heroin and pills are two of the drugs that officers say were used in these cases.

  Strokes on the rise among young people, Mid-South woman survives

An alarming trend has emerged in the Mid-South with more people, 40 years old and under, having heart attacks. However, doctors say strokes can strike you while you're young as well.

  First Mid-South patient sees success from newly approved cancer treatment

A newly FDA-approved cancer treatment is proving to be a game-changer for the future of medicine.

  Young at heart: Why more young adults are having heart attacks in the Mid-South

A new study shows more young people are having heart attacks under 40, sometimes without warning.

  More than half of Americans use pools as a communal bathtub, study says

A new national survey shows more than half of Americans use a swimming pool as a communal bathtub.

St. Jude awarded $34 million to study flu

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has been awarded $34 million to research how the flu virus can influence immune system development.Dr. Paul Thomas says there is evidence that a person's first flu virus encounter "imprints" on their immune system.

  CDC: Pregnancy-related deaths on the rise with a higher risk among black women

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more women are dying from pregnancy-related issues. Black women are at an even higher risk.

  Memphis named finalist for Ironman competition

The hunt is on for the next location for an Ironman competition.

  Questions arise for the opening of Mid-South marijuana dispensaries after two open in Central Arkansas over the weekend

Medical marijuana is now for sale in Arkansas.

  Le Bonheur food drive to benefit Mid-South Food Bank

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is looking for donations to support the Mid-South Food Bank.

  Methodist University Hospital’s new Shorb Tower now open to patients

Methodist University Hospital's $275 million expansion created a 450,000-square-foot, nine-story patient tower on top of the hospital as it remained fully operational throughout construction.

HHS Secretary discusses vaccines/measles debate

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control says there are more recorded cases of measles so far in 2019 [764] than in any other year since 1994.

VAXXED OUT: A Look Inside Mississippi’s Vaccine Rights Movement and the Doctors Who Oppose It

As measles continues to spread around the United States, the debate surrounding vaccine choice has flared up at well. So is the vaccine rights movement a fight for personal freedom, or is it a disinformation campaign? We asked, you decide.

  Shelby County officials prepared for future measles cases

Friday, Shelby County’s Health Department director, along with county mayor Lee Harris, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Nicholas Hysmith shared the team effort in place to prevent new cases from happening.

Health officials conclude no measles cases in MS linked to TN traveler

MSDH’s follow-up investigation did not identify any measles cases in Mississippi from exposure to this traveler.

Medical marijuana dispensaries’ development in question

Medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open in mid-May but three of them in West Memphis are not anywhere close to being done.

  Shelby County prepares for potential measles cases amid nationwide outbreak

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris is holding a news conference Friday morning regarding the county’s preparation efforts amid the measles outbreak.

  Former St. Jude patient gets drafted to the Tiger Softball team

Lots of Memphis children dream of playing for the Memphis Tigers when they grow up, and for one little girl Thursday is draft day.

Can eating more rice help prevent obesity? One study says so

Good news for rice lovers!

  Tennessee now has 5 confirmed measles cases, health officials say

All five Tennessee measles cases are connected to an east Tennessee resident who traveled abroad to a country with a known outbreak, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Files containing patient information go missing from doctor’s office storage facility

In a letter sent to patients, Gulfport Anesthesia Services wrote, “On March 12, 2019 we became aware of an incident where an unauthorized third party gained access to a secured camera protected storage facility which contained paper medical records."

  West Tennessee Opioid Summit focuses on solutions to the crisis

Leadership Tennessee partnered with several organizations for the West Tennessee Opioid Summit, which was held at Shelby Farms.

  Program helps to reduce opioid prescriptions and addiction

Regional One Health is seeing results of its efforts to cut opioid prescriptions and addiction.

  Health officials urge the public to get vaccinated after recent measles cases

The recent resurgence of measles is being seen as a huge setback for public health.

Drone delivers organ for transplant

Drone used to deliver organ for transplant.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

  Bartlett hosts first Drug Take-Back Day of 2019

The city of Bartlett hosted Drug Take-Back Day at Kroger Saturday.

  Mid-Southerners strap on running shoes to fight heart disease

Mid-Southerners put on their running shoes to raise money to fight heart disease on Saturday.

  Senator Lamar Alexander discusses lowering health care costs

Democrats and Republicans struggle to find middle ground as the sides push opposing plans to fix health insurance.

Federal grants awarded to 2 Memphis health care institutions

Two Memphis health care institutions have been given two grants totaling $9.9 million.

  Medical tourism a cheaper alternative to surgery in the states but risks accompany the rewards

More Mid-Southerners are going under the knife outside the U.S. at a fraction of the price. But are the savings worth the risk?

  Mid-South Heroes: Man raises money for Alzheimer’s awareness

Our Mid-South Heroes go above and beyond for communities in need. This month’s hero changed his entire career path to give hope to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.