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Health Watch: Sleep Apnea patients shocked by disturbing video

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It's estimated more than 20-million Americans have sleep apnea. Many of them may have been given a C-PAP mask wear overnight to help them breathe. Though they are highly effective, research shows more than half the patients who have them don't use them. But doctors have found a way to change that. In a sleep study by National Jewish Health, researchers recorded patients sleeping without the mask. They were disturbed a... More>>

Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

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An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

VA employee in Alabama charged with sexual abuse

A Veterans Administration employee is charged with sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer. More>>

Tuberculosis case reported at Auburn University

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Testing to begin on students and staff near Auburn University individual now sicken with TB.

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Brain surgery cures Columbus boy of seizures

Updated: Aug 13, 2014 11:56 PM

A 5 year old Columbus boy has bounced back from brain surgery.Xavier Davies was initially diagnosed with a condition called Cortical Dysplasia, a malformation of the cortex of the brain which can lead to pediatric epilepsy conditions. He had suffered a seizure when he was three years old. But two years later, the parents learned that was not the diagnosis after all, it was something much more serious. Doctors found a ... More>>

Ala. prisons hit with worst TB outbreak in 5 years

State health officials say Alabama's prison system is dealing with its worst outbreak of tuberculosis in five years. More>>

Muscogee schools to expand "relationship skills" class Video included

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Classes teaches abstinence and other relationship skills, officials say. The program will be expanded to include sixth graders. More>>

Doctors advise getting help during depression

Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide. Robin Williams was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide.
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The US Health Department says about one in 33 adults had serious suicidal thoughts in the past year.Locally, counselors and doctors at the Pastoral Institute help people with these problems regularly.Dr. Bobby McGowan says people with high-energy jobs that rely on making others happy often have a hard time leading normal lives. He says, like Robin Williams, having to act one way in public, then facing depression in private can be devastating without help."Whoever they can really be honest wit... More>>

Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug Video included

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An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next? More>>

CDC director: Scale of Ebola crisis unprecedented Video included

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The current Ebola crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all other previous outbreaks of the disease combined, the health official leading the U.S. response said Thursday. More>>

Auburn University scientists develop drug for Ebola virus

A new Auburn drug could be used to help treat Ebola, the school announced Thursday. A new Auburn drug could be used to help treat Ebola, the school announced Thursday.
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Scientists from Auburn University have produced a new drug that may one day be used against the deadly Ebola virus. More>>

Local gynecologist performs full hysterectomy through belly button

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The area of robotic surgery is growing.Dr. Sylvester McRae of St. Francis OBGYN in Columbus has become the first in this area to perform a full hysterectomy by using the Single Site Robotic method.The FDA had already approved the use of the procedure for gall bladder surgeries, now the area has opened up for gynecologists to expand their field.Using the Da Vinci Robotics, doctors can perform a full hysterectomy by goi... More>>

Tennis event to raise funds for patients with blood cancers set for Saturday

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A tennis event is planned for this weekend to help patients with blood cancers. Many people with blood cancers require a bone marrow transplant to survive.Game, Set, Be The Match will be held Saturday, August 9, from 2 pm until 7 pm at the Columbus State University tennis courts.A $25 dollar admission includes a tennis round robin (mixed doubles), a t-shirt and a meal. A$15 dollar admission includes a t-shirt and a me... More>>

Tuskegee students stuck in Africa following Ebola outbreak returning home

Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17. Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa following the Ebola outbreak will be returning home August 17.
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Six Tuskegee University students stuck in Africa after the Ebola outbreak will be returning home. More>>

Health Watch: 3D Mammography available in Columbus

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3D mammography is available in Columbus. The images offer radiologists a multi-faceted view of the breast, making for an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer at a more treatable stage.Health officials say the 3D mammography when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40 percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone.Dr. William Lewis is a radiologist at the Columbus Diagn... More>>

What do you think of the WIC program?

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Georgia seeking public input on an assistance program. More>>

Officials at Phoebe Putney Hospital say a password protected, unencrypted desktop computer containing the information of more than 6,700 patients disappeared in early November. More>>

The House has passed a bill that would impose new security requirements on the Obama administration's implementation of the health care law. More>>

Government study offers a new theory on why the whooping cough vaccine doesn't seem to be working as well as expected. More>>

The hearing is expected to explore the impact the legislation is having on families, doctors and small business owners in rural areas. More>>

Kids hospitalized for flu need antiviral meds right away

Kids near death because of severe flu infection have a better chance of survival if they are given antiviral medications early in their treatment, researchers say. More>>

Obama administration will release the first round of health insurance enrollment numbers Wednesday afternoon. More>>

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $3.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health care centers in Alabama More>>

FDA says bug parts, rodent hair found in imported spices

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FDA report on imported spices finds some contaminated with bug parts, rodent hair and salmonella.
 
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Sprite as a hangover cure?

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Forget hair of the dog. Chinese researchers say you might want to reach for a soft drink instead.
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U.S. preterm birth rate at 15 year low

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The U.S. is seeing a drop in pre-term birth rates but that isn't earning the nation any high marks. The U.S. was graded at a "C" despite the drop.
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Could texting be hurting your relationship?

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Study: Lovey dovey texts are good, too much texting may be a bad sign for your relationship. More>>

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    Teresa Whitaker

    In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL.
    In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL.
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  • Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Columbus police officer attacked in Smiths Station again

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:54:21 GMT
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
    The same Columbus police officer was attacked near his home in Smiths Station for the second time in two months, authorities confirm to WRBL News 3.
  • Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Chattahoochee Valley “Purge” is an urban legend, police say

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:28:17 GMT
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
    Several police departments across the Chattahoochee Valley are reassuring concerned citizens that there will be no real-life "purge" after a social media campaign spread across Facebook on Tuesday.
  • May Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    May Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

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    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

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