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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Melanoma deaths + Opioid overdose deaths + Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Fewer Americans are dying from Melanoma than cancers of the prostate, breast, or lungs. That’s according to researchers at N.Y.U. and Harvard who found treatments that directly target melanoma cells, as well as advances in immunotherapy, are helping reduce death rates. New data from the CDC highlights some major changes in drug overdose deaths. Overall, deaths involving heroin and prescription…

Baptist Health Opens Coronavirus Care Clinic

Baptist Health has announced the opening of a Coronavirus Care Clinic in Montgomery. The Clinic will provide drive up coronavirus test for those who have symptoms or have came into contact with the virus. The clinic is located at 2936 Marti Ln, just off Southern Blvd.  and is open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. Screenings are by…

Doc on the Spot Community Care Clinic Opens in Orrville

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Access to healthcare has been on the decline in rural communities — but one Dallas County community is bucking the trend. A Doc on the Spot Community Care Clinic opened up Friday morning in Orrville. The clinic provides healthcare services to uninsured Orrville residents. It’ll be open from 9 AM to noon on the first…

Flu on the Rise in Alabama, Other Southern States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama – and it’s expected to increase. Al.com reports that Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control. High levels of the flu were also reported in Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, among…

Breaking Barriers Summit Seeks to Increase HIV and HEP C Awareness

Raising awareness for the prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C in Alabama was front and center in Prattville.   The non-profit, Medical Advocacy And Outreach sponsored their 2nd annual Breaking Barriers Summit at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. The purpose of the two day summit is to increase knowledge of HIV and Hep C through care and prevention…

New Department of Mental Health Commissioner Sworn In

Governor Kay Ivey has made a few changes to her staff.  Lynn Beshear, is now the new commissioner of the department of mental Health Beshear replaces Jim Perdue, who offered Ivey his resignation as commissioner last week. Beshear was sworn in today and says “its a little bit surreal in a way”. She and Governor Ivey are and looking forward to…

Many Join The Fight Against Heart Disease On National Wear Red Day

If you’ve noticed a lot of people wearing red today, its for a good reason. They’re doing their part on this National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for heart disease and stroke. National Wear Red day first came about to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the number 1 killer in women. State Health Officer,…