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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Low blood pressure risks + Cancer and minorities

We know the dangers of high blood pressure, but a new study suggests low blood pressure can be linked to higher mortality among the elderly. The University of Exeter found people 75 and older who were frail had a higher risk of death if their blood pressure was below 130 over 80. Plus, new research in the journal ‘Cancer’ shows…

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: News Anchor Samantha Williams is our Woman in Blue

The word we all pray no doctor says to our loved ones or ourselves: cancer. Unfortunately, it is a word my family is familiar with. When I was in high school, my precious, spunky 6-year-old cousin went to the doctor. Expecting to walk out with nothing more than an ear infection, she and my family walked out with a lot…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Kids and pediatricians + Teens binge drinking

There’s a new push for pediatricians to prescribe physical activity to children. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests only a fourth of children are exercising as much as recommended. Research shows an active lifestyle helps both physical and behavioral development. Doctors recommend an hour daily for most children. Plus, Alcohol ads could prompt teens to start…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Pediatrician visits drop + Pro-vaping on social media + FDA sunscreen warnings

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh said visits to pediatricians have fallen sharply in recent years. Primary care child visits dropped 14% between 2008 and 2016. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Researchers said one possible reason is that young people are getting better preventative care, but another factor may be that families are afraid of big medical bills. Plus,…

House in Waugh Struck by Lightning; Large Tree Down Causing Dozens of Power Outages

A separate Alabama News Network crew spent the day in Montgomery, but following the storm and strong winds, the Waugh/Mt. Meigs Voluntary Fire Department had a busy day dealing with a home that was struck by lightning. Lieutenant Brady Medley said a crew arrived to a home on Pinetree Drive in Waugh at 3:30, with reports of a house struck…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Exercise may decrease cancer odds + Meditation may help prevent heart disease

Research tracking hundreds of thousands of adults suggests those who get two and a half to five hours of moderate intensity exercise a week are less likely to develop seven kinds of cancer. The physical activity was linked to a lower risk of colon cancer in men and a lower risk of breast, endometrial, kidney and other cancers in women….