Infectious Diseases News
Video: STD cases higher in Butte County than the rest of state
20 Jan 2020 at 5:03pm
The Butte County Public Health Department says sexually transmitted diseases are higher in Butte County, compared to the rest of the state.
Video: Steve Gleason awarded Congressional Gold Medal
15 Jan 2020 at 7:39pm
Ask a Saints fan, any Saints fan where they were when Steve Gleason gave new life to the City of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast region decimated by Hurricane Katrina and they?ll know where they were.
In that moment of rebirth, an even greater human story was beginning to take form through football: the story of Steve Gleason and his courageous fight with ALS.
Today that story takes on new meaning in the nation?s capital more than nine years after his diagnosis.
Gleason is now the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. A Saints hero turned American hero, the 42-year-old Gleason has been living with Lou Gehrig?s Disease since 2011 and continues to help those who struggle with ALS and other debilitating diseases.
He?s the first NFL player to ever receive the Congressional Gold Medal, capping off a seven year career in New Orleans with that blocked punt against the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.
A symbol of hope then in the Superdome and a symbol of hope now in Statuary Hall, Gleason accepts the award on behalf of all families struggling with adversity, sense of humor and all. "While sharing ones weaknesses may not be common practice for people, especially for politicians in an election year - wink, wink - sharing my weaknesses was entirely critical for me to play eight years in the NFL. And it has been unquestionably critical to my survival and purpose for the past nine years, living with a disease as dreadfully beautiful as ALS. I feel that this honor represents some joy and encouragement and even triumph for the tens of thousands of extraordinary families currently enduring life with ALS."
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees said, "Steve, you're an inspiration. You're a source of strength to so many, especially me. A true American hero."
Video: Chronic Waste Disease
13 Jan 2020 at 8:03pm
There's a fatal and infectious disease found in the deer population and it's showing signs of spreading across the Magnolia State.
Video: People with respiratory diseases need to be extra careful during advisory
12 Nov 2019 at 6:37am
People with respiratory diseases need to be extra careful during advisory
Video: Juvenile spotted seatrout released into coastal waters
30 Oct 2019 at 3:35pm
Over 60,000 seatrout found a new home in coastal waters today as part of a scheduled release.
With the flip of a switch, thousands of fish now have a new home on the Coast. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory released 67,000 juvenile spotted seatrout into coastal waters in Ocean Springs.
After collecting data and letting seatrout get acclimated to the water, scientists turned on the pumps and let the seatrout flow into Davis Bayou.
Angelos Apeitos with USM?s School of Ocean Science and Engineering says USM raises schools of spotted seatrout at their marine aquaculture center until it is time to release. "We take a multidisciplinary approach to, you know, managing our program. We track genetics, we track diseases, we have a stock of seatrout that's able to spawn year round, so we can conduct our research at the time of the year that we don't need to be concerned with releasing fish into the wild."
Since the program?s start in 2004, 1.6 million seatrout have been released at locations in Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis and have seen success adjusting to these waters. ?They start chasing prey items that they would naturally chase if they were born in the wild to begin with.?
With the seatrout population and Coast waters recovering from the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening, this regularly-scheduled release provided a boost to the local population. ?With technology like this and the tools we have at the Gulf Coast Research Lab, we?re able to kick production and help the fishery recover, help the natural process in other ways.?
Life Support System Specialist Andrew Gima says it is rewarding to see their hard work become a reality. ?Anytime you can see one of our products get released and out of our facility, it?s definitely a good feeling inside when you?ve raised something from very small to its release point.?
Video: Health Talk - Newborn Screen #3
26 Sep 2019 at 7:13pm
We find out in tonight's Health Talk with Baptist why doctors are required to screen for certain diseases and disorders in newborn infants.
Video: VIDEO Expert: Those exposed during 9/11 cleanup more likely to develop...
11 Sep 2019 at 2:03pm
VIDEO Expert: Those exposed during 9/11 cleanup more likely to develop cancers, respiratory diseases
Video: Doctors Exploring Vaping-Related Lung Diseases
10 Sep 2019 at 3:16pm
Shosh Bedrosian spoke with a doctor who is trying to get to the bottom of vaping-related lung disease.
Video: Reminder: Make sure your kids' immunizations up to date ahead of new s...
28 Aug 2019 at 4:32am
Back-to-school season means a trip to the doctor's office for many families, and for elementary and middle school age kids, that means a round of vaccinations.
Video: Mississippi?s Toughest Kids Benefit
29 Jul 2019 at 5:08am
People out enjoying the Biloxi Shuckers game had the chance to learn more about one group?s mission to help people across Mississippi.
One charitable organization is going to bat for kids and adults in Mississippi. The Biloxi Shuckers hosted Mississippi?s Toughest Kids Foundation during Sunday afternoon?s contest against the Jackson Generals, allowing the foundation to highlight one of its top projects. Mississippi?s Toughest Kids Foundation Volunteer David Pitre said, ?We?re dedicated to building a camp exclusively for kids with special needs and adults as well with cancer and other disabilities.?
Camp Kamassa is currently under construction in Copiah County and will allow those with disabilities and special needs to connect with each other and enjoy the outdoors. ?We have everything a regular camp would have. We have a lake. We have an archery course. We?re going to have a ropes course, fishing.?
As a survivor of both neuroblastoma and leukemia, 18-year-old Cailey Holliday is a former camper at another MTK Camp and will be a counselor at Camp Kamassa. She?s thankful to be able to give back to the organization. ?It?s really amazing to be able to help out where I can because all these people gave so much for me to be here. I?m so happy to be able to just give a little bit back.?
Holliday threw out the first pitch before the game and the Shuckers recognized MTK with a scoreboard video and other promotions throughout the day. ?They?ve partnered with us to allow us to put the word out and we get a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales as well as some of the other special promotions. So, we?re very thankful that they allowed us to do that.?
Holliday says the camps that MTK provides have a big impact on campers. ?Seeing them with the biggest smiles on their faces, knowing that they?re fighting these hard diseases, it?s just something you can?t describe. It?s awesome.?
The Camp Kamassa name reflects the spirit of those who will walk through its doors. ?It?s a Choctaw term for perseverance and toughness and never quitting which really exemplifies the children and also the volunteers and people who contribute.?
Camp Kamassa is scheduled to open at some point next year. For more information on the camp and MTK, visit www.mtkfound.com.
Video: Hannah's fight of her life
11 Jul 2019 at 4:12pm
A young girl found out at the age of 12 she was fighting a deadly diseases
Video: 'One Health' approach to help prepare for, prevent infectious diseases
19 Jun 2019 at 3:10pm
U.S. Senator Tina Smith is introducing a new bill.
Video: Genetic tests increasingly used to prevent inherited diseases, provide...
12 Jun 2019 at 6:25pm
The company is making waves as genetic testing is increasingly being used to discover what conditions a dog might be genetically coded for.
Video: Annual Mississippi Coastal Trauma Symposium
15 May 2019 at 7:19pm
Today, more than 450 first responders from around the state gathered together on the Coast for the 18th annual trauma symposium. This year, the event focused on pediatric trauma.
The National Institute of Health recognized Mississippi for having the best state-run trauma system in the country. Mississippi Trauma Region Executive Director Norman Miller said, ?We are the poorest state in the union and yet we can take limited resources like we have in Mississippi. Our budget for an entire year is somewhere at 21, 22 million dollars.?
Officials credit this success in part due to events like the trauma symposium where first responders have the opportunity to network with other health care provides. Biloxi Fire Deputy Chief in Training Nick Geiser said, ?Something like this helps us make the connections we need, learn how to do life flights, call in life flights if need be on a bad motor vehicle accident and just make those connections and learn new techniques. There is a lot of new equipment that comes out year by year that we don't get to deal with on a day by day basis unless it's on an emergency scene and that way we are familiar with it at the time."
You might be surprised to see animals like a mini-horse at the trauma symposium, but they are actually here to help comfort those who deal with a stress on a daily basis. Mississippi Coastal Trauma Care Region Director Gail Thomas said, ?It is very stressful, but you are trained, but you react out of your training and you tend to stuff that stress down and you don?t often deal with it. It kind of creeps up on you and animals are just very calming.?
Animal-assisted therapy can also reduce pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in people with a range of health problems including cancer treatments, PTSD, and cardiovascular diseases.
Video: Medical Breakthroughs 5/9/19
9 May 2019 at 8:16pm
Stroke, injury and certain cancers and diseases are just a few of the causes for a swallowing disorder.