Health

  Green Acres Baptist Church to host conference focused on opioid crisis

A conference focusing on the opioid crisis is set for next week in Tyler.

  East Texas vape store employees weigh in on potential ban on e-cigarette flavors

East Texas vape store employees think the focus on vaping issues should be educating youth users.

  Walk to End Epilepsy in honor of Sam Watkins draws people from all over Texas

The Walk to End Epilepsy in honor of Sam Watkins drew people from all over the state to Tyler Saturday morning.

  New law enables Texas patients to see physical therapist without physician referral

Gov. Abbott signed HB 29, although physical therapists must meet certain standards.

Texas Oncology - Tyler celebrates 25 years of caring for East Texas cancer patients

Tyler is celebrating 25 years of being a community-based cancer care center and premier research institution.

The US officially eliminated measles in 2000. It’s about to lose that status.

Nearly 19 years after a big achievement in public health, the U.S. could lose it.

  Heart disease death rates are rising again

New research shows death rates from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure have either plateaued or climbed after falling from the late 1990s until about 2010.

Study: US throws away nearly 3,500 donated kidneys a year

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the U.S. throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

  WEBXTRA: Tyler woman expecting one child gives birth to triplets

A Tyler native, 19 year old Tatiana Pink thought she’d be having her baby in November.

Singer Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney learned that the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

International traveler with measles visited Disneyland

A New Zealand teenager who visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood tourist hot spots and the beach this month had measles and may have exposed others, public health agencies announced Friday.

Doctors pull brown recluse out of woman’s ear in Mo.

She thought it was water in her ear, but when it wouldn't go away, she went to see a doctor.

Daytime sleepiness could be sign of Alzheimer’s disease, study says

If you can't make it through the day without a nap, the authors of a new study suggest the brain cells that keep you awake may be under attack by Alzheimer's disease.

Study claims fluoride exposure during pregnancy tied to low IQ scores in children

A new study says increased exposure to fluoride during pregnancy is tied to lower IQ scores in children.

  New Weight Watchers diet app is aimed at kids as young as 8 years old

Critics say the diet app could lead to lifelong problems with food.

  Dozens attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for Longview’s new Guthrie Trail

It connects the existing Cargill Long Park Trail at Fourth Street to the existing Akin Park Trail on Delwood Drive.

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous neck tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes.

  Longview Fire Department gets automatic resuscitation devices

CPR can save a life, but it can be a difficult challenge for EMTs to perform it for extended periods of time. A new piece of equipment at the Longview Fire Department automates CPR.

UT Tyler expanding nursing program to fill gap in statewide nurse shortage

The university announced it is expanding its nursing program to a tri-semester system with increased enrollment.

  Long-term exposure to air pollution is like smoking a pack a day, study finds

The study spanned 10 years and is considered one of the largest of its kind. Researchers looked at more than 7,000 adults in six metropolitan areas in the U.S.

  Texas father drives motorcycle nationwide to raise awareness for Type 1 diabetes after son’s death

The Lone Star Rider began his journey 3 years after his son's untimely death.

  WEBXTRA: East Texas dentist hosts free dental clinic to benefit residents at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

Dr. J de Graffenried extracted broken teeth, removed wisdom teeth that were hurting and gave some basic cleaning.

  New study shows vaping linked to marijuana use in young people

Nicotine changes how people respond to and crave addictive substances.

Heavy social media use may hurt teens’ mental health, study says

The study suggests social media use may harm the mental health of teenagers by increasing their exposure to bullying.

  Legionnaires’ cases are soaring in the US; experts call for stronger policies to fight the disease

Experts say annual cases of Legionnaires' jumped more than fivefold from 2000 to 2017, and that as many as 70,000 Americans get the disease every year.

Intensive blood pressure control could slow age-related brain damage, study finds

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health found a link between high blood pressure and what are known as “white matter lesions,” which reflect a variety of changes deep inside the brain.

  Free dental clinic to benefit men, women at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission

The clinic will provide dental services for the men and women staying at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

What’s on school menus this fall? More than $1 billion worth of ‘free’ food because of trade disputes

This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food courtesy of President Donald Trump's trade disputes.

Shelters prepare to help others beat the heat

Shelters in East Texas prepare to help others beat the heat over the weekend.

  CHRISTUS Good Shepherd in Longview relaunches program supporting victims of sexual assault

A program supporting victims of sexual assault has re-launched at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.