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Milestones Behavior Group brings personal touch to autism treatment in Springville

By Terry Schrimscher SPRINGVILLE — There is a saying in the autism community that goes, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” The phrase has been repeated for years by parents and treatment professionals alike. In reality, you’ve probably met a lot of people impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one child in 59 is ...

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Alabama health official urges residents not to vape

By The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama health officials are urging people to stop using e-cigarette or vaping products, at least until more is known about possible illnesses. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued the warning Friday. The department says two people in Alabama have been identified as having probable cases of lung disease associated with vaping. Twelve cases remain und ...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month events and activities

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events & Activities Supporting BCRFA Full Moon Bar-B-Que’s Half Moon Cookies for a Cause: October - The iconic half moon cookie tins have gone pink, and $3 from every pink tin of cookies will be donated to BCRFA. Full Moon will also donate 25% of proceeds from food sales at the Southside location on October 11 and 18. Order your cookies at fullmoonbbq.com/bcrfa-cookie-tin-d ...

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Deep South states have among the worst adult obesity rates

By The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Deep South states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are among nine states where at least 35% of adults are obese. Those findings are included in a national report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health, which emphasis the health problems associated with obesity. Mississippi tied with West Virginia in 2018 for highest level of a ...

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Alabama investigates 5 cases of lung disease tied to vaping

By The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health says it's investigating five reports of potentially severe lung disease associated with electronic cigarettes or vaping. The department told news outlets that it's evaluating the reports and will release information as it becomes available. A department statement says the group is joining other state health departments i ...

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US health officials report 3rd vaping death, repeat warning

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday again urged people to stop vaping until they figure out why some are coming down with serious breathing illnesses. Officials said they had identified 450 possible cases, including at least three deaths, in 33 states. The count includes a newly reported death in Indiana. No single vaping device, liquid or ingredient has been tie ...

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UAB, UnitedHealthCare reach deal to continue service

By The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System has reached a deal with UnitedHealthCare to continue accepting the company's medical insurance. The agreement means almost 25,000 policyholders can continue getting care at one of Alabama's leading hospitals. UAB was going to quit accepting the company's insurance after Wednesday without a new contact. The ...

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Local girl inspires after double-lung transplant, family facing obstacles

By Erica Thomas, managing editor ODENVILLE — Fight hard, breathe easy. That's one local family's motto after experiencing life-threatening illnesses and fighting them with incredible strength and grace. Gracie Poole is only 11 years old, but she has gone through more than most people go through in an entire lifetime. She was born one month premature and was in the NICU for the first three months of her life ...

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Health insurance provider changes approved by State Employees’ Insurance Board

BY MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News The State Employees’ Insurance Board voted recently to change some of its health insurance providers. While Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama will continue to provide insurance to state employees, Medicare Advantage coverage for about 17,000 state retirees will switch from BlueCross to UnitedHealthcare. That move will save the state $11 million in 2020, the first year of ...

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Treating the family pet like a family member at Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic

Sponsored Content When Dr. Charles Hart began his practice, his focus was on large animals like horses and cows. As the community has evolved, so has his business. Now, Clay Chalkville Animal Clinic treats dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes and has grown from a home-based business to one of the most trusted veterinarian clinics in the area. “My practice has changed to less than 5% large animals now,” sai ...

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