Infectious Diseases News
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.
Video: Get your St. Jude Dream House Giveaway ticket
9 May 2019 at 9:16am
There's still time for you to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a custom-built dream home and help save the lives of children suffering from childhood diseases. Your money goes to help the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, find cures for cancer, and other childhood diseases. Take a listen to Natalie and her story.
Video: On Your Side - Best Insect Repellents
6 May 2019 at 3:14pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the number of insect-borne diseases is increasing.
Video: Inside the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house
6 May 2019 at 9:48am
There's still time for you to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a custom-built dream home and help save the lives of children suffering from childhood diseases. Alyssa Andrews is live in the house for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway with more.
Video: More people calling to check vaccination history
26 Apr 2019 at 3:09pm
An infectious disease nurse at the Cerro Gordo County Dept. of Public Health says getting a second round of vaccinations is not harmful.
Video: April showers brings May flowers, bugs, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes
11 Apr 2019 at 2:32pm
It?s about that time of year when our furry friends start itching and scratching a little more than usual.
Video: Medical Breakthroughs - Breast milk to treat adult diseases?
4 Apr 2019 at 8:14pm
Human breast milk is full of complex sugars that help build babies' immune systems.
Video: Mississippi and Medical Marijuana
3 Apr 2019 at 3:47pm
Sixty-eight percent of the nation has approved medical marijuana and Mississippi is still not one of them. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson has taken a strong stance in the campaign for medical marijuana.
Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson has taken a strong stance in the campaign for medical marijuana.
With Georgia set to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana, Mississippi still sits among just 16 other states yet to approve it. Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson is one of the most vocal politicians in South Mississippi when it comes to medical marijuana legalization. ?This is an opportunity to give people medicine that they could really use and I don?t think there?s any reason why government should be getting in between patients and their doctors.?
Dobson sits on the advisory board for the Medical Marijuana 2020 Initiative in Mississippi, a campaign advocating for medical marijuana use to be on the docket in the 2020 election. ?I?m very confident that if we can get the medical marijuana on the ballot it will pass. It?s just getting people engaged, letting people know that this is an opportunity to pass medical marijuana here in the state.?
The many claims of success involving medical marijuana is not just through word of mouth. Dr. Philip Levin said, ?Multiple double blind studies have shown that marijuana has great effect on multiple illnesses. That?s how it became approved by so many states in the nation because it has been proven safe and effective.?
Here in Mississippi, the only derivative of medical marijuana allowed is CBD oil which is extracted from the cannabis plant and used to relieve pain and to dampen the effects of some serious diseases. Your Own CBD Owner Brittany Bailey said, ?Commonly people are using it with inflammation and joints, but it also helps to release serotonin naturally so it can help with your moods. It can help with anxiety. I use it for epilepsy so holistically it does a whole lot of things at once.?
Sparked by her own medical issues and her own success with CBD oil, Bailey left her job as a teacher to open up Gulfport?s only exclusive CBD store. ?I?ve had seizures for 20 years and so I started taking it, not sure what was going to happen. Now, my journey four months down the line is I?m seizure free.?
As the 2020 election moves closer, the Medical Marijuana Initiative continues to succeed, gathering over 76,000 signatures in support of the cause.
Video: Remembering former Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo
1 Apr 2019 at 7:05pm
The City of Waveland is in mourning after the passing of former Mayor Tommy Longo on Saturday.
?A part of Waveland has died.? The passing of long time Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo came unexpectedly and devastating to those who knew him. He was only 60-years-old.City Clerk Mickey Lagasse said, ?He was a good friend and had been a good friend for a long, long time. He did a lot for the city and would always reach out and help people whenever he could. He was really the mayor of the people and he cared about the people.?
Lagasse and Waveland Mayor Secretary Tammy Fayard worked with Longo during his 16 years serving the city and say his love of Waveland is what pushed him. ?He had so much more that I know he wanted to do. He loved Waveland with all of his heart and soul. He gave it his all after Katrina. He worked tirelessly to make sure we were all taken care of, his employees, the citizens. I can?t say enough and I am very thankful for what he did for our community,? said Fayard.
Fayard says she will remember Longo for his infectious personality and his resiliency during the period after Hurricane Katrina. ?His heart just bled when this community was destroyed, the community that he truly, truly loved. He was just lost. He didn?t know what to say in the beginning other than we?re going to rebuild. We?re going to do this. Let?s go. He made sure that Waveland was going to be on the map and that we were going to be heard that we were destroyed and that he himself made sure the word was out.?
Longo didn?t stop there. After rebuilding his city, he traveled the country helping other mayors with disaster relief. Longo leaves behind a large family which current Mayor Mike Smith says will be his legacy. Waveland Mayor Mike Smith said, ?He was a family man, a man who dearly loved his city and I think that that is his legacy. He made his mark on Waveland.?
Funeral arrangements for Longo have been set for Saturday, April 6th at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland at 1 p.m.
Video: The "invisible" fight, a battle with autoimmune diseases
29 Mar 2019 at 6:09pm
The "invisible" fight, a battle with autoimmune diseases