Health Matters

Health Matters: Doctors and Stress

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick The COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, a battle with an unknown virus that has changed so much of daily life in Alabama, across…

Health Matters: Children's mental health

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick Everyone experiences feelings of stress and depression some times, and it can be confusing enough for adults. Imagine a child trying to cope with…

Health Matters: Geriatric Mental Health

By WVUA23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick Staying healthy means more than taking care of your body. It also means taking care of your mind. Dr. James Reeves, a psychiatrist at University…

Health Matters: Adolescent Mental Health

Being a teenager is hard enough, but nowadays it's gotten even more complicated. University Medical Center Psychiatrist Dr. Marisa Giggie said technology plays a big part in the mental health of…

Health Matters: Adult Mental Health

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick The COVID-19 pandemic continues to takes its toll on physical and mental health. University of Alabama Wellness Clinic Director and College of Community Health…

Health Matters: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and many of us know someone or are someone living with depression or anxiety. But help is available, said University Medical Center Clinical Psychologist…

Health Matters: Gestational Diabetes

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Doctors always keep tabs on their patients' pregnancies and one condition they monitor in particular is blood sugar levels. According to University Medical Center's Dr.…

Health Matters: How vaccines work

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick Exposing a patient to a small dose of a disease has been a practice in medicine around the world for centuries. Vaccines have eradicated or otherwise…

Health Matters: Handling Stressful News

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The way the world takes in new information has changed, especially with the various events happening across the world. People talk every day about…

Health Matters: Breastfeeding

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller It's no secret that breastfeeding boosts immunities and creates a lasting bond between the mother and baby. The studies are very conclusive that breastfed babies are…

Health Matters: Migranes

We've all experienced a headache, but a true migraine is something that may require a doctor's help in diagnosing and treating. "Migraines go from mild to severe," said University Medical Center's Dr. Jared…

Health Matters: Stress Symptoms

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Mental health and stress are a fact of life for most of us these days, especially with the lingering effects of COVID-19. However, there are…

Health Matters: Carrollton calls nurse practitioner home

University Medical Center is ensuring West Alabamians get quality health care in rural areas that are underserved. UMC Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Richardson said it’s getting harder to find health services in rural areas, including in Pickens County’s Carrolton where she works. In fact, Pickens County Medical Center closed its doors recently, leaving a big gap

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Health Matters: UMC Carrolton

University Medical Center has locations all around West Alabama, offering important medical services to families who may not be capable of a trip to Tuscaloosa for doctor’s appointments. In Carrollton in Pickens County, Dr. Cathy Lavender works for UMC Carrolton as a family physician. “We do family medicine care from birth to 101, and we

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Health Matters: Women’s Health News

It’s recommended that women start seeing an OBGYN yearly at the age of 18, or younger if they’re having any potential health issues, said University Medical Center OBGYN Dr. Dr. Sachin Shenoy. Those issues include infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles, or cycles that are excessively heavy. But really, any time there’s a question, that’s a

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Health Matters: Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery

Back in the day, when you had surgery it was a major affair. But in many cases, large incisions and lengthy hospital stays are things of the past. Dr. Sachin Shenoy is an OBGYN at University Medical Center who specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgeries. “Technology has gotten so good that now what we’re able

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Health Matters: Rural Health News

Getting health care in rural areas is a complicated endeavor, but University Medical Center is devoting resources to ensuring rural Alabamians get the care they deserve. “I think we know that folks in rural areas, especially in rural Alabama just have more negative health outcomes than those who live in bigger cities like Tuscaloosa and

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Health Matters: ADHD

When you think of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, your first thought is likely that it’s a children’s diagnosis, but ADHD is a problem for adults as well. University Medical Center Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said ADHD is a lifelong issue, but medication, therapy and behavioral adjustments can help those afflicted manage the disorder.

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Health Matters: COVID-19 Vaccines

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller COVID-19 vaccines are available and have been proven to be safe and effective against the virus. According to University Medical Center Family Medicine Physician Dr. Jane Weida, it’s important for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “You know, initially when it came out and we gave

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Health Matters: Alzheimer’s Disease

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller More than 6 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and memory loss is one of the first signs of the condition. Alzheimer’s eventually impacts cognitive skills and the ability to carry out simple tasks. University Medical Center Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said it’s important to

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Health Matters: University Medical Center in Carrollton

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Taking control and improving your health requires relevant and timely health information, and for those in rural areas that’s even more important. University Medical Center has locations all around West Alabama, including Tuscaloosa, Demopolis, Fayette, Northport and Carrollton. University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Dean Dr.

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Health Matters: It’s time for a flu shot

Every year, thousands of people in the U.S. get sick with the flu. But it’s not just a bad cold, because the flu can be deadly. University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tom Weida said anyone older than 6 months should get the flu vaccine every year. “September or October is a good time

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Health Matters: University Medical Center Fayette Clinic

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Prenatal care is extremely important for expecting mothers, but it can be difficult to find this kind of support in certain rural communities. University Medical Center recently opened a clinic in Fayette to bring in more prenatal care services to patients. UMC Dr. Jane Wedia said the clinic

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