Health Matters

Health Matters: Sports medicine

Sports medicine isn't just for collegiate or professional athletes, as anyone who's active can benefit. These specialists can treat acute injuries like fractures, sprains and dislocations, and also treat patients for chronic…

Health Matters: Eating disorders

Nearly 29 million Americans have or will face an eating disorder during their lifetime. This week's Health Matters focuses on education and symptoms of these disorders. University of Alabama Student Health Center…

Health Matters: Holiday Stress

The holidays can be stressful and some people may feel overwhelmed and anxious.  Dr. Burkhardt from the University Medical Center has some tips to get through the holiday season. Watch the full interview below. For all your primary health care…

Health Matters: Protecting against the flu

There's significant flu spread throughout the state of Alabama, but you can take precautions to protect yourself and your family, said University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tom Weida. "When you…

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: 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: Travel and COVID-19

It's vacation season, but as you take to the roads, skies or tracks toward fun-filled destinations, don't forget about COVID-19. University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Weida said it's…

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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