Health Watch brings viewers health tips and information on a variety of topics. Health Watch is produced by West Tennessee Healthcare and local ABC affiliate station WBBJ News Channel 7. Click on one of the links below to view a Health Watch Segment:
Bullying: Physical, verbal, social, and cyber-bullying affects children in West Tennessee everyday. Recent polls show 40 percent of all sixth graders have been bullied in some fashion.
Head Lice: With kids headed back to school, parents should keep a watchful eye out for head lice. While not dangerous, lice are contagious and annoying.
Ticks: If you plan to take advantage of the warmer weather to head outdoors, be aware of ticks. These small parasites are capable of transmitting diseases that could last a lifetime.
Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancer. Its annual rate continues to rise each year. There are things you can do to help prevent it.
Heat Exhaustion: With no end in sight to the current heat and humidity, it is important to play it safe when outdoors to avoid heat exhaustion.
School Health Clinic: The school health clinic serves all students that attend the Jackson-Madison County school system as well as those students entering the system next year. The clinic is available to children in addition to their primary care provider.
NICU: Over a half million babies are born prematurely each year. It is a battle of life with some of the babies. West Tennessee Healthcare and the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital NICU unit give some of the best care around.
National Stroke Month: May is national stroke month--a month dedicated to raising the public's knowledge of how a stroke affects the brain. A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply to the brain. A stroke may have a wide array of symptoms, depending on the severity. If you believe you, or someone else, is suffering from a stroke, it is important to get to the hospital immediately.
Children's Sports Safety: Exercise and playing sports has an obvious physical benefit for children but participation in sports always carries the risk of injury.
Medical Identity Theft: Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information to obtain medical care, buy drugs, or submit billing to Medicare in your name. To protect yourself from medical fraud, secure your personal information such as drivers license, social security number, and Medicare numbers.
Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon Sinuplasty is a technique for doing sinus surgery that uses a small balloon to open blocked sinus passages allowing for drainage. This allows sinuses to work more effectively.
Colorectal Cancer: Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths with over 100,000 cases diagnosed in 2010 alone. If caught early, it can be treatable, and beatable. It is important you learn about and watch for potential warning signs of the disease.
Sleep Apnea: For those suffering from sleep apnea, feeling tired and fatigued the next day may not be the only side effect. New studies show there can be serious consequences.
da Vinci Robot: Leo, the da Vinci Robot, is a surgical system now being used at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. It is a new form of surgical technology that has many advantages over traditional forms of surgery.
Breastfeeding: Research continues to show breastfeeding newborns can provide many benefits for mother and child.
Kirkland Cancer Center: A lot can go through the minds of those recently diagnosed with cancer. At the Kirkland Cancer Center, a new program aims to inform and assist cancer patients on what treatments options are available to them.
Heat Risks for Diabetics: For diabetics, severe heat and humidity can pose a greater threat than for those without diabetes.
Open Heart Surgery: Dr. David James tells us about a new type of surgical procedure available at the hospital that greatly reduces the side effects standard open heart surgery can bring.
CPR: Dr. David James talks about performing CPR on a victim and possibly saving their life.
Peripheral Neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is something that generally develops slowly over a period of time. It is an abnormal condition that develops when the peripheral nerves become damaged. The disorder can leave people partially disabled.
Outstanding Nursing Award: In this week's health watch, Dr. David James shares with us the story of Kimberly Carman, recipient of the nurse of the year award.
Harmful Effects of Sun on Skin: Dr. David James tells us about the importance of taking care of your skin and avoiding the sun's harmful rays.
Grief Camp: Many times children and teens have problems dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one because it may not be understood as well when we are adults. In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James tell us about a special and exciting weekend camp for children struggling with grief that aims to help them through this tough process.
Community Health Action Team of Jackson-Madison County Healthy: nutrition starts at infancy. But, in Tennessee 17 percent of children are already obese by the time they reach high school. In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James tells us how a local group is looking to reduce that stat.
Child Life Specialist: March is recognized as child life month. The Ayers Children's Medical Center is taking the opportunity to recognize a special member of their hard working team, Rachel Ryan.
Heart Health: In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James shares with us ways West Tennessee Healthcare is wanting to keep your heart healthy year-round.
Bodyweight Gait Training: A new piece of equipment at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital aims to get people back on their feet quicker!
Hospice Seminar: Dealing with the emotions of losing a loved one can be tough. Hospice of West Tennessee wants to help those dealing with these emotions by hosting a free event named "Moving Along After A Loss."
Aquatic Therapy: Aquatherapy is an effective form of physical therapy for those suffering from chronic pain. In this week's Health Watch Dr. David James shares with us the story of a local woman who has greatly benefited from this unique form of therapy.
Parking Garages: Thousands of people come through the doors of Jackson Madison County General Hospital on a daily basis. Most people first look to the open lot outside of the front door of the new tower for parking. But, just around the corner is a parking garage connecting to the hospital that offers convenience and protection from harsh weather.
Juvenile Diabetes: In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James tells us how West Tennessee Healthcare and the Jackson-Madison County School System are teaming up to help children manage their diabetes while they are away at school.
Hospice: November is National Hospice Month. It is a month dedicated to honor patients nearing life's end and to support their family during this difficult time.
Serenity Garden: Every October is recognized as national perinatal month. To honor the month, the West Tennessee Women's Center is doing several things including relocating and rededicating a garden to honor those infants lost.
New Medical Technology: On March 26, 2009, West Tennessee Healthcare implemented two new pieces of equipment to help make medical documentation at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital quicker and more accurate.
Prostate Cancer Surgery: One in six men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James share a new way urologists at JMCGH are treating the disease.
Camp Wings: It's a part of life, the passing of a loved one, but now for kids grieving over loss comes a special weekend camp to help them through the tough times--Camp Wings. Camp Wings is a grief camp that offers children ages 7-14 the opportunity to express their grief through numerous outlets, such as art, music, and play.
H1N1 Flu Virus: The H1N1 flu virus has finally arrived in Madison County with its first confirmed cases in recent weeks. Dr. David James has the very latest on the virus in this week's Health Watch.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding newborns can provide many benefits for both a mother and her child. Dr. David James explores these benefits even further in this week's Health Watch.
Sleep Apnea: In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James tells us about a new sleep apnea risk assessment test available online that can help lead you to a better way of managing your sleep.
Peripheral Neuropathy: Over 20 million Americans suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy . In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James explains to us the signs and symptoms of the ailment and tells us about a new local support group being formed.
Eye Protection: In this week's Health Watch, Dr. David James shows us why and how to protect our eyes in various environments.
Skin Protection: Dr. David James warns of potential problems that can arise if you do not take the time to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
Basic CPR: For National CPR week, Dr. David James shows us why it is important to know basic CPR.