Beat the heat and stay safe
Beat the heat and stay safe

Whether you're trying to soak up some last minute summer fun or working outside in the heat, we can't say it enough - be careful.

North Georgia doctor uses new procedure to treat heart disease
North Georgia doctor uses new procedure to treat heart disease

Dalton cardiologist Dr. Ezad Ahmad is now on the cutting edge of a new procedure when it comes to heart catherterization.

New technology at North Georgia hospital fights drug blood resistant infections
New technology at North Georgia hospital fights drug blood resistant infections

This new diagnostic technology allows medical staff to test directly from patients' blood culture samples, getting the results and correct treatment much faster.

AL woman has 50-pound ovarian cyst removed
AL woman has 50-pound ovarian cyst removed

After months of unexplained stomach issues, pain, and weight gain a Montgomery woman now has answers.

New study reveals most breast cancer patients don't need chemotherapy
New study reveals most breast cancer patients don't need chemotherapy

This year, about 260,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected in women across the United States and the majority of them can most likely avoid chemotherapy.

Moving lump in woman's face was a worm, doctors say
Moving lump in woman's face was a worm, doctors say

The parasite, a cousin of heartworm, is found in Europe, Africa and Asia and can grow to as long as six inches.

How America got hooked on a deadly drug
How America got hooked on a deadly drug

An inside look at how Purdue Pharma pushed OxyContin despite risks of addiction and fatalities.

Doctors encouraging men to get "Man-Up Check-Up"
Doctors encouraging men to get "Man-Up Check-Up"

With June being Men's Health Awareness Month, American Family Care is encouraging men to focus on their health this Father's Day.

How can we help prevent suicides? Ask and listen, doctors say
How can we help prevent suicides? Ask and listen, doctors say

People may fear that talking about it will trigger an attempt, but it's the right thing to do, experts say.

UPDATE: Erlanger Behavioral Health facility set to open soon
UPDATE: Erlanger Behavioral Health facility set to open soon

The new 88-bed facility is an option for people seeking mental health needs.

Using acupuncture to treat asthma
Using acupuncture to treat asthma

Research has shown that acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for some patients.

Bradley County man praying for kidney transplant
Bradley County man praying for kidney transplant

Bill Griffith is facing numerous life-threatening health issues from autoimmune deficiency to neuromuscular disease and kidney failure.

Local woman goes red to fight heart disease
Local woman goes red to fight heart disease

An estimated 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by cardiovascular diseases.

Stroke rehab study using nerve stimulation to rewire patient's brain
Stroke rehab study using nerve stimulation to rewire patient's brain

Dr. Marcie Bockbrader is leading the study with the Vivistim Vagus Nerve Stimulator. She says the nerve stimulation is like turning on a switch, making the patient's brain more receptive to therapy.

Georgia prescription drug database launches July 1st
Georgia prescription drug database launches July 1st

The database will track Schedule II-V narcotic prescriptions for two years, giving doctors another tool when treating patients.

Clinical trials give lung cancer patients new hope
Clinical trials give lung cancer patients new hope

Bill Gardner was enjoying retirement and life with the grandkids, when he was diagnosed with late stage 3 lung cancer.

Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic offering low cost services
Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic offering low cost services

There is always a steady flow of patients at the Chattanooga State Dental Hygiene Clinic, which demonstrates the need people in our area have for affordable dental care.

Bariatric surgery for teens
Bariatric surgery for teens

An estimated four to six million US children struggle with severe obesity, yet bariatric surgery is something that is often seen as a last resort for teens. But a new study shows dramatic benefits for those who have surgery before becoming an adult.

The latest drug threat isn't even an opioid
The latest drug threat isn't even an opioid

Gabapentin, a purportedly nonaddictive painkiller primarily used to treat shingles and control seizures, has landed on the radar of beleaguered health officials and law enforcement already battling the deadly opioid epidemic.

Local doctor gives tips for fighting seasonal allergies
Local doctor gives tips for fighting seasonal allergies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seasonal allergies are a leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., with a reported 50 million Americans suffering every year.

New study eases fear of birth control side effects
New study eases fear of birth control side effects

Researchers reviewed the use of birth control in adolescents, postpartum women and those who had a history of depression.

Opioid crackdown leading to spike in other drugs
Opioid crackdown leading to spike in other drugs

Prescription drug use in Tennessee has been widespread for several years but as painkillers become harder to get, addicts are turning to other drugs to fuel their addiction. 

Doctor says cold snap won't be the reason people will get sick
Doctor says cold snap won't be the reason people will get sick

A doctor Channel 3 spoke with says getting sick because of cold temperatures is a myth but he also explains why it's more likely for you get sick in the winter.

Tennessee AG, prosecutors clash over local opioids lawsuits
Tennessee AG, prosecutors clash over local opioids lawsuits

In a letter last week, Attorney General Herbert Slatery told 14 Tennessee district attorneys general that their lawsuits impede his ability to prosecute, as his office leads a 40-state coalition investigating opioid manufacturers and distributors.

New life saving app: PulsePoint
New life saving app: PulsePoint

You never know when or where a cardiac emergency will strike, and every second counts. 

House to try again on bill easing use of unapproved drugs
House to try again on bill easing use of unapproved drugs

The House plans to try anew next week to approve a Republican bill making it simpler for fatally ill people to try unproven treatments. And this time, the measure seems certain to pass.

Ruby Falls promoting heart health through steps challenge
Ruby Falls promoting heart health through steps challenge

Heart disease is the number one killer of women and for females under the age of 50, their heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal. That's why Ruby Falls is encouraging visitors and staff to take 100-million steps in March.

Alternative medicine: Hypnotherapy
Alternative medicine: Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is basically a four step process that includes: explaining the behavior, creating a strategy, helping the client become receptive to the strategy, and evaluating whether the change has taken place.

Protecting your skin: Healthy skin care tips
Protecting your skin: Healthy skin care tips

It's certainly not your typical winter weather in the Tennessee Valley, but Channel 3 meteorologists say the cold weather is likely to return. That not only means a change in your wardrobe, but also time to protect your skin.

Heart disease: Don't ignore the warning signs
Heart disease: Don't ignore the warning signs

Eddie Reese enjoys running and he has always tried to stay active and healthy. But last September he remembers something unusual happening.

Alzheimer's disease: The impact on relationships
Alzheimer's disease: The impact on relationships

The responsibility of caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease often falls to women. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women.

FDA declares popular alt-medicine kratom to be a deadly opioid
FDA declares popular alt-medicine kratom to be a deadly opioid

New research shows kratom acts in the brain just as other opioids do, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. And he said the agency has documented 44 cases in which kratom at least helped kill people — often otherwise healthy young people.

Study: Women less likely to receive CPR from a bystander
Study: Women less likely to receive CPR from a bystander

Researchers think that might be because of a reluctance to touch a woman's chest.

Go Red for Women: Young stroke survivor makes healthy lifestyle changes
Go Red for Women: Young stroke survivor makes healthy lifestyle changes

Ellie Rodriguez has a very personal reason to Go Red for Women.

Peak flu season arrives in Hamilton County
Peak flu season arrives in Hamilton County

The flu is hitting the Tennessee Valley hard this year, but health officials say relief is coming.

New technology hits the road to fight lung cancer
New technology hits the road to fight lung cancer

There is a new weapon in the fight against lung cancer. 

"The Dental Diet"
"The Dental Diet"

A local dentist says the first place you should look for signs of underlying health problems is in your mouth.

100th anniversary of Spanish Flu Epidemic that killed hundreds of Chattanoogans
100th anniversary of Spanish Flu Epidemic that killed hundreds of Chattanoogans

Fast forward 100 years. Does the cold weather play a role in the flu, or did it, at least in 1918?

Perfect Portions: Chattanooga woman helping others shed pounds
Perfect Portions: Chattanooga woman helping others shed pounds

Cheri Hudgins knew she had to make some major changes after a trip to the emergency room back in 2015.

Doctors urging people to avoid certain activities that could spread flu
Doctors urging people to avoid certain activities that could spread flu

Local physicians are urging people to avoid certain activities that could put someone at higher risk for getting infected. Here are five habits that can help you prevent the flu. 

Debt settlement agreement made between Erlanger, Walker County
Debt settlement agreement made between Erlanger, Walker County

As part of the full settlement, Erlanger will waive interest and attorney fees awarded in its federal judgment against Walker County, and the County has agreed to make payments of $650,000 for 12 quarters, starting in January 2018.

Tips to help runners avoid pain
Tips to help runners avoid pain

Most runners have heard that you should do core exercises. However, new research finds that having a six-pack won't make you a better runner.

Five local hospitals penalized for patient injuries
Five local hospitals penalized for patient injuries

Five Tennessee Valley area hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having high rates of patient injuries.

Pot-smoking on the rise among U.S. pregnant women
Pot-smoking on the rise among U.S. pregnant women

A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a U.S. study suggests.

Germs and the Holidays
Germs and the Holidays

It's often called the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be one of the germiest when it comes to holiday celebrations at your home if you're not careful. 

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