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    What parents need to know about congenital heart disease

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - During pregnancy, there are a lot of things expectant moms can do to prevent birth defects. Sometimes, though, even if a woman takes precautions, a birth defect occurs for no known reason. This can be the case with congenital heart disease.  Details...

    Can you really experience a broken heart?

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It is possible to have a broken heart, though not in the way people typically think. While many people think of a broken heart on an emotional level, Gregory Chapman, M.D., a cardiologist in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cardiovascular...

    Mending kids’ hearts: Children’s of Alabama celebrates kids’ heart health

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - February is American Heart Month. It is a month to raise awareness for conditions that affect every heart, from neonatal patients to adults. Children’s of Alabama has one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Southeast. Families of children who...

    ADPH: Children’s Dental Health Month promotes good oral health

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time when we draw attention to the need for good oral health practices for children. The theme for this observance in 2023 is “Brush, Floss, Smile!”  Alabama’s Oral Health Office kicked off the month...

    Double vision: Causes, symptoms and treatment

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - More than 800,000 people a year visit their health care provider because of double vision, and around 50,000 people every year go to the emergency room because they have double vision.  According to Kristine B. Hopkins, O.D., professor at the University of...

    Harris: Keep your body healthy; it may lead to better brain health

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Brain health and physical health are both important, especially as we age. According to the most recent survey of people ages 45 years and older in Alabama, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), one in seven Alabamians experiences subjective cognitive...

    Save a life by getting CPR certified

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Monday, Jan. 2, many people in Cullman and across the country watched live on television as 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field during the Bills’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin received critical life-saving...

    Antibiotics only when needed

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris recently released information about the importance of taking antibiotics only when appropriate, due to concerns about increased antibiotic resistance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  While antibiotics are useful in killing germs,...

    Autism Spectrum Disorder Identification Cards issued at county health departments

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Imagine you hear loud sirens, see bright lights, and are stopped by a law enforcement officer while driving alone. Imagine that you are on the autism spectrum and are increasingly overwhelmed with sensory overload well before the officer or a first...

    Cullman’s Jeff Byars named 2022 Independent Advocate of the Year

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA) Jeff Byars, founder of Sun Back Moon, LLC – Private Patient Advocacy & Healthcare Solutions in Cullman, Alabama, was named 2022 Independent Advocate of the Year recently by the Healthcare Advocate Summit, the premier event created...

    Rural Dementia Caregiver Project: Free workshop for caregivers

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    Millions of rural caregivers provide crucial support to family members or friends living with memory loss and dementia. These same caregivers often feel stressed and isolated. An online workshop may help them. The University of California, San Francisco is conducting a study of a...

    ‘Recovery is for everyone: Every person, every family, every community’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - President Joe Biden and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey have each signed National Recovery Month proclamations, committing to support the more than 20 million Americans and hundreds of thousands of Alabamians undergoing treatment for substance abuse disorders, their families and their health...

    Mental health first aid training to be provided at the Cullman County Library in July

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Public Library will be hosting a Mental Health First Aid training course Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There is no cost for the training or materials as it is a grant-based program...

    Cullman Regional welcomes Neurologist Muhammad Siddiqi, MD to medical group

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional is excited to welcome Neurologist Muhammad Salman Siddiqi, MD, to Cullman Regional Medical Group. Dr. Siddiqi completed his internship and residency in Neurology from the University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio and his fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering...

    Summer sun safety tips

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Warm weather naturally allows people to engage in outdoor activities, such as barbecues, sports, hiking or camping; yet warm weather can bring its share of troubles that include hurricanes, insect or animal bites, outdoor injuries or overexposure to the sun....

    COVID-19 testing no longer mandated for flights to the U.S., but testing and avoiding travel when sick still recommended

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries by air this summer are relieved of one requirement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rescinded its order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test before flights to the United...

    Hospice of Cullman County, Inc. MEGA CASH Draw Down Set for July 28

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    Cullman, Ala. — Hospice of Cullman County, Inc. of Cullman Regional Hospice announced the MEGA CASH Draw Down, its largest annual fundraiser benefiting indigent patients, will be held on Thursday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. This year’s event features a chance to win $10,000...

    Alcoholics Anonymous celebrates 87th birthday

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    AKRON, OH. - “Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life. There’s no question about that. It’s the best thing that ever happened in my life. I was one of those that everybody that knew me thought I’d always be drinking. It was just the way it...

    Online breastmilk sharing increasing in popularity

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The American Academy of Pediatrics and other worldwide medical organizations recommend exclusive breastfeeding for babies for six months followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, then continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother...

    Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2022 Fish Consumption Advisories

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  ADEM, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources...

    Annual Cullman City vs. County Blood Drive returning in June

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman’s Annual City versus County Blood Drive is quickly approaching and most of us meet the requirements to participate and stake our claim. On Friday, June 3, city donations will be held at Dick Sporting Goods and Walmart North on Hwy 157....

    ADPH provides information regarding infant formula shortages

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program realizes the challenges that many families are facing with the current nationwide infant formula shortages. ADPH WIC is working daily to address this issue in Alabama.ADPH WIC’s infant...

    Cullman County launches mental health court

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas and mental healthcare provider WellStone on Monday announced the formation of Mental Health Court, a specialized court for people living with serious mental illness. According to a release from WellStone, the court is intended to "hold...

    ADPH observes Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2022

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is participating in the annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 23-29, 2022, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this week is to maximize the health...

    Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for children 5-11 now authorized, recommendations updated

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Children ages 5 - 11 are now authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least five months after completion of the primary vaccine series. Children ages 5 - 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should...

    Paws for Mental Health

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman and Madison County-based mental health service Wellstone is celebrating Mental Health Month, and the organization is calling on our animal friends to help. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, “Paws for Mental Health” at Heritage Park’s dog park will feature cutest...

    Mental Health Awareness Month – you are NOT alone

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. With millions of Americans fighting mental illness publicly or suffering in silence, the fight to end the antiquated stigma associated with the disease is still necessary since the awareness month’s inception in 1949. The National Alliance...

    As infant formula shortage continues, Alabama pediatricians advise against diluting infant formula

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- News reports abound about the current shortage of infant formula facing families across the nation and in Alabama, due to supply chain issues and a recall of products by one of the largest producers of infant formula in the United States....

    ADMH: May 8-14 is National Prevention Week

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    Montgomery, Ala. – According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 59.3 million Americans ages 12 and older used illicit drugs in the last recorded year. In Alabama, for ages 18 and older, an estimated 351,000 people have alcohol...

    Governor Ivey announces two additional mental health crisis centers

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the funding of two additional Mental Health Crisis Centers, further expanding the Alabama Crisis System of Care. The two new centers add to the four existing centers in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile, currently serving individuals...

    Sound Mind TMS offers Cullman new solutions in mental health treatment

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman native and familiar face Dr. Robert Smith opened Sound Mind TMS Therapy Clinic, located at 1809 Dahlke Dr. and adjacent to Cullman Regional Medical Center, earlier this spring. Enthusiastic about the potential impact of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy among the...

    Wallace State’s Laura Smith highlights the careers of occupational therapy practitioners for Occupational Therapy Month

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Laura Smith is an occupational therapist who teaches the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Wallace State. For Occupational Therapy Month, she explained the overlooked details of the career and shared the many ways occupational therapy helps clients. When talking about a...

    Investigations of nine young children with adenovirus are underway

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Since November 2021, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in collaboration with pediatric healthcare providers including hospitals who treat children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been investigating an increase in hepatitis in young children. These...

    Cullman Regional holds ribbon cutting for Center of Excellence Orthopedics and Spine

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional Medical Group marked the official opening of the Center of Excellence Orthopedics and Spine with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday, April 13. By focusing on a well-coordinated and positive patient experience and evidence-based best practices in orthopedic...

    Funding made available for shade structures at Alabama Title I schools, applications invited

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) encourages everyone to be aware of the dangers of overexposure to...

    Farmhouse Midwifery raising standard of care for pregnant women

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Laura Reeder is a certified professional midwife and an Alabama licensed midwife. She is one of three licensed midwives in Cullman. Reeder created Farmhouse Midwifery 2020 to revolutionize a new standard of care for women as they go through pregnancy. Reeder...

    Test to Treat improves access and speed of COVID-19 treatments

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Timely testing and treatment of COVID-19 helps reduce hospitalizations and can be lifesaving by starting oral antivirals for patients who test positive for the virus. If people have COVID-19 symptoms, they must take oral COVID-19 medication within five days of their...

    Second COVID-19 vaccine boosters authorized for individuals ages 50 and older and higher-risk individuals

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Protection offered by COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time, and the Alabama Department of Public Health cautions that even in times of low community transmission, the risk for older and immunocompromised persons to become severely ill with COVID-19 is not zero.  In...

    News from the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology: 5 steps to protect young athletes’ eyes

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. visit emergency rooms each year with sports-related eye injuries. An astounding 90 percent of these ER visits could have been avoided if the athlete wore protective eyewear. With April designated “Sports Eye Safety Month,” the Alabama...

    CDC offers new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator for the public

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have declined greatly in Alabama. However, it is unknown if the BA.2 subvariant or other emerging variants may escape the immune's systems response from either a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccine-induced protection. If so, mitigation...

    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Linking teens to facts that Shatter the Myths® about drugs and drug use

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    Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) is celebrating and supporting the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW®), along with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The weeklong observance,...

    Official ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Hartselle Health Park on Wednesday

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. - Cullman Regional celebrated the opening of the Hartselle Health Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of the Hartselle Area Chamber, Hartselle City Council and supporters of the health system.  The facility has been open since November 2021 serving patients,...

    ACDD launches new “See Me” campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has launched a new  campaign to coincide with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Each message  features a different person with disabilities inviting the viewer to “See me as”: an “equal”, “employee”,  “graduate”, “neighbor”, “achiever” and more.  The ACDD’s messaging will be featured on social media, digital ads online and  outdoor billboards throughout the state.  “Our survey results showed that there were several concerns among those with developmental  disabilities and their families,” said Executive Director of the ACDD Darryle Powell. “Many times, the  general population is unaware of the strides the disabled have made in terms of employment,  educational opportunities, and housing.”  Powell continued: “This campaign brings attention to their many achievements in these areas, as well as  how they simply want to be seen and accepted by their fellow Alabamians. They want the same things  as  anyone else, to be active participants in their communities. Through this campaign, we hope to increase  understanding, and for people to get to know and appreciate those with developmental disabilities.”  For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or  visit https://www.acdd.org/. 

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    Cullman Regional starts construction on 30-bed expansion

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Construction has begun on a 4-story vertical tower expansion at Cullman Regional in Cullman, Alabama. The tower expansion is part of a $30 million overall hospital expansion project being built by Birmingham, Alabama based Doster Construction Company that will significantly increase...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    CDC revises optimal interval for some individuals to receive second COVID-19 mRNA vaccine

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - After a thorough evaluation of the latest safety and effectiveness data and evidence from hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines safely administered in the United States and the billions of vaccines administered in other countries, the Centers for Disease Control and...

    Cullman Regional adds new MRI and CT technology

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional will be able to offer patients and physicians better imaging technology with the recent addition of a 128-slice GE Revolution EVO CT and a GE Discovery MR750w 3.0T MRI. Not only do these new technologies produce better images, but...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Feb. 17

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Feb. 17, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         37 COVID positive patients, two of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    Alabama adds newborn screening tests to help identify conditions not typically apparent at birth

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is excited to announce the approval of four new conditions to the Alabama newborn screening panel. Early identification and treatment of infants affected with certain genetic or metabolic conditions can prevent premature death and...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Feb. 9

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Feb. 9, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         61 COVID positive patients, three of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Feb. 2

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Feb. 2, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         80 COVID positive patients, four of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Jan. 26

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Jan. 26, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         63 COVID positive patients, six of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    Rep. Robert Aderholt visits Cullman Regional on Tuesday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional was honored to have Rep. Robert Aderholt visit its main campus on Tuesday. The congressman took time to visit the ER expansion project which will increase capacity by 80 percent when it is completed this summer, and the Diagnostic...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Jan. 19

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Jan. 19, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         52 COVID positive patients, three of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high in Alabama, immediate measures necessary

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hospitalizations of children in Alabama due to COVID-19 are at a record high, and immediate measures should be taken to reduce COVID-19 in the pediatric population. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics...

    COVID-19 boosters now authorized for ages 12-15, dosing interval lowered, additional primary dose recommended for certain immunocompromised children

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has notified Alabama healthcare providers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have endorsed new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations. The updates came about after a...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Jan. 5

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – On Jan. 5, Cullman Regional Medical Center released the following COVID update: Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         37 COVID positive patients, two of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be...

    Cullman County Schools present their updated Covid-19 guidelines for 2022

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Positive diagnosis of student or staff: Per ADPH guidelines, positives must stay home for five days (previously 10) following the onset of symptoms or the positive test result. The student or staff member may return on day six if the...

    Paused monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 disease available again

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As of December 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced the temporary pause in allocations of some monoclonal antibodies and on Monday, Jan. 3, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has received an advisory from the...

    Cook Ministries offering many grief and recovery programs beginning in February 2022

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Cook Ministries is a Hanceville-based street ministry that was created by Karen Cook in 2016 after the death of her brother Johnny on November 8, 2015. Karen has been a funeral director for the past 20 years, giving her extensive experience with...

    Cullman Regional welcomes Family Care Physician April Frater, MD, to medical group

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    Cullman, Ala. — Cullman Regional welcomes board-certified Family Care Physician April Frater, MD, to the Cullman Regional Medical Group. Dr. Frater completed her medical degree at University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts, West Indies. During her residency at the University of...

    COVID in Alabama: precautions, information to help stay up to date from the desk of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary “new normal.” Alabamians have consistently stepped up to the plate over the course of this pandemic. As our state moves forward, Gov. Ivey...

    Seasonal depression–Being neighborly could be the difference

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Although for most, the holidays bring many fun events and family time, for others, they can be reminders of loss and loneliness. The bat of seasonal depression often sweeps in when the days get shorter and the night appears earlier each...

    Cullman Regional welcomes Family Care Physician John Morgan, MD to medical group

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    Cullman, Ala. — Cullman Regional is pleased to welcome board-certified family care physician John Morgan, MD to the Cullman Regional Medical Group. Dr. Morgan received his medical degree the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and completed his residency at the Family...

    Attorney General Steve Marshall files lawsuit to block Biden vaccine and mask mandates for Head Start employees and students

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Biden administration’s Head Start mandate for program employees to vaccinate against COVID, and for pre-school pupils to wear face masks, or risk all federal funding. Two of Alabama’s state agencies—the Alabama Department of...

    Flu season: it’s not too late to get the shot

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The CDC states the best time to get a flu shot is from October-September, but the virus usually peaks around February, so it is still beneficial to get a flu shot in December or later. While many people are wary of...

    Eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots expanded to include for those 18 and older

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna's COVID-19 boosters for all fully vaccinated U.S. adults, ages 18 and up. This follows emergency use authorization by the U.S....

    Cullman independent pharmacies unaffected by supply chain disturbances

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - There have been recent reported shortages of some prescription drug medications in North Alabama due to supply chain disturbances. The Food and Drug Administration says over 100 drugs are in short supply nationally. Causes of shortages include natural disasters, manufacturing problems,...

    Cullman Regional receives Community Partner Award from UAH

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing Graduate Program has chosen Cullman Regional as the recipient of its annual Community Partner Award. The award is in recognition of Cullman Regional’s continued commitment to provide nurse practitioner students important precepting opportunities...

    Imaging Center at Hartselle Health Park opens

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. - Cullman Regional recently announced that the new Imaging Center at Hartselle Health Park is now open, providing the community new and much needed healthcare services. “Access to healthcare is vital for communities like Hartselle,” said Cullman Regional CEO James Clements. “We’re immensely...

    Children 5-11 now eligible for reduced dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years of age in the U.S. The COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for this age group is a reduced dose (10 microgram), two-dose series.The Alabama Department...

    Hanceville company Louisiana Pacific to open employee only clinic

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The second largest employer in Hanceville, materials manufacturer Louisiana Pacific, opened a new employee-only health care clinic on Oct. 26. This facility allows employees exclusive access to healthcare for themselves and their families.   The clinic was made possible through a partnership with...

    Governor Ivey issues Executive Order to fight overreaching Covid-19 vaccine mandates

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday signed Executive Order 724 to fight the overreaching covid-19 vaccine mandates from the federal government. In doing so, Governor Ivey released the following statement: “The federal government’s outrageous overreach has simply given us no other option but...

    COVID-19 booster shot eligibility expands to additional individuals and vaccines

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) continues to follow the guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning administration of COVID-19 vaccine, including boosters. Guidance is being given to...

    Hartselle Health Park Urgent Care now open

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. - Cullman Regional has opened a new Urgent Care Center at Hartselle Health Park, providing the community new and much needed healthcare services. “Access to healthcare is vital for communities like Hartselle,” said Cullman Regional CEO James Clements. “We’re immensely proud of Hartselle...

    Wallace State hosting flu shot clinics Oct. 19-21

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Wallace State Community College will host flu shot clinics Oct. 19 - 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day in room 200 of the School of Nursing and Center for Science building. Shots will be provided for free with those...

    Reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Alabama appears to differ from other reporting

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  - Death counts from COVID-19 appear to vary widely based on their reporting sources—the news media, hospitals and county health departments—and there are reasons these apparent discrepancies in the number of deaths occur.  “The Alabama Department of Public Health considers any deaths to...

    Cullman City Schools Oct. 5 COVID-19 case update

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman City Schools system has a total of 13 students currently absent due to reported positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, October 5, according to the latest school attendance data.Cullman Middle School reported four positive student cases, Cullman High...

    Cullman Regional introduces new Pristina 3D mammography machine

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Women’s Diagnostic Center at Cullman Regional is proud to announce the addition of the GE Seneographe Pristina 3D mammography machine. The new equipment comes with advanced technology that allows our physicians to better diagnose breast cancer and provides a more...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Sept. 29

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    Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         45 COVID positive patients, six of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing.  Everyone should continue to follow precautions to...

    Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters authorized for more eligible persons

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose is now authorized for many people who previously received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and are at least six months past completion of the primary...

    Cullman County Schools releases revised Covid-19 protocol

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Positive diagnosis of student or staff:Per ADPH guidelines, positives must stay home for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or the positive test result. Individuals should be 24 hours without fever or fever-reducing medications and experience symptom improvement before...

    Cullman Regional welcomes Endocrinologist, Lakshmi Kannan, MD, to Medical Group

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    Cullman, Ala. — Cullman Regional welcomes Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Lakshmi Kannan, MD, to the Cullman Regional Medical Group. Dr. Kannan completed her medical degree at Thanjavur Medical College, and later, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia,...

    Don’t let your guard down, COVID-19 continues circulating in Alabama communities

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - COVID-19 continues to infect persons in Alabama, with the Delta variant the predominant strain. Given that recent numbers of cases, percent positive tests and hospitalizations are decreasing, Alabamians may feel that the worst is behind us. However, the potential for this...

    Cullman Regional earns national recognition for efforts to improve stroke and cardiovascular treatment

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    Cullman, Ala. — Cullman Regional has received two American Heart Association Achievement Awards, one of which has been awarded to the hospital for three consecutive years. The awards recognize Cullman Regional for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure stroke and cardiovascular patients receive the...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Sept. 22

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    Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         43 COVID positive patients, seven of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing.  Everyone should continue to follow precautions to...

    Pregnant women and other eligible Alabamians ages 12 and older are urged to be vaccinated for COVID-19

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As dozens of pregnant women and pediatric patients with COVID-19 in Alabama are hospitalized each day, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) urges all pregnant women and all eligible adolescents ages 12 - 17 to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In...

    Cullman native Maud Parker shares her secrets to a long, healthy life after celebrating her 103rd birthday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Maud Nelyne Manning Medlock Parker celebrated her 103rd birthday on Wednesday, September 15. She had many wonderful memories to share with her friends and family Wednesday at her special party. Just as plentiful as the happy birthday wishes she received from...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Sept. 15

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    Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         80 COVID positive patients, 15 of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing.  Everyone should continue to follow precautions to...

    Cullman County Schools Covid update

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Below are the latest COVID-19 numbers for Cullman County Schools. We are pleased to report that numbers are declining across the district.   As of Tuesday, September 14:  Positive: 69 close contact: 242, which is 3.3% of the district's 9,425 students.  Two...

    Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Sept. 13-17

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health is recognizing the important role direct support professionals play in supporting individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities by highlighting Sept. 13-17, 2021 as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. The annual celebration provides an opportunity to...

    Cullman City Schools Sept. 14 COVID-19 case update

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman City Schools system has a total of 22 students currently absent due to reported positive cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, September 14, according to the latest school attendance data.Cullman High School reported eight positive student cases, Cullman City...

    Monoclonal antibody products are available for some high-risk COVID-19 patients and some who have been exposed, but are not a replacement for vaccination

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 helps those at high risk for serious illness by building rapid immunity to the virus and preventing hospitalization, though these products are only for those at high risk for serious illness, individuals who have recently tested...

    Laura Crandall Brown Foundation announces 9th Annual ‘A State of Teal’ Awareness Campaign and 12th Annual ‘Head Over Teal’ 5K/10K race

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - This September, in recognition of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation (LCBF) will initiate its 9th annual A State of Teal Awareness Campaign and host its 12th annual Head Over Teal 5K/10K.     LCBF’s A State of Teal Awareness Campaign...

    Attorney General Steve Marshall warns healthcare providers to cease unlawful use of state immunization registry

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall today warned Alabama’s healthcare providers to cease any unlawful use of the state immunization registry, known as ImmPRINT.      The State of Alabama has long maintained an immunization registry for healthcare providers known as ImmPRINT to avoid unnecessary vaccinations for patients...

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health, its community partners and other mental health organizations join forces to recognize September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This year’s theme, #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message, which educates about what we can...

    Vinemont Middle School recognizes heroes on staff

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - Vinemont Middle School made a huge shoutout to Nurse Paige Collett and Nurse Aide Michael Marotz this week on social media. The post offered a huge thank you to Nurse Collett and Mr. Marotz for taking care of the students each...

    CORONAVIRUS-19 (COVID-19) FLASH released Sept. 8

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    Cullman County is in the High-Risk category for overall level of community transmission. Cullman Regional Current Situation ·         80 COVID positive patients, 15 of whom are on a ventilator ·         Continue to be vigilant in mask wearing and social distancing.  Everyone should continue to follow precautions to...

    Ivermectin for animals not safe for people

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Farm supply and feed stores cannot keep a livestock deworming medication on the shelves because social media posts are calling it a cure for COVID-19. A veterinarian with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System warns people should not buy animal ivermectin products to...