A warmer winter in Alabama means an early mosquito season. While the biting bugs can spoil your outdoor summer events, they can also pose a serious health threat. Dee Jones is the state public health veterinarian. He says illnesses like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis tend to effect particular groups of people.
Tuscaloosa, AL – It's been one week since cuts to the state's Medicaid budget took effect. A dire budget shortfall prompted state lawmakers to make spending cuts. Dr. Don Williamson is Alabama's public health officer and is also chair of the Medicaid Transition task force. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked to Wiliamson about the short term and long term impact of the cuts as well as how to fix Medicaid going forward.
Tuscaloosa, AL – A reported 5 million Americans have Hepatitis C, with 13,000 of those cases in Birmingham alone. And according to a new study, 75% of those patients don't know they have it and baby boomers make up the biggest group. A recent survey of over 1,000 people found that only 5% thought they were at risk for Hepatitis C. Dr. Michael Ryan is a clinical professor with the Eastern Virginia Medical School. APR's Maggie Martin talked with Ryan about why baby boomers are so at risk.
Birmingham, AL – April's tornadoes left a devastating mark on neighborhoods and businesses across Alabama. But for some residents, the storms took a toll on their mental health as well. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at a federal program that trains and deploys Alabamians as crisis counselors to assist storm survivors rebuild their lives.
Tuscaloosa, AL – After last week's tornados devastated dozens of neighborhoods across Alabama, health professionals scrambled to tend to the injured and prevent further illnesses from breaking out. The most pressing health issues in the state range from the blood supply for trauma victims to food and water safety. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at some of the short term health concerns in the wake of the disaster.
Valdez, Alaska – Part Two "The View from Valdez." Bob Donald is the talk of the town in Gulf Shores near Alabama's beaches. Before moving to the beaches, he and his wife lived in Valdez, Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Donald, former Valdez Mayor Dave Cobb, and first responder Stan Stevens re-live the accident on Prince William Sound, and the painful aftermath Gulf coast residents may face here in the years to come.
Tuscaloosa AL – In her final episode of Prototype, executive producer Courtney Bowland takes into a brief "hibernation" with a recap of some favorite stories as told by her faithful staff of reporters. Stay tuned as a new voice comes to Prototype this summer!
Tuscaloosa, AL – In this edition of Prototype, Todd Panciera talks with some University of Alabama seniors about their memories from college. Ryan Vasquez follows that with a chat with an ESPN scouting director about the celebrity aspect of football recruits. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland tries to keep herself composed as she nears the end of her EP tenure.
Tuscaloosa, AL – On this edition of Prototype, Bulter Cain talks with a journalist who has traveled all the way from Germany, and Courtney Bowland talks love and relationships with Dr. Linda Enders, a marriage and family therapist.
Tuscaloosa, AL – In this edition of Prototype, Todd Panciera interviews a blood plasma donor and finds out about the peculiar job requirements it takes to be one. Brandon Hollingsworth looks at some off-the-wall college classes that students are able to take. Executive Producer Courtney Bowland produced the show.
Tuscaloosa, AL – In this edition of Prototype, Tricia Masucci investigates the process involved in "How To" make beer. Ryan Vasquez talks to a few college football recruitors about the demands of their job. And Courtney Bowland, our Executive Producer, tells us how you can contribute to the APR Fund drive and how it might get you a free iPod Nano.
Tuscaloosa, AL – In this episode of Prototype, Brett Tannehill show us "How To" prune a crape myrtle tree. The tree is often cut improperly, a phenomenon called Crape Murder. Tricia Massuci focuses her health report on the month of March. She reviews past advice and health tips, and also some new health advice. As always, Courtney Bowland is the Executive Producer.
Tuscaloosa, AL – This week on Prototype, Gina Smith reports on a piece of music written to honor the students who were killed one year ago in the Enterprise tornado. Then, Todd Panciera lightens the mood with a discussion about a class that has a strong link to "Sienfeld." Courtney Bowland is our executive producer.
Tuscaloosa, AL – In this week's edition of Prototype, Courtney Bowland explains leap year; Tricia Masucci looks into dental hygiene in her health report, and Todd Panciera gives tips on how to find a suitable house or apartment.