Tidelands Health creates new educational initiative in honor of late board chairman

Tidelands Health is honoring the memory of its late board chairman and his beloved wife through a new initiative that will continue the couple’s legacy of giving back to the community.

  Recent study ranks Horry County 16th healthiest county in South Carolina

  New FDA approved depression treatment tested in South Carolina

  Mold issues go beyond St. James Elementary School, Horry County parents say

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

  Documents: Over 30 Horry County schools requested work orders over mold, mildew concerns since 2015

  Sneezing and sniffling more? Pollen season has officially arrived in SC

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  New air quality report shows no mold found in final St. James Elementary classroom

  Experts: Daylight saving time can impact mental health

  Food containing CBD oil is illegal, says FDA, SC Dept. of Agriculture

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

  St. James Elementary School parents anxiously await fifth test for mold

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

  MUSC celebrates the purchase of Florence hospital

The Medical University of South Carolina has officially acquired Carolinas Hospital System in Florence along three other local hospital systems across the state.

  Local doctors weigh in on the FDA’s proposal on new sunscreen regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to take a closer look at some of the chemicals found in sunscreen and changes could be on the way.

  HCS bringing in third party to clean after mold found at St. James Elementary again

The school district is executing another action plan after mold was found amplified in one St. James Elementary School classroom for the fourth time in the last few months.

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Pollen season is expected to be aggressive in 2019.

New air quality report shows mold still exists St. James Elementary School classroom

  TV drug ads will soon include prices

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

$50 million MUSC hospital to replace 2 Pee Dee hospitals

  Pump issue to blame for possible coal ash in Waccamaw River, Santee Cooper says

  Carolina Forest pediatric office not accepting unvaccinated patients under new policy

Under a newly established policy, CPG Pediatrics at Carolina Forest is not accepting patients that refuse to vaccinate.

Chick-fil-A offering keto-friendly menu options

The restaurant’s keto-friendly option allows you to eat on the go while sticking to the popular diet trend.

  Horry County School Board addresses mold concerns at board meeting

The Horry County Schools Facilities Committee and Board of Trustees met Monday and discussed issues of mold at St. James Elementary School.

  New fitness facility in North Myrtle Beach will soon offer a new watersports trend: paddle boarding

Spring is right around the corner, and now could be a good time to start getting fit! It’s a new trend that’s growing in popularity in waterfront cities: Stand-up paddle boarding. Soon, a new fitness facility in North Myrtle Beach will offer it.

  Conway Medical Center weighs in on artificial intelligence in healthcare

As our world continues to advance with the help of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) has generated a lot of buzz lately in health care. AI healthcare providers share the goal of treating more patients, cutting down the cost of healthcare, and ultimately aim to achieve better outcomes.

  St. James Elementary School parents on mold concerns: ‘We’re not going away’

The South Strand Recreation Center was filled with St. James Elementary School parents Wednesday night who talked about mold concerns and made sure they all knew what their next steps are moving forward.

  Email to St. James Elementary School parents claims no black mold found

Horry County School District leaders are responding to dozens of concerned parents after ongoing reports of mold at St. James Elementary School.

  Myrtle Beach leaders hear results of 120-day opioid study

For the first time, the City of Myrtle Beach heard results from a 120-day opioid study on Horry and Georgetown Counties.

Local hospitals hold off on flu restrictions as cases continue to rise

New numbers out Thursday show flu cases continue to rise and are widespread across the Carolinas.

  SC lawmakers one step closer to cracking down on teen vaping

The Surgeon General is calling teen vaping an “epidemic” and South Carolina lawmakers are one step closer to getting a handle on it.

  SC lawmakers working to ban minors from using tanning beds

Two South Carolina Lawmakers are working to prevent minors from using tanning beds.

FDA: Six patients reportedly die due to defibrillator malfunction, Stryker recalls

The device reportedly locks up after shock.

  HGTC starts Addiction and Recovery series

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster released the first progress report for the Opioid Emergency Response Plan Thursday night.

  Grand Strand Health’s behavioral health unit looks to expand

It’s been one year since Grand Strand Health Center opened its behavioral health unit at their South Strand Medical Center location.

  Study shows opioid addiction can start at the dentist

A recent study states some teens and young adults get their first exposure to opioids at the dentist. The study also states 80 percent of people aged 13 to 30 who had their wisdom teeth removed filled an opioid prescription.

  Local hospitals see a rise in RSV cases ahead of peak season

A spike in a respiratory virus is hitting clinics and hospitals across the nation, including our own. The number of cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or more commonly known as RSV, has even triggered a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  New law requires hospitals to post prices online, but some say it can be misleading

A new federal ruling aims to make medical expenses more transparent. It’s billed as a move for healthcare to break down what people are paying when it comes to hospital visits.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

  Local pharmacies impacted by nationwide shingles vaccine shortage

Pharmacies across the nation are dealing with a shortage of the new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. Pharmacies began offering Shingrix around early spring this year. By May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention already reported shortages.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Recent study ranks South Carolina the sickest state in U.S.

Have you been feeling a little under the weather recently? A recent study from health technology company, Kinsa, ranked South Carolina as the sickest state in the country.

  South Carolina sees increase in uninsured children

Local health experts are stressing the importance of preventative doctors visits and immunizations after a new study shows the Palmetto State’s number of uninsured children increased last year.

South Carolina sickest state in the country, according to flu rankings

The Palmetto State currently has a distinction no state wants – it’s the sickest in the country.

Two in Florence County potentially exposed to rabies after stray cat tests positive for disease

Two people in Florence County were potentially exposed to rabies by a stray cat that tested positive for the disease.

How to keep salmonella off your dinner plate this Thanksgiving

Many of us will be surrounded by loved ones around the table this Thanksgiving day, with the turkey being front and center.

  New rules could soon come to e-cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is calling the rising use of e-cigarettes by teenagers a “public health tragedy.”

Put down the shrimp and grits: SC ranks among fattest states in the U.S.

A new ranking from WalletHub.com, which offers free credit scores and full credit reports, has South Carolina as the eighth fattest state in the country.

SC health officials confirm 2018′s first flu-related death of the season

SCDHEC confirmed the first flu-related death of the 2018 flu season on Thursday.

  What the approval of a new flu drug means for you

Flu season is officially underway. While everyone’s bracing for impact following last year’s brutal flu season, for the first time in 20 years, there’s a new antiviral flu treatment. This new treatment, Xofluza was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Health Officials: 3 cases of measles in SC are unvaccinated children

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is continuing its investigation of measles in Spartanburg County and now say there are three cases of the measles following its initial report of the first case earlier this week.

  ’We don’t know how to ask for help’: Local efforts hope to help combat mental health issues in first responders

It’s a problem often hidden from the public: suicide among firefighters, police officers and EMS professionals.

  Report: South Carolina will have one of the highest nursing shortages in nation by 2030

South Carolina is on track to have one of the most severe nursing shortages in the nation by 2030, according to a new report.

  Rare polio-like illness spreading among children across the nation: what local doctors want parents to know

Across the nation, we are seeing more cases of a rare polio-like illness in children called “Acute Flaccid Myelitis,” or AFM for short.

  24/7 mental health crisis program making progress

A 24/7 program designed specifically to help meet the needs of those in mental health emergencies is now being offered along our state’s coast.

  Health officials urge people to get vaccinated ahead of peak flu season

Every year, doctors say it’s hard to predict how intense each flu season will be.

Myrtle Beach to host 2018 Health Fair on Thursday

Myrtle Beach’s 2018 Health Fair will be held Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

  Authorities warning parents after spike in synthetic marijuana overdoses

Health professionals previously warned people about the dangers of synthetic marijuana, also known as “Spice” or “K2.” Now, Emergency rooms and law enforcement in several states across the country have been seeing a spike in synthetic marijuana overdoses.

Seasonal, barometric change can cause increased headaches

Stuffy noses and allergies aren’t the only ailments that come with fall. It’s also a prime time for something else that is a pain, headaches.

Tidelands Health opening health center to first responders, residents impacted by flooding

Tidelands Health will be opening one of its facilities for first responders and residents impacted by flooding.

HEALTH ALERT: Protecting yourself around flood waters

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — With flood waters continuing to impact the Grand Strand and surrounding communities those effecting should take additional steps to protect their health around flooded areas. Officials with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division released a few helpful tips Sunday for dealing with cleanup as a result of Hurricane Florence. Assume everything touched by flood water is contaminated and will have to be disinfected.  Most clean-up can b...

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

  Encompass Health creates grocery store therapy space for patients

The Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital has a new grocery store therapy space in its facility on 900 East Cheeves Street for patients with serious illnesses and injuries.

  CAN Card helping hundreds of families across the country

Since 2012, the Champion Autism Network has helped raise awareness about autism in the area and helped families with children on the autism spectrum both locally and beyond.

  South Carolina ranks 2nd in nation for drunk-driving deaths

The report from SafeWise, a home security company, also designates South Carolina as a focus area to help fight the number of people getting behind the wheel while impaired.

Case of measles confirmed in Georgetown County

A case of measles was confirmed in a Georgetown County resident on Friday.

Conway to utilize nine new automated defibrillators

Nine new automated defibrillators were put into service on Monday within the city of Conway.

  Doctors claim new strain of pink eye is resistant to medication, but has it made its way to SC?

As we approach the new school year, conjunctivitis, better known as "pink eye," is a common infection you need to be aware of.

  Billy Blanks brings Tae Bo workout to Pawleys Island

PAWELYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) -- Billy Blanks, the fitness guru and creator of the popular workout series Tae Bo is teaching his total body fitness program right here in the Grand Strand. After meeting with Billy in person you would not think that he is in his 60's and that it's been 45 years since he created Tae Bo. All these years later he is still invested in changing people's lives. Blanks combined martial arts, kickboxing and dance to create one of...

Five swim advisories lifted along Grand Strand, one remains in place

The Department of Health and Environmental Control have provided updates to swim advisories issued along the Grand Strand.

Patients in need could see more convenient and affordable way to get medical products

Amazon could be looking to target a new demographic in the healthcare. Sources say Amazon is in talks with a start-up company called "Xealth" and some hospital networks about a pilot project that could launch in months. It would let doctors recommend medical products to their patients and delivered to their patient's homes upon discharge. This program would provide patients a more affordable and convenient way to access their necessary medical sup...

Area students returning to class Tuesday after winter weather; Georgetown, Scotland counties on a two-hour delay

The improving forecast means most schools will operate on normal schedules Tuesday.

Report: Heart health a serious issue for firefighters

A new report by the National Fire Protection Association is bringing awareness to the seriousness of heart health among firefighters.

Fight Breast Cancer during the month of October

Check out these events in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee that aim to raise awareness of breast cancer, and funds for breast cancer research.

Lesa lost 50 pounds by eliminating one ingredient

As a cardiac care nurse Lesa Coleman knows the importance of a healthy diet, but it was her son who made her realize she needed to eat better and lose weight.

ARCH announces free health screenings

The Francis Marion University ARCH (Advancing Rural Community Health) Program will sponsor a series of free health screenings. The screenings will consist of height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar, and total cholesterol.

What's Going Around: Emergency visits increase for flu treatment

New info out shows the number of people going into the ER because of the flu is higher along South Carolina's coast.

Overcoming cancer with new TomoTherapy machine

A cancer diagnosis is mind blowing and thinking about treatment even scarier. In some cases you might even have to leave your family, your support network, to get specialized treatment.