How healthy is your county? A recent annual report published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconson’s Population Health Institute ranks Horry County 16 out of the 46 counties in South Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.