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.

Area hospital recognized for organ donation work

Every 11 minutes a name is added to the national organ donor registry. If you think about it – in the time it takes the news to air, 3 more names will be on that list.

New plastic surgery procedure firms loose skin without the knife

The same technology that is used to take a sneak peek at unborn babies is now being used to tighten and firm the sagging skin around your face.

Flu cases affecting Horry County school attendance

Doctors from Little River to Surfside Beach are confirming flu cases in adults and children and local schools are seeing the affects.

What's going around? How to keep your family healthy

Tune in to WMBF News Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. as we go into local schools and discover the major problem students and school nurses are currently facing, and how to prevent your child from bringing it home.

Woman works to lose 125 pounds the old fashioned way

A Miami woman is working on losing more than 125 pounds without weight loss surgery, pills, a special diet or joining the gym.

Fighting HIV with cancer drugs

After 20 years of researching HIV, they found that drugs used to treat one deadly disease might actually help to fight off another.

1 in a million born fat-free

What if you could eat whatever you wanted, and never gain a pound? It's Dwanna Swan's reality, but she would trade the extra calories for good health.

An office health hazard with a major risk

A new study has identified an office health hazard that's hard to avoid. Cardiologists say the amount of time you spend sitting behind a desk has a direct link to your heart health.

Experts dispel summer skin care myths

It's time for swimming, sunbathing and boating; but summer is also the season for sunburns.

Hypnosis can help reduce the pain of child birth without drugs.

Technology and medications can reduce and even eliminate the pain associated with childbirth, but some mothers are still opting for a natural, drug free labor.

Researchers uncover new clue in search for cause of SIDS

A new campaign aimed and putting a stop to SIDS is finding some success.

New study finds taking herbal supplements may do more harm than good

Going "natural" may not mean you're making a healthy choice.  A new study finds taking herbal supplements may do more harm than good for patients with common heart conditions, like high blood pressure.

U.S. obesity rates still high, but not growing

Obesity rates in U.S. adults and children have leveled off. That's a sliver of good news, but the problem remains a nationwide epidemic.

Autism risks detailed in children of older mothers

A new study says a woman's chance of having a child with autism increases as she ages. It also says the risk may be less with older dads than previously thought.

New procedure uses magnets to treat depression

Medications caused unbearable side effects, so her general physician recommended she look into transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Fighting father time

More men say they're fighting the signs of aging by using Botox and other cosmetic procedures.

Blood-type dieting may help shed pounds

The theory is laid out in a book by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. He claims your blood type - A, AB, B, or O - is a reflection of your internal chemistry, determined by your genetics.

Kidney swap gives new meaning to Thanksgiving

Two women in need of kidney transplants are matches for the other's husbands.  The couples decide to swap kidneys.

Researchers work on vaccine to cure diabetes

A high definition imaging wall in San Diego is a becoming a teaching tool. Doctors are using it to figure out how type one diabetes uses people's immune systems to destroy critical insulin producing cells.