Flu season begins early in the Grand Strand

  Hundreds of flamingos fill Pee Dee hospital lawn for breast cancer awareness

  Horry County officials warn about at-home rape kits

  First CBD guidelines released by the Arthritis Foundation

  Hundreds sign petition urging Horry County to fix mold issue at Carolina Forest High School

  Doctors fear OBGYN shortage could happen in Horry County

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CDC: Deer with TB can transmit bacteria to humans

  More states, including SC, working to require mental health education in the classroom

  Conway’s state-of-the-art cancer center opens Tuesday for patients

  Grand Strand doctors already seeing early flu cases, predict severe flu season

  Grand Strand on alert as mosquito-borne virus hits parts of country

  State lawmaker looking into potential ban of flavored vaping products

  ‘It will shut down this industry:’ Grand Strand vape shop reacts to flavored e-cigarette ban

Health officials confirm a seventh person has died from a severe lung illness linked to vaping. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now reporting at least 380 confirmed and probable vape-related illnesses, including in South Carolina.

  Grand Strand Medical Center treats patient with vaping-related lung illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising people to stop vaping.

West Nile case confirmed in York County

A case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Rock Hill by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Report: South Carolina ranks 4th in the nation for most gonorrhea cases

A study released this week shows South Carolina is among the nations worse in spreading and contracting one specific sexually transmitted disease.

  How to deal with hurricane anxiety

  New nursing, rehabilitation center coming to Darlington

  Conway Medical Center welcomes inaugural class of Campbell University medical students

Doctors: How much you weigh can change effectiveness of ‘Plan B’ pill

  Horry County Schools staff to undergo indoor air quality training to avoid mold issues

  Conway Medical Center set to open state-of-the-art cancer center

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

  Vets urge caution, awarness after three dogs die in N.C. following algae exposure

Dog owners are being warned about the dangers of toxic blue-green algae after three dogs in North Carolina died within hours of exposure to the harmful algae bloom.

  Horry County Schools toughening punishment for students caught vaping

The rise in vaping among teens is pushing Horry County Schools to toughen its stance.

New Tidelands Health facility at The Market Common now accepting appointments

Appointments are now being accepted at the new Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common.

S.C. among the worst states for healthcare, study says

A study released Monday by personal finance website WalletHub has ranked South Carolina among the worst states in the country for healthcare.

  ‘Hemp is here to stay:’ CBD shops taking precautions following recent S.C. Attorney General’s opinion

While it seems the hemp industry is taking off across the nation, South Carolina now questions the use of certain hemp products.

  New food vendor teaches employees healthier food options for school lunch

Florence School District One food service workers prepared a variety of new school lunch food for administrators and staff on Wednesday at Delmae Heights Elementary.

  Grand Strand resident doctors learn to treat venomous snake bites

A group of first year residency students with Grand Strand Health got to stretch their legs and get out of the classroom Friday.

  South Carolina ranks as one of the top states for opioid distribution

The Washington Post analyzed a DEA database that tracked 76 billion pain pills from manufacturer to pharmacy between 2006 to 2012.

  Beware during heat wave: Playground equipment can cause 2nd, 3rd-degree burns

If you plan on taking the kids to the playground this summer you might want to reconsider what time of day you go.

  Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

EpiPens have been in short supply for over a year now after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first declared a shortage back in May 2018, citing to manufacturing issues.

  GSMC to open multi-million dollar ER facility in Carolina Forest

A new health care facility is in the works in Carolina Forest and officials say when it’s built, it’ll be a vital tool in getting folks treated quicker than before.

  American Red Cross facing blood emergency, asking for donations

The American Red Cross is facing a “blood emergency” and is asking for donations.

  Kratom supporters respond to recent FDA warning

The FDA is cracking down once again on Kratom products, which are herbal opioid-like supplements.

  13-year-old stepsisters celebrate remission after battling the same type of cancer

Olivia Barlow and Natalie Harvey have a few things in common. They are both 13, they are stepsisters, and they both have the same type of bone cancer.

  Tidelands Health using new technique to offer patients relief from chronic pain

With efforts across the country in place to reduce the number of opioids prescribed, physical therapists are using a new technique to help patients with chronic pain.

  CareSouth Carolina opens state of the art facility in McColl

Healthcare is now more accessible in Marlboro County with the opening of the new state-of-the-art CareSouth Carolina Healthcare facility.

  MBFD reminding beachgoers of beach umbrella safety after video goes viral

There's one object on the beach that may seem harmless, but it can cause serious injuries.

  Cleveland Clinic performs first in utero fetal surgery to repair birth defect (video)

Cleveland Clinic doctors performed their first surgery on a baby still in her mother’s womb to repair a spina bifida birth defect.

Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to five S.C. restaurants

Health officials trying to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A in South Carolina are warning customers of five restaurants that they might have been exposed.

North Carolina officials warn of possible measles case

Health officials warn that people who visited a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, last week may have been exposed to measles.

  Experts say the opioid epidemic is putting people at risk for Hepatitis C infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 2.4 million Americans live with Hepatitis C. Studies show there’s a link between the infectious disease and the opioid epidemic. In South Carolina, the number of diagnosed cases has gone up since 2010.

  How the global helium shortage could impact the health industry

The health care industry is taking a hit as a result of the nationwide helium shortage.

Grand Strand’s mini baby boom may be due to Hurricane Florence, local hospital says

A local hospital is gearing up for a mini baby boom this month – nine months after Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas.

  McLeod Health’s 6-year-old ambassador receives big welcome home celebration

A 6-year-old girl with tons of personality and perseverance had a welcome home celebration Wednesday afternoon.

  Kroger to begin selling CBD products in 17 states including Kentucky, Indiana

The Kroger Co. is joining the growing list of retailers selling CBD products.

Mother asks for birthday cards for 2-year-old son with Down syndrome, leukemia at MUSC

The mother of a 2-year-old boy with Down syndrome and battling leukemia hopes to make his third birthday a memorable one.

  Conway Medical Center opens new facility in Socastee

Conway Medical Center celebrated the opening of a new 36,000 square-foot facility in the Socastee area Monday.

  McLeod Regional Medical Center holds ceremony for new emergency department

A “Topping Off” ceremony was held Thursday afternoon for McLeod Regional Medical Center’s new emergency department.

  New study finds teens still commonly prescribed opioids

As the nation continues to battle an opioid epidemic, a recent study finds the rates of opioid prescriptions remain high for adolescents and young adults.

  Pee Dee healthcare center uses virtual reality therapy to treat patients

Behavioral health professionals at HopeHealth are now using virtual reality therapy to treat behavioral and mental disorders like phobias, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.

  Medical professionals stress importance of recognizing heat-related illnesses

Memorial Day weekend kicked off with some record-breaking temperatures along the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, and the heat wave is not over yet.

  Grand Strand parents, guardians learn about signs, symptoms of mental illness

Parents and guardians of middle and high school students in Georgetown County gathered to learn about mental illness.

  Conway Medical Center working to alleviate physician shortage in Horry County with new residency program

Conway Medical Center is making strides toward alleviating the physician shortage in Horry County, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Duke Endowment.

  ‘Natural’ foods are not always what they claim to be

When it comes to our food, terms like “natural,” “farm-fresh” and “organic” are often tossed around. But what does it really mean and are the foods with these labels really healthier for you? Food experts say be aware because it doesn’t always mean what you think.

  Two St. James Elementary students test positive for mold-borne toxins, parents say

The fight against mold at St. James Elementary School continues, even months after testing cleared the school of amplified mold levels.

  Doctors fight their own addictions amid the opioid crisis

As our nation continues to face a growing opioid crisis, many are searching for ways to combat the problem. But addiction can happen to anyone, even health care professionals.

  Limiting screen time: What experts say is the appropriate amount for kids

In today's world, screens are everywhere, from iPads and computers to TVs and gaming consoles.

  Local experts weigh in on new study linking rise in teen suicides to Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’

Experts say a new study showing a strong association between a popular TV show and youth suicide rates should serve as a wake-up call to mainstream media.

  Pampered and polished: Is getting your nails done putting your health in jeopardy?

Nail salons are often the luxury go-to place for many women and some men who want to feel pampered and posh.

DHEC issues temporary swimming advisory for 15th Ave. South in Myrtle Beach

Elevated bacteria levels were detected at the public access point at 15th Avenue South.

  Are sunscreen chemicals safe for the body to absorb?

If you're planning to spend any time in the sun this summer, you might want to pay more attention to a popular summer item on the shelf - sunscreen.

  SC public health officials warn against ‘significant increase’ of hepatitis A cases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis A is “usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.”

Tyson recall expanded to include nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips

Almost 12 million pound of chicken strips have been recalled because they might be contaminated with pieces of metal, according to the USDA.

  ‘It’s very preventable:’ Unsafe sleep practices common in accidental infant suffocation deaths

A recent study published in the journal called Pediatrics shows accidental suffocation is a leading cause of infant deaths within their first year.

  Doctors urge to get vaccinated, but health choice advocates preach education first

The Palmetto State is one of 28 states that does not currently have a measles outbreak.

Fake-smiling at work makes you drink more at home, study reveals

Is the sauce becoming your boss? This study may tell you why.

Study: SC has one of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in the country

According to a recent study, South Carolina ranks among the highest states in the country for sexually transmitted diseases.

  SC Attorney General announces program to help sexual assault victims at risk for AIDS, HIV

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced in a news conference Friday the unveiling of a new program meant to help victims of sexual assault who are at risk for AIDS and HIV.

Hunt’s Tomato Paste recalled over potential presence of mold

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sounding the alarm about a recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans due to the potential presence of mold.

Doctors warn of venomous caterpillars as spring weather arrives

While you’re outdoors, you may need to be on the lookout for some tiny yet dangerous creatures. WTOC spoke to the Chatham County Extension Office as well as doctors on Wednesday about venomous caterpillars in our area.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  Local recovery group hopes fentanyl test strips could help curb overdoses in Horry County

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid often mixed in with street drugs to increase potency.

  Horry County leads state in number of babies born addicted to drugs in 2017

The 15th Circuit Solicitors Office has 60 cases currently pending for child neglect and distribution charges that stem from babies born addicted to drugs, according to solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

  Local nurse hopes new postpartum depression drug sparks further discoveries

Postpartum depression has plagued many women throughout the ages, but physicians may have found a better way to treat the condition.

  Local vet warns of rise in tick-borne diseases, heartworm in pets

With the warmer weather comes the pesky insects, and that means keeping a close eye on your furry friends when it comes to parasite prevention.

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.

  Lethal Libido: FDA warns the public of dangerous over-the-counter male enhancement pills

You see them on convenience store shelves with names like “Rhino” “Black Stallion” and “Libidomax” boasting some big claims, promising male enhancement and better results in the bedroom.