‘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.

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

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

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

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

  Are sunscreen chemicals safe for the body to absorb?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Local nurse hopes new postpartum depression drug sparks further discoveries

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

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

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

Study: Grand Strand ranks among nation’s 20 fattest metro areas

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

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.

  New FDA approved depression treatment tested in South Carolina

The Food and Drug Administration just recently approved a new treatment for severe depression. The evidence federal regulators needed to make that move came from right here in the Palmetto State.

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

A woman representing parents at Carolina Forest High School spoke at the Horry County School Board meeting Monday night and said mold has been a problem at the school since last year.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

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

WMBF News put in a request for work orders at Horry County Schools that contained the words mold, mildew, humidity and air quality.

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

Spring is just around the corner, which means pollen season is in full swing and many of us can feel it in the air already.

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

Horry County Schools received the air quality results from a re-test that was done on a St. James Elementary classroom.

  Experts: Daylight saving time can impact mental health

As we turned our clocks forward an hour over the weekend for daylight saving time, many of us may still be trying to adjust to the new sleep schedule.

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

Several CBD and vape shops along the Grand Strand and throughout the state may have to take some products off their shelves.

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

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

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

Parents of students at St. James Elementary are anxiously waiting for a fifth test for mold spores to be completed this week.

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

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  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

A new indoor air quality report released Tuesday night revealed that mold exists in one classroom at St. James Elementary School.

  TV drug ads will soon include prices

When you watch television, it’s not long before an ad for a prescription drug plays on the screen.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

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

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

$50 million MUSC hospital to replace 2 Pee Dee hospitals

A brand new hospital will be coming to the Pee Dee.

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

New measures have been implemented to prevent pump malfunctions after soil from an empty coal ash pile at the old Grainger site in Conway made its way into the Waccamaw River.

  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.