Health

  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.

  South Carolina sees increase in uninsured children

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

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

How to keep salmonella off your dinner plate this Thanksgiving

New rules could soon come to e-cigarettes

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

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

What the approval of a new flu drug means for you

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

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

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

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

  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

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

HEALTH ALERT: Protecting yourself around flood waters

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

Encompass Health creates grocery store therapy space for patients

CAN Card helping hundreds of families across the country

  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.

Study finds several factors lead to decline in breast cancer

Hormone replacement therapy used to be a popular treatment for women going through menopause, but in 2002, a study revealed the drugs could increase the risk for breast cancer.

Researchers find heart disease in 3,500-year-old mummies

Researchers conduct tests on Ancient Egyptian mummies. Results show evidence of heart disease dating back thousands of years.

Are you washing your hands well enough to kill H1N1 germs?

We all know washing our hands is one of the best ways to prevent the flu, but are you sure you're washing your hands correctly?

Fighting the flu on flights

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a new, "Travel Well," campaign just in time for the holidays. It's designed to help travelers avoid both the seasonal and H1N1 flu.

Johnson & Johnson expands Tylenol recall

Johnson & Johnson is again expanding a recall of Tylenol caplets due to a moldy smell that made some users sick.

Special Report: Downer Dangers

Energy drink consumption among teens is huge and this growing market has given way to a new product niche promising the opposite results - that could prove dangerous.

Recession woes can lead to dental trouble

Believe it or not, your teeth can also be a bigger problem during a recession according to an area dentist.

Older fathers produce children with lower IQ’s

Children of older fathers appear to perform less well in intelligence tests during infancy and childhood, a study by researchers in Australia shows.

Doctors: Acupuncture easing PMS pains

For an estimated 75 percent of women, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can put a real cramp in everyday life.

Wasting money on vitamin supplements?

Recent studies are now suggesting that vitamin supplements may not work at all.

Man gets life back after one-of-a-kind surgery

French doctors have announced that they have performed the world's first simultaneous partial face and double hand transplant surgery.

Veteran has tested positive for HIV after VA mistake

The Veterans Affairs department says a patient has tested positive for HIV after being exposed to contaminated medical equipment.

Minor bumps could lead to bigger problems

A seemingly minor blow to the head doesn't always result in immediate pain, but can still turn out to be a life-threatening brain injury.

How to find a diet that works

Millions of Americans committed to losing weight may want to chew on this. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds the best way to keep those pounds off is to limit the amount of calories, regardless of the type of diet plan you choose.

Programs help control weight at early age

It's no mystery that childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., but when it comes down to toddlers and pre-schoolers, it's all just baby fat, right?

UCF to offer free medical school

The University of Central Florida is offering a free four-year ride for all incoming freshman students that get accepted into the medical program.

Ambulance stethoscopes could pose health risks

A new study shows patients may be getting exposure to drug resistant bacteria due to ambulance stethoscopes not being cleaned as often as they should be.

Americans are not getting enough sleep

The annual "Sleep in America" poll estimates that the hours of sleep Americans receive has decreased over the last decade.

Caffeine: Are you addicted?

Hand's down, a large number of Americans love caffeine.

Are you flushing away your vitamins?

If you take some multivitamins or diet pills on an empty stomach then you might as well be flushing them down the toilet.

Preventative mastectomies

Researchers have found women are more likely to get preventative mastectomy surgery if they test positive for having breast cancer genes.

Facebook may be bad for the brain

A British researcher now suggests major social networking sites such as Facebook can actually be bad for your brain.

Constant compression is key to successful CPR

Pausing during compressions performed while giving a victim CPR can decrease the likelihood of restarting pulmonary activity.

Vaginal gel used to stop AIDS transmission in animal studies

The FDA has approved a new vaginal gel containing GML, or glycerol monolaurate, that has proven to stop the sexual transmission of AIDS in animal studies.

Could change be on the horizon for health care?

President Obama says he wants to set aside $6 billion in his budget in hopes of improving American healthcare.