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  • BBQ festival in Myrtle Beach raises money for Shriners Hospital

    BBQ festival in Myrtle Beach raises money for Shriners Hospital

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:56 AM EDT2014-09-01 09:56:45 GMT
    Hundreds of BBQ lovers got one last taste of summer in Myrtle Beach on Saturday at the 9th annual "Beach, Boogie and BBQ" festival at the Market Common.More than 40 groups compete to prove they have the best in the state. The weekend includes live music, drinks and even a corn hole tournament.But for one group, this annual event is about more than just the food, it's about giving back to people in our community.The Gr...
    Hundreds of BBQ lovers got one last taste of summer in Myrtle Beach on Saturday at the 9th annual "Beach, Boogie and BBQ" festival at the Market Common.More than 40 groups compete to prove they have the best in the state. The weekend includes live music, drinks and even a corn hole tournament.But for one group, this annual event is about more than just the food, it's about giving back to people in our community.The Gr...
  • Electrical currents can improve memory

    Electrical currents can improve memory

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:05:51 GMT
    Delivering an electrical current to the brain can improve memory, according to a study at Northwestern University. Researchers found electrical stimulation encourages regions of the brain associated with memory to work well together. Scientists hope their discovery will lead to better treatments for Alzheimer's, stroke and traumatic brain injury patients. SOURCE - Northwestern University/MedDay/CBSEbolaThe National Institutes of Health will begin testing an Ebola vaccine on people next week. ...
    Delivering an electrical current to the brain can improve memory, according to a study at Northwestern University. Researchers found electrical stimulation encourages regions of the brain associated with memory to work well together. Scientists hope their discovery will lead to better treatments for Alzheimer's, stroke and traumatic brain injury patients. SOURCE - Northwestern University/MedDay/CBSEbolaThe National Institutes of Health will begin testing an Ebola vaccine on people next week. ...
  • British scientists have come up with a way to more accurately identify breast cancer

    British scientists have come up with a way to more accurately identify breast cancer

    Thursday, August 28 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-28 18:31:28 GMT
    British researchers are proposing a new classification system for breast cancers, breaking the disease down into ten different categories. They looked at more than 85-hundred tumor samples to come up with the classifications. They say it could lead to more effective and better targeted treatments. SOURCE - Genome Biology/MedDay/CBSMSResearchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts say an experimental drug to treat multiple sclerosis is showing promise in clinical trials. The drug, called "anti-LINGO-1...
    British researchers are proposing a new classification system for breast cancers, breaking the disease down into ten different categories. They looked at more than 85-hundred tumor samples to come up with the classifications. They say it could lead to more effective and better targeted treatments. SOURCE - Genome Biology/MedDay/CBSMSResearchers in Cambridge, Massachusetts say an experimental drug to treat multiple sclerosis is showing promise in clinical trials. The drug, called "anti-LINGO-1...
  • McLeod Loris Seacoast nursing team receives national 5-Star Award

    McLeod Loris Seacoast nursing team receives national 5-Star Award

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:15:37 GMT
    Nursing Award Seacoast - pictured l to r: Leslie McLamb, Joni Burelson, Paula Thompson, Director of Nursing, Courtney Gold, Amanda Mills, Associate Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Jeri Stalvey, Penny Eckert, Brandi Lanier, and JessicaNursing Award Seacoast - pictured l to r: Leslie McLamb, Joni Burelson, Paula Thompson, Director of Nursing, Courtney Gold, Amanda Mills, Associate Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Jeri Stalvey, Penny Eckert, Brandi Lanier, and Jessica
    The McLeod Loris Seacoast Nursing Staff have earned the highest honor of receiving the 2014 PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award through the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey. The PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award celebrates organizations and individuals that have achieved excellence throughout the prior year. Award winners represent the best of the best ...
    The McLeod Loris Seacoast Nursing Staff have earned the highest honor of receiving the 2014 PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award through the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey. The PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award celebrates organizations and individuals that have achieved excellence throughout the prior year. Award winners represent the best of the best ...
  • Losing weight may help prevent Alzheimer's

    Losing weight may help prevent Alzheimer's

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:50:42 GMT
    Up to one in five teenagers suffer through major depression. Researchers say the best treatment may be a collaboration between the patient, the parents and a care manager. The group meets with a primary care doctor, rather than a psychiatrist, to discuss symptoms and treatments. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that after a year, those teenagers had a 50-percent improvement in their symptoms. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSObesity Obesity can lead to abnormal changes ...
    Up to one in five teenagers suffer through major depression. Researchers say the best treatment may be a collaboration between the patient, the parents and a care manager. The group meets with a primary care doctor, rather than a psychiatrist, to discuss symptoms and treatments. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that after a year, those teenagers had a 50-percent improvement in their symptoms. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSObesity Obesity can lead to abnormal changes ...
  • New study identifies a common sleep disorder

    New study identifies a common sleep disorder

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:24:37 GMT
    Aspirin may be an effective tool for preventing blood clots in the veins. A study in the Journal "Circulation" shows that 100 milligrams of aspirin a day reduced the risk of recurring blood clots by up to 42 percent. Researchers say anticoagulant drugs are more effective, but that aspirin may be a good alternative for patients who can't take those long-term medications. SOURCE - Circulation/MedDay/CBSSleep drunkennnesAbout one out of seven people may have a disorder called sleep drunkenness. ...
    Aspirin may be an effective tool for preventing blood clots in the veins. A study in the Journal "Circulation" shows that 100 milligrams of aspirin a day reduced the risk of recurring blood clots by up to 42 percent. Researchers say anticoagulant drugs are more effective, but that aspirin may be a good alternative for patients who can't take those long-term medications. SOURCE - Circulation/MedDay/CBSSleep drunkennnesAbout one out of seven people may have a disorder called sleep drunkenness. ...
  • Arthritis Expo, physician panel set for Sept. 16 in Murrells Inlet

    Arthritis Expo, physician panel set for Sept. 16 in Murrells Inlet

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:18:20 GMT
    The 2014 South Carolina Arthritis Health Expo will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Waccamaw Community Hospital.More than 25 local vendors will be on hand to provide information about health services at the event, which runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the mall area of the hospital.From 12:15-2 p.m., a physician panel on osteoarthritis is planned for Wachesaw Conference Center on Riverwood Drive across from the hospital. Participants include Dr. Daniel Single, an orthopedist with Waccamaw Ortho...
    The 2014 South Carolina Arthritis Health Expo will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Waccamaw Community Hospital.More than 25 local vendors will be on hand to provide information about health services at the event, which runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the mall area of the hospital.From 12:15-2 p.m., a physician panel on osteoarthritis is planned for Wachesaw Conference Center on Riverwood Drive across from the hospital. Participants include Dr. Daniel Single, an orthopedist with Waccamaw Ortho...
  • Volunteers needed to spend time with Hospice patients

    Volunteers needed to spend time with Hospice patients

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:47:44 GMT
    Beacon Hospice is asking for volunteers to spend time with Hospice patients at the various facilities in the area and possibly in their homes. Volunteers are required to go through a background check as we as an orientation but there's no minimum hours necessary once you are cleared. If you think you might be able to give some time, call Harry Burgess, the volunteer coordinator, at 843-357-9773.
    Beacon Hospice is asking for volunteers to spend time with Hospice patients at the various facilities in the area and possibly in their homes. Volunteers are required to go through a background check as we as an orientation but there's no minimum hours necessary once you are cleared. If you think you might be able to give some time, call Harry Burgess, the volunteer coordinator, at 843-357-9773.
  • Southeastern Health happenings

    Southeastern Health happenings

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:04:33 GMT
    Free seminar on procedure for osteoarthritis of the knee in Myrtle BeachLearn about treatment of early to mid-stage osteoarthritis through a minimally-invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure during a free seminar hosted by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Riyaz Jinnah of Southeastern Orthopedics on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Using robotic arm technology, MAKOplasty® can provide quicker rehabilitation and more natural knee mot...
    Free seminar on procedure for osteoarthritis of the knee in Myrtle BeachLearn about treatment of early to mid-stage osteoarthritis through a minimally-invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure during a free seminar hosted by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Riyaz Jinnah of Southeastern Orthopedics on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Using robotic arm technology, MAKOplasty® can provide quicker rehabilitation and more natural knee mot...
  • Conway southern-style restaurant hosts Mac an' Cheese bake off

    Conway southern-style restaurant hosts Mac an' Cheese bake off

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:09:35 GMT
    Crady's Eclectic Cuisine offers southern style breakfast and lunch, and baked goods, like Blueberry Scones.Crady's Eclectic Cuisine offers southern style breakfast and lunch, and baked goods, like Blueberry Scones.
    Crady's Eclectic Cuisine in Downtown Conway will host a competition to comfort a soul food lover's taste buds. Theinaugural Mac n' Cheese Bake off will benefit the Horry-Georgetown Technical College's culinary arts program. The event is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Downtown Park on the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Conway.Organizers note the contest is inmemory of Adam Lee Whitley.Entry fees are as follows: Corporate team- $50, Restaurant - $50,...
    Crady's Eclectic Cuisine in Downtown Conway will host a competition to comfort a soul food lover's taste buds. Theinaugural Mac n' Cheese Bake off will benefit the Horry-Georgetown Technical College's culinary arts program. The event is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Downtown Park on the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Conway.Organizers note the contest is inmemory of Adam Lee Whitley.Entry fees are as follows: Corporate team- $50, Restaurant - $50,...
  • Health agency wants E-cigs regulated

    Health agency wants E-cigs regulated

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-08-26 11:39:22 GMT
    The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.In a report Tuesday, the Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes is incr...
    The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.In a report Tuesday, the Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes is incr...
  • Unique center provides healthy transition for adults with autism

    Unique center provides healthy transition for adults with autism

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:08:36 GMT
    Braden Gertz is a 24-year-old bachelor and an early childhood education specialist at the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He develops lesson plans, provides tutoring and teaches children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental and intellectual disabilities how to speak and interact with others. He has his own apartment, does his own laundry and grocery shopping, and is a swimming instructor at a local recreational facility on c...
    Braden Gertz is a 24-year-old bachelor and an early childhood education specialist at the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He develops lesson plans, provides tutoring and teaches children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental and intellectual disabilities how to speak and interact with others. He has his own apartment, does his own laundry and grocery shopping, and is a swimming instructor at a local recreational facility on c...
  • Conway Medical Center weight loss surgery program receives accreditation for adolescents

    Conway Medical Center weight loss surgery program receives accreditation for adolescents

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:00:21 GMT
    Conway Medical Center's Weight Loss Surgery Program has become nationally recognized as an Accredited Center and Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a division of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).CMC's Weight Loss Surgery Program became an accredited center in March of 2013, but recently became only one of two centers in the state of South Carolina to have adolescent qualifica...
    Conway Medical Center's Weight Loss Surgery Program has become nationally recognized as an Accredited Center and Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a division of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).CMC's Weight Loss Surgery Program became an accredited center in March of 2013, but recently became only one of two centers in the state of South Carolina to have adolescent qualifica...
  • Regional anesthesia for pediatric knee surgery reduces pain

    Regional anesthesia for pediatric knee surgery reduces pain

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:13:36 GMT
    As many as 98 percent of all pediatric knee surgeries performed at Nationwide Children's Hospital are done in an outpatient setting, thanks to an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique that reduces postoperative pain and speeds recovery. A new study of the method, called femoral nerve block, suggests that it reduces the need for opioids, leads to fewer in-patient days for those who do require hospitalization and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. "It'...
    As many as 98 percent of all pediatric knee surgeries performed at Nationwide Children's Hospital are done in an outpatient setting, thanks to an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique that reduces postoperative pain and speeds recovery. A new study of the method, called femoral nerve block, suggests that it reduces the need for opioids, leads to fewer in-patient days for those who do require hospitalization and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. "It'...
  • American Heart Association has issued new e-cigarette recommendations

    American Heart Association has issued new e-cigarette recommendations

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:43:48 GMT
    The American Heart Association is calling for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to young people. The Association says that since electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, they should be subject to all laws that apply to cigarettes and cigars. Recent studies show e-cigarettes can lead the way to using regular cigarettes for young users. SOURCE - American Heart Association/MedDay/CBSBrain cancer in childrenNew research suggests anti-depressants could one day help treat b...
    The American Heart Association is calling for tougher restrictions on sales and marketing of e-cigarettes to young people. The Association says that since electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, they should be subject to all laws that apply to cigarettes and cigars. Recent studies show e-cigarettes can lead the way to using regular cigarettes for young users. SOURCE - American Heart Association/MedDay/CBSBrain cancer in childrenNew research suggests anti-depressants could one day help treat b...
  • New study shows how smokers react to reduced nicotine

    New study shows how smokers react to reduced nicotine

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:46:07 GMT
    Vision loss can be a serious health threat for the elderly. Researchers at Purdue University found that when older adults lose eyesight they have trouble with basic daily functions, like using the telephone, shopping, and doing housework. The study says when seniors can't perform those critical activities, they are at a higher risk for death. SOURCE - JAMA Ophthalmol/MedDay/CBSLarynx cancerCancer of the larynx strikes as many as 13,000 people each year. A new study finds that for treating adv...
    Vision loss can be a serious health threat for the elderly. Researchers at Purdue University found that when older adults lose eyesight they have trouble with basic daily functions, like using the telephone, shopping, and doing housework. The study says when seniors can't perform those critical activities, they are at a higher risk for death. SOURCE - JAMA Ophthalmol/MedDay/CBSLarynx cancerCancer of the larynx strikes as many as 13,000 people each year. A new study finds that for treating adv...
  • Foundation Ball at McLeod Loris Seacoast

    Foundation Ball at McLeod Loris Seacoast

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:03:37 GMT
    The 6th Annual McLeod Health Foundation Ball, supporting McLeod Loris Seacoast, was host to 300 attendees, with contributions exceeding over $100,000. The event was held August 16 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Guests enjoyed the feeling of being “Under the Sea” by walking underneath magical jellyfish and starfish where they gathered to raise funds that will benefit Emergency Services at McLeod Loris Seacoast.“The...
    The 6th Annual McLeod Health Foundation Ball, supporting McLeod Loris Seacoast, was host to 300 attendees, with contributions exceeding over $100,000. The event was held August 16 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Guests enjoyed the feeling of being “Under the Sea” by walking underneath magical jellyfish and starfish where they gathered to raise funds that will benefit Emergency Services at McLeod Loris Seacoast.“The...
  • MidAtlantic Vascular will offer free PAD screenings

    MidAtlantic Vascular will offer free PAD screenings

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:43:35 GMT
    In support of early detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and to help raise awareness about the diseases in our community. MidAtlantic Vascular is planning free screenings Friday, September 12 from 8am-5pm and Saturday, September 13 from 7am-1pm.To participate you must be 50 or older and have one of the following risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, personal or family history of heart attack or stroke, diabetes, or high cholesterol.To schedule your free screening call (843) 79...
    In support of early detection of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and to help raise awareness about the diseases in our community. MidAtlantic Vascular is planning free screenings Friday, September 12 from 8am-5pm and Saturday, September 13 from 7am-1pm.To participate you must be 50 or older and have one of the following risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, personal or family history of heart attack or stroke, diabetes, or high cholesterol.To schedule your free screening call (843) 79...
  • GHS earns top award for being a fit-friendly worksite

    GHS earns top award for being a fit-friendly worksite

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:32:13 GMT
    For the fourth consecutive year, Georgetown Hospital System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employee partners eat better and move more. “Being recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite is quite an honor,” said Jan Harper, the health system's vice president and chief human relations officer. “We want to create the best workplace envi...
    For the fourth consecutive year, Georgetown Hospital System has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employee partners eat better and move more. “Being recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite is quite an honor,” said Jan Harper, the health system's vice president and chief human relations officer. “We want to create the best workplace envi...
  • More effective way to treat depression

    More effective way to treat depression

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:53:57 GMT
    There is growing evidence that obesity raises the risk of dementia. Now a study in the British Medical Journal finds that when a person is overweight is key. Researchers studied the records of thousands of obese hospital patients. For people in their thirties the risk of developing dementia was more than three times higher than for people of normal weight. The risk was lower for patients who became obese at a later age. SOURCE - British Medical Journal/MedDay/CBSDepressionAmajor clinical tria...
    There is growing evidence that obesity raises the risk of dementia. Now a study in the British Medical Journal finds that when a person is overweight is key. Researchers studied the records of thousands of obese hospital patients. For people in their thirties the risk of developing dementia was more than three times higher than for people of normal weight. The risk was lower for patients who became obese at a later age. SOURCE - British Medical Journal/MedDay/CBSDepressionAmajor clinical tria...
  • Good Question: Does peanut butter stick to your ribs?

    Good Question: Does peanut butter stick to your ribs?

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:38:39 GMT
    Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WBTW) - Question: Does peanut butter really stick to your ribs?
    Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WBTW) - Question: Does peanut butter really stick to your ribs?
  • Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Beer recall because of possible glass particles in bottle

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:23:38 GMT
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
    Constellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. The voluntary recall covers 12-ounce clear bottles in select six-pack, 12-pack and 18-pack packages containing bottles with the production codes listed below. This recall comes after routine inspections in the company's quality control laboratory detected defects in certain bottles that could ...
  • New device to treat cluster headaches

    New device to treat cluster headaches

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:19:21 GMT
    For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center performed the first surgery in the United States to insert a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches, which are more painful than migraines."Cluster headache is one of the most severe and disabling chronic pain conditions known to hu...
    For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center performed the first surgery in the United States to insert a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches, which are more painful than migraines."Cluster headache is one of the most severe and disabling chronic pain conditions known to hu...
  • How good neighbors may help cut your risk of having a heart attack

    How good neighbors may help cut your risk of having a heart attack

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:11:54 GMT
    A new study shows older patients are still getting invasive cancer screenings.. even though there is little benefit. Researchers at UNC at Chapel Hill looked at about 27-thousand seniors and found many with average risk and limited lifespan were undergoing invasive cancer screenings such as colonoscopies, and many were likely to face complications from the testing. Guidelines recommend against routine colonoscopies for the average patient 75 and older. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSUrology surgeryH...
    A new study shows older patients are still getting invasive cancer screenings.. even though there is little benefit. Researchers at UNC at Chapel Hill looked at about 27-thousand seniors and found many with average risk and limited lifespan were undergoing invasive cancer screenings such as colonoscopies, and many were likely to face complications from the testing. Guidelines recommend against routine colonoscopies for the average patient 75 and older. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSUrology surgeryH...
  • New research on why the elderly have trouble sleeping

    New research on why the elderly have trouble sleeping

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:06:46 GMT
    Patients are not allowed to smoke in hospitals and a new program may help them quit for good. Researchers at Massachusetts general hospital tested an intervention system on patients after discharge. It includes automated phone calls to provide support...and three months of free anti-smoking medication. a study in the journal of the American Medical Association says the program increased the success rate for quitting by more than 70-percent.SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSCommutersA new study says com...
    Patients are not allowed to smoke in hospitals and a new program may help them quit for good. Researchers at Massachusetts general hospital tested an intervention system on patients after discharge. It includes automated phone calls to provide support...and three months of free anti-smoking medication. a study in the journal of the American Medical Association says the program increased the success rate for quitting by more than 70-percent.SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSCommutersA new study says com...
  • Peanut butter, almond butter products recalled

    Peanut butter, almond butter products recalled

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:33:55 GMT
    nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infecte...
    nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infecte...
  • Over 800 sign petition to make Conway smoke-free indoors

    Over 800 sign petition to make Conway smoke-free indoors

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:49:00 GMT
    On Monday, the wellness council for South Carolina approached the City of Conway to draft an ordinance to make the city smoke-free indoors.Dr. Daniel Falk and his wife Kristi discussed their "Breath Clean Conway" campaign on Tuesday.
    On Monday, the wellness council for South Carolina approached the City of Conway to draft an ordinance to make the city smoke-free indoors.Dr. Daniel Falk and his wife Kristi discussed their "Breath Clean Conway" campaign on Tuesday.
  • The corner office may offer more than just status, it could be good for your health

    The corner office may offer more than just status, it could be good for your health

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:45:14 GMT
    In the workplace, the "corner office with a view" has always been the coveted office to have, but according to a new study, it turns out that corner office might provide more for you than just the status you might gain with your coworkers.A new study found that it is the view outside that fancy corner office that is important to your health. It's all about letting the sun shine in. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine says sunshine in the workplace is essential to go...
    In the workplace, the "corner office with a view" has always been the coveted office to have, but according to a new study, it turns out that corner office might provide more for you than just the status you might gain with your coworkers.A new study found that it is the view outside that fancy corner office that is important to your health. It's all about letting the sun shine in. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine says sunshine in the workplace is essential to go...
  • Southern fried diet could cause kidney damage

    Southern fried diet could cause kidney damage

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:01:20 GMT
    Too much fried food could lead to kidney disease, a new study suggests. A southern diet is often rich in fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals. A recent study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases states a "Southern-style" diet is associated with a 50 percent greater risk of death during a 6-year period for people with kidney disease. The problem is the inability to filter out the harmful fats, sugars and minerals.On the flip side, a diet high in fruits and vegetables c...
    Too much fried food could lead to kidney disease, a new study suggests. A southern diet is often rich in fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals. A recent study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases states a "Southern-style" diet is associated with a 50 percent greater risk of death during a 6-year period for people with kidney disease. The problem is the inability to filter out the harmful fats, sugars and minerals.On the flip side, a diet high in fruits and vegetables c...
  • Robin Williams had Parkinson's, his wife now reveals

    Robin Williams had Parkinson's, his wife now reveals

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:44:58 GMT
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    Just days after comedy legend Robin Williams was found dead in his California home, his wife says that the actor was suffering from Parkinson's disease.Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, also said that Robin Williams was not on drugs or alcohol in the time leading up to his apparent suicide.
    Just days after comedy legend Robin Williams was found dead in his California home, his wife says that the actor was suffering from Parkinson's disease.Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, also said that Robin Williams was not on drugs or alcohol in the time leading up to his apparent suicide.
  • Man with ALS thankful for those taking the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    Man with ALS thankful for those taking the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-08-14 01:49:36 GMT
    A big movement across social media platforms has prompted big donations for ALS research. The ice bucket challengeis helpingthose with Lou Gehrig's Disease.Thousands of people are pouring ice water on themselves and challenging others to do the same.  ...
    A big movement across social media platforms has prompted big donations for ALS research. The ice bucket challengeis helpingthose with Lou Gehrig's Disease.Thousands of people are pouring ice water on themselves and challenging others to do the same.  ...
  • Bullied about weight, pre-teen girl who collapsed from malnutrition warns about diet apps

    Bullied about weight, pre-teen girl who collapsed from malnutrition warns about diet apps

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-08-12 17:41:41 GMT
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    A middle school student learned the hard way that not all information on the Internet can be trusted, and now she’s hoping to warn others who might be at risk. Marinda Mood, 12, is happy, healthy, active and smart, but just like most middle-schoolers, she’s been bullied.
    A middle school student learned the hard way that not all information on the Internet can be trusted, and now she’s hoping to warn others who might be at risk. Marinda Mood, 12, is happy, healthy, active and smart, but just like most middle-schoolers, she’s been bullied.
  • Latest on survival rates on pancreatic cancer

    Latest on survival rates on pancreatic cancer

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:54:43 GMT
    Long-term survival rates for pancreatic cancer have barely moved in forty years. According to cancer researchers in Britain, just three percent of today's pancreatic patients survive for at least 5 years, that's only slightly better than the 2 percent survival rate in the 70's. Most pancreatic cancer is detected too late for successful treatment. SOURCE - Cancer Research UK/MedDay/CBSExercise and depressionPhysical fitness can help battle depression in adolescents, especially girls. Researche...
    Long-term survival rates for pancreatic cancer have barely moved in forty years. According to cancer researchers in Britain, just three percent of today's pancreatic patients survive for at least 5 years, that's only slightly better than the 2 percent survival rate in the 70's. Most pancreatic cancer is detected too late for successful treatment. SOURCE - Cancer Research UK/MedDay/CBSExercise and depressionPhysical fitness can help battle depression in adolescents, especially girls. Researche...
  • Myrtle Beach go-kart park honors family history and locals

    Myrtle Beach go-kart park honors family history and locals

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:42 AM EDT2014-08-08 14:42:59 GMT
    Broadway Grand Prix introduces Hall of Fame 8/9.Broadway Grand Prix introduces Hall of Fame 8/9.
    Broadway Grand Prix recently opened on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach. The Lazarus family runs the park, nearly 40 years after opening its first part in 1976.
    Broadway Grand Prix recently opened on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach. The Lazarus family runs the park, nearly 40 years after opening its first part in 1976.
  • GHS Foundation "In the Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Oct. 4

    GHS Foundation "In the Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Oct. 4

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:24:41 GMT
    Make the morning of Oct. 4 a time of remembrance and celebration at Georgetown Hospital System Foundation's Annual "In the Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.Events get underway at 8:30 at the Imaging Center at Waccamaw Medical Park, with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 11 a.m.Early registration is encouraged and will continue through Sept. 3. The form can be downloaded by going to www.georgetownhospit...
    Make the morning of Oct. 4 a time of remembrance and celebration at Georgetown Hospital System Foundation's Annual "In the Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.Events get underway at 8:30 at the Imaging Center at Waccamaw Medical Park, with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 11 a.m.Early registration is encouraged and will continue through Sept. 3. The form can be downloaded by going to www.georgetownhospit...
  • 2 GHS employees earn national certification as cardiovascular care coordinators

    2 GHS employees earn national certification as cardiovascular care coordinators

    Thursday, August 7 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-08-07 20:28:15 GMT
    Julie Pope and Sheila Locklair of Georgetown Hospital System have earned national certification as cardiovascular care coordinators.Pope, the health system's director of cardiovascular services, and Locklair, director of the critical care unit at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, completed the required coursework and a rigorous exam to earn the national certification. The certification recognizes excellence in team building, project management, strategic data utilization, first contact provider e...
    Julie Pope and Sheila Locklair of Georgetown Hospital System have earned national certification as cardiovascular care coordinators.Pope, the health system's director of cardiovascular services, and Locklair, director of the critical care unit at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, completed the required coursework and a rigorous exam to earn the national certification. The certification recognizes excellence in team building, project management, strategic data utilization, first contact provider e...
  • New information about a gene that could determine an increased risk of breast cancer

    New information about a gene that could determine an increased risk of breast cancer

    Thursday, August 7 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-08-07 19:02:33 GMT
    Researchers say women who have mutations in the "PALB2" gene have a 1 in 3 chance of developing breast cancer.The gene is most associated with breast cancer, after the BRCA genes. British scientists looked at several hundred women with the rare gene mutations.They say if a woman carries the mutation- she should undergo additional breast cancer screening. SOURCE - New England Journal of Medicine/MedDay/CBSStress during pregnancyCanadian researchers say stress during pregnancy could affect preg...
    Researchers say women who have mutations in the "PALB2" gene have a 1 in 3 chance of developing breast cancer.The gene is most associated with breast cancer, after the BRCA genes. British scientists looked at several hundred women with the rare gene mutations.They say if a woman carries the mutation- she should undergo additional breast cancer screening. SOURCE - New England Journal of Medicine/MedDay/CBSStress during pregnancyCanadian researchers say stress during pregnancy could affect preg...
  • Child passenger safety information class and seat check in Conway

    Child passenger safety information class and seat check in Conway

    Thursday, August 7 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-07 18:24:39 GMT
    On August 12, Horry County Fire Rescue will partner with Pee Dee/Coastal Safe Kids and participate at Miller-Motte Technical College's Community Health Fair (health fair hours 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.) with the following programs:11 a.m. - noon -- Child Passenger Safety Class (inside the school)Noon - 2 p.m. -- Child Safety Seat Checks located to the left of the school The class is intended to inform the public about the importance of using the correct safety seat for infants and children. Th...
    On August 12, Horry County Fire Rescue will partner with Pee Dee/Coastal Safe Kids and participate at Miller-Motte Technical College's Community Health Fair (health fair hours 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.) with the following programs:11 a.m. - noon -- Child Passenger Safety Class (inside the school)Noon - 2 p.m. -- Child Safety Seat Checks located to the left of the school The class is intended to inform the public about the importance of using the correct safety seat for infants and children. Th...
  • Free health screening for Hispanic children, August 9

    Free health screening for Hispanic children, August 9

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-06 21:25:11 GMT
    A Hispanic Children's Health Fair will take place Saturday, August 9th at Walmart Super Center inside the Irby Street location, from 2pm-6pm. The health fair will focus on health care issues affecting Hispanic children within Florence County, with an emphasis on asthma awareness. Health care professionals, along with Spanish interpreters, will provide free health screening, answer questions and help educate children and their families. Asthma is the number one reason for hospitalizations amon...
    A Hispanic Children's Health Fair will take place Saturday, August 9th at Walmart Super Center inside the Irby Street location, from 2pm-6pm. The health fair will focus on health care issues affecting Hispanic children within Florence County, with an emphasis on asthma awareness. Health care professionals, along with Spanish interpreters, will provide free health screening, answer questions and help educate children and their families. Asthma is the number one reason for hospitalizations amon...
  • Bethea Baptist to host Neuropathy Workshop

    Bethea Baptist to host Neuropathy Workshop

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-08-06 20:42:42 GMT
    Bethea Baptist Retirement Community in Darlington will host a Neuropathy Workshop. It'ssponsored by Advantage Health Wellness Center. The workshop isWednesday August 20, from10:30am-11:30am atBethea Baptist Chapel.Topics include: Relief Phase, Stabilization Phase, Strengthening Phase. It's free andopen to the Public. Call 843-395-4402 to pre-register or for more details.Bethea Baptist Chapel is located at 157 Home AvenueinDarlington.
    Bethea Baptist Retirement Community in Darlington will host a Neuropathy Workshop. It'ssponsored by Advantage Health Wellness Center. The workshop isWednesday August 20, from10:30am-11:30am atBethea Baptist Chapel.Topics include: Relief Phase, Stabilization Phase, Strengthening Phase. It's free andopen to the Public. Call 843-395-4402 to pre-register or for more details.Bethea Baptist Chapel is located at 157 Home AvenueinDarlington.
  • Can aspirin prevent certain cancers?

    Can aspirin prevent certain cancers?

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-06 15:38:22 GMT
    New research from London shows taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing and dying from digestive cancers. Those include bowel, stomach and esophageal cancer. Long-term aspirin usage can increase the risk of stomach bleeding, so researchers say more study is needed. SOURCE - Queen Mary University of London/MedDay/CBSCancer and smokingMany patients with cancer still smoke. A new report shows nearly 10 percent of cancer survivors in the US are current smokers. Researchers a...
    New research from London shows taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing and dying from digestive cancers. Those include bowel, stomach and esophageal cancer. Long-term aspirin usage can increase the risk of stomach bleeding, so researchers say more study is needed. SOURCE - Queen Mary University of London/MedDay/CBSCancer and smokingMany patients with cancer still smoke. A new report shows nearly 10 percent of cancer survivors in the US are current smokers. Researchers a...
  • McLeod Loris Seacoast honors Dr. James Craigie for 52 years of service

    McLeod Loris Seacoast honors Dr. James Craigie for 52 years of service

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-08-06 15:18:47 GMT
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    Dr. James Craigie was recognized at McLeod Loris Seacoast on Tuesday evening, August 5, with a ceremony and reception to unveil his portrait to commemorate his 52 years of service and dedication in bringing quality healthcare to citizens of the Loris, North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Ronald Fowler, trustee of the McLeod Health Board stated, “He who observes the wind will not sow and he who regards the clo...
    Dr. James Craigie was recognized at McLeod Loris Seacoast on Tuesday evening, August 5, with a ceremony and reception to unveil his portrait to commemorate his 52 years of service and dedication in bringing quality healthcare to citizens of the Loris, North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. Ronald Fowler, trustee of the McLeod Health Board stated, “He who observes the wind will not sow and he who regards the clo...
  • Marijuana smokers wanted for study in SC's Upstate

    Marijuana smokers wanted for study in SC's Upstate

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-06 02:25:07 GMT
    By Tracey Early (WSPA)It's the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. And now Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County wants to help marijuana smokers quit."I think it's great because it's helped me in a lot of ways through my treatment," said Tammy Key, who uses the clinic for other reasons.Research Director Elizabeth Chapman says the treatment they're testing could become the first FDA approved medication for marijuana addiction. And they're looking for volunteers who want to quit ...
    By Tracey Early (WSPA)It's the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. And now Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County wants to help marijuana smokers quit."I think it's great because it's helped me in a lot of ways through my treatment," said Tammy Key, who uses the clinic for other reasons.Research Director Elizabeth Chapman says the treatment they're testing could become the first FDA approved medication for marijuana addiction. And they're looking for volunteers who want to quit ...
  • Health experts predict a rapid decline in a disease that currently kills about 15,000 Americans annually

    Health experts predict a rapid decline in a disease that currently kills about 15,000 Americans annually

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-05 15:14:43 GMT
    Researchers predict hepatitis C will soon become a rare disease. Approximately one in every 100 people in the United States currently has the chronic illness, which affects the liver. But based on new screening guidelines and highly effective drug treatments, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh predict the viral infection could become rare by the year 2036. SOURCE - Annals of Internal Medicine/MedDay/CBSMammogramsA new study adds to the debate about mammograms for women 75 and older. ...
    Researchers predict hepatitis C will soon become a rare disease. Approximately one in every 100 people in the United States currently has the chronic illness, which affects the liver. But based on new screening guidelines and highly effective drug treatments, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh predict the viral infection could become rare by the year 2036. SOURCE - Annals of Internal Medicine/MedDay/CBSMammogramsA new study adds to the debate about mammograms for women 75 and older. ...
  • Mom of 5 who wore bikini fires back at bullies who mocked her stretch marks

    Mom of 5 who wore bikini fires back at bullies who mocked her stretch marks

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:47:19 GMT
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    A mother of five who was mocked for her stretch marks while sunbathing at the beach has written an open letter to the trio who bullied her. That letter has now gone viral with more than 1 million likes on Facebook.
    A mother of five who was mocked for her stretch marks while sunbathing at the beach has written an open letter to the trio who bullied her. That letter has now gone viral with more than 1 million likes on Facebook.
  • House calls making a comeback, thanks to technology

    House calls making a comeback, thanks to technology

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:37:40 GMT
    What's old is new again, thanks to some new smartphone apps.House calls are making a comeback. In the 1930's house calls accounted for 40% of medical visits but that dropped to just 1% by the 1980's. Medicast and pager are just two of the reach-a-doc apps out there and provide similar services. You can sign up with the service and get a doctor to come to your home if you or a loved one is feeling ill.Other apps such as doctor on demand and ringadoc allow patients to speak to a doctor over the...
    What's old is new again, thanks to some new smartphone apps.House calls are making a comeback. In the 1930's house calls accounted for 40% of medical visits but that dropped to just 1% by the 1980's. Medicast and pager are just two of the reach-a-doc apps out there and provide similar services. You can sign up with the service and get a doctor to come to your home if you or a loved one is feeling ill.Other apps such as doctor on demand and ringadoc allow patients to speak to a doctor over the...
  • GHS offering free smoking cessation classes in September

    GHS offering free smoking cessation classes in September

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:50:52 GMT
    Georgetown Hospital System is offering a free smoking cessation program in September at Wachesaw Conference Center in Murrells Inlet. The American Cancer Society’s “Freshstart” program gets underway 6-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and continues Sept. 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24. The program’s methods and activities contain the most effective elements for success in fighting addiction to nicotineThe classes are sponsored by the hospital sy...
    Georgetown Hospital System is offering a free smoking cessation program in September at Wachesaw Conference Center in Murrells Inlet. The American Cancer Society’s “Freshstart” program gets underway 6-7 p.m. Sept. 8 and continues Sept. 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24. The program’s methods and activities contain the most effective elements for success in fighting addiction to nicotineThe classes are sponsored by the hospital sy...
  • Some birth control pills may affect breast cancer risk

    Some birth control pills may affect breast cancer risk

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:41:39 GMT
    A new study suggests that women who recently used certain birth control pills may increase their risk of breast cancer. The findings in the journal Cancer Research show birth control pills with high doses of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer. Pills with low dose estrogen did not increase risk. Researchers say their findings need to be confirmed and stress that breast cancer is rare in young women and that oral contraceptives have many health benefits. SOURCE - Cancer Research/Me...
    A new study suggests that women who recently used certain birth control pills may increase their risk of breast cancer. The findings in the journal Cancer Research show birth control pills with high doses of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer. Pills with low dose estrogen did not increase risk. Researchers say their findings need to be confirmed and stress that breast cancer is rare in young women and that oral contraceptives have many health benefits. SOURCE - Cancer Research/Me...
  • More charges dropped against Hells Angels from 2012 “Operation Red Harvest”

    More charges dropped against Hells Angels from 2012 “Operation Red Harvest”

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:53:57 GMT
    Thirty more charges were dropped against members of the Hells Angels stemming from an arrest that dates back more than two years.In 2012, "Operation Red Harvest" resulted in 226 indictments handed down to dozens of members of the local Hells Angels.The charges ranged from assault and battery to kidnapping.In the spring of 2013, 107 of the charges were dropped; all of which stemmed from a fight, according to the Horry ...
    Thirty more charges were dropped against members of the Hells Angels stemming from an arrest that dates back more than two years.In 2012, "Operation Red Harvest" resulted in 226 indictments handed down to dozens of members of the local Hells Angels.The charges ranged from assault and battery to kidnapping.In the spring of 2013, 107 of the charges were dropped; all of which stemmed from a fight, according to the Horry ...
  • 'HPV vaccination ruined my life,' former cheerleader says

    'HPV vaccination ruined my life,' former cheerleader says

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:55:42 GMT
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    Gardasil is the highly recommended HPV vaccine doctors encourage every young girl and boy to get. This vaccine is supposed to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. While many people don't experience any side-effects, one girl says it ruined her life.Ashley Adair
    Gardasil is the highly recommended HPV vaccine doctors encourage every young girl and boy to get. This vaccine is supposed to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. While many people don't experience any side-effects, one girl says it ruined her life.Ashley Adair
  • The scoop on Greek yogurt and how it compares to other yogurts on store shelves

    The scoop on Greek yogurt and how it compares to other yogurts on store shelves

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:52:31 GMT
    It seems Greek yogurt is the hot new food for those looking to eat healthy.Nutritionists say those little cups are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy diet. When it comes to yogurt, variety is key. Low-fat, high calcium, Greek, plain, flavored, even sprinkled yogurts are full of good things, like protein, and nutrients. According to Registered Dietitian Marie Spano, "they keep us full for a longer period of time, they are good for maintaining and building muscle...
    It seems Greek yogurt is the hot new food for those looking to eat healthy.Nutritionists say those little cups are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy diet. When it comes to yogurt, variety is key. Low-fat, high calcium, Greek, plain, flavored, even sprinkled yogurts are full of good things, like protein, and nutrients. According to Registered Dietitian Marie Spano, "they keep us full for a longer period of time, they are good for maintaining and building muscle...
  • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park”

    The Myrtle Beach Pelicans ballpark will turn pink this weekend for 2nd annual “Pink in the Park”

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:08:27 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th...
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW)- Myrtle Beach Pelicans fans will have the chance to support a campaign this weekend designed to help women in need.This Sunday, the team will join the Mary Kay Foundation to host its second annual "Pink in the Park.”"Pink in the Park" is an event that raises awareness and helps the Mary Kay Foundation with donations for local causes that support cancer patients and victims of domestic violence.The Pelicans are partnering up with Mary Kay again this year because of th...
  • People with diabetes may benefit from eating more tree nuts

    People with diabetes may benefit from eating more tree nuts

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:50:21 GMT
    A scientific review of the latest evidence suggests the benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh the risks. An international team of leading tobacco researchers says the battery-operated devices are much less likely to be harmful to users or bystanders than conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes allow users to inhale vaporized nicotine. But researchers acknowledge the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown. SOURCE - Addiction/MedDay/CBSDepressionNew research suggests signs of depr...
    A scientific review of the latest evidence suggests the benefits of e-cigarettes outweigh the risks. An international team of leading tobacco researchers says the battery-operated devices are much less likely to be harmful to users or bystanders than conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes allow users to inhale vaporized nicotine. But researchers acknowledge the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown. SOURCE - Addiction/MedDay/CBSDepressionNew research suggests signs of depr...
  • Surgeon General: Stop all forms of tanning and save your skin

    Surgeon General: Stop all forms of tanning and save your skin

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:01:39 GMT
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    On Tuesday, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a new warning to Americans about the dangers of skin cancer, calling it a "major public health problem." We have the new recommendations and what you need to know to protect your family. There was no parsing of words needed here. The Surgeon General says Americans should consider all tanned skinned as damaged skin and that everyone should stop all sorts of tanning immediately. Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year. That is...
    On Tuesday, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a new warning to Americans about the dangers of skin cancer, calling it a "major public health problem." We have the new recommendations and what you need to know to protect your family. There was no parsing of words needed here. The Surgeon General says Americans should consider all tanned skinned as damaged skin and that everyone should stop all sorts of tanning immediately. Nearly five million people are treated for skin cancer each year. That is...
  • FL patient dies from flesh-eating bacteria

    FL patient dies from flesh-eating bacteria

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:06:31 GMT
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It's in th...
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.Officials said Tuesday that 11 cases were reported statewide in 2014 and 41 cases in 2013. The two Sarasota people who contracted vibrio vulnificus were middle-aged and had medically compromising conditions.Vibrio is an infection caused by a bacteria found in warm salt water. It's in th...
  • New research on the timing of a person's heart attack

    New research on the timing of a person's heart attack

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:00:38 GMT
    A new study from the American Heart Association finds heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during the evening or on weekends or holidays have a 13 percent higher risk of dying compared to patients who arrive during normal workday hours. Researchers blame the discrepancy on hospital staffing. If someone has an emergency in the middle of the night, doctors often need to be paged and called in for surgery and that takes time. SOURCE - Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes/...
    A new study from the American Heart Association finds heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during the evening or on weekends or holidays have a 13 percent higher risk of dying compared to patients who arrive during normal workday hours. Researchers blame the discrepancy on hospital staffing. If someone has an emergency in the middle of the night, doctors often need to be paged and called in for surgery and that takes time. SOURCE - Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes/...
  • Running just 5 minutes a day can help you live longer

    Running just 5 minutes a day can help you live longer

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:22:12 GMT
    Whether you are a 15 minute miler or an elite marathoner, researchers say running in general can be good for your health. Running, even for a few minutes, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all.That's according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100, over a 15 year period, noting their overall health, if they ran and how long ...
    Whether you are a 15 minute miler or an elite marathoner, researchers say running in general can be good for your health. Running, even for a few minutes, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all.That's according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100, over a 15 year period, noting their overall health, if they ran and how long ...
  • Even a little running may do your heart good

    Even a little running may do your heart good

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:44:49 GMT
    Running - even just a few minutes a day - appears to lower a person's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Iowa looked at 55,000 adults during a 15 year period. They found runners who ran consistently lowered their risk the most. But people who ran less than an hour, and people who ran fewer miles at a slower pace still had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke compared to non-runners. SOURCE - Journal of the American College of Cardiology/MedDay/C...
    Running - even just a few minutes a day - appears to lower a person's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Researchers in Iowa looked at 55,000 adults during a 15 year period. They found runners who ran consistently lowered their risk the most. But people who ran less than an hour, and people who ran fewer miles at a slower pace still had a 45 percent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke compared to non-runners. SOURCE - Journal of the American College of Cardiology/MedDay/C...
  • McLeod Women's Services Hosts Pelvic Health Lunch and Learn

    McLeod Women's Services Hosts Pelvic Health Lunch and Learn

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:02:05 GMT
    McLeod Women's Services is hosting "Straight Talk About Women's Pelvic Health Issues" at the McLeod Health Fitness Center on Tuesday, August 19, at 12 p.m. Dr. Brad Campbell of McLeod OB/GYN Associates will discuss pelvic organ prolapse and explain what the condition is, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options currently available. A light lunch will be served. To register for this event, please call (843) 777-2005.About McLeod Pelvic HealthMcLeod Pelvic Health is dedicated to educating wo...
    McLeod Women's Services is hosting "Straight Talk About Women's Pelvic Health Issues" at the McLeod Health Fitness Center on Tuesday, August 19, at 12 p.m. Dr. Brad Campbell of McLeod OB/GYN Associates will discuss pelvic organ prolapse and explain what the condition is, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options currently available. A light lunch will be served. To register for this event, please call (843) 777-2005.About McLeod Pelvic HealthMcLeod Pelvic Health is dedicated to educating wo...
  • Help replenish blood supply Aug. 1 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital

    Help replenish blood supply Aug. 1 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:56:23 GMT
    Blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross have dropped over the past 11 weeks, creating an urgent need for donors of all types to give blood. Help replenish the blood supply and donate Friday, Aug. 1, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Donors can give between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the staff development building behind the hospital.Appointments will take priority, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appoin...
    Blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross have dropped over the past 11 weeks, creating an urgent need for donors of all types to give blood. Help replenish the blood supply and donate Friday, Aug. 1, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Donors can give between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the staff development building behind the hospital.Appointments will take priority, but walk-ins are welcome. To make an appoin...
  • NextStep Hand Therapy Center opens at Azalea Lakes

    NextStep Hand Therapy Center opens at Azalea Lakes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:15:10 GMT
    A hand injury can dramatically impact quality of life. Even routine tasks such as brushing your teeth or writing a note can become difficult, if not impossible.That’s why Georgetown Hospital System has opened the region’s first rehabilitation center focused on hand therapy. The new NextStep Hand Therapy and Specialty Center, a service of NextStep Rehabilitation Services, is located at Azalea Lakes in Myrtle Beach. The center also offers driving rehabilitation services and functional capacity ...
    A hand injury can dramatically impact quality of life. Even routine tasks such as brushing your teeth or writing a note can become difficult, if not impossible.That’s why Georgetown Hospital System has opened the region’s first rehabilitation center focused on hand therapy. The new NextStep Hand Therapy and Specialty Center, a service of NextStep Rehabilitation Services, is located at Azalea Lakes in Myrtle Beach. The center also offers driving rehabilitation services and functional capacity ...
  • Name brand vs. generic medicine: What do doctors buy?

    Name brand vs. generic medicine: What do doctors buy?

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:21:02 GMT
    It is a question all of us face in the medicine aisles of our supermarket or pharmacy; should we fork over more to buy a brand name product or should we get the generic instead? The surprising results of a new study about our healthcare buying habits found that the average consumer chooses the more expensive option and that actually isn't the best thing to do. In fact, they found we are wasting some real money. This study was done by the University of Chicago and Tilburg University in the Net...
    It is a question all of us face in the medicine aisles of our supermarket or pharmacy; should we fork over more to buy a brand name product or should we get the generic instead? The surprising results of a new study about our healthcare buying habits found that the average consumer chooses the more expensive option and that actually isn't the best thing to do. In fact, they found we are wasting some real money. This study was done by the University of Chicago and Tilburg University in the Net...
  • What's the healthiest way to greet a friend?

    What's the healthiest way to greet a friend?

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:24:56 GMT
    Fist bumping beats handshaking and high fives in the battle to control the spread of germs. Researchers in the UK found nearly twice as much bacteria is transmitted from a handshake compared to a high five. A fist bump spreads least amount of germs. SOURCE - American Journal of Infection Control/MedDay/CBSLung disease treatmentsDrugs used to treat lung disease are more effective when taken at certain times of the day. Researchers at the University of Manchester discovered cells that line lung...
    Fist bumping beats handshaking and high fives in the battle to control the spread of germs. Researchers in the UK found nearly twice as much bacteria is transmitted from a handshake compared to a high five. A fist bump spreads least amount of germs. SOURCE - American Journal of Infection Control/MedDay/CBSLung disease treatmentsDrugs used to treat lung disease are more effective when taken at certain times of the day. Researchers at the University of Manchester discovered cells that line lung...
  • New information for pregnant women concerned about blood clots

    New information for pregnant women concerned about blood clots

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:30:36 GMT
    People who work rotating shifts are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. New research published in Occupational Environmental Medicine finds shifts workers have a 9 percent increased risk for diabetes compared to people who worked normal office hours. The risk jumped to 37 percent when looking at just men. SOURCE - Occupational Environmental Medicine/MedDay/CBSBlood clots during pregnancyA common blood thinner used to prevent blood clots in pregnant women is ineffective. That's ...
    People who work rotating shifts are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. New research published in Occupational Environmental Medicine finds shifts workers have a 9 percent increased risk for diabetes compared to people who worked normal office hours. The risk jumped to 37 percent when looking at just men. SOURCE - Occupational Environmental Medicine/MedDay/CBSBlood clots during pregnancyA common blood thinner used to prevent blood clots in pregnant women is ineffective. That's ...
  • James Brown movie 'Get on Up' premieres in Augusta

    James Brown movie 'Get on Up' premieres in Augusta

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:01:10 GMT
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    Hundreds of people gathered around Regal Cinemas in Augusta Thursday night for the premiere of the James Brown biography movie "Get On Up." Richmond County Sheriff's deputies were out in full force making sure everything
    Hundreds of people gathered around Regal Cinemas in Augusta Thursday night for the premiere of the James Brown biography movie "Get On Up." Richmond County Sheriff's deputies were out in full force making sure everything
  • Pelicans GM undergoes prostate exam during game to raise awareness

    Pelicans GM undergoes prostate exam during game to raise awareness

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:17:38 GMT
    Early Friday morning, the front office staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans challenged their Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the team's Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, July 24. Milovich accepted the challenge but only if the Fierce Fallon Facebook Page reached 10,000 'Likes' by Thursday at midnight.The Fierce Fallon Facebook Page belongs to Carolina Forest 10-year old Fallon Emer...
    Early Friday morning, the front office staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans challenged their Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the team's Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday, July 24. Milovich accepted the challenge but only if the Fierce Fallon Facebook Page reached 10,000 'Likes' by Thursday at midnight.The Fierce Fallon Facebook Page belongs to Carolina Forest 10-year old Fallon Emer...
  • Smartphone "microbreaks" may reduce stress at work

    Smartphone "microbreaks" may reduce stress at work

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:31:41 GMT
    We're all guilty of it at one time or another, hopping on Facebook, texting with a friend, or playing a quick game of "Candy Crush" while at work; and while it might seem like this is zapping your productivity, a new study indicates that might not be true.We all have so much stress and with a smartphone in your hand it can be easy to stray from work; but take this new research to your boss and you might not have to sneak around with your smartphone anymore. The study was done by Kansas State ...
    We're all guilty of it at one time or another, hopping on Facebook, texting with a friend, or playing a quick game of "Candy Crush" while at work; and while it might seem like this is zapping your productivity, a new study indicates that might not be true.We all have so much stress and with a smartphone in your hand it can be easy to stray from work; but take this new research to your boss and you might not have to sneak around with your smartphone anymore. The study was done by Kansas State ...
  • New program helps patients improve their health through exercise

    New program helps patients improve their health through exercise

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:11:29 GMT
    Samuel Hemingway III, 28, of Lumberton, has lived with diabetes since he was 7 years old. The disease required him to take insulin shots multiple times each day and caused him to lose his eyesight. Because of his participation in a new medical referral program for exercise, his medical conditions—which required him to take several different types of medications for heart failure, high blood pressure and kidney failure...
    Samuel Hemingway III, 28, of Lumberton, has lived with diabetes since he was 7 years old. The disease required him to take insulin shots multiple times each day and caused him to lose his eyesight. Because of his participation in a new medical referral program for exercise, his medical conditions—which required him to take several different types of medications for heart failure, high blood pressure and kidney failure...
  • New research casts doubt on the most common treatment for back pain

    New research casts doubt on the most common treatment for back pain

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:45:22 GMT
    A new study finds acetaminophen does not lessen lower back pain. Researchers in Australia studied more than 1600 people suffering from acute lower back pain. They found acetaminophen had no effect on short term pain levels, disability, sleep quality or quality of life. Doctors say the medical community needs to reevaluate using acetaminophen as the universal recommendation for lower back pain. SOURCE - The Lancet/MedDay/CBSStroke preventionChecking your pulse frequently after a stroke may be ...
    A new study finds acetaminophen does not lessen lower back pain. Researchers in Australia studied more than 1600 people suffering from acute lower back pain. They found acetaminophen had no effect on short term pain levels, disability, sleep quality or quality of life. Doctors say the medical community needs to reevaluate using acetaminophen as the universal recommendation for lower back pain. SOURCE - The Lancet/MedDay/CBSStroke preventionChecking your pulse frequently after a stroke may be ...
  • Overweight & obese kids see themselves as skinnier than they really are, study says

    Overweight & obese kids see themselves as skinnier than they really are, study says

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:22:06 GMT
    More than a third of children and teens in this country are overweight or obese but how many view themselves as such may surprise you. Many overweight kids don't seem to see themselves that way, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category. That's a little more than 9 million young people. The report spanned the years 2005 through 2012. Nearly nine ou...
    More than a third of children and teens in this country are overweight or obese but how many view themselves as such may surprise you. Many overweight kids don't seem to see themselves that way, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost a third of children and teens between the ages of 8 and 15 put themselves in the wrong weight category. That's a little more than 9 million young people. The report spanned the years 2005 through 2012. Nearly nine ou...
  • Grand Strand Medical Center Opens New Gift Shop

    Grand Strand Medical Center Opens New Gift Shop

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:40:29 GMT
    The gift shop at Grand Strand Medical Center has experienced a renovation under the operation of Lori's Gifts. Lori's Gifts is a national premier gift shop management company that offers custom-tailored
    The gift shop at Grand Strand Medical Center has experienced a renovation under the operation of Lori's Gifts.
  • New study on long term impact of severe pain during labor

    New study on long term impact of severe pain during labor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:27:46 GMT
    A new study links severe pain during childbirth to postpartum depression. Researchers in China found 35 percent of women who did not receive an epidural during labor developed depression six weeks after giving birth. That number dropped to just 14 percent among women who were given the pain relief. Women who received an epidural were also more likely to breastfeed their babies. SOURCE - Anesthesia Analgesia/MedDay/CBSSchizophreniaGenetic scientists have linked more than 100 spots in human DN...
    A new study links severe pain during childbirth to postpartum depression. Researchers in China found 35 percent of women who did not receive an epidural during labor developed depression six weeks after giving birth. That number dropped to just 14 percent among women who were given the pain relief. Women who received an epidural were also more likely to breastfeed their babies. SOURCE - Anesthesia Analgesia/MedDay/CBSSchizophreniaGenetic scientists have linked more than 100 spots in human DN...
  • CMC Center for Breast Health Recognized as Certified Quality Breast Center

    CMC Center for Breast Health Recognized as Certified Quality Breast Center

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:10:22 GMT
    Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Center for Breast Health has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measure for Breast Center Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by CMC’s Center for Breast Health to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.CMC’s Center for Breast Health remains committed to patient-centered care. Som...
    Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Center for Breast Health has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measure for Breast Center Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by CMC’s Center for Breast Health to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.CMC’s Center for Breast Health remains committed to patient-centered care. Som...
  • Southeastern Health and Lumberton receive large NC DOC grant

    Southeastern Health and Lumberton receive large NC DOC grant

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:11:49 GMT
    Representatives from Southeastern Health, The City of Lumberton, Robeson County Government and UNC Pembroke gathered recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through a Building Reuse grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce to renovate a section of SoRepresentatives from Southeastern Health, The City of Lumberton, Robeson County Government and UNC Pembroke gathered recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through a Building Reuse grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce to renovate a section of So
    Representatives from Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and The City of Lumberton gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse grant to renovate a portion of the medical center for SeHealth’s medical education program.“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal—improving our community,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. “I appreciate Lumberton City leade...
    Representatives from Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and The City of Lumberton gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse grant to renovate a portion of the medical center for SeHealth’s medical education program.“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal—improving our community,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. “I appreciate Lumberton City leade...
  • Two Grand Strand area hospitals earn Quest recognitions

    Two Grand Strand area hospitals earn Quest recognitions

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:24:03 GMT
    One of the nation’s leading health care improvement companies has recognized Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital for outstanding care and safety. WCH was named a Quest Finalist by Premier Inc. for safety, patient satisfaction and efficiency, a recognition that puts the Murrells Inlet facility among the top-performing hospitals in the nation. Specifically, WCH was cited for reducing the average...
    One of the nation’s leading health care improvement companies has recognized Waccamaw Community Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital for outstanding care and safety. WCH was named a Quest Finalist by Premier Inc. for safety, patient satisfaction and efficiency, a recognition that puts the Murrells Inlet facility among the top-performing hospitals in the nation. Specifically, WCH was cited for reducing the average...
  • 6th Annual Foundation Ball in support of McLeod Loris Seacoast

    6th Annual Foundation Ball in support of McLeod Loris Seacoast

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:55:54 GMT
    Under the Sea, the 6th Annual Foundation Ball in support of McLeod Loris Seacoast will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 6p.m. It will take place at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort located at 10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach.The reception and silent auction starts at 6p.m. The fine dining and wine service is at 7:30pm and includeslive entertainment. The cost is $125 per person and it's Black Tie optional. Seating is limited. Call 843-390-8215 for more information.
    Under the Sea, the 6th Annual Foundation Ball in support of McLeod Loris Seacoast will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 6p.m. It will take place at Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort located at 10000 Beach Club Drive, Myrtle Beach.The reception and silent auction starts at 6p.m. The fine dining and wine service is at 7:30pm and includeslive entertainment. The cost is $125 per person and it's Black Tie optional. Seating is limited. Call 843-390-8215 for more information.
  • A study looks at the dangers of playing Lacrosse

    A study looks at the dangers of playing Lacrosse

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:38:48 GMT
    A new study finds women have a tougher time recovering from heart attacks than men do. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine focused on younger patients, between the ages of 30 and 54. They found
    A new study finds women have a tougher time recovering from heart attacks than men do. Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine focused on younger patients, between the ages of 30 and 54.
  • Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw expands to Georgetown

    Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw expands to Georgetown

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:26:15 GMT
    Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw, which opened in Murrells Inlet in 2012, has expanded its services to Georgetown to better serve patients throughout the Tidelands region. Located at 469 Marina Drive,
    Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw, which opened in Murrells Inlet in 2012, has expanded its services to Georgetown to better serve patients throughout the Tidelands region.
  • Georgetown Hospital System August events

    Georgetown Hospital System August events

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:14:10 GMT
    Friday, August 1RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - GEORGETOWNGeorgetown Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call 527-7173 for information.Monday, August 4OB TOUR - GEORGETOWNWalking tour of Labor Delivery, Postpartum Unit and at Georgetown Memorial Hospital at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 520-8490 or by self registration via our website. Wednesday, August 6HEARTSAVER BLS - CPR - MURRELLS INLETFor daycare workers and people interested in learning CPR, not intended for health...
    Friday, August 1RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE - GEORGETOWNGeorgetown Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call 527-7173 for information.Monday, August 4OB TOUR - GEORGETOWNWalking tour of Labor Delivery, Postpartum Unit and at Georgetown Memorial Hospital at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 520-8490 or by self registration via our website. Wednesday, August 6HEARTSAVER BLS - CPR - MURRELLS INLETFor daycare workers and people interested in learning CPR, not intended for health...
  • Tips to manage stress and avoid anxiety

    Tips to manage stress and avoid anxiety

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:17:00 GMT
    Terrorism, shootings, international unrest ;the world is full of turmoil right now; and for some people, all this upheaval can be upsetting . Many become stressed out, but psychologists say, there are ways you can deal with anxiety that can keep depression away. - Exercise. Doctors say the best thing to do is to keep busy and get the endorphins pumping, which can make anyone feel better. - Watch your salt and sugar. Lowering both of these in your diet helps your whole body work better, includ...
    Terrorism, shootings, international unrest ;the world is full of turmoil right now; and for some people, all this upheaval can be upsetting . Many become stressed out, but psychologists say, there are ways you can deal with anxiety that can keep depression away. - Exercise. Doctors say the best thing to do is to keep busy and get the endorphins pumping, which can make anyone feel better. - Watch your salt and sugar. Lowering both of these in your diet helps your whole body work better, includ...
  • New research looks at HIV diagnosis rates in the U.S.

    New research looks at HIV diagnosis rates in the U.S.

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:28:59 GMT
    HIV rates are declining in the U.S. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the annual HIV diagnosis rate in the U.S. has decreased more than 30 percent from 2002-2011. While declines have been seen in several groups including women and people 35 to 44, cases among homosexual men remained stable overall and *increases* were seen in some groups of young men. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSAutismA new study found most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of...
    HIV rates are declining in the U.S. New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the annual HIV diagnosis rate in the U.S. has decreased more than 30 percent from 2002-2011. While declines have been seen in several groups including women and people 35 to 44, cases among homosexual men remained stable overall and *increases* were seen in some groups of young men. SOURCE - JAMA/MedDay/CBSAutismA new study found most of the genetic risk for autism comes from versions of...
  • Southeastern Health in Lumberton events

    Southeastern Health in Lumberton events

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:25:05 GMT
    Walk with a Doc spotlights tobacco cessationGibson Cancer Center’s Walk with a Doc series will host a program about resources available to help stop using tobacco products on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton. Physician Assistant Catherine Gaines will present a brief presentation on tobacco cessation in the meeting space near J.C. Penny’s followed by a walk around the interior of the mall. A healthy lunch will also be provided. The event is sponsored by Gibson Cance...
    Walk with a Doc spotlights tobacco cessationGibson Cancer Center’s Walk with a Doc series will host a program about resources available to help stop using tobacco products on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton. Physician Assistant Catherine Gaines will present a brief presentation on tobacco cessation in the meeting space near J.C. Penny’s followed by a walk around the interior of the mall. A healthy lunch will also be provided. The event is sponsored by Gibson Cance...
  • A health risk for women who have taken birth control pills

    A health risk for women who have taken birth control pills

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-18 14:49:53 GMT
    Combining energy drinks and alcohol may increase the desire to keep drinking. A study out of Australia followed 75 young adults. The ones who mixed alcohol with an energy drink wanted to drink more than those who had only alcohol. The researchers warn--the combination of energy drinks and alcohol could lead to more drunk driving and alcohol fueled violence. SOURCE - The Australian National University/MedDay/CBS Birth control Women who take hormonal birth control could be at greater risk of de...
    Combining energy drinks and alcohol may increase the desire to keep drinking. A study out of Australia followed 75 young adults. The ones who mixed alcohol with an energy drink wanted to drink more than those who had only alcohol. The researchers warn--the combination of energy drinks and alcohol could lead to more drunk driving and alcohol fueled violence. SOURCE - The Australian National University/MedDay/CBS Birth control Women who take hormonal birth control could be at greater risk of de...
  • Babies practice speech long before they can talk, study shows

    Babies practice speech long before they can talk, study shows

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-18 01:17:52 GMT
    If you're a parent of an infant, you probably can't wait to hear those first words. Usually, babies speak when they're about one year old. But new research says they're actually ready to speak much younger than you think.This new research says that babies are actually practicing in their brains how to say their first words way before they actually utter them.This study was done at the University of Washington. Researchers looked at how the brains of 57 babies processed languages. They found t...
    If you're a parent of an infant, you probably can't wait to hear those first words. Usually, babies speak when they're about one year old. But new research says they're actually ready to speak much younger than you think.This new research says that babies are actually practicing in their brains how to say their first words way before they actually utter them.This study was done at the University of Washington. Researchers looked at how the brains of 57 babies processed languages. They found t...
  • Important information for breast cancer patients considering a double mastectomy

    Important information for breast cancer patients considering a double mastectomy

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:32:20 GMT
    Women making the difficult choice to undergo a double mastectomy when cancer is diagnosed in one breast receive only a marginal increase in life expectancy - according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found the average gain was just a few months. The procedure was somewhat more beneficial for younger women and women in early stages of the disease. SOURCE - University of Minnesota/MedDay/CBS AntibioticsNew research finds many doctors are incorrectly prescribing antibi...
    Women making the difficult choice to undergo a double mastectomy when cancer is diagnosed in one breast receive only a marginal increase in life expectancy - according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found the average gain was just a few months. The procedure was somewhat more beneficial for younger women and women in early stages of the disease. SOURCE - University of Minnesota/MedDay/CBS AntibioticsNew research finds many doctors are incorrectly prescribing antibi...
  • New school food guidelines may affect fundraising efforts in Horry County

    New school food guidelines may affect fundraising efforts in Horry County

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-07-17 11:57:02 GMT
    New school lunch regulations will require snack items served in public schools to have fewer than 200 calories. In addition, Entrée items must be under 350 calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues.However, that will also affect schools that sell things like candy or hold bake sales to benefit school organizations. That’...
    New school lunch regulations will require snack items served in public schools to have fewer than 200 calories. In addition, Entrée items must be under 350 calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues.However, that will also affect schools that sell things like candy or hold bake sales to benefit school organizations. That’...
  • Stress eating linked to weight gain in women, study shows

    Stress eating linked to weight gain in women, study shows

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:36:19 GMT
    For a lot of people, there's a pattern when you have a bad day or are stressed about something, you look for the potato chips, the cookies or a hamburger and fries. When eating emotionally, our bodies typically crave high fat or sugar but it turns out giving in to those cravings may be hurting women's health even more than we thought.A new study in the journal, Biological Psychiatry put the impact of emotional eating to the test. They tested 58 women with differing levels of stress in their d...
    For a lot of people, there's a pattern when you have a bad day or are stressed about something, you look for the potato chips, the cookies or a hamburger and fries. When eating emotionally, our bodies typically crave high fat or sugar but it turns out giving in to those cravings may be hurting women's health even more than we thought.A new study in the journal, Biological Psychiatry put the impact of emotional eating to the test. They tested 58 women with differing levels of stress in their d...
  • Researchers have identified a new protein in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

    Researchers have identified a new protein in the brains of Alzheimer's patients

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-07-16 15:52:12 GMT
    For the very first time here we have evidence that when a human has TDP43 protein also, they are ten times more likely to have memory problems. Doctors presented their findings at the Alzheimer's Association
    For the very first time here we have evidence that when a human has TDP43 protein also, they are ten times more likely to have memory problems.
  • “Understanding Dementia” series for families and professionals

    “Understanding Dementia” series for families and professionals

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-15 18:26:11 GMT
    The Florence Alzheimer's Community Task force (FACT) is sponsoring a monthly training series "Understanding Dementia" at the Leatherman Senior Center. The program is free to the public and is being conducted by Adelle Stanley (CRCFA) who is a certified Dementia Specialist. The program is designed for family members and professionals to gain better understanding of cognitive disorders to better manage the care for their loved ones who suffer from dementia. Topics range from types of dementia t...
    The Florence Alzheimer's Community Task force (FACT) is sponsoring a monthly training series "Understanding Dementia" at the Leatherman Senior Center. The program is free to the public and is being conducted by Adelle Stanley (CRCFA) who is a certified Dementia Specialist. The program is designed for family members and professionals to gain better understanding of cognitive disorders to better manage the care for their loved ones who suffer from dementia. Topics range from types of dementia t...
  • New evidence shows Alzheimer's cases are projected to drop in some nation

    New evidence shows Alzheimer's cases are projected to drop in some nation

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:14:24 GMT
    New research presented at the Alzheimer's Association Conference in Copenhagen suggests that higher levels of education and better treatment of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. and in other developed nations could lead to a drop in Alzheimer's cases. Doctors say there is evidence that these factors and working a mentally challenging job can improve memory and increase brain capacity and that in turn reduces the risk of developing dementia. SOURCE - Alzheimer's Association International Conf...
    New research presented at the Alzheimer's Association Conference in Copenhagen suggests that higher levels of education and better treatment of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. and in other developed nations could lead to a drop in Alzheimer's cases. Doctors say there is evidence that these factors and working a mentally challenging job can improve memory and increase brain capacity and that in turn reduces the risk of developing dementia. SOURCE - Alzheimer's Association International Conf...
  • Joining a gym may help students get better grades, study says

    Joining a gym may help students get better grades, study says

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:41:30 GMT
    We all know there physical benefits of exercise and while there's no doubt hitting the gym makes us feel better, new research suggests it may also make us think better too.This new research looked at college kids and it showed a powerful link between those who had fitness center memberships and those who got good gradesThe study was done by Michigan State university researchers who looked at nearly 5,000 freshman and sophomores. They found that students who were members of the gym or involved...
    We all know there physical benefits of exercise and while there's no doubt hitting the gym makes us feel better, new research suggests it may also make us think better too.This new research looked at college kids and it showed a powerful link between those who had fitness center memberships and those who got good gradesThe study was done by Michigan State university researchers who looked at nearly 5,000 freshman and sophomores. They found that students who were members of the gym or involved...
  • Study gives parents, doctors new options to treat painful, itchy condition

    Study gives parents, doctors new options to treat painful, itchy condition

    Monday, July 14 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-14 20:00:14 GMT
    The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that one in five children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. “Those medications can be effective, but they also can be a cause for concern for a lot of parents, especially when they’re used long term,” said Mark Boguniewicz, MD...
    The number of children with atopic dermatitis, often referred to as eczema, is on the rise. Some estimate that one in five children in the U.S. now suffers from the painful, itchy skin condition. In an effort to control their symptoms, many children are prescribed powerful medications like immunosuppressants or topical steroids. “Those medications can be effective, but they also can be a cause for concern for a lot of parents, especially when they’re used long term,” said Mark Boguniewicz, MD...
  • Stress and high-fat meals combine to slow metabolism in women

    Stress and high-fat meals combine to slow metabolism in women

    Monday, July 14 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-07-14 19:12:30 GMT
    A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body's metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain. Researchers
    A new study in women suggests that experiencing one or more stressful events the day before eating a single high-fat meal can slow the body's metabolism, potentially contributing to weight gain. 
  • Several new studies on Alzheimer's point to a lifestyle that seems to prevent the disease

    Several new studies on Alzheimer's point to a lifestyle that seems to prevent the disease

    Monday, July 14 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-07-14 15:17:52 GMT
    A new study on sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, finds 69 percent of the time, the infant was sharing a bed with an adult. The research published in the journal Pediatrics tracked more than 8,000 SIDS cases over an 8-year period. Researchers also noted most of the infants who were bed-sharing were younger than 4-months old. SOURCE - Pediatrics/MedDay/CBSWrong dosage of meds In another Pediatrics study, researchers found more than 40 percent of all parents give their children the wrong do...
    A new study on sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, finds 69 percent of the time, the infant was sharing a bed with an adult. The research published in the journal Pediatrics tracked more than 8,000 SIDS cases over an 8-year period. Researchers also noted most of the infants who were bed-sharing were younger than 4-months old. SOURCE - Pediatrics/MedDay/CBSWrong dosage of meds In another Pediatrics study, researchers found more than 40 percent of all parents give their children the wrong do...
  • Girl preps for plastic surgery with ear grown on arm, following raccoon attack

    Girl preps for plastic surgery with ear grown on arm, following raccoon attack

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:41 AM EDT2014-07-12 12:41:17 GMT
    A Michigan girl, who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby, has a new ear growing on her arm.Charlotte Ponce is now 12 years old, but when she was a baby, a pet raccoon attacked her, destroying much of her face and taking her ear.A Michigan girl, who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby, has a new ear growing on her arm.Charlotte Ponce is now 12 years old, but when she was a baby, a pet raccoon attacked her, destroying much of her face and taking her ear.
    A Michigan girl, who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby, has a new ear growing on her arm.Charlotte Ponce is now 12 years old, but when she was a baby, a pet raccoon attacked her, destroying much of her face and taking her ear.So far, Charlotte has had her nose, cheeks and lips rebuilt.A plastic surgeon shaped her new ear with cartilage from her ribs, and then implanted it on her arm to help the skin grow."And you see I'm very pleased with the projection, you can see the ear here. Once we ...
    A Michigan girl, who was mauled by a pet raccoon as a baby, has a new ear growing on her arm.Charlotte Ponce is now 12 years old, but when she was a baby, a pet raccoon attacked her, destroying much of her face and taking her ear.So far, Charlotte has had her nose, cheeks and lips rebuilt.A plastic surgeon shaped her new ear with cartilage from her ribs, and then implanted it on her arm to help the skin grow."And you see I'm very pleased with the projection, you can see the ear here. Once we ...
  • 9-year-old girl dies from 'brain-eating amoeba'

    9-year-old girl dies from 'brain-eating amoeba'

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-07-12 12:27:14 GMT
    A 9-year-old Kansas girl has died after an infection from a rare 'brain-eating amoeba,' according to the health department.A 9-year-old Kansas girl has died after an infection from a rare 'brain-eating amoeba,' according to the health department.
    A 9-year-old Kansas girl has died after an infection from a rare 'brain-eating amoeba,' according to the health department.  The Kansas Department of Health says the girl, 9-year-old Hally Lust, likely received the infection from amoeba while swimming in freshwater over Fourth of July weekend.
    A 9-year-old Kansas girl has died after an infection from a rare 'brain-eating amoeba,' according to the health department.  The Kansas Department of Health says the girl, 9-year-old Hally Lust, likely received the infection from amoeba while swimming in freshwater over Fourth of July weekend.
  • New findings about conditions that increase the risk of stroke

    New findings about conditions that increase the risk of stroke

    Friday, July 11 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-07-11 17:10:00 GMT
    A new British study finds reducing alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, even for light to moderate drinkers. The finding challenges previous research that found light to moderate drinking can have a protective effect on the heart. SOURCE - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/MedDay/CBSStrokePsychological factors can significantly increase your risk of stroke. Researchers at the University of Minnesota studied 6,700 adults betwee...
    A new British study finds reducing alcohol consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, even for light to moderate drinkers. The finding challenges previous research that found light to moderate drinking can have a protective effect on the heart. SOURCE - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/MedDay/CBSStrokePsychological factors can significantly increase your risk of stroke. Researchers at the University of Minnesota studied 6,700 adults betwee...
  • Taking a pill instead of putting on sunscreen

    Taking a pill instead of putting on sunscreen

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-07-11 12:40:33 GMT
    Sunscreen pills Murad, Heliocare and Sun AssureSunscreen pills Murad, Heliocare and Sun Assure
    (CBS) - You may have come across ads for sunscreen pills and wondered if they work.Maricela Lugo burns easily. That's why she takes sunscreen seriously for herself and her kids, but she admits it's a hassle.Lugo said, "If I can avoid the lotion because it is messy, sticky, some of its smelly."So the idea of a simple pill for sun protection is definitely appealing.Lugo admitted, "I would probably consider trying it out...
    (CBS) - You may have come across ads for sunscreen pills and wondered if they work.Maricela Lugo burns easily. That's why she takes sunscreen seriously for herself and her kids, but she admits it's a hassle.Lugo said, "If I can avoid the lotion because it is messy, sticky, some of its smelly."So the idea of a simple pill for sun protection is definitely appealing.Lugo admitted, "I would probably consider trying it out...
  • "Vampire facial" offers new way to look younger

    "Vampire facial" offers new way to look younger

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-07-11 11:51:51 GMT
    A new type of cosmetic craze is hitting the market called the "vampire facial" or the "blood facial."It uses your own blood platelets to make you look younger, heal tissue and regenerate cells. It works by starting with numbing cream. Then the blood is drawn and put through a machine and it separates the red and white blood cells from the platelets - turning into a yellowish color. Then comes the skin pin. It causes p...
    A new type of cosmetic craze is hitting the market called the "vampire facial" or the "blood facial."It uses your own blood platelets to make you look younger, heal tissue and regenerate cells. It works by starting with numbing cream. Then the blood is drawn and put through a machine and it separates the red and white blood cells from the platelets - turning into a yellowish color. Then comes the skin pin. It causes p...
  • New drug gives hope to women struggling with infertility

    New drug gives hope to women struggling with infertility

    Thursday, July 10 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-10 20:49:56 GMT
    Many people believe changes in weather can trigger back and neck pain. But researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia say they are not linked. They looked at the case studies of about one thousand patients and the weather data over the course of a year. They found no association between body aches and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. SOURCE -George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, Australia/MedDay/CBSKids and activityGo outs...
    Many people believe changes in weather can trigger back and neck pain. But researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia say they are not linked. They looked at the case studies of about one thousand patients and the weather data over the course of a year. They found no association between body aches and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. SOURCE -George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, Australia/MedDay/CBSKids and activityGo outs...
  • Carolinas Hospital system adds breakthrough MRI scanner

    Carolinas Hospital system adds breakthrough MRI scanner

    Thursday, July 10 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-07-10 16:53:49 GMT
    Thursday, Carolinas Hospital System announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. The new MRI can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes the system less confin...
    Thursday, Carolinas Hospital System announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. The new MRI can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes the system less confin...
  • SC families of loved ones who died from infection following surgery want answers

    SC families of loved ones who died from infection following surgery want answers

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:19 AM EDT2014-07-10 12:19:00 GMT
    Family members of patients who died after having surgery and being infected with a rare bacteria are asking Greenville Health System for a full explanation.A hospital spokeswoman says 15 patients tested positive for Mycobacterium abscessus. Three of those patients died, and doctors believe the infection was a contributing factor.The Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating along with the hospital. A DHEC spokesman said they're testing two pieces of medical equipment whi...
    Family members of patients who died after having surgery and being infected with a rare bacteria are asking Greenville Health System for a full explanation.A hospital spokeswoman says 15 patients tested positive for Mycobacterium abscessus. Three of those patients died, and doctors believe the infection was a contributing factor.The Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating along with the hospital. A DHEC spokesman said they're testing two pieces of medical equipment whi...
  • Caffeine consumption boosts weight loss during exercise, study says

    Caffeine consumption boosts weight loss during exercise, study says

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-07-09 22:04:47 GMT
    If you're a caffeine drinker, you may find it has a surprising benefit. Drinking a little joe may help our exercise. A new study suggests that if you follow this pattern: drink coffee first, then hit the gym; you are more likely to lose more weight.The study was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Researchers found that athletes who took in caffeine before their workout burned f15% more calories for three hours after they completed their exercise...
    If you're a caffeine drinker, you may find it has a surprising benefit. Drinking a little joe may help our exercise. A new study suggests that if you follow this pattern: drink coffee first, then hit the gym; you are more likely to lose more weight.The study was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. Researchers found that athletes who took in caffeine before their workout burned f15% more calories for three hours after they completed their exercise...
  • New research finds a combined effort may be the best way to stop smoking

    New research finds a combined effort may be the best way to stop smoking

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:42:27 GMT
    Many U.S. hospitals still perform traditional surgery for many common procedures, even though minimally invasive surgery is associated with better outcomes and fewer complications. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found some hospitals never used minimally invasive surgery and some used it 75 percent of the time for procedures such as appendectomies and hysterectomies. Researchers say urban hospitals were more likely to use minimally invasive surgery. SOURCE - BMJ.com/MedDay/CBSHPV vaccineA new st...
    Many U.S. hospitals still perform traditional surgery for many common procedures, even though minimally invasive surgery is associated with better outcomes and fewer complications. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found some hospitals never used minimally invasive surgery and some used it 75 percent of the time for procedures such as appendectomies and hysterectomies. Researchers say urban hospitals were more likely to use minimally invasive surgery. SOURCE - BMJ.com/MedDay/CBSHPV vaccineA new st...
  • 24,000 Robeson County students to receive free school lunches in 2014-2015

    24,000 Robeson County students to receive free school lunches in 2014-2015

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-09 20:21:31 GMT
    LUMBERTON, NC— Robeson County students will be eligible to receive free lunches when school starts back in August.According to the Robesonian.com, Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County announcedTuesday night that the district had met the eligibility requirements for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision National School Lunch Program.The national program would allow Robeson County schools to serve free lunches to all children, regardless of their financial ...
    LUMBERTON, NC— Robeson County students will be eligible to receive free lunches when school starts back in August.According to the Robesonian.com, Board of Education for the Public Schools of Robeson County announcedTuesday night that the district had met the eligibility requirements for participation in the Community Eligibility Provision National School Lunch Program.The national program would allow Robeson County schools to serve free lunches to all children, regardless of their financial ...
  • CMC, Kingston & CPG awarded for safety

    CMC, Kingston & CPG awarded for safety

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-07-09 13:35:25 GMT
    Conway Medical Center (CMC), Kingston Nursing Center and Conway Physicians Group (CPG) were recently recognized by Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference PHT Awards Luncheon for safety.CMC and Kingston Nursing Center, an 88-bed facility offering Long Term Care and Subacute Care were two of seven recipients to receive Most Improved Safety Award. This award is for the largest reductions in loss ratio from 2012 to 2013 in the seven ca...
    Conway Medical Center (CMC), Kingston Nursing Center and Conway Physicians Group (CPG) were recently recognized by Palmetto Hospital Trust (PHT) at the 12th Annual PHTS Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Conference PHT Awards Luncheon for safety.CMC and Kingston Nursing Center, an 88-bed facility offering Long Term Care and Subacute Care were two of seven recipients to receive Most Improved Safety Award. This award is for the largest reductions in loss ratio from 2012 to 2013 in the seven ca...
  • New study about the health hazards of too much weight around the midsection

    New study about the health hazards of too much weight around the midsection

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-07-08 15:50:06 GMT
    People with excessive belly fat are at increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany studied more than 113,000 people between the ages of 50 and 70 who did not have COPD, cancer or heart disease. They found men and women with a large waist circumference had a 72 percent increased risk of developing COPD. People who exercise at least five times a week can significantly reduce their chances of developing the lung disease. SOURCE ...
    People with excessive belly fat are at increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany studied more than 113,000 people between the ages of 50 and 70 who did not have COPD, cancer or heart disease. They found men and women with a large waist circumference had a 72 percent increased risk of developing COPD. People who exercise at least five times a week can significantly reduce their chances of developing the lung disease. SOURCE ...
  • MIT device reads to the blind in real time

    MIT device reads to the blind in real time

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-08 14:20:10 GMT
    CAScientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily ...
    CAScientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily ...
  • MC Hammer films new cooking show at Conway restaurant

    MC Hammer films new cooking show at Conway restaurant

    Monday, July 7 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-07 20:31:11 GMT
     Freshwater Fish Company in Conway  will be featured in July on the Food Network in a new television show called Holy & Hungry, which is hosted by MC Hammer.The show is about ordained ministers/pastors who also own and operate restaurants.
     Freshwater Fish Company in Conway  will be featured in July on the Food Network in a new television show called Holy & Hungry, which is hosted by MC Hammer.The show is about ordained ministers/pastors who also own and operate restaurants.
  • New study shows a baby's size at birth has little to do with genetic factors

    New study shows a baby's size at birth has little to do with genetic factors

    Monday, July 7 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-07 19:54:40 GMT
    A new study shows nearly one in five, or 18 percent of U.S. high school seniors, use hookahs. Hookah is a method of smoking where smoke is passed through water before it's inhaled through a pipe. Researchers
    A new study shows nearly one in five, or 18 percent of U.S. high school seniors, use hookahs. Hookah is a method of smoking where smoke is passed through water before it's inhaled through a pipe.
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation gives pediatric patients hope

    Sacral Nerve Stimulation gives pediatric patients hope

    Monday, July 7 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-07-07 16:42:33 GMT
    COLUMBUS, Ohio— result, she has never been to high school and has been on home hospital care for nine years. Her life is filled with rigidly timed and painful flushes to try to clear her colon, but
    Heather Rayser, 16, has a colon that does not function properly and as a result, she has never been to high school and has been on home hospital care for nine years.
  • New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

    New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

    Monday, July 7 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-07 15:34:36 GMT
    For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to useNeurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential...
    For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to useNeurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential...
  • New study points to a shocking failure rate in new Alzheimer's medications

    New study points to a shocking failure rate in new Alzheimer's medications

    Thursday, July 3 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-07-03 18:49:20 GMT
    Researchers say there's an urgent need for the development of new Alzheimer's drugs. A review at the Cleveland Clinic finds more than 99-percent of medications developed over the course of a decade have failed. Now the pipeline for new therapies is nearly dry. The study says 44-million people around the world suffer from Alzheimer's and that efforts for drug development need more support. SOURCE - Alzheimer's Research Therapy/MedDay/CBSParkinson's diseaseA good brisk walk may improve the sym...
    Researchers say there's an urgent need for the development of new Alzheimer's drugs. A review at the Cleveland Clinic finds more than 99-percent of medications developed over the course of a decade have failed. Now the pipeline for new therapies is nearly dry. The study says 44-million people around the world suffer from Alzheimer's and that efforts for drug development need more support. SOURCE - Alzheimer's Research Therapy/MedDay/CBSParkinson's diseaseA good brisk walk may improve the sym...
  • Germs on your smartphone could prove useful for monitoring bacteria

    Germs on your smartphone could prove useful for monitoring bacteria

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-07-03 01:27:04 GMT
    How many times a day do you think you touch your smartphone, hundreds maybe? Well a new study says all those germs that we're inevitably leaving behind on our screens may be a useful tool for scientistsResearchers say what we leave behind on our smartphones amounts to a personal "bacteria blueprint", or a fingerprint that can tell us a lot about our health. Researchers from the University of Oregon found that 82% of the most common bacteria, typically found on our hands, are also on our smart...
    How many times a day do you think you touch your smartphone, hundreds maybe? Well a new study says all those germs that we're inevitably leaving behind on our screens may be a useful tool for scientistsResearchers say what we leave behind on our smartphones amounts to a personal "bacteria blueprint", or a fingerprint that can tell us a lot about our health. Researchers from the University of Oregon found that 82% of the most common bacteria, typically found on our hands, are also on our smart...
  • CDC says doctors in one particular part of the country are more likely to prescribe you an opioid painkiller

    CDC says doctors in one particular part of the country are more likely to prescribe you an opioid painkiller

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-02 19:56:57 GMT
    Health care providers in the South wrote the most opioid painkiller prescriptions in 2012. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. The highest prescribing state is Alabama.
    Health care providers in the South wrote the most opioid painkiller prescriptions in 2012. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • McLeod Loris Seacoast offers Heart Health Lunch and Learn seminar

    McLeod Loris Seacoast offers Heart Health Lunch and Learn seminar

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-01 15:25:21 GMT
    McLeod Loris Seacoast is offering a free lunch and learn seminar at McLeod Seacoast. The seminar will feature cardiologist, Nathan Almeida, MD, of Pee Dee Cardiology, who will be discussing heart health, risks for developing heart disease and preventive measures that can be taken to maintain a healthy heart.
    McLeod Loris Seacoast is offering a free lunch and learn seminar at McLeod Seacoast. The seminar will feature cardiologist, Nathan Almeida, MD, of Pee Dee Cardiology, who will be discussing heart health, risks for developing heart disease and preventive measures that can be taken to maintain a healthy heart.
  • McLeod Loris Seacoast recognizes Merit Award recipients

    McLeod Loris Seacoast recognizes Merit Award recipients

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-01 14:09:47 GMT
    McLeod Loris Seacoast honors three more staff members who will now be among the Merit Award recipients since this distinction was begun in 2013.McLeod Loris Seacoast honors three more staff members who will now be among the Merit Award recipients since this distinction was begun in 2013.
    McLeod Loris Seacoast honors three more staff members who will now be among the Merit Award recipients since this distinction was begun in 2013.The honorees include Joshua Delong, Anesthetist at McLeod Seacoast; Brenda Fowler, Registered Nurse at McLeod Loris; and Megan Sullivan, Anesthesia Technician who serves at both locations.
    McLeod Loris Seacoast honors three more staff members who will now be among the Merit Award recipients since this distinction was begun in 2013.The honorees include Joshua Delong, Anesthetist at McLeod Seacoast; Brenda Fowler, Registered Nurse at McLeod Loris; and Megan Sullivan, Anesthesia Technician who serves at both locations.
  • Conway Medical Center offering sleep disorders support group

    Conway Medical Center offering sleep disorders support group

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-06-30 14:00:14 GMT
    Beginning in July, Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Sleep Disorders Center will start offering A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group to be held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the private dining rooms at CMC.A.W.A.K.E., which stands for Alert Wellness and Keeping Energetic, is sponsored by the American Sleep Apnea Association. The support group is for those who suffer from sleep apnea and its purpose is to give them the tools to manage their own health successfully. The group...
    Beginning in July, Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Sleep Disorders Center will start offering A.W.A.K.E. Sleep Disorders Support Group to be held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the private dining rooms at CMC.A.W.A.K.E., which stands for Alert Wellness and Keeping Energetic, is sponsored by the American Sleep Apnea Association. The support group is for those who suffer from sleep apnea and its purpose is to give them the tools to manage their own health successfully. The group...
  • A new development in the battle against breast cancer

    A new development in the battle against breast cancer

    Friday, June 27 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-06-27 15:10:06 GMT
    London researchers are developing a simple blood test that could help predict the likelihood of a woman getting breast cancer. Scientists say the way genes are arranged in cells may be an indicator of cancer. Using blood samples, researchers were able to predict breast cancer risk several years before diagnosis. SOURCE - University College London/MedDay/CBSChronic kidney diseaseSome people show risk factors for chronic kidney disease long before being diagnosed with the problem. Massachusetts...
    London researchers are developing a simple blood test that could help predict the likelihood of a woman getting breast cancer. Scientists say the way genes are arranged in cells may be an indicator of cancer. Using blood samples, researchers were able to predict breast cancer risk several years before diagnosis. SOURCE - University College London/MedDay/CBSChronic kidney diseaseSome people show risk factors for chronic kidney disease long before being diagnosed with the problem. Massachusetts...
  • Too much TV may be dangerous for your health

    Too much TV may be dangerous for your health

    Thursday, June 26 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-06-26 15:21:14 GMT
    A new study says that taking a low dose of aspirin every day may cut the risk of pancreatic cancer nearly in half. Researchers at Yale tracked hundreds of patients at connecticut hospitals. Those taking a low dose of aspirin over a continued period of time cut their risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 48-percent. SOURCE - Cancer Epidemiology/MedDay/CBSVets and dementiaMilitary veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. ...
    A new study says that taking a low dose of aspirin every day may cut the risk of pancreatic cancer nearly in half. Researchers at Yale tracked hundreds of patients at connecticut hospitals. Those taking a low dose of aspirin over a continued period of time cut their risk of pancreatic cancer by as much as 48-percent. SOURCE - Cancer Epidemiology/MedDay/CBSVets and dementiaMilitary veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. ...
  • Red Cross launches campaign to cut high drowning rate

    Red Cross launches campaign to cut high drowning rate

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-06-25 17:02:42 GMT
    As the American Red Cross marks its 100 years of swimming safety education, it is launching a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent over the next three to five years in Myrtle Beach and other communities across the country. Myrtle Beach and the other communities selected for the Red Cross drowning prevention campaign have high numbers of drowning deaths. Myrtle Beach’s drowning rate is more than double the national average.
    As the American Red Cross marks its 100 years of swimming safety education, it is launching a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent over the next three to five years in Myrtle Beach and other communities across the country. Myrtle Beach and the other communities selected for the Red Cross drowning prevention campaign have high numbers of drowning deaths. Myrtle Beach’s drowning rate is more than double the national average.
  • SC BlueChoice offers new group health plan

    SC BlueChoice offers new group health plan

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-06-24 13:20:57 GMT
    As employers seek strategies to manage rising health care costs, BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina is offering a new product combining incentives for employees who use Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and wellness tools.“Companies that want to create a culture of health and wellness in the workplace will be interested in this new plan. This employee engagement approach has been shown to decrease overall he...
    As employers seek strategies to manage rising health care costs, BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina is offering a new product combining incentives for employees who use Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and wellness tools.“Companies that want to create a culture of health and wellness in the workplace will be interested in this new plan. This employee engagement approach has been shown to decrease overall he...
  • McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal promotes safe swimming

    McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal promotes safe swimming

    Monday, June 23 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-06-23 18:17:00 GMT
    (News Release) Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age five to drown, and 75 percent of pool submersion deaths occur at home.In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of 12 children under age ten died in inflatable pools each year from 2003 to 2005. Because of their flexible and low sides, it may be easier for a child to climb inside of an inflatable pool.McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution...
    (News Release) Home swimming pools are the most common place for a child younger than age five to drown, and 75 percent of pool submersion deaths occur at home.In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that an average of 12 children under age ten died in inflatable pools each year from 2003 to 2005. Because of their flexible and low sides, it may be easier for a child to climb inside of an inflatable pool.McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal reminds families to take caution...
  • Sitting too long may increase your risk for cancer, study says

    Sitting too long may increase your risk for cancer, study says

    Thursday, June 19 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-06-20 01:53:46 GMT
    You may want to stand up to read this.A recent study shows that sitting too long may put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer. According to a study published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,each 2-hour increase in people's sitting time per day is linked to a higher risk of several types of cancer, Researchers looked at more than 40 previous cancer studies that involved more than four million people to measure how cancer and sitting are linked. They found ...
    You may want to stand up to read this.A recent study shows that sitting too long may put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancer. According to a study published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute,each 2-hour increase in people's sitting time per day is linked to a higher risk of several types of cancer, Researchers looked at more than 40 previous cancer studies that involved more than four million people to measure how cancer and sitting are linked. They found ...
  • New warnings and teen and antidepressants

    New warnings and teen and antidepressants

    Thursday, June 19 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-06-19 18:35:49 GMT
    Government warnings about the dangers of antidepressants and young people may have back fired. Harvard researchers found when prescriptions for antidepressant dropped after the warnings, teen suicide attempts went up. The Food and Drug Administration has now revised the warning, telling doctors to also consider the risks of not prescribing anti-depressant drugs. SOURCE - Havard University/MedDay/CBSTriglyceridesMassachusetts researchers have discovered four gene mutations that lower triglycer...
    Government warnings about the dangers of antidepressants and young people may have back fired. Harvard researchers found when prescriptions for antidepressant dropped after the warnings, teen suicide attempts went up. The Food and Drug Administration has now revised the warning, telling doctors to also consider the risks of not prescribing anti-depressant drugs. SOURCE - Havard University/MedDay/CBSTriglyceridesMassachusetts researchers have discovered four gene mutations that lower triglycer...
  • Is ice or ice water bad for your dog?

    Is ice or ice water bad for your dog?

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-06-19 01:57:10 GMT
    You may have recently seen a post being shared on social media claiming that it can be deadly to give your dog ice or ice water. But there may not be a lot of truth to the claim.The post states that by giving your dog ice or ice water on a hot day it can cause it to die from boating and spasms.The popular rumor debunking website snopes.com says this claim is false."There have been rumors that ice and ice water causes a spasm of the stomach muscle in dogs, leading to a swollen stomach, and pot...
    You may have recently seen a post being shared on social media claiming that it can be deadly to give your dog ice or ice water. But there may not be a lot of truth to the claim.The post states that by giving your dog ice or ice water on a hot day it can cause it to die from boating and spasms.The popular rumor debunking website snopes.com says this claim is false."There have been rumors that ice and ice water causes a spasm of the stomach muscle in dogs, leading to a swollen stomach, and pot...
  • Southeastern Health receives $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

    Southeastern Health receives $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 9:23 AM EDT2014-06-17 13:23:54 GMT
    SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson and SeHealth Vice President of Medical Education Dr. Robert HastySeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson and SeHealth Vice President of Medical Education Dr. Robert Hasty
    Southeastern Health has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund a portion of the development of a residency program for primary care physicians.  The Endowment grant will be used to renovate a section of Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C., to establish a medical education center for medical students including those enrolled in Campbell University’s Jerry Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
    Southeastern Health has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund a portion of the development of a residency program for primary care physicians.  The Endowment grant will be used to renovate a section of Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C., to establish a medical education center for medical students including those enrolled in Campbell University’s Jerry Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Georgetown Mem. Hosp. awarded $500K grant from Duke Endowment

    Georgetown Mem. Hosp. awarded $500K grant from Duke Endowment

    Monday, June 16 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-06-16 17:22:43 GMT
    Georgetown Memorial Hospital has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand a nationally recognized community care network for low-income, uninsured residents in Georgetown County.Georgetown Memorial Hospital has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand a nationally recognized community care network for low-income, uninsured residents in Georgetown County.
    Georgetown Memorial Hospital has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand a nationally recognized community care network for low-income, uninsured residents in Georgetown County.  The funds will be used by the Georgetown Community Care Network to increase qualified individuals’ access to medical homes, affordable medications, specialty care providers and transportation to medical appointments.
    Georgetown Memorial Hospital has received a $500,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand a nationally recognized community care network for low-income, uninsured residents in Georgetown County.  The funds will be used by the Georgetown Community Care Network to increase qualified individuals’ access to medical homes, affordable medications, specialty care providers and transportation to medical appointments.
  • "Cool" kids less likely to be successful later in life; study says

    "Cool" kids less likely to be successful later in life; study says

    Friday, June 13 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-06-14 01:16:40 GMT
    Were you in the cool group growing up or maybe part of the less popular crowd? Well, pay attention parents and students; a new study has a closer look at those all-important social roles we take on while growing up and how they might impact our future. Being cool when you're growing up doesn't mean you'll grow up to succeed. In fact, this study says being cool when you're young actually makes success less likely. This study was done by the University of Virginia and looked at so-called popu...
    Were you in the cool group growing up or maybe part of the less popular crowd? Well, pay attention parents and students; a new study has a closer look at those all-important social roles we take on while growing up and how they might impact our future. Being cool when you're growing up doesn't mean you'll grow up to succeed. In fact, this study says being cool when you're young actually makes success less likely. This study was done by the University of Virginia and looked at so-called popu...
  • Free swimming lessons offered to kids and adults in North Myrtle Beach

    Free swimming lessons offered to kids and adults in North Myrtle Beach

    Thursday, June 12 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-06-13 02:52:05 GMT
    This week, dozens of kids and adults received free swimming lessons at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Center partnered with the Grand Strand Masters Swim Team to offer the lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make A Splash” water safety initiative. The classes were taught by all volunteer swimmers. Director Diane Bartlett says even at the beach, she’s surprised at the number of children, and adults, who’ve never learned to swim. "A lot of them do have childr...
    This week, dozens of kids and adults received free swimming lessons at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Center partnered with the Grand Strand Masters Swim Team to offer the lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation’s “Make A Splash” water safety initiative. The classes were taught by all volunteer swimmers. Director Diane Bartlett says even at the beach, she’s surprised at the number of children, and adults, who’ve never learned to swim. "A lot of them do have childr...
  • NC gets first case of tropical disease chikungunya

    NC gets first case of tropical disease chikungunya

    Thursday, June 12 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-06-12 18:54:23 GMT
    Health authorities say North Carolina has its first reported case of a tropical disease that could be transmitted by a type of mosquito commonly found in the state. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that the Chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye) virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials say a state resident who recently travelled to the Caribbean has come down with the disease. There have not been any cases of the disease known to have been acquired in North Carolin...
    Health authorities say North Carolina has its first reported case of a tropical disease that could be transmitted by a type of mosquito commonly found in the state. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that the Chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye) virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials say a state resident who recently travelled to the Caribbean has come down with the disease. There have not been any cases of the disease known to have been acquired in North Carolin...
  • It's possible to drown hours after leaving the water; know the risks of "secondary drowning"

    It's possible to drown hours after leaving the water; know the risks of "secondary drowning"

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-06-12 01:52:39 GMT
    Many of us will take to pools and oceans to cool off this summer and while the risk of drowning in the water is a known hazard, there is another risk called "secondary drowning" that you may not know about. Lifeguards often call it "parking lot drowning" because it can happen hours after a swimmer leaves the water. CNN reports that you can think of this as near drowning. A swimmer in the pool might accidentally inhale water or have a close-to-drowning incident. Then they brush it off and app...
    Many of us will take to pools and oceans to cool off this summer and while the risk of drowning in the water is a known hazard, there is another risk called "secondary drowning" that you may not know about. Lifeguards often call it "parking lot drowning" because it can happen hours after a swimmer leaves the water. CNN reports that you can think of this as near drowning. A swimmer in the pool might accidentally inhale water or have a close-to-drowning incident. Then they brush it off and app...
  • College of Charleston going tobacco-free

    College of Charleston going tobacco-free

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:58:47 GMT
    The College of Charleston will start a tobacco-free policy July 1. But the rules against tobacco use will not apply to public streets and sidewalks within the downtown campus. The ban applies to all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. It also applies to electronic cigarettes. It applies to all college-owned or leased buildings and on all college-owned or leased land. Smoking will be permitted in personal vehicles parked or being driven on college-owne...
    The College of Charleston will start a tobacco-free policy July 1. But the rules against tobacco use will not apply to public streets and sidewalks within the downtown campus. The ban applies to all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. It also applies to electronic cigarettes. It applies to all college-owned or leased buildings and on all college-owned or leased land. Smoking will be permitted in personal vehicles parked or being driven on college-owne...
  • Carolina Yards - Pet Waste

    Carolina Yards - Pet Waste

    Carolina Yards - Pet Waste

    Friday, June 6 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-06-06 23:26:21 GMT
    Pet waste does more than ruin your lawn, it affects water quality. Dog and cat poop does not compost, and is not good for the soil, and causes lots of other problems if not properly disposed.
    Pet waste does more than ruin your lawn, it affects water quality. Dog and cat poop does not compost, and is not good for the soil, and causes lots of other problems if not properly disposed.
  • Myrtle Beach attraction owners invite families to join their tradition

    Myrtle Beach attraction owners invite families to join their tradition

    Friday, June 6 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-06-06 14:31:08 GMT
    Go-kart riders enjoy a day on one of Broadway Grand Prix's tracks.Go-kart riders enjoy a day on one of Broadway Grand Prix's tracks.
    Broadway Grand Prix is open for the 2014 summer season, with a special that gives tribute to the park's owners. Mark Lazarus's family opened Myrtle Beach Grand Prix in 1976.
    Broadway Grand Prix is open for the 2014 summer season, with a special that gives tribute to the park's owners. Mark Lazarus's family opened Myrtle Beach Grand Prix in 1976.
  • Middle age people need to watch their blood pressure

    Middle age people need to watch their blood pressure

    Thursday, June 5 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-06-05 20:12:47 GMT
    High blood pressure may affect your memory as you get older. Researchers at the National Institute of Aging studied more than 4000 older people. They found that adults with high blood pressure were more likely to develop brain lesions. SOURCE - National Institute on Aging/MedDay/CBS Obesity With more and more overweight and obese young adults in the U.S., there's been a jump in knee replacement surgeries. According to doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, knee replacements ...
    High blood pressure may affect your memory as you get older. Researchers at the National Institute of Aging studied more than 4000 older people. They found that adults with high blood pressure were more likely to develop brain lesions. SOURCE - National Institute on Aging/MedDay/CBS Obesity With more and more overweight and obese young adults in the U.S., there's been a jump in knee replacement surgeries. According to doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, knee replacements ...
  • Pint for a pint Blood Drive in the Pee Dee

    Pint for a pint Blood Drive in the Pee Dee

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-06-03 18:56:59 GMT
    The American Red Cross partnered with McLeod Regional Medical Center for a blood drive June 3. The goal was to collect 51 units. As an incentive for people to donate, they offered a pint for a pint. For a pint of blood you get a pint of Bruester's Real Ice Cream. hey will have the same offer at the drive next month, July 29th from 10am to 4pm. All blood types are needed. Summertime is typically more of a struggle to get donors because of vacations and school not in session.
    The American Red Cross partnered with McLeod Regional Medical Center for a blood drive June 3. The goal was to collect 51 units. As an incentive for people to donate, they offered a pint for a pint. For a pint of blood you get a pint of Bruester's Real Ice Cream. hey will have the same offer at the drive next month, July 29th from 10am to 4pm. All blood types are needed. Summertime is typically more of a struggle to get donors because of vacations and school not in session.
  • Darlington County Fire District receives life-saving devices

    Darlington County Fire District receives life-saving devices

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-06-03 16:51:32 GMT
    Monday, June 2, 2014 the Darlington County Fire District received 15 Zoll Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). These units will be placed on all of our first out fire engines as well as, our service and rescue trucks. Accompanied by the existing five units we already had, this will give us a total of 20 in our fire district. Per OSHA, using an AED with CPR as soon as possible, at the onset of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival increase 60%.
    Monday, June 2, 2014 the Darlington County Fire District received 15 Zoll Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). These units will be placed on all of our first out fire engines as well as, our service and rescue trucks. Accompanied by the existing five units we already had, this will give us a total of 20 in our fire district. Per OSHA, using an AED with CPR as soon as possible, at the onset of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival increase 60%.
  • McLeod Safe Kids offers Safe Sitter Course

    McLeod Safe Kids offers Safe Sitter Course

    Monday, June 2 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-06-02 20:26:29 GMT
    McLeod Safe Kids will host a Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13. The class will be held on the following dates: · June 25, 2014 (register by June 18, 2014) · July 16, 2014 (register by July 9, 2014) · August 6, 2014 (register by July 30, 2014) The Safe Sitter class will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the McL...
    McLeod Safe Kids will host a Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13. The class will be held on the following dates: · June 25, 2014 (register by June 18, 2014) · July 16, 2014 (register by July 9, 2014) · August 6, 2014 (register by July 30, 2014) The Safe Sitter class will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the McL...
  • McLeod Loris Seacoast announces Community Outreach Activities

    McLeod Loris Seacoast announces Community Outreach Activities

    Monday, June 2 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-06-02 19:50:43 GMT
    McLeod Loris Seacost offers Injury Screenings.Take advantage of the opportunity to meet one on one with a McLeod Sports Medicine certified athletic trainer who will evaluate acute and chronic injuries, provide treatment advice, consult on bracing and orthotic options, offer exercise modifications and provide physician referrals if needed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (360) 213-3620 or (843) 281-3737. Date: Every FridayTime: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Location: North...
    McLeod Loris Seacost offers Injury Screenings.Take advantage of the opportunity to meet one on one with a McLeod Sports Medicine certified athletic trainer who will evaluate acute and chronic injuries, provide treatment advice, consult on bracing and orthotic options, offer exercise modifications and provide physician referrals if needed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (360) 213-3620 or (843) 281-3737. Date: Every FridayTime: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Location: North...
  • McLeod Health to host Multiple Myeloma Support Group Meeting

    McLeod Health to host Multiple Myeloma Support Group Meeting

    Friday, May 30 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-05-30 20:14:18 GMT
    The Multiple Myeloma Support Group is now meeting at the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, 401 E. Cheves Street. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This
    The Multiple Myeloma Support Group is now meeting at the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, 401 E. Cheves Street. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • GHS offering free sessions on new weight management program

    GHS offering free sessions on new weight management program

    Friday, May 30 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-05-30 16:53:28 GMT
    Georgetown Hospital System is holding four free information sessions in June on a comprehensive medical weight management program that addresses the medical complications of overweight and obesity. Called
    Georgetown Hospital System is holding four free information sessions in June on a comprehensive medical weight management program that addresses the medical complications of overweight and obesity.
  • More bad news for people who eat a lot of white bread

    More bad news for people who eat a lot of white bread

    Friday, May 30 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-05-30 16:46:18 GMT
    Eating more than two portions of white bread per day increases the risk of being overweight or obese by 40 percent. That's according to researchers in Spain who followed the diets of more than 9,000 people for 5 years. They say there was no significant increase in weight gain among those who ate whole grain breads. SOURCE - European Congress on Obesity/MedDay/CBS Corona viruses There's still not a drug that can fight corona viruses like SARS, and MERS, but researchers in Sweden and Switzerlan...
    Eating more than two portions of white bread per day increases the risk of being overweight or obese by 40 percent. That's according to researchers in Spain who followed the diets of more than 9,000 people for 5 years. They say there was no significant increase in weight gain among those who ate whole grain breads. SOURCE - European Congress on Obesity/MedDay/CBS Corona viruses There's still not a drug that can fight corona viruses like SARS, and MERS, but researchers in Sweden and Switzerlan...
  • Dads who do chores, raise daughters who aspire for more; gender roles shaped at home

    Dads who do chores, raise daughters who aspire for more; gender roles shaped at home

    Thursday, May 29 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-05-30 01:25:29 GMT
    The dishes, the laundry, the cooking and cleaning; there's a lot of house work to go around for many of us. Well a new study says parents who share those responsibilities may also be sharing an important lesson; specifically with their daughters. This new research was just published in the Journal "Psychological Science." They conclude that fathers who share the work load around the house are more likely to raise daughter who aspire to less traditional and potentially higher paying careers....
    The dishes, the laundry, the cooking and cleaning; there's a lot of house work to go around for many of us. Well a new study says parents who share those responsibilities may also be sharing an important lesson; specifically with their daughters. This new research was just published in the Journal "Psychological Science." They conclude that fathers who share the work load around the house are more likely to raise daughter who aspire to less traditional and potentially higher paying careers....
  • A push for warning labels on sugary drinks

    A push for warning labels on sugary drinks

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-05-28 18:58:40 GMT
    Some breast cancer patients should take the drug Tamoxifen for up to ten years. That's the new guideline from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found women with hormone driven breast cancer had better survival rates and a lower risk of recurrence when taking the drug beyond the usual five years. SOURCE - American Society of Clinical Oncology/MedDay/CBS Schools and healthy eating School programs that encourage children to eat healthy and be more active are having little e...
    Some breast cancer patients should take the drug Tamoxifen for up to ten years. That's the new guideline from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found women with hormone driven breast cancer had better survival rates and a lower risk of recurrence when taking the drug beyond the usual five years. SOURCE - American Society of Clinical Oncology/MedDay/CBS Schools and healthy eating School programs that encourage children to eat healthy and be more active are having little e...
  • The Joint Replacement Center at CMC Receives national recognition for quality

    The Joint Replacement Center at CMC Receives national recognition for quality

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-05-28 13:11:35 GMT
    Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Joint Replacement Center has received 5 stars for the quality of its Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedur...
    Conway Medical Center’s (CMC) Joint Replacement Center has received 5 stars for the quality of its Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedur...
  • Diet soda helps weight loss more than water, industry-funded study finds

    Diet soda helps weight loss more than water, industry-funded study finds

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-05-28 01:05:03 GMT
    A new study provides some interesting results when it comes to diet soda and losing weight: Could diet soda actually be giving dieters a major boost, or is this too good to be true? This study is focused on people who were already regular diet soda drinkers and wanted to shed some pounds. Researchers wanted to answer the question; for this group of people, is it better for their weight loss to drink water or diet soda? The study was done by researchers at the University of Colorado and pu...
    A new study provides some interesting results when it comes to diet soda and losing weight: Could diet soda actually be giving dieters a major boost, or is this too good to be true? This study is focused on people who were already regular diet soda drinkers and wanted to shed some pounds. Researchers wanted to answer the question; for this group of people, is it better for their weight loss to drink water or diet soda? The study was done by researchers at the University of Colorado and pu...
  • Certain types of cancers may more prevalent in wealthy neighborhood

    Certain types of cancers may more prevalent in wealthy neighborhood

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-05-27 20:38:31 GMT
    A new study shows the level of poverty or wealth in an area may affect the types of cancers people get. Researchers looked at three million tumors diagnosed over a four year period. They found in the poorest neighborhoods-- larynx, cervix and liver cancer were the most common. In the wealthiest neighborhoods, thyroid, melanoma, and other skin cancers were most likely. Researchers are not sure why socio economic status seems to influence the type of cancer patients develop. SOURCE - The Cancer...
    A new study shows the level of poverty or wealth in an area may affect the types of cancers people get. Researchers looked at three million tumors diagnosed over a four year period. They found in the poorest neighborhoods-- larynx, cervix and liver cancer were the most common. In the wealthiest neighborhoods, thyroid, melanoma, and other skin cancers were most likely. Researchers are not sure why socio economic status seems to influence the type of cancer patients develop. SOURCE - The Cancer...
  • Pregnant women in the U.S. may be lacking an important mineral

    Pregnant women in the U.S. may be lacking an important mineral

    Monday, May 26 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-05-26 21:49:32 GMT
    The American Academy of Pediatrics says pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking iodine supplements. Experts say, most of the salt in the U.S. diet is from processed food, which does not contain iodine. Iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormone which is critical for brain development in children. SOURCE - American Academy of Pediatrics/MedDay/CBS Ice hockey The American Academy of Pediatrics is also pushing for less physical contact between boys who play ice hockey. The group is ...
    The American Academy of Pediatrics says pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking iodine supplements. Experts say, most of the salt in the U.S. diet is from processed food, which does not contain iodine. Iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormone which is critical for brain development in children. SOURCE - American Academy of Pediatrics/MedDay/CBS Ice hockey The American Academy of Pediatrics is also pushing for less physical contact between boys who play ice hockey. The group is ...
  • New, tiny pacemaker implanted without surgery

    New, tiny pacemaker implanted without surgery

    Monday, May 26 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-05-26 21:42:50 GMT
    It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital recently implanted the tiny device in a Columbus woman as part of a global clinical trial to test its safety and effectiveness. Unlike conventional pacemakers, which require a chest...
    It’s about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Doctors at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital recently implanted the tiny device in a Columbus woman as part of a global clinical trial to test its safety and effectiveness. Unlike conventional pacemakers, which require a chest...
  • Three common indoor allergy myths busted

    Three common indoor allergy myths busted

    Monday, May 26 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-05-26 21:40:53 GMT
    A yellow dusting of pollen might have you running for cover behind closed windows and doors. Not so fast. An allergist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says indoor allergens cause just as much trouble, and they’re around year-round. However, a few common misconceptions about indoor allergies could mean you are making things worse for yourself. Bedding: If you’ve given up on down or feather bedding in...
    A yellow dusting of pollen might have you running for cover behind closed windows and doors. Not so fast. An allergist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says indoor allergens cause just as much trouble, and they’re around year-round. However, a few common misconceptions about indoor allergies could mean you are making things worse for yourself. Bedding: If you’ve given up on down or feather bedding in...
  • Montel Williams presented with Quilt of Valor in Myrtle Beach

    Montel Williams presented with Quilt of Valor in Myrtle Beach

    Friday, May 23 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-05-23 21:20:50 GMT
    The city of Myrtle Beach is gearing up for the Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade. Talk show host Montel Williams is this years Grand Marshal, and spent Friday at the annual veterans center picnic where he was given the Quilt of Valor. Williams discovered his public speaking talents during his years in the military. He says supporting those who serve is something that is close to his heart, "I've been involved in veterans issues because I have 22 years in myself, so for them to come down ...
    The city of Myrtle Beach is gearing up for the Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade. Talk show host Montel Williams is this years Grand Marshal, and spent Friday at the annual veterans center picnic where he was given the Quilt of Valor. Williams discovered his public speaking talents during his years in the military. He says supporting those who serve is something that is close to his heart, "I've been involved in veterans issues because I have 22 years in myself, so for them to come down ...
  • Women with diabetes risk an even deadlier disease

    Women with diabetes risk an even deadlier disease

    Friday, May 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-05-23 16:55:54 GMT
    Women with diabetes are 44 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease then men with diabetes. That's according to a new 45-year study published today from Australian and European researchers. They say their findings show that doctors need to be more vigilant in screening women for pre-diabetes, and treating women at risk for cardiovascular disease. SOURCE - Diabetologia (the Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes)/MedDay/CBS Aneurysm The bigger the brain aneu...
    Women with diabetes are 44 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease then men with diabetes. That's according to a new 45-year study published today from Australian and European researchers. They say their findings show that doctors need to be more vigilant in screening women for pre-diabetes, and treating women at risk for cardiovascular disease. SOURCE - Diabetologia (the Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes)/MedDay/CBS Aneurysm The bigger the brain aneu...
  • New evidence shows marijuana could help people with seizures

    New evidence shows marijuana could help people with seizures

    Thursday, May 22 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-05-22 19:49:56 GMT
    A new study finds most women with breast cancer who have a double mastectomy don't need it. Researchers at the University of Michigan found about 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed do so despite a very low risk of cancer in their healthy breast. Experts say women who don't have a strong family history or a positive genetic test should consider undergoing a less complicated lumpectomy. SOURCE - JAMA Surgery/MedDay/CBS Marijuana may help epilepsy New research shows marijuana ma...
    A new study finds most women with breast cancer who have a double mastectomy don't need it. Researchers at the University of Michigan found about 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed do so despite a very low risk of cancer in their healthy breast. Experts say women who don't have a strong family history or a positive genetic test should consider undergoing a less complicated lumpectomy. SOURCE - JAMA Surgery/MedDay/CBS Marijuana may help epilepsy New research shows marijuana ma...
  • News 13 Special Report: Selfie Nation

    News 13 Special Report: Selfie Nation

    Thursday, May 22 2014 7:16 AM EDT2014-05-22 11:16:11 GMT
    It seems they’re everywhere you look on social media – self portraits, typically taken with a cell phone camera, affectionately known as “selfies.” It seems everyone is taking them, from politicians to celebrities to average people like rest of us. The word “selfie” even has its own entry in the dictionary. Musical group Chainsmokers recently released a song about the pop culture phenomenon – poking fun at the idea o...
    It seems they’re everywhere you look on social media – self portraits, typically taken with a cell phone camera, affectionately known as “selfies.” It seems everyone is taking them, from politicians to celebrities to average people like rest of us. The word “selfie” even has its own entry in the dictionary. Musical group Chainsmokers recently released a song about the pop culture phenomenon – poking fun at the idea o...
  • Eating 2 big meals a day may help you lose weight

    Eating 2 big meals a day may help you lose weight

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-05-22 01:35:09 GMT
    For the people out there who are trying to lose weight and get into shape , have you heard the advice, eat several small meals throughout the day to help you avoid hunger pangs and shed the pounds? Well a new study might be putting some cold water on that idea.The advice for so long was to eat five, or even six small meals each day to keep your metabolism going but this new study really shakes things up again. It says that eating just two big meals a day may be the way to lose weight. Breakf...
    For the people out there who are trying to lose weight and get into shape , have you heard the advice, eat several small meals throughout the day to help you avoid hunger pangs and shed the pounds? Well a new study might be putting some cold water on that idea.The advice for so long was to eat five, or even six small meals each day to keep your metabolism going but this new study really shakes things up again. It says that eating just two big meals a day may be the way to lose weight. Breakf...
  • Carnegie Hall composer and performer gives free concert to benefit AHA

    Carnegie Hall composer and performer gives free concert to benefit AHA

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-05-21 19:55:56 GMT
    Carnegie Hall composer and performer, Gabriel Smallwood, is giving a free concert Saturday, May 31 at 6pm at the Saint Luke Lutheran Church on 1201 Cherokee Road in Florence. Freewill offerings and donations will benefit the American Heart Association. This event is sponsored by Carolinas Hospital System. Gabriel Smallwood, 16, is a pianist, organist, and composer. Since he was three, he has enjoyed studying piano with various teachers, including Kathy Henderson, Dr. Paolo Gualdi, and cu...
    Carnegie Hall composer and performer, Gabriel Smallwood, is giving a free concert Saturday, May 31 at 6pm at the Saint Luke Lutheran Church on 1201 Cherokee Road in Florence. Freewill offerings and donations will benefit the American Heart Association. This event is sponsored by Carolinas Hospital System. Gabriel Smallwood, 16, is a pianist, organist, and composer. Since he was three, he has enjoyed studying piano with various teachers, including Kathy Henderson, Dr. Paolo Gualdi, and cu...
  • Southeastern Health sponsors support groups and observances for National Dairy Month

    Southeastern Health sponsors support groups and observances for National Dairy Month

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-05-21 15:22:05 GMT
    Wii Play Day Celebrate “Older Americans Month” with a Wii game center play day on Thursday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CHEC in Biggs Park Mall. PrivilegesPlus members are invited to play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Release forms must be signed to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (910) 671-9393. National Dairy Month events In observance of June as National Dair...
    Wii Play Day Celebrate “Older Americans Month” with a Wii game center play day on Thursday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CHEC in Biggs Park Mall. PrivilegesPlus members are invited to play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Release forms must be signed to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (910) 671-9393. National Dairy Month events In observance of June as National Dair...
  • Treatments for arthritic hips, knees topic of free seminar

    Treatments for arthritic hips, knees topic of free seminar

    Tuesday, May 20 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-05-20 15:52:24 GMT
    Learn about shoulder and sports-related conditions in adults at a free community seminar and lunch Wednesday, May 28, at Litchfield Beach. Dr. William Greer, a sports medicine physician and an orthopedic surgeon with Waccamaw Orthopaedics, will be the featured speaker at the seminar, which is set for noon at the Georgetown Hospital System building at 160 Willbrook Blvd. across from Litchfield Market Village. Sponsor...
    Learn about shoulder and sports-related conditions in adults at a free community seminar and lunch Wednesday, May 28, at Litchfield Beach. Dr. William Greer, a sports medicine physician and an orthopedic surgeon with Waccamaw Orthopaedics, will be the featured speaker at the seminar, which is set for noon at the Georgetown Hospital System building at 160 Willbrook Blvd. across from Litchfield Market Village. Sponsor...
  • Employers more accepting of job-hopping by younger employees, study finds

    Employers more accepting of job-hopping by younger employees, study finds

    Monday, May 19 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-05-20 01:38:38 GMT
    Many people out there are looking for a new job and it's been a long-held belief that working for various employers over a short period of time carries a negative stigma; but according to a new survey, maybe not anymore. You could call it serial job hunting. And when looking for a new job, it has always seemed to be looked down upon if you wanted to be seen as a credible candidate, but this survey says that may be changing. Careerbuilder polled more than 2,000 national hiring managers and...
    Many people out there are looking for a new job and it's been a long-held belief that working for various employers over a short period of time carries a negative stigma; but according to a new survey, maybe not anymore. You could call it serial job hunting. And when looking for a new job, it has always seemed to be looked down upon if you wanted to be seen as a credible candidate, but this survey says that may be changing. Careerbuilder polled more than 2,000 national hiring managers and...
  • Bullies get health benefits from doing bad deeds, study says

    Bullies get health benefits from doing bad deeds, study says

    Friday, May 16 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-05-17 01:34:17 GMT
    Bullying is a national problem and one that some of our nation's kids have unfortunately learned about the hard way. We've long heard that the emotional effects of bullying can last with kids long after, but a new study suggests it may also affect health, in a surprising way. This new study is so fascinating because it shows health problems can show up in those bullied long after the incident; but interestingly enough, the new study also shows that bullying may make the bully healthier. The...
    Bullying is a national problem and one that some of our nation's kids have unfortunately learned about the hard way. We've long heard that the emotional effects of bullying can last with kids long after, but a new study suggests it may also affect health, in a surprising way. This new study is so fascinating because it shows health problems can show up in those bullied long after the incident; but interestingly enough, the new study also shows that bullying may make the bully healthier. The...
  • Smoking hookas could increase cancer risk

    Smoking hookas could increase cancer risk

    Friday, May 16 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-05-16 21:49:07 GMT
    Smoking water pipes or “hookahs” isn’t as safe as you might think, according to the American Association for Cancer Research.Researchers found that, after a single evening of smoking in a hookah bar, young adults had higher levels of tobacco-related cancer-causing agents and a spike in nicotine levels.They say that may raise their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.
    Smoking water pipes or “hookahs” isn’t as safe as you might think, according to the American Association for Cancer Research.Researchers found that, after a single evening of smoking in a hookah bar, young adults had higher levels of tobacco-related cancer-causing agents and a spike in nicotine levels.They say that may raise their risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Study: Two large meals per day could be better for diabetics

    Study: Two large meals per day could be better for diabetics

    Friday, May 16 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-05-16 21:45:18 GMT
    Eating two large meals,breakfast and lunch, might be better for diabetics than six smaller meals with the same calorie count.That’s according to a new European study of patients with Type-2 diabetes.It found the two large meals helped patients control their weight and blood sugar better than the smaller meals throughout the day.Researchers say larger studies are needed before doctors make any new eating recommendations.
    Eating two large meals,breakfast and lunch, might be better for diabetics than six smaller meals with the same calorie count.That’s according to a new European study of patients with Type-2 diabetes.It found the two large meals helped patients control their weight and blood sugar better than the smaller meals throughout the day.Researchers say larger studies are needed before doctors make any new eating recommendations.
  • Swimming pool chemicals cause emergency room visits

    Swimming pool chemicals cause emergency room visits

    Friday, May 16 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-05-16 21:43:32 GMT
    A new study from the CDC finds swimming pool chemicals send thousands of people to the emergency rooms each year. About 5,000 were injured in 2012 with around half those cases involving children and teens. The CDC says pool owners need to take precautions while handling chemicals.Wearing goggles or a mask as directed and keeping kids away from them should decrease injuries.
    A new study from the CDC finds swimming pool chemicals send thousands of people to the emergency rooms each year. About 5,000 were injured in 2012 with around half those cases involving children and teens. The CDC says pool owners need to take precautions while handling chemicals.Wearing goggles or a mask as directed and keeping kids away from them should decrease injuries.
  • Events attract spring rally bikers to North Myrtle Beach

    Events attract spring rally bikers to North Myrtle Beach

    Friday, May 16 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-05-16 14:28:52 GMT
    The 2014 Harley-Davidson Cruisin' the Coast Spring Bike Rally continues through Saturday, May 17.Many bikers say the most popular spots are on the South end of the Grand Strand near Murrells Inlet. However, some bikers choose to enjoy events on the North end.Vendors are set up across Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The House of Blues also hosts Full Throttle Fest through the weekend.The festival is everyday from noon until 2:00 a.m. "We basically turn the house of blues into the Full ...
    The 2014 Harley-Davidson Cruisin' the Coast Spring Bike Rally continues through Saturday, May 17.Many bikers say the most popular spots are on the South end of the Grand Strand near Murrells Inlet. However, some bikers choose to enjoy events on the North end.Vendors are set up across Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The House of Blues also hosts Full Throttle Fest through the weekend.The festival is everyday from noon until 2:00 a.m. "We basically turn the house of blues into the Full ...
  • SC moves to ban powdered alcohol before it's even legal

    SC moves to ban powdered alcohol before it's even legal

    Thursday, May 15 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-05-16 01:52:06 GMT
    South Carolina is trying to be proactive to put a ban on powdered alcohol before it even becomes legal. An Arizona-based company introduced powdered alcohol, but federal regulators pulled the approval last month. South carolina lawmakers are concerned about the safety of this product. In the past the state has done similar bans on products like bath salts. Senator Thomas Alexander says, "The evidence is simply not out there to know at this point what kind of impact this could have on the ci...
    South Carolina is trying to be proactive to put a ban on powdered alcohol before it even becomes legal. An Arizona-based company introduced powdered alcohol, but federal regulators pulled the approval last month. South carolina lawmakers are concerned about the safety of this product. In the past the state has done similar bans on products like bath salts. Senator Thomas Alexander says, "The evidence is simply not out there to know at this point what kind of impact this could have on the ci...
  • Why it really is better to forgive and forget

    Why it really is better to forgive and forget

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-05-15 01:47:25 GMT
    You've likely been given the advice to, "forgive and forget" at some point in your life, but now a new study says that forgiving others might actually make it easier to forget how you were wronged in the first place. It's much easier said than done, but a new study says there is scientific truth behind that saying, you've got to "forgive and forget." Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland put the theory to the test. Their study, just published in the journal, "Psychological...
    You've likely been given the advice to, "forgive and forget" at some point in your life, but now a new study says that forgiving others might actually make it easier to forget how you were wronged in the first place. It's much easier said than done, but a new study says there is scientific truth behind that saying, you've got to "forgive and forget." Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland put the theory to the test. Their study, just published in the journal, "Psychological...
  • College football players may have problems with memory

    College football players may have problems with memory

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:17:34 GMT
    College football players who suffered a concussion or have been playing for a long time have less volume in the part of their brain that’s important for memory. That’s according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers also found the football players also exhibited slower reaction time.
    College football players who suffered a concussion or have been playing for a long time have less volume in the part of their brain that’s important for memory. That’s according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers also found the football players also exhibited slower reaction time.
  • Study: Women who experience menopause early have a higher risk of heart failure

    Study: Women who experience menopause early have a higher risk of heart failure

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:13:22 GMT
    Women who go through menopause between the ages of 40 to 45 have a 40 percent higher risk of heart failure, according to a new study in the Journal Menopause.Researchers in Sweden looked at more than 22-thousand women for the study.They found the risk of heart failure increased even more for early menopausal women who smoked at any point in their lives.
    Women who go through menopause between the ages of 40 to 45 have a 40 percent higher risk of heart failure, according to a new study in the Journal Menopause.Researchers in Sweden looked at more than 22-thousand women for the study.They found the risk of heart failure increased even more for early menopausal women who smoked at any point in their lives.
  • More Americans taking prescription drugs

    More Americans taking prescription drugs

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-05-14 16:11:18 GMT
    The C-D-C reports about half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs from 2007 to 2010. In that same period, the number of adults using anti-depressants quadrupled. The CDC also says antibiotic prescriptions for people experiencing cold symptoms dropped 39 percent between 2009 to 2010.
    The C-D-C reports about half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs from 2007 to 2010. In that same period, the number of adults using anti-depressants quadrupled. The CDC also says antibiotic prescriptions for people experiencing cold symptoms dropped 39 percent between 2009 to 2010.
  • Having a sense of purpose adds years to your life, study finds

    Having a sense of purpose adds years to your life, study finds

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-05-14 03:03:02 GMT
    Finding your purpose in life may be really important, not just so that you have a goal to work towards, but for adding years to your life at any age. Researchers at Carleton University in Canada studied more than 6000 people over 14 years and found that those who said they had a purpose, or direction, to their lives, lived longer; regardless of the age when they discovered that purpose; than those who said they had less direction or fewer goals. The research, published this week in the journ...
    Finding your purpose in life may be really important, not just so that you have a goal to work towards, but for adding years to your life at any age. Researchers at Carleton University in Canada studied more than 6000 people over 14 years and found that those who said they had a purpose, or direction, to their lives, lived longer; regardless of the age when they discovered that purpose; than those who said they had less direction or fewer goals. The research, published this week in the journ...
  • Pregnant women have increased chance of getting into an accident

    Pregnant women have increased chance of getting into an accident

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-05-13 21:16:38 GMT
    Pregnancy increases the risk of getting into a serious traffic accident by more than 40 percent. That's according to a study in Canada on more than half a million pregnant women. Researchers say pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and insomnia may be causing more fender-benders.
    Pregnancy increases the risk of getting into a serious traffic accident by more than 40 percent. That's according to a study in Canada on more than half a million pregnant women. Researchers say pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and insomnia may be causing more fender-benders.
  • Research: Link between bullying and health problems

    Research: Link between bullying and health problems

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-05-13 21:14:32 GMT
    A new study looks at the long-term health problems that bullying causes. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center say bullying could have long-term health consequences. A study that followed 14-hundred people for more than 20 years found those who were bullied reported more health problems such as chronic pain and susceptibility to illnesses.Doctors say this is because bullying increases levels of an unhealthy protein in victims.
    A new study looks at the long-term health problems that bullying causes. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center say bullying could have long-term health consequences. A study that followed 14-hundred people for more than 20 years found those who were bullied reported more health problems such as chronic pain and susceptibility to illnesses.Doctors say this is because bullying increases levels of an unhealthy protein in victims.
  • Learn how to shop healthy at GHS supermarket tours

    Learn how to shop healthy at GHS supermarket tours

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-05-13 14:11:31 GMT
    We may not be able to control grocery prices, but we can control what we spend, and knowing how to read nutrition labels is the first step in stretching food dollars and making healthier food choices. To help consumers decipher the numbers and understand what all those words on packaging labels mean, Georgetown Hospital System dietitians are leading two free supermarket tours Thursday, May 22, and Tuesday, June 12. ...
    We may not be able to control grocery prices, but we can control what we spend, and knowing how to read nutrition labels is the first step in stretching food dollars and making healthier food choices. To help consumers decipher the numbers and understand what all those words on packaging labels mean, Georgetown Hospital System dietitians are leading two free supermarket tours Thursday, May 22, and Tuesday, June 12. ...
  • Is Your Diet Making You Sick?

    Is Your Diet Making You Sick?

    Tuesday, May 13 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-05-13 13:01:28 GMT
    For years, Karen Schecker of Murrells Inlet suffered from major gastrointestinal problems including; severe stomach aches, bloating, and diarrhea.
    For years, Karen Schecker of Murrells Inlet suffered from major gastrointestinal problems including; severe stomach aches, bloating, and diarrhea.
  • How much money would moms earn if they received a salary?

    How much money would moms earn if they received a salary?

    Friday, May 9 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-05-10 02:40:22 GMT
    Do-it-all moms would earn nearly $63,000 a year if paid for their workDo-it-all moms would earn nearly $63,000 a year if paid for their work
    We all know moms work hard, from cooking to cleaning to taking care of their kids. So, as we head into mother's day weekend, we have a look at what mom's value is really worth. It's one of the hardest jobs in the world, all done without a paycheck. But if moms were to get paid based on what they do each and every day, how much would they earn? Moms, you are going to want to listen to this one. Insure-dot-com ran the numbers and created "the mother's day salary index" for this year. From th...
    We all know moms work hard, from cooking to cleaning to taking care of their kids. So, as we head into mother's day weekend, we have a look at what mom's value is really worth. It's one of the hardest jobs in the world, all done without a paycheck. But if moms were to get paid based on what they do each and every day, how much would they earn? Moms, you are going to want to listen to this one. Insure-dot-com ran the numbers and created "the mother's day salary index" for this year. From th...
  • Authorities: New protocol will help guard SC kids from drugs

    Authorities: New protocol will help guard SC kids from drugs

    Thursday, May 8 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-05-09 01:22:35 GMT
    Officials say new guidelines will help protect South Carolina's children who have been living in places associated with drugs.U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday the protocols detail how law enforcement, public health and welfare officials should react when children are discovered living in a place where drugs have been used, dealt or manufactured.Candice Lively of the University of South Carolina Children's Law Center says her department will coordinate free trainings for agencies aroun...
    Officials say new guidelines will help protect South Carolina's children who have been living in places associated with drugs.U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday the protocols detail how law enforcement, public health and welfare officials should react when children are discovered living in a place where drugs have been used, dealt or manufactured.Candice Lively of the University of South Carolina Children's Law Center says her department will coordinate free trainings for agencies aroun...
  • More news about how music affects the brain

    More news about how music affects the brain

    Thursday, May 8 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-05-08 16:40:07 GMT
    A new study suggests music and language share the same space in the brain. Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that brief music training increases the blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain. That's the same area of the brain that processes language. SOURCE - University of Liverpool/MedDay/CBS Patient surgery More than half of all operations in the U.S. are performed on patients 65 and older. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researc...
    A new study suggests music and language share the same space in the brain. Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that brief music training increases the blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain. That's the same area of the brain that processes language. SOURCE - University of Liverpool/MedDay/CBS Patient surgery More than half of all operations in the U.S. are performed on patients 65 and older. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researc...
  • McLeod Women's Services Hosts Pelvic Health Lunch and Learn

    McLeod Women's Services Hosts Pelvic Health Lunch and Learn

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-05-07 21:42:21 GMT
    McLeod Women's Services is hosting "Straight Talk About Women's Pelvic Health Issues" at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center on Thursday, May 29, at 12 p.m. Dr. Charles Tatum of McLeod OB/GYN Associates
    McLeod Women's Services is hosting "Straight Talk About Women's Pelvic Health Issues" at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center on Thursday, May 29, at 12 p.m.
  • Researchers find an uptick in brain activity for pregnant women

    Researchers find an uptick in brain activity for pregnant women

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:45:00 GMT
    The CDC says Adults with disabilities who get no aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely to have a chronic disease, like cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease. The government agency says of the disabled adults to went to the doctor in the past year, only about 44 percent were told to get active. SOURCE - Centers for Disease Control/MedDay/CBS HINI Dutch researchers say pregnant women who had the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009 flu pandemic have children who are growing and dev...
    The CDC says Adults with disabilities who get no aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely to have a chronic disease, like cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease. The government agency says of the disabled adults to went to the doctor in the past year, only about 44 percent were told to get active. SOURCE - Centers for Disease Control/MedDay/CBS HINI Dutch researchers say pregnant women who had the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009 flu pandemic have children who are growing and dev...
  • Telemedicine program introduced at Conway Medical Center

    Telemedicine program introduced at Conway Medical Center

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-05-06 22:58:04 GMT
    When Jackyln Viazanica's son was born 6 weeks early,he had to be transferred toM.U.S.C in Charleston after suffering from respiratory issues.
    When Jackyln Viazanica's son was born 6 weeks early,he had to be transferred toM.U.S.C in Charleston after suffering from respiratory issues.
  • King Kong spotted at Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

    King Kong spotted at Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-05-06 21:29:41 GMT
    You may have noticed the big gorilla on top of the old NASCAR Cafe in Myrtle Beach. A giant King Kong now climbs the wallsofthe Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, currently under construction atthe site of the former NASCAR Café, 1808 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC. The newest addition to Broadway at the Beach will contain three attractions, including a two-story Hollywood Wax Museum, a mirror maze adventure and a haunted zombie experience. The project is being developed by the same f...
    You may have noticed the big gorilla on top of the old NASCAR Cafe in Myrtle Beach. A giant King Kong now climbs the wallsofthe Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, currently under construction atthe site of the former NASCAR Café, 1808 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC. The newest addition to Broadway at the Beach will contain three attractions, including a two-story Hollywood Wax Museum, a mirror maze adventure and a haunted zombie experience. The project is being developed by the same f...
  • HealthPoint offering free training seminar for Waccamaw HS mud run

    HealthPoint offering free training seminar for Waccamaw HS mud run

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-05-06 18:13:40 GMT
    HealthPoint Center for Health Fitness will offer a free mud run training seminar Monday, May 12, from 6-7 p.m. to assist local residents who plan to participate in Waccamaw High School’s “Warrior Mud Run.” Led by Bill Daley, senior physical therapist at NextStep Rehab Services, and David Nelson, exercise physiologist at HealthPoint, the session will include fitness training drills, as well as tips on injury prevent...
    HealthPoint Center for Health Fitness will offer a free mud run training seminar Monday, May 12, from 6-7 p.m. to assist local residents who plan to participate in Waccamaw High School’s “Warrior Mud Run.” Led by Bill Daley, senior physical therapist at NextStep Rehab Services, and David Nelson, exercise physiologist at HealthPoint, the session will include fitness training drills, as well as tips on injury prevent...
  • May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-05-06 15:38:43 GMT
    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. The Brain Tumor Support Group, hosted by Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center, will be held Thursday, May 22 from 6p.m. until 8p.m. The group meets the fourth Thursday
    May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. The Brain Tumor Support Group, hosted by Florence Neurosurgery and Spine Center, will be held Thursday, May 22 from 6p.m. until 8p.m. 
  • A new study reveals stark differences between girls and boys when it comes to concussions

    A new study reveals stark differences between girls and boys when it comes to concussions

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-05-06 15:00:29 GMT
    A new study that looked at nearly 70 teenagers who suffered concussions found that males take twice as long to recover as females. Researchers used an advanced type of brain scan that showed the average concussion recovery for girls was 26 days, while it took boys more than 66 days on average to get better. SOURCE - Radiology/MedDay/CBS Energy drinks Middle schoolers and high schoolers who regularly consume sports and energy drinks are more likely to pick up unhealthy habits like smoking, e...
    A new study that looked at nearly 70 teenagers who suffered concussions found that males take twice as long to recover as females. Researchers used an advanced type of brain scan that showed the average concussion recovery for girls was 26 days, while it took boys more than 66 days on average to get better. SOURCE - Radiology/MedDay/CBS Energy drinks Middle schoolers and high schoolers who regularly consume sports and energy drinks are more likely to pick up unhealthy habits like smoking, e...
  • Blessing event kicks off local National Nurses Week observance

    Blessing event kicks off local National Nurses Week observance

    Monday, May 5 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-05-06 02:28:41 GMT
    By WBTW News Staff Waccamaw Community Hospital kicked off National Nurses Week with a special event. A "Blessing of the Hands" ceremony happened Monday at the new Bridge of Peace on the hospital grounds. National Nurses Week begins Tuesday and ends on May 12, on Florence Nightingale's birthday. This year's theme is "Nurses Leading the Way."
    By WBTW News Staff Waccamaw Community Hospital kicked off National Nurses Week with a special event. A "Blessing of the Hands" ceremony happened Monday at the new Bridge of Peace on the hospital grounds. National Nurses Week begins Tuesday and ends on May 12, on Florence Nightingale's birthday. This year's theme is "Nurses Leading the Way."
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