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    Georgia firm recalls chicken breast tenders


    Prime Pak Foods, a Gainesville, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 24,000 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast products due to misbranding. More>>

    Runners race for Riverdogs 'Run Forrest Run 5K'


    The Riverdogs are playing a doubleheader Saturday night to make up for Friday’s rained out game, but before the first pitch was tossed, runners laced up their shoes for the Run Forrest Run 5K.  More>>

    SC bill banning abortions beyond 19 weeks stalls

    A bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy has stalled in the state Senate, with lawmakers raising concerns that the bill also bans contraception. More>>

    DHEC wants help collecting dead birds for West Nile tests


    The state's health department is asking the public to help them track West Nile virus by submitting dead birds for testing. More>>

    MUSC, SC hospitals collaborate to reduce costs


    Five of South Carolina's largest health care providers have teamed up to help drive down care costs, including MUSCHealth in Charleston. More>>

    Mighty Mack fights leukemia with help of his little sister Video included


    Mack Shieder has spent most of his life battling leukemia in hospital beds. His little sister endured a risky surgery two weeks ago to help save his life. More>>

    SC bills could outlaw abortion, most contraception

    A Senate panel has advanced legislation that opponents say could outlaw abortion and emergency contraception in South Carolina. More>>

    SC court denies motion to delay sex-assignment surgery case


    A South Carolina court rejected a motion by the Department of Social Services and two hospitals to delay a case that accuses the agencies of performing a sex-assignment surgery on a 16-month-old child. More>>

    SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana Video included

    The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses. More>>

    Getting back in shape post baby


    Setting aside time in our busy schedules to exercise can be difficult, but that task gets even more difficult once you have children. More>>

    Rehab expert offers tips on running bridge injury-free


    Nearly 40,000 people will do their best to "get over it" this weekend. Getting over the Cooper River for the 37th running and walking of the Cooper River Bridge run can come with a few aches and pains. More>>

    Saving Eliza: A family's effort to save their daughter Video included


    A Columbia couple is doing all they can to raise $2 million and they need to do it by November. Why? Because if they don't, their 4-year-old daughter will lose her battle with a rare disease.

    Family hopes online fundraiser will help save daughter from rare disease Video included


    A Columbia family fighting for their daughter's life is sharing her story to the world in hopes of raising the money needed to help save her life. More>>

    AHA and MUSC observe National Walking Day Video included


    Whether it's walking, running, biking, playing sports or joining a group class, The American Heart Association says we need to get more active. More>>

    BCWS lifts boil water advisory for Sangaree customers


    Berkeley County Water & Sanitation has lifted a boil water advisory for its customers in the Highland Avenue and Tabby Creek area of Sangaree. More>>

    Mayors sign pledge to promote autism awareness Video included


    One in every 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder according to the latest estimates for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week. More>>

    SC uninsured unable to access health care options

    With uninsured South Carolinians facing a midnight deadline for signing up for health care coverage, enrollment counselors are reporting a surge of people seeking their help. More>>

    State rep holds healthcare open house ahead of deadline


    The deadline to purchase healthcare through the Affordable Care Act is just a couple days away. On Saturday, state Rep. David Mack held an open house at Burns Elementary School. More>>

    Group of ladies walk for their heart's sake Video included


    April 2 is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day, but a group of women at the Medical University of South Carolina is getting a bit of a head start.

    Boy, 11, wants to amputate own legs for chance at walking


    A boy in Berkeley, Calif., has made a difficult decision about his future, but it's one his parents support. The 11-year-old wants to have part of his leg amputated. More>>

    Food safety agency issues alert for egg products


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert because Nutriom LLC, a Lacey, Wash. establishment, declined to expand its Feb. 15, 2014 recall to include an additional 118,541 pounds of processed egg products. More>>

    Teen uses optimism as medicine; works for muscular dystrophy cure Video included


    Caleb Sizemore knows he has a terminal disease, but fund raises for a cure. More>>

    A mother's plea for passage of cannabis oil bill Video included


    Wednesday marks International Epilepsy Awareness Day and the Epilepsy Foundation reports that more than 2 million people live with the neurological disorder in the United States.

    Saving Our Children: The Obesity Epidemic Video included


    The reports inundate the airwaves. Obesity is called an epidemic and experts throw out stats that say 23 million children and teens are obese or overweight. More>>

    Kohl's Cares drops off $45,000 for MUSC Children's Hospital app


    The MUSC Children's Hospital is getting a big check from Kohl's Cares during Sunday's Kids Fair. More>>

    SCE&G linemen shave heads for 6-year-old with leukemia


    SCE&G coworkers and friends shaved their heads today in support of a little girl named Emma. More>>

    Expert on child nutrition speaks on healthy eating

    A Baylor University professor of pediatrics and expert on child nutrition is scheduled to speak at the University of South Carolina on improving kids' health and wellbeing. More>>

    Anti-abortion bill advanced to SC Senate floor

    A bill requiring doctors who perform abortions in South Carolina to have admitting privileges at a local hospital is heading to the Senate. More>>

    SC nutrition group offering grocery store tours


    A South Carolina organization is offering a free chance to learn more about healthy, affordable eating in local grocery stores. More>>

    Bill fighting health care law fails in Senate

    An effort to delay implementation of the federal health care overhaul in South Carolina is dead. More>>

    SC hospital expert talks on Affordable Care Act

    The president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Hospital Association is speaking about the state and its relationship with the Affordable Care Act. More>>

    Roper St. Francis hosting discussion on health care law Wednesday


    With less than two weeks left for uninsured people to enroll in coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, Roper St. Francis is providing a forum for a community discussion on what's required. More>>

    Alzheimer's Assoc. launches new initiative in face of rising impact on women


    According to the report, five million, or one in nine, Americans are living with Alzheimer's, including 200,000 under the age of 65. More>>

    Final push for enrollment before ACA deadline Video included


    The deadline to enroll in coverage through the Affordable Care Act is March 31. Blue Cross Blue Shield is making a final push in South Carolina, making sure people understand the penalties for not signing up.

    DHEC orders stricter testing for PCBs

    South Carolina environmental regulators have ordered more testing to avoid possible contamination by a toxic industrial chemical. More>>

    SC bill that could close abortion clinics advances

    A Senate panel has advanced a bill aimed at closing abortion clinics in South Carolina, while a separate panel took testimony on bills making abortion illegal. More>>

    56,000 in SC sign up for health care under new law

    About half of the nearly 56,000 people who have signed up in South Carolina for health insurance under the new health care law supported by President Barack Obama are 45 years old or older. More>>

    Wofford College hosts health care policy talk


    The president and chief executive officer of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center is speaking on the future of health care. More>>

    Hospital lawyers: Veto didn't nix approval process

    Attorneys representing South Carolina's hospitals say a program regulating the building or expansion of medical facilities was not negated when Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed its funding. More>>

    SC group advocates safe infant sleep habits

    The Children's Trust of South Carolina is hosting a "safe sleep summit" to reduce the number of infant deaths from unsafe sleeping environments. More>>

    Senate to take up bill opposing federal health law


    Senators are expected to debate legislation that aims to slow implementation of the federal health care overhaul in South Carolina More>>

    City of Charleston to join day of action with health marketplace


    The City of Charleston is working with the Palmetto Project to sponsor a day for residents to get help with enrolling in the state's health marketplace. More>>

    SC high court hearing Certificate of Need case

    South Carolina's highest court is gearing up for a debate over whether the state's health agency can end a program that regulates the building or expansion of medical facilities. More>>

    Nutrition food labels could be changing Video included


    The Obama Administration has proposed that food nutrition labels include more information and be more practical. More>>

    Health fair offers free screenings, health education


    Dozens of health professionals and organizations were on hand to offer screenings and answer health-related questions this weekend. More>>

    Report: Tobacco use declining in South Carolina


    Efforts to prevent tobacco use in South Carolina are starting to pay off, according to a release from the S.C. Tobacco-Free Collaborative. More>>

    SC bill banning abortions after 19 weeks advances

    A bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond the 19th week of pregnancy is heading to the full House Judiciary Committee. More>>

    Flu death reported in Dorchester County


    Dorchester COunty man dies a week after being diagnosed with the flu. More>>

    Mother's voice on special pacifier helps preemies learn to eat

    Premature babies often struggle to learn to eat. Now, a special pacifier that plays prerecorded songs seems to help speed the process along, researchers say. More>>

    One year later, happy couple recounts Valentine's Day stroke Video included


    For many, Valentine's Day is all about flowers and candy for your special sweetheart, but for one Lowcountry couple, it's an anniversary of survival they'll never forget. More>>

    Water boil advisory lifted for parts of Dorchester County


    A water boil advisory has been lifted for customers who live in the area of Windsor Hill Plantation as crews repair a water main break. More>>

    Special Report: Battling eating disorders in women over 30 Video included


    For Donna Friedman, the sound of her feet hitting the pavement is home. A healthy 49-year-old woman, Friedman finds peace in her daily runs. But Friedman's runs were at one time surrounded by darkness. She suffered from anorexia nervosa for years. More>>

    New medical facility coming to Summerville Video included


    Dozens of Palmetto Primary Care physicians gathered Monday to capture a moment in time - the unveiling of plans for a new Palmetto Health and Wellness campus in Summerville. More>>

    Behind the Story: Mid-life eating disorders Video included


    Donna helped take me into her world and see just how awful the disease really was for her, starting at age 19 and lasting until she was 42. More>>

    Bats seen inside Orangeburg hospital

    Bats have been seen in a hospital in Orangeburg. More>>

    Children with eating disorders can now be treated locally


    The Medical University of South Carolina is starting a new program that will facilitate treatment for children diagnosed with eating disorders. More>>

    FDA launching anti-smoking ads for teens Video included


    The Food and Drug Administration is launching an advertising campaign targeting at-risk youth highlighting the dangers of smoking. More>>

    SC Truthful Tuesday rally heads inside Statehouse


    A group of protesters who want South Carolina to do more to provide health care to the poor is bringing its rally inside the Statehouse. More>>

    'Tykes' show has some questioning the way kids taught football


    Millions watched Sunday night as grown men crushed each other and there are growing fears about the impact of all the impacts. And now kids are being encouraged to crush each other. More>>

    CSU coach's son faces another hurdle off the court Video included


    At 5-feet 10-inches, point guard Reid Radebaugh knows about overcoming adversity and knows what it takes to play with the big boys. More>>

    SC's Medicaid agency to start receiving data

    South Carolina's Medicaid agency expects to start receiving data it can use to enroll Medicaid-eligible residents who applied for health insurance through the federal online marketplace. More>>

    8 additional flu deaths reported in South Carolina

    South Carolina reported eight additional flu deaths last week, bringing this season's death toll from the illness to 49 people. More>>

    Red Cross: Blood donations needed once the storm clears


    American Red Cross officials canceled several blood drives that were scheduled for Wednesday and will be opening late on Thursday. More>>

    AP-GfK Poll: Negative view of health rollout eases


    Even though the government's health care website may be fixed, a new poll finds that President Barack Obama's insurance markets haven't impressed most consumers. More>>

    March of Dimes kickoff for March for Babies rescheduled


    The March of Dimes has rescheduled their sign up event for their March for Babies fundraising campaign. More>>

    DHEC adding newborn screening test

    South Carolina's health department is adding a new test to screenings done on newborn babies. More>>

    Another flu death reported at MUSC


    Another person has died as a result of flu complications, according to officials at the Medical University of South Carolina. More>>

    Benefit for son of runner who died in Savannah, Ga

    A fundraiser is being held to benefit the son of a 35-year-old Columbia runner who collapsed died last year at the finish of the Savannah marathon in Georgia. More>>

    Sen. Scott discusses healthcare changes for sickle cell patients Video included


    For Tim Scott, Monday wasn't just a day of service, but a day of listening. He is the newest co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sickle Cell Disease and he spent the day talking about healthcare changes for Lowcountry patients.

    DHEC tests for tuberculosis at Goose Creek school

    Students and staff at a Charleston area high school should get results back this week on tuberculosis tests they were given after a former student was diagnosed with the disease. More>>

    Trident, MUSC make list of 'great heart programs'


    Trident Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina have been listed among the 100 hospitals in the country with great heart programs, according to Becker's Hospital Review. More>>

    SC appeals inmate case, tries mental health fixes

    Civil liberties and mental health advocates say the South Carolina Department of Corrections shouldn't challenge a court order that the agency come up with a plan to better deal with its mentally ill inmates, agreeing... More>>

    TB tests at Stratford should be back next week


    Nearly all of the people marked for Tuberculosis testing at Stratford High School got the test Friday, officials said. Now they have to wait until next week the results of those tests. More>>

    SC agencies announce water assessment project

    South Carolina officials hope to assess the state's water. More>>

    Surgeon General urges new resolve to end smoking


    One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday. More>>

    South Carolina falling behind in emergency care, report card shows


    South Carolina ranks among the worst in the country in terms of access to care, public health and disaster preparedness, according to a recent study by the American College of Emergency Physicians. More>>

    Teen births drop in South Carolina

    An advocacy group reports the teen birth rate in South Carolina has dropped 47 percent in 20 years. More>>

    Coroner: One person in Dorchester Co. has died from the flu


    The Dorchester coroner said one person has died of the flu. More>>

    Speaker Harrell hospitalized, diagnosed with respiratory illness


    House Speaker Bobby Harrell was hospitalized this week after battling what he described as "flu-like symptoms" for two weeks. More>>

    New projects improve medical services for veterans


    Two new projects at the Naval Health Clinic Charleston will provide veterans with physical therapy and dermatology services. More>>

    Preservative in baby wipes linked to rashes in some children

    Researchers say they have pinpointed a preservative found in many popular wet wipes and baby wipes as the cause of allergic skin reactions in some children. More>>

    DHEC: Uninsured smokers can get nicotine therapy


    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday that uninsured smokers looking to quit can get nicotine replacement therapy through the agency's tobacco quitline. More>>

    Save three lives by giving blood Thursday


    Thursday donation centers will be set up at both the Citadel and Northwoods Malls for the Score One 4 Life Blood Drive.  The Drive is sponsored by ABC News 4, The Bridge 105.5 team and the South Carolina Stingrays.

    DHEC wants consultant to evaluate landfill cleanup

    State environmental regulators say they want a third party to evaluate how to fund the containment and maintenance of a Sumter County landfill for the next nine decades. More>>

    SC campaigns to increase organ, tissue donations

    Several South Carolina groups want to double the number of people who register as potential organ and tissue donors. More>>

    Hospital power outage doesn't stop birth of baby boy Video included


    Jennifer Cobb gave birth after a two-hour power outage during her labor at the hospital. More>>

    AHA, MUSC look for female heart survivors to share their story


    Has your life been touched by heart disease or stroke? The American Heart Association wants to share your story! More>>

    South Carolina up to 9 flu deaths this season

    South Carolina reported three additional flu deaths the week of Christmas as the number of cases continues to rise. More>>

    Trident Medical welcomes first baby of 2014


    "Baby Boy" Yarborough was ushered into the world early Wednesday morning, just a few hours after billions of people across the world celebrated the new year. More>>

    Nurse fired for refusing flu shot


    A pregnant Lancaster County woman was fired from her job as a nurse after she refused to get a flu shot for fear it would harm her unborn child. More>>

    Flu cases picking up in SC; 6 have died

    At least six people in South Carolina have died of the flu so far this season. More>>

    Keep the holidays merry for kids with diabetes

    The holidays are a potentially dangerous time for children with diabetes, an expert warns, and parents need to take steps to keep them safe. More>>

    The MRI of the future is already here Video included


    Healthcare industry leaders are trying to change that experience by making the MRI machine one less thing to worry about. More>>

    Red Cross makes giving gift of life easy this Christmas


    The American Red Cross is hoping they will be included on your Holiday gift list this year. More>>

    Navigating Obamacare signup ahead of the deadline Video included


    Monday is the deadline for the uninsured to apply for health care if they want coverage to being by Jan. 1. It's one of the mandates for the Affordable Care Act. More>>

    Rep. Sanford visits Lowcountry birth center; discusses DHEC reform Video included


    U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford spent Wednesday morning getting a personal tour of the Charleston Birth Place by owner Lesley Rathbun. More>>

    Health services company opening in Charleston with 150 jobs


    Molina Healthcare on Tuesday opened its new office in North Charleston. The Long Beach, Calif.-based company works with people covered by government programs, including Medicaid and Medicare. More>>

    DHEC wants to reduce pregnancy-associated deaths

    South Carolina health officials are launching a new effort to review deaths associated with pregnancy. More>>

    Moms plead with lawmakers to change birth center laws Video included


    State representatives spent part of their day touring the Charleston Birth Place as mothers and midwives try to convince them to change the state law. More>>

    Jingle Bell Run rings hope for arthritis research Video included


    The Arthritis Foundation is hosting the Jingle Bell run/walk on Saturday to raise money for vital research. More>>

    SC agency: 15 carriers extending canceled policies

    South Carolina's insurance agency says 144,000 people with previously canceled health insurance policies can renew their plans, following President Obama's reversal last month on part of the federal health care law. More>>

    Special cart helps paralyzed man return to golf course Video included


    For an active person, it's hard to imagine what life would be like if you tragically lost your ability to use your limbs – but that's exactly what happened to Shane Barryhill. More>>

    Heart attack risk spikes with winter holidays


    Trident Health wants Lowcountry people to know the risk of having a heart attack increases during the winter holidays. More>>

    Director: Medicaid spending less than projected

    South Carolina's Medicaid director says his agency is on track to spend about $250 million less this fiscal year than allotted in the state budget. More>>

    East Cooper Medical launches healthcare awareness campaign


    East Cooper Medical Center launched this week its Path To Health education campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the Affordable Care Act. More>>

    MUSC gets $1.7M for stroke center


    A group of stroke researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina was awarded $1.7 million to serve as the regional center for a national stroke institute. More>>

    Medicaid growing in SC despite plan rejection

    South Carolina refused to expand its Medicaid program as part of the federal health law. More>>

    MUSC: 2 more flu deaths last week


    Two more people have died from the flu this year, according to officials at Medical University Hospital. A hospital spokesman said the two deaths happened after the patients were hospitalized last week. Both were patients at MUSC. More>>

    Birth Place patient : 'I'm so grateful to the birth center' Video included


    For Rachel Taylor, becoming the mom of her first two children came with few roadblocks. More>>

    Family changes their lives after mom has heart attack Video included


    At just 31 years old, Keisha Hawes had a heart attack and her husband and three children were left in shock. It was a diagnosis no mother ever wants to hear. More>>

    Beating the odds: family adopts special needs child from Bulgaria Video included


    When Amy and Craig Moss first found a photo of Maia online a year and a half ago, she was 7 years old, but only weighed 19 pounds. Maia was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage and kept in a crib most of her life. More>>

    SC lawmaker accused of misbranding stem cells

    A freshman South Carolina lawmaker is facing federal charges over the mislabeling of stem cells. More>>

    Device tested at MUSC to change epilepsy treatment worldwide Video included


    A new device can stop seizures before they start, according to physicians.

    Agency: Health insurers leaving SC affect 33K

    The state Insurance Department says a dozen insurers will no longer write health policies in South Carolina, impacting more than 30,000 people. More>>

    Birth center fights back against DHEC, lawmakers Video included


    Fifteen days or else: that's the message from the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control to the Charleston Birth Place if it doesn't comply with redefined state legislation. More>>

    DHEC: Teen smoking rate in SC dips significantly

    State health officials say a survey of South Carolina teens shows cigarette use among high school students has dropped significantly in the past two years. More>>

    Local mom makes medicine out of placentas Video included


    Ivy Parrish is a placenta encapsulator. She turns placentas into pills. She says it helps make the idea of women eating their own placentas a little easier to swallow. More>>

    Put your brain to the test with free screenings Video included


    Sites around the country are hosting free and confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day. More>>

    The Burning Question: Are e-cigs allowed in public places? Video included


    Electronic cigarettes have not yet been fully studied by health officials, but it's not stopping the growing trend which has some people asking: what is the e-cig etiquette? More>>

    Palmetto Health: Program gets safe milk for NICU


    Organizers say a new partnership will help make sure that newborn babies being treated in intensive care units at some South Carolina hospitals will have a safe, steady supply of breast milk. More>>

    Stringing a story: Beads of Courage comfort families at MUSC Video included

    Chris O'Rourke (WCIV) Chris O'Rourke (WCIV)

    Beads of Courage chronicle a child's time in the hospital. Each bead represents a different procedure, surgery or day. More>>

    World Diabetes Day observed in Charleston


    The staff at the Medical University of South Carolina helped to mark World Diabetes Day. More>>

    SC Medicaid agency awards Baby-Friendly hospitals

    South Carolina's Medicaid agency is awarding a combined $800,000 to four hospitals in a contest aimed at improving children's health through breast-feeding. More>>

    DHEC holding flu vaccine clinic in Swansea

    The state health department is partnering with Lexington Medical Center to vaccinate people against the flu. More>>

    Summerville woman's mission to help post-9/11 veterans Video included


    Xiomara Sosa,  often finds herself thinking about the work that still needs to be done each Veterans Day. Sosa, an Army veteran, began her military career in her early 20s in the Air Force.

    Vets sail through therapy on the water


    Veterans on Deck is an organization that teaches military personnel and veterans to sail as a form of therapy. More>>

    'The mindset to stay alive': Marine Corps vet faces fight of life Video included


    The scars on his arms and chest remind Staff Sgt. Harold Veronda of the day that changed his life forever. It didn't come during one of his three dangerous tours in Iraq. More>>

    Celebs hit the Joe to fight childhood obesity Video included


    The Joe's baseball diamond will light up this weekend with celebrities and sports stars, all for the cause of fighting childhood obesity. More>>

    Sen. Graham introduces anti-abortion bill as promised


    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the United States Senate Thursday. More>>

    DHEC: Dorchester Co. woman is SC's 1st flu death this season

    State health officials say a Dorchester County woman is the first person in South Carolina to die from the flu this season. More>>

    FDA to ban artery-clogging trans fats


    The FDA is announcing Thursday that it will require the food industry to gradually phase out trans fats, saying they are a threat to people's health. More>>

    State Senator holds public hearing for proposed anti-Obamacare bill Video included


    State Senator Tom Davis held a public hearing Wednesday evening to discuss the Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act. The proposed legislation would make it illegal for state employees to buy into the Affordable Care Act. More>>

    SC man's case prompts security concerns in DC

    A South Carolina man says he wants his personal information removed from the federal health care marketplace after it inadvertently went to a man in North Carolina trying to log onto the government website. More>>

    Report: 336K in SC could get health care subsidies

    A new national study estimates that 336,000 South Carolinians are eligible for subsidies under the federal health care law if they buy insurance through the government's problem-riddled website. More>>

    Summerville Medical Center opens new emergency pediatric facility


    The ribbon was cut on a new 4,000-square-foot pediatric emergency department at Summerville Medical Center. People who live in the town said the facility provides them peace of mind. More>>

    SNAP benefits to reduce today


    People receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will see their monthly benefits drop this month. More>>

    Fighting PTSD: Charleston mom talks about soldier’s return from combat Video included


    After her son returned from combat in Iraq, Sharon Brown says she noticed several changes and decided to seek out help for her family ailing from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    HHS Sec under fire on Capitol amid problems


    President Barack Obama claimed "full responsibility" Wednesday for fixing his administration's much-maligned health insurance website as a new concern surfaced: a government memo pointing to security worries, laid out just days before the launch. More>>

    Local woman's new search for health care Video included


    There is apparently another glitch to The Affordable Care Act and it has nothing do with the website. Instead it has to do with the millions of people around the country who are losing their health care coverage because of regulations on coverage within the law. More>>

    Summerville pediatric emergency department ribboncutting Friday


    Summerville Medical Center's new 4,000-square-foot pediatric emergency center is set to have a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. More>>

    DHEC boosts access to breast, cervical cancer screenings


    The state's Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday that a $1 million funding increase from the state would help the agency serve thousands more women in need of cancer screenings. More>>

    Drug Take-Back Day works to prevent pill abuse, theft


    To prevent pill abuse and theft, places around the Lowcountry are participating in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. More>>

    Roper celebrates Ladies Night Out with free cancer screenings


    The hospital is offering free breast cancer screenings starting at 5:30 Thursday night (October 24). More>>

    Single mom survives breast cancer in her 30s Video included


    From the initial diagnosis to finishing radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Fanning helped Brown in navigating the uncharted waters of breast cancer with everything from physical to emotional to financial needs. More>>

    President on Obamacare website: "Nobody more frustrated than I am' Video included


    When the Affordable Care Act launched in early October, its main portal was But after three years in the making, it seemingly crashed before it barely got off the ground. More>>

    Bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet


    Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella. More>>

    States enact laws to stock epinephrine at schools


    Twenty-seven states, including South Carolina, allow or require schools to stock epinephrine that's used to fight sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions caused by eating certain food products, such as peanuts,... More>>

    DHEC warns of shellfish illness


    Three cases of Vibrio cholerae were confirmed in a laboratory by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, officials said. More>>

    Affordable Care Act keeps SC organizations busy Video included


    Political expert Gibbs Knotts said the latest negotiating in Congress could change the way Obamacare works. More>>

    Goose Creek Health Department to hold Tdap clinic


    The Goose Creek Health Department is offering a Tdap clinic for 7th grade students who have not yet had the vaccine. More>>

    DHEC: Flu shots are on the way


    Department of Health and Environmental Control officials want the public to be reassured that it wasn't the shutdown that slowed flu shot shipments, but the supplier. More>>

    Study: Inability to smell peanut butter may be early sign of Alzheimer’s


    Being able to smell peanut butter may be a simple and cost-effective way to test for Alzheimer's. More>>

    DHEC, SLED tweak approach on prescription drugs

    South Carolina officials are taking a new approach to combat prescription drug abuse in the state. More>>

    Destination Disney: Young transplant patient represents SC


    Morgan and her family will represent the State of South Carolina at the Children's Miracle Network annual conference. More>>

    Obamacare confusion continues in Week 2


    Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is heading into week two. The first week of enrollment was met with confusion and had many people in the Lowcountry feeling lost. More>>

    300 Charleston Co. 7th graders still don't have TDAP vaccine proof


    More than 300 Charleston County 7th graders could be sent home Monday morning if they don't arrive at school armed with proof of vaccinations. More>>

    USC, Clemson fans face off at blood drives


    There are still several weeks until South Carolina and Clemson play on the football field, but fans are getting a chance to start the competition up a little early. More>>

    DHEC: Bat may have exposed 3 adults to rabies


    Three adults from Charleston have been recommended for post-exposure treatment after officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said they may have been exposed to rabies by a bat. More>>

    Poets read for patients at Charleston VA hospital


    Four local poets are scheduled to read their poems at the Johnson VA Medical Center. More>>

    Boots and Badges: Saving lives never looked so good


    It's your chance to save lives and possibly win a thousand dollar gift card all at the same time. More>>

    Local family understands importance of donating blood


    A James Island family understands the importance of blood donation. Their youngest child was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and had to undergo several blood transfusions in addition to surgery and chemotherapy. More>>

    GOP states offer little help on buying insurance


    After three years of bashing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces. More>>

    Gov. Haley: Opening day for health exchange a mess

    Gov. Nikki Haley says opening day for enrolling in health insurance through the federally run online marketplace is a mess. More>>

    DHEC: Flu cases showing up in SC


    The flu has made its way into South Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday. More>>

    How the Affordable Care Act affects South Carolinians


    Citizens are allowed to get it through new state exchanges, or through more traditional methods using a private agent, Medicare or Medicaid. About 15 percent of South Carolinians will be affected by the new law, officials said. More>>

    Graham: Defund Obamacare or end Congress' exemption


    Sen. Lindsey Graham last week argued for the defunding of the Affordable Care Act and for the elimination of Congress' exemption from it. More>>

    DHEC taking action on PCB levels


    South Carolina officials are taking measures they hope will help stop the spread of toxic chemicals to water treatment systems across the state. More>>

    SC VA Columbia opens hospice care center extension


    The Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center in Columbia is scheduled to open a new section of its hospice center. More>>

    Doctor becomes patient with cancer diagnosis

    Photo courtesy Marc Rucquoi Photo courtesy Marc Rucquoi

    A Roper St. Francis doctor shared his story of turning the tables when he had to face cancer. More>>

    Hoping for a cure, one step at a time


    According to the Alzheimer's Association, nearly 80,000 people in South Carolina are living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. More>>

    SC prosecutor Wilson testifying on health care


    South Carolina's top prosecutor is taking his concerns about implementation of the Affordable Care Act to Congress. More>>

    Komen signs popping up on Daniel Island ahead of race day


    There is a change of season taking place on Daniel Island, but it's not football or fall people are talking about -- it's Komen's Race for the Cure. More>>

    Exchanges create confusion for Medicare recipients


    Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren't changing under the Affordable Care Act. That's the message federal health officials are trying to get out to some older consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods... More>>

    3 prison dorms on lockdown for flu outbreak


    Three Kershaw Correctional Institution dorms have been placed on lockdown after health officials found 36 cases of influenza. More>>

    SC VA holds conference on anti-suicide resources


    The Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center is scheduled to hold a health summit to battle suicide and help military veterans learn more about services the center can provide. More>>

    Leaders gather for Medicaid conference in North Charleston


    Some of the leaders in the healthcare industry are spending time in the Lowcountry this week to share thoughts and ideas on Medicare. More>>

    Medicaid agency helping school clinics succeed


    Four high-poverty schools in Charleston County could become a statewide model for in-school medical clinics that offer parents a convenient way to take their children to the doctor. More>>

    Bells to call attention to fetal alcohol issues


    Groups are gathering in Columbia to draw attention to fetal alcohol disorders. More>>

    Autism forum held in Charleston


    The largest forum of national, state and regional autism experts in the Southeast was held in Charleston on Saturday. More>>

    Director: Medicaid agency wants to increase access

    South Carolina's Medicaid agency is making changes to expand access to health care. More>>

    Whooping cough cases rise in SC Upstate


    State health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough is increasing in the Upstate. More>>

    Haley calling attention to childhood cancer


    During the month of September, Gov. Nikki Haley is drawing South Carolinians' attention to cancers affecting children. More>>

    MUSC to test out new health program for employees


    A state panel has approved a one-year pilot program to deal with health coverage for thousands of workers at the Medical University of South Carolina. More>>

    'Dog gone' good time at Riley Park dog races for Mary Ashley Video included


    For a few hours this morning, a crowd gathered in the outfield at Joe Riley Stadium in downtown Charleston to laugh, cheer, and help bring awareness to a little girl in need. More>>

    Lowcountry man shares his 400-pound weight-loss secrets


    Diet books are a big part of the multi-billion-dollar weight loss industry. Their titles are often enticing, making shedding weight seem simple and quick.  But anyone who has every tried to lose weight knows it's not. More>>

    New concussions bill aims to make high school football safer


    There are now rules for high school players in South Carolina who may have suffered a concussion.

    Gov. Haley doesn't support shutdown to stop law


    While South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she wants Congress to "defund Obamacare," she doesn't support shutting down the federal government to do so. More>>

    Critics of Obama health care reform rally in Del.


    A conservative group that wants Congress to defund the Obama administration's health care reform law is bringing its message to Delaware. More>>

    Study: Millions of adults in US use sleeping pills


    A new study estimates that nearly 9 million adults in this country resort to sleeping pills to get sufficient rest. More>>

    CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products Video included


    About 37 Lowcountry CVS stores are affected.

    Nationwide recall: Healthy Choice Chicken and Rice Soup


    Officials said ConAgra Foods is recalling about 54,673 pounds of chicken noodle soup products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. More>>

    Leadership Columbia discussing eating disorders

    Participants in a leadership training program are joining with Richland County legislators to draw attention to eating disorders. More>>

    Health care hub proposed in Summerville

    A North Charleston health care practice plans to build a medical hub in Summerville that could employ 1,500 workers. More>>

    DHEC: Tests so far show no active TB cases at Stratford High


    There are no active cases of Tuberculosis among the people tested at Stratford High School after a reported case there, the state's health department said Tuesday. More>>

    DHEC alerts Stratford parents to TB case at school Video included


    The state Department of Health and Environmental Control on Wednesday sent letters to parents of Stratford High School students alerting them to a case of Tuberculosis at the school. More>>

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