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    ABC News 4, RiverDogs step up to plate to help Red Cross


    The American Red Cross says it's in urgent need of blood donations. More>>

    4th Greenville patient with rare infection dies

    A fourth patient at Greenville Memorial Hospital is dead from a rare infection that may have been spread by health workers using tap water before surgery. More>>

    Clemson trustees won't vote on tobacco ban

    The chairman of Clemson University's board of trustees says the panel won't vote on a plan to ban tobacco use anywhere on campus. More>>

    Hypnotherapy an unconscious way to change minds


    Research shows it can help with weight loss, breaking a bad habit, hot flashes, and even pain management. While many people think of hypnosis as a parlor trick, it's being used as a relaxation technique to change thoughts, feeling and behaviors. More>>

    Charleston area pain sufferers can now sign up for clinical trials


    The Pain Specialists of Charleston is hosting a clinical trial for sufferers of chronic lower limb pain in two Lowcountry locations. More>>

    Reservist dies at Joint Base Charleston after fitness test


    A 26-year-old reservist died Saturday after collapsing during an Air Force fitness test at Joint Base Charleston. More>>

    Lemonade stand raises $1300 for James Island boy with Neurofibromatosis


    Four James Island girls raised more than $1,300 for a neighbor battling Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that often means patients develop many tumors. More>>

    Mosquito-borne virus reported in South Carolina

    Health authorities are reporting South Carolina's first case of a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes. More>>

    DHEC now uses signs to warn of ocean bacteria

    South Carolina environmental officials are now relying on permanent signs to warn swimmers of possible unsafe bacteria levels along the Grand Strand. More>>

    Sen. Scott continues to push for answers on VA care Video included


    Sen. Tim Scott continues to press the Obama administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs for answers regarding the six facilities serving veterans and their families in the Lowcountry. More>>

    CofC tobacco-free policy starts Tuesday

    CofC tobacco-free policy starts Tuesday Video included


    The air is clearing at the College of Charleston as an anti-tobacco policy starts Tuesday.

    Paper: 4 in 10 DSS caseloads over recommendations

    About four out of every 10 South Carolina Department of Social Services caseworkers are managing more than the 17 cases at a time that national experts say should be the maximum caseload. More>>

    Blue Cross Blue Shield drops Nason from network Video included


    For people insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield, they may have to pay out of pocket for visits to some urgent care centers. More>>

    South Carolina ranks 41st in funding home care

    Fifteen years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling on giving the disabled a choice to live outside institutions, South Carolina has shown little progress. More>>

    Stop-gap measure gives birthing centers room to breathe


    After more than a year of debates with lawmakers and health department officials, the Charleston Birth Place has one more chance to get in compliance with state regulations. More>>

    Local group hopes to fight new infections with free HIV tests Video included


    Charleston was voted Number One City in the U.S. for three years in a row. It's charming and beautiful but there are some numbers you may not have heard about. More>>

    The birth of a color


    In the adult world, colors have names. Kitchens are painted Dill with accents in Bamboo; bathrooms are bathed in Dark Iris and Du Jour. But children are different. They have favorite colors. They like green, or blue, or yellow. Rebecca Alison Meyer loved purple. It was her favorite color. More>>

    AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues

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    The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its commitment to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. More>>

    Panel passes bill to give SC vets more benefits

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    A bill giving extra benefits to military veterans is awaiting approval by South Carolina's House and Senate. More>>

    Summerville High School teen's cancer death serves as medical lesson Video included


    From the room where their daughter died, the Reynolds talk about the pregnancy test that could have alerted them to Rachel Reynolds' cancer and the message they have for other women who don't plan to meet with a gynecologist after getting a positive pregnancy test. More>>

    Finally home: A Goose Creek firefighter's tale of survival Video included


    A Goose Creek father is finally home just in time for Father's Day. It was a big deal for a man who has served the community for more than 25 years and now needs help himself. More>>

    New ADHD test a 'breakthrough,' say medical experts Video included


    A new testing device called NEBA is helping to diagnosis ADHD in kids in a whole new way. Medical professionals are calling it a brainwave breakthrough device to diagnosis the neurological disorder. More>>

    New combination therapy could give diabetics independence from insulin


    Two doctors, one in Charleston and another in Philadelphia, have developed a new drug that is helping diabetics cut down on -- or cut out -- their insulin usage. It's not a cure, they say, but patients would be able to control their blood sugar. More>>

    Gov. Haley signs CBD oil bill into law


    According to Sen. Tom Davis and a source close to the governor's office, Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill that decriminalizes CBD oil in South Carolina and allows doctors to prescribe it to people suffering from epilepsy. More>>

    American Red Cross sponsoring SC blood drives

    The American Red Cross is encouraging people around South Carolina to donate blood this summer. More>>

    Komen hands out life-saving grants to area nonprofits Video included

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    More men and women will be able to get breast cancer screenings and perhaps more lives will be saved, thanks to nearly $350,000 in grant money handed out by the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry affiliate. More>>

    High court won't review Certificate of Need ruling

    South Carolina's highest court won't revisit its ruling on a program regulating the building or expansion of medical facilities. More>>

    Mt. Pleasant 'break-a-thon' helps St. Jude's Children's Hospital


    Fists and feet hitting wooden planks sounded a lot like cash registers in Mount Pleasant on Saturday morning. More>>

    Birth center holds fundraiser with Holy City Brewing


    The Department of Health and Environmental Control's mandate for all birthing centers across the state swings into effect on Sunday. But Saturday was all about fundraising for one of the most vocal birthing centers. More>>

    Early detection the key to beating Melanoma Video included


    Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types, yet it's preventable. One in fifty Americans will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime, which frustrates doctors because there are ways to protect yourself. More>>

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