Health

  Woman walks across country to raise awareness to opioid epidemic

A woman is on a mission to raise awareness about opioid addiction and overdose deaths by walking across the country.

Totals are in for this year’s Get Your Rear in Gear race in Savannah

  Emergency crews on stand-by, ready to respond to medical emergencies during St. Patrick’s festivities

  College of Coastal Georgia nursing students help victims of domestic abuse

  Memorial Health prepared for more patients during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Liberty County health center receives $50,000 grant

  Pollen season starting early in Coastal Empire

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  Nursing homes taking extra precautions to keep flu away

  Man, Woman, Student of the Year raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  Doctors warning of increased cases of measles

  Seminar held at Memorial Health to learn more about colorectal cancer

  Flu season sees second wave of virus

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

Red Cross volunteers deploy to help those affected by storms

Local volunteers packed up Monday morning and headed out to serve following the catastrophic storms that broke out on Sunday.

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

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

  Good News: Richmond Hill High students launch campaign against cancer

Patricia George, Isabella Martinez, and Tennessee Sack have launched a campaign against cancer. They are running as a team in the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Competition.

  Local, state leaders pushing for mental health treatment improvements in legislation

Providing better and more mental health care options continues to be a priority for local and state leaders here in Georgia.

Georgia Gov. Kemp’s Medicaid waiver proposal passes Senate

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

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

  Beaufort County Allocates $20k For Jacob Kits

  Opioid alternative resource seminar held in Richmond Hill

  ‘Margie’s Law’ would require healthcare facilities to notify patients of dense breast tissue

Lisa Walls met Margie over 20 years ago. She says after Margie found out about her dense breast tissue, she wanted to do something to help other women. Margie’s Army came together to form House Bill 62 - Margie’s Law.

  Chatham Co. Detention Center first in country to be nationally recognized for mental health services

The sheriff says this new accreditation ensures they have the right policies and procedures in place to keep both inmates and corrections officers safer, but it makes sure they're spending your tax dollars wisely.

  Go Red for Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon held in Savannah

Several WTOC employees “went red" for Heart Health Month Wednesday in a much more fashionable way.

  Pooler Lion’s Club donates items to children battling cancer

Friday is International Childhood Cancer Day.The annual global campaign raises awareness about childhood cancer every Feb. 15.

  Guyton couple voluntarily donates their kidneys

If the ultimate symbol of Valentine’s Day is a red rose, then the ultimate symbol for National Living Donor Day, which is Thursday, is a blue surgical gown.

  Local emergency rooms serve influx patients in hallways

According to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, there’s nothing illegal about treating patients in hospital hallways. That doesn’t make it ideal for patients or doctors.

  Brave 5-year-old perseveres at Memorial Health

This is a week of flowers, valentines, and hearts, but a story Wednesday night reminds us all that a “healthy” heart is something we shouldn’t take for granted.

  School officials welcome GA Governor’s plan to prioritize mental health

Georgia’s governor wants to see mental health professionals in public schools to help students and possibly save lives.

A look into how Charleston County deputies transports mental health patients

A bill filed in response to the drowning deaths of two mental health patients last year is hoping to change the way mental health patients are transported in the state.

  Flu reaches its peak in Chatham County

hatham EMS is staying busy with transporting patients with flu-like symptoms as well as cleaning up after them.

  St. Joseph’s Candler Regional Medical campus breaks ground in Bluffton

This means St. Joseph’s Candler will also be expanding services and access to health care to a fast-growing community.

  Highlands residents say ambulances aren’t coming fast enough

Residents are concerned after a recent ATV accident in the Savannah Highlands community highlights what they call ongoing slow ambulance response times. Alderman Van Johnson agreed this is not a new worry.

  Over 200 students out sick as flu peaks in Screven County

Close to 220 students missed class Tuesday for flu-like symptoms at Screven County Elementary. Superintendent William Bland said that increase is out of the ordinary.

  Flu cases spike in Lowcountry, hospitals start restricting visitors

In just the last two days, Beaufort Memorial saw 29 people coming through with the flu.

Bills aim to add mental health education in middle school curriculum

A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.

  World Cancer Day: Bill Searcey

Bill Searcey says this is his first time back to the Benedictine Campus since he graduated - a school he credits with a great background.

St. Joseph’s/Candler expands services to Richmond Hill

St. Joseph's/Candler recently opened a new medical office in Richmond Hill.

  Bloomingdale Elementary donates thousands of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Money from the recycled tabs will help provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children.

  Cooler temperatures, wind impacting skin care

On cold days, we always remember our jackets and thick sweaters, but sometimes we forget about our hands and face which are still exposed to the cold temperatures and the wind.

  Hometown Hero: Effingham County mom raising awareness for childhood cancer

Neither decorating nor fundraising come naturally to Jenny Wilkins, but the Effingham County mom is using both to make a difference for children fighting cancer.

  Partnership aims to bring AEDs to Ridgeland

Potentially life -saving devices could soon be more readily accessible to Ridgeland residents.

  Case of Hepatitis A diagnosed in food handler at downtown Savannah restaurant

The Coastal Health District says a case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a food handler at Gryphon Tea Room in downtown Savannah.

  UGA Ice Dawgs visit Children’s Hospital ahead Savannah Hockey Classic

The 20th Annual Savannah Hockey Classic is dropping the puck Friday night at the Savannah Civic Center.

Renovations completed for Behavioral Health Services building at Memorial Health

A recent renovation at Memorial Health aimed at helping those with mental health conditions.

  Widows remember husbands who lost battle with heart disease ahead of Southern Coast Heart Ball

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men?

  Doctors caution patients to be vigilant of health as temperatures drop

With the cold temperatures here, there’s no doubting it’s now winter.

  WTOC Investigates: Cost of healthcare

Hospitals around the country are now required to post the cost of their services online. This comes as the federal government aims to make healthcare costs more transparent.

  City of Hazlehurst turning old hospital into new health care facility

Health care is something every city needs, and Hazlehurst is trying to make it more accessible.

Local hospitals implement visitor restrictions due to rise of flu cases

Memorial Health, St. Joseph’s and Candler hospitals have all implemented visitor restrictions due to a high level of flu cases in Georgia.

Doctors caution those looking to weight loss surgery in the new year

With the new year comes many resolutions. A very common one is weight loss.

  Federal mandate requires hospitals to be more transparent

Hospitals around the country are working towards the January 1, 2019 deadline to comply with a new federal mandate that requires hospitals to post pricing on their website.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

  Red Cross hosting three-day blood drive in Coastal Empire

Some people at the Tanger Outlets helped save a life on Friday.

DHEC confirms 11th flu-related death in SC

The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control says 11 people have died from complications of the flu in South Carolina so far this season.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Nurse arrested for stealing controlled substances from Savannah hospital

The Chatham-Savannah Narcotics Team has arrested a nurse after it was determined she was stealing controlled substances from a local hospital.

  Doctors warn patients of peaking flu season

We are in the middle of flu season in South Carolina and Georgia. Doctors say if you have the symptoms of the flu, it’s important to go ahead and start treatment immediately.

  Coastal Health District offering free HIV testing for World AIDS Day

In observance of World AIDS Day this Saturday, Dec. 1, the Coastal Health District will offer two free HIV testing events.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

  Doctors in Coastal Empire taking precautions after SC flu death

The first flu death this season is in South Carolina, and doctors in the Coastal Empire say their main focus, now more than ever, is awareness and preparedness.

Chatham Co. Health Department hosting drive-thru flu shot clinic

The Chatham County Health Department will hold a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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

SCDHEC confirmed the first flu-related death of the 2018 flu season on Thursday.

Bradwell Institute donates to ‘Big Wig Campaign’

Students and faculty at the Bradwell Institute in Hinesville have been working for the past two months collecting money to raise awareness about breast cancer.

  Bulloch County EMS gets Lucas Device in ambulances

Victims of heart attack may have a better chance to survive now in Bulloch County, thanks to a new tool inside ambulances.

  Patient speaks out about Richmond Hill doctor’s arrest

WTOC is digging into records after a Richmond Hill doctor was arrested Tuesday.

Music therapy program aims to help cancer patients in Savannah

St. Joseph's/Candler and the Savannah Philharmonic are joining together to help those fighting cancer.

Mickey Mouse makes appearance at Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health

Mickey Mouse and several of his friends visited the Dwayne and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health on Wednesday.

Brooklet team raises money for Big Wig Campaign

The Giants 12U football team in Brooklet has been hard at work over the past several weeks.

Free mammograms being offered to eligible women in Chatham County

Women in need of a mammogram will have the opportunity for a free checkup on Monday, Oct. 22.

  26th James R. Lientz award presented to St. Joseph’s/Candler worker

Jilda Brown is the 26th James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award winner.

  Good News: Cancer care event

Memorial Health is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October by giving back.

22nd Annual Heart Ball to be held Feb. 2

The American Heart Association unveiled the theme of this year’s Southern Coast Heart Ball at Audi Hilton Head’s grand opening celebration Friday night in Hilton Head.

  70% of most breast cancer patients in Savannah now forgoing chemotherapy

Due to recent study, 70 percent of Memorial Health breast cancer patients are now forgoing chemotherapy.

  Memorial Health hosts breast cancer awareness paint party

Memorial Health hosted a paint party on Friday using a very special color - pink!

  Effingham Project Lifesaver back on its feet after lack of funding

In February, the Project Lifesaver Program with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was in trouble.

Chatham Emergency Services donates AEDs to St. Peter the Apostle School

The pastor of St. Peter the Apostle School and Parish Center recently contacted Chatham Emergency Services about the need for church ushers to be trained in CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators, or AED devices.

  Group of Vidalia women participate in 2-day walk to raise breast cancer awareness, funds

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins Monday, Oct. 1. WTOC’s Bureau Chief Dal Cannady spent the day Sunday with a group of amazing women who are doing their part in the fight.