Health

  Low level of potentially deadly gas detected near burning trash pile in Jasper Co.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

Chatham Co. West Nile virus activity continues to surge

  Savannah doctor comments on recent Legionnaires’ outbreak in Atlanta

  Coastal Georgia receiving portion of nationwide grants to help fight opioid crisis

  Chatham EMS adds new transit ambulances to its fleet

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South GA woman treated for legionnaires after visiting Atlanta hotel

Cincinnati area girl, 5, diagnosed with rare tick paralysis

Florida officials declare Hepatitis A emergency

Insurance reverses decision, will pay for toddler’s $2 million drug

Memorial Health throws baby shower for neonatal mothers

  Member of WTOC family needs bone marrow transplant

Kentucky woman, 32, one of longest-surviving, infant heart-transplant recipients

When Leslie Keown was born, doctors discovered the left side of her heart hadn’t formed correctly, so she became just the second person to receive a heart transplant at Norton Children's Hospital 32 years ago.

  Glennville DQ celebrating annual ‘Miracle Treat Day’

People all across the country are grabbing Dairy Queen blizzards Thursday to help the Children’s Miracle Network..

  City of Hardeeville working to make sure all first responders, emergency vehicles equipped with AEDs

A Lowcountry city is taking steps to make sure all first responders have the right tools to save lives - specifically when it comes to heart attacks.

  Matthew Reardon Center to open new preschool

The CDC says in 2018, one in 59 children were diagnosed with autism - some of them receiving that diagnosis as young as two-years-old.

  Superheroes help raise money for Ronald McDonald House

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

  Mosquito Control confirms West Nile virus activity now widespread in Chatham County

Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

  Effingham County Health Dept. holding free screenings for students

Memorial Health offering free sleep deprivation seminar

A free Better Sleep Seminar will be offered next week at Memorial Health.

  National auto dealer holds donation drive for cancer patients

Peacock Subaru of America and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are teaming up again this year to support cancer patients through the donation of blankets and craft kits.

  Trauma chaplains offer different kind of healing

Memorial Health takes a holistic approach when it comes to treating victims of violent crime. That includes physical treatment as well as emotional and spiritual.

  Savannah man says new procedure at Memorial Health saved his life

Rob Goodman was at work last Tuesday when he began to have a stroke.

  Terminally ill Hinesville girl fighting to keep chickens after neighbors complain

A Hinesville family with a terminally ill child has gotten several complaints from neighbors about chickens in their yard.

  ‘Margie’s Law’ now in effect, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

Under the new law - House Bill 62 - doctors will be required to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue.

  Richardson’s Angels looks to shine a light on addiction

A Lowcountry woman started a small business to try to find her “why” after tragedy struck her family.

  Hiring underway for Tidewatch Emergency Department opening in Bluffton

Residents in the Lowcountry will have a new way to get emergency healthcare come this fall, and Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is looking for a team to provide it.

AL dermatologist warns swimmers after flesh-eating bacteria case in FL

After a Alabama case of flesh-eating bacteria, a Birmingham dermatologist has a warning for people headed to the lake or the beach.

Free mammogram screenings for those without insurance

Women in need will be able to get free mammograms this week.

  Fundraiser held in Coastal Empire for mother who needs kidney transplant

A few months ago, Lauren Tignor underwent a dual organ transplant. Doctors replaced her liver and her kidney, but the kidney transplant failed.

  GA senator pushing for healthy lifestyle incentives

Senator David Perdue submitted the Personal Health Investment Today, or "PHIT" Act.

Harbour Town Yacht Club guests may have been exposed to Hepititis A

Guests who ate at three events at the yacht club could have been exposed. That includes a social on June 8, dinner on June 13, and a wedding party on June 14.

  Mission Act provides local veterans with more healthcare options

St. Joseph’s Candler says they are a part of that act, meaning veterans won’t have to book an appointment at a VA facility for minor medical conditions anymore.

Experts say the opioid epidemic is putting people at risk for Hepatitis C infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 2.4 million Americans live with Hepatitis C. Studies show there’s a link between the infectious disease and the opioid epidemic. In South Carolina, the number of diagnosed cases has gone up since 2010.

Cheerios, Nature Valley cereals contain Roundup ingredient, study finds

Twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products popular with children contain traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.

  Community Champions: Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine

When members of the Lowcountry community fall through the cracks in the healthcare system, the Greater Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine are there to pick them back up.

  Tybee Police help driver during medical emergency

Some Tybee Island police officers are being praised for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Newspaper: Georgia cutting Medicaid assistance to thousands

Georgia is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor, elderly or disabled Georgians after state officials say they failed to respond to renewal notices

FDA issues recall of Kroger brand frozen berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

The FDA has advised consumers to not eat and throw away frozen fruits from Kroger.

Chatham County newlyweds find love through tragedy

To understand how the MacInnes’s came to be a couple, you have to understand their circumstances.

  US measles count surpasses 1,000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the count Wednesday, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year.

  New booster shot required for GA students in Fall ’20

Staring in the fall of 2020, all students heading into the 11th Grade will need to get a booster shot to help prevent meningitis.

Water advisory lifted for a Tybee beach

The Chatham County Health Department has lifted the advisory for Tybee Strand Beach at the Pier, which stretches from 11th to 18th street.

  Health officials explain water advisory warnings

It’s not hard to find people on Tybee Beach when the temperatures are in the 90s, and they’re not letting the health department’s warning of harmful bacteria ruin their swim.

  Anti-Vax Effect: Why some parents go against the experts

Health officials are discussing why people aren’t vaccinating their children, and what this means for efforts to stop the outbreak.

Doctors counter misinformation on vaccines amidst measles outbreak

We’re in the middle of the largest measles outbreak in the last 25 years. New numbers from the CDC have us nearing 1,000 cases since January.

  Ft. Stewart speaks on possible measles threats

Measles has dominated local and national headlines for the past few weeks. The outbreak is reaching levels not seen in 25 years. The Center for Disease Control is reporting 940 confirmed cases in the U.S. for 2019 alone.

940 cases of measles in 26 states so far this year, CDC reports

Officials say we are very close to surpassing 1994’s outbreak. Back then, the country was hit with 963 confirmed cases of the measles.

  CDC fights measles outbreak

The problem isn’t with the vaccine. Doctors tell WTOC the problem is with misinformation about the vaccine and people who just aren’t vaccinating.

  Renewed concerns over measles

A generation of seniors had to deal with measles as children. Now, they wonder if the outbreak leaves them vulnerable.

  Examining the truths and myths behind the MMR vaccine

Measles vaccinations have long been a subject of debate in America, so much so that for the first time since the year 2000, there is now an outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 800 cases across the nation. 6 of those cases are right here in GA.

Doctors warn of heat safety as extreme temperatures approach

Doctors say hundreds of Americans die from heat-related illnesses every year. And, with the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry expecting extreme temperatures soon, citizens are encouraged to stay cool.

  Pro-choice protests held Tuesday as more states pass abortion bans

States around the country are continuing to push abortion bans, and more protests are planned for Tuesday, including one right here in Savannah.

  Measles infection numbers at 25-year high

The number of people in the United States with the measles has reached levels not seen in 25 years. It’s a viral infection that’s serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine.

Customers at an SC restaurant may have been exposed to hepatitis A, state health officials say

DHEC was notified on May 17, 2019, that an employee of the restaurant tested positive for hepatitis A.

  U.S. Attorney’s Office hosts opioid roundtable discussion in Savannah

U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine called together heads of law enforcement from federal, state and local levels, along with leaders in medicine, to talk about the opioid epidemic in the Southern District’s 43 counties.

  Private company to take over EMS service in McIntosh County

The county actually awarded a bid to a private company out of Atlanta for over $300,000 a year.

  Chatham County Mosquito Control expecting West Nile Virus season

This time of year, pop-up showers may leave standing water in pots, old tires, or any other receptacles in your yard, creating a mosquito breeding ground.

  Planet Fitness offering free membership for teens during summer break

Planet Fitness wants to help keep your teens active this summer.

Pampered and polished: Is getting your nails done putting your health in jeopardy?

Nail salons are often the luxury go-to place for many women and some men who want to feel pampered and posh.

  US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That's the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

  Pooler couple expecting first child after wife’s fight against breast cancer

A family in Pooler is looking forward to finally celebrating Mother’s Day together this weekend.

  Drug used to reverse overdoses on the rise locally

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, on average, 130 people die every day from an opioid overdose in the Unites States.

  Liberty County Regional having large economic impact in the area

The Georgia Hospital Association says the hospital creates millions of dollars in revenue in the county.

  Film industry won’t feel “catastrophic” impact from Heartbeat Bill, industry experts say

Some high profile Hollywood actors want the film industry to boycott Georgia because of the new law, but Gov. Kemp doesn’t think movie production will be impacted.

  Margie’s Law’ signed, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

Governor Brian Kemp signed Margie’s Law on Thursday.

  US measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

Officials on Monday said 764 cases have been reported as of last Thursday. It's the most in the U.S. since 1994, when 963 were reported.

  Doctors warning of measles after six outbreaks reported in Georgia

More than 700 cases of measles have been reported in 22 states, according to the CDC. Six of those are here in Georgia.

Beach Advisory lifted for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island

The Chatham County Health Department has lifted the advisory for Polk Street Beach on the north end of Tybee Island, extending to the jetties on north beach.

Scientology cruise ship quarantined in St. Lucia after report of measles on board

The island’s chief medical officer said no one is allowed off of the vessel.

  Woman with measles potentially exposed ’Avengers: Endgame’ opening night audience in California

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 704 cases of measles across the country, making this the nation’s worst year for the disease since 1994.

  Beaufort Memorial celebrates 75 years

The original hospital had just 25 beds and four doctors. Today, it’s a sprawling facility in Beaufort with almost 200 beds and more than 300 physicians.

  Company teaming with rotary clubs in South GA to provide free prescription medications

Some of us might take for granted the prescriptions we get refilled - maybe even without getting out of our cars.

  Chatham Co. to get diversion center that would better serve some inmates with mental illness

A meeting of the minds - from health care to law enforcement - is taking place in Savannah with hopes to get everyone on the same page when it comes to mental health care and the criminal justice system.

Georgia burn center, largest in US, to start $75M expansion

The project will “improve efficiency and overall care” at the Augusta facility, which treats burn patients from across the U.S.

Over 1,000 quarantined in measles scare at Los Angeles universities

More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high.

Teachers say more mental health counselors needed in SC schools

Next week, teachers will be rallying at the State House to push for changes in the classroom.