Health

Possible links to vaping and flu, experts say get your shots

South Georgia Medical experts are saying there is a possible connection between vaping related illnesses and the flu.

  Flu shots available to all students at Effingham County schools

Second vaping-related death reported in Georgia

Raccoon tests positive for rabies on Isle of Hope

  Chatham Orthopaedic offering free community seminars to the public

5th annual Bra Project kicks off in the Lowcountry

  Topping-off ceremony for new standalone children’s facility at Memorial Health

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  Lowcountry healthcare officials bracing for flu season

St. Joseph’s/Candler holding annual SmartWomen Luncheon & Expo in Savannah

  Youth has higher rates of HIV infection in Coastal Ga.

Flu vaccine available at several county health departments

  Nurse practitioner wins annual James R. Lientz Humanitarian award

How to seek treatment for opioid use disorder in South Carolina

  Vidalia hospital could be joining HCA Healthcare

In Vidalia, one regional hospital announced this week they could be joining one of the biggest companies in the country.

Coastal Health District holding National Diabetes Prevention Program kickoff meeting

The Coastal Health District will host a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26 to discuss the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Ga. Department of Public Health identifies state’s first death from vaping-related illness

The department states the patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no reported history of vaping THC.

  Chatham County health experts monitoring vaping illnesses

Lung illnesses from vaping has the Georgia Coastal Health District concerned for the public’s safety.

CofC confirms Mumps outbreak on campus

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

  Candler Hospital unveils new pediatric procedure room

  Chatham County Mosquito Control using chickens to detect Triple E

SWGA health officials taking action to prevent Hepatitis A outbreak

What vape shops are saying after vaping-related illness reported in South Ga.

  Komen Coastal Ga. announces 2019 class of Big Wigs

Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia announced its 6th class of Big Wigs in Savannah Tuesday morning. These chosen individuals will raise funds for community breast cancer services.

  CEO of healthcare clinic in Hinesville receives Administrator of the Year award

The award recognizes an administrator of primary healthcare that has improved or expanded services in a community.

DHEC: Customers who ate at Goose Creek Waffle House may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

Customers who ate at a Goose Creek Waffle House may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, according to state health officials.

  SCCPSS teams up with St. Joseph’s/Candler to create health screening clinic

The collaboration will help provide those in the surrounding community with free services, in turn giving students experience working with and serving real patients.

  Doctors say expecting mothers are encouraged to leave during mandatory evacuations

You may have heard old wive’s tales linking things like a full moon, high tides, or an approaching hurricane to an expecting mother’s due date.

Racoon tests positive for rabies on Dutch Island

A raccoon on Dutch Island has tested positive for rabies.

  Veteran uses deep sea fishing to treat PTSD

Many military veterans struggle while adjusting to civilian life. For one Army Ranger, fishing became more than a hobby, it saved his life.

  First human case of West Nile virus found in Chatham County

The Coastal Health District confirmed Tuesday the first case of a person being infected with West Nile virus in Chatham County in 2019.

USDA: Washing raw chicken puts you at risk of foodborne illness

The government has a new warning out about raw poultry that has some people skeptical.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler Angels of Mercy deliver school supplies to students in Savannah

The supplies were collected through the hospital’s annual Danny’s Brown Box Campaign.

Tick-borne disease can make you allergic to meat/mammal products

Doctors and residents in northwest Arkansas warn of a tick bite that can make you allergic to meat and mammal products.

West Nile human infection confirmed in Southwest Ga.

A Mitchell County man was diagnosed with the disease.

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

They say the gas was detected at a level three, and a mandatory evacuation is not called for until level five.

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

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

Chatham Co. West Nile virus activity continues to surge

The Coastal Health District says West Nile virus activity continues to surge in the local mosquito population.

  Savannah doctor comments on recent Legionnaires’ outbreak in Atlanta

Dr. Stephen Thacker at Memorial says you need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.

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

Along with statewide leaders, Congressman Buddy Carter says they are devoted to reaching a solution in this epidemic.

  Chatham EMS adds new transit ambulances to its fleet

The new units will help the department with transporting patients to dialysis appointments.

South GA woman treated for legionnaires after visiting Atlanta hotel

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials said a South Georgia woman was one of the people who contracted legionnaires disease in an Atlanta hotel last month and was treated at Phoebe.

Cincinnati area girl, 5, diagnosed with rare tick paralysis

Specialists told the family they’ve never seen anything like this before.

Florida officials declare Hepatitis A emergency

New outlets report that Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared the emergency Thursday to alert the public about the seriousness of the illness and to allow greater testing and treatment.

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

A 19-month-old boy has been denied a $2 million drug.

Memorial Health throws baby shower for neonatal mothers

Memorial Health says neonatal mothers often deliver their babies early and have them in the Intensive Care Unit for months at a time.

  Member of WTOC family needs bone marrow transplant

A member of the WTOC family is battling a rare anemia disease right now.

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

The Cape Crusaders stopped in to say hello to the families staying there. Games, ice cream and face painting were also part of the fun.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

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

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

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

Chatham County Mosquito Control has confirmed that samples of mosquitoes collected in multiple locations throughout Chatham County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Pharmacies still facing EpiPen shortage over a year later

EpiPens have been in short supply for over a year now after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first declared a shortage back in May 2018, citing to manufacturing issues.

  Effingham County Health Dept. holding free screenings for students

With the number of recent measles cases in the state of Georgia, the Effingham County Health Department has decided to hold free vision, hearing, and dental screenings for students in the area.

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.