Health

  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.

Doctors warn of heat safety as extreme temperatures approach

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

  Measles infection numbers at 25-year high

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

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

  Private company to take over EMS service in McIntosh County

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  Chatham County Mosquito Control expecting West Nile Virus season

  Planet Fitness offering free membership for teens during summer break

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

  US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

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

  Drug used to reverse overdoses on the rise locally

  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.

  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

Beach Advisory lifted for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island

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

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

  Beaufort Memorial celebrates 75 years

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

  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.

Godley Station Dental in Pooler holding annual free day of dentistry event

Godley Station Dental in Pooler is hosting its 7th annual Dentistry from the Heart event this Friday, April 26.

  Breast cancer survivor, son speak about experience ahead of Komen Race for the Cure

Breast cancer survivor Patti Clark has been volunteering for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for nearly four years.

  Savannah doctors, nurses on the lookout for measles after GA listed as outbreak state

The amount of students in the county who are not vaccinated is low. Nurses say that’s the only reason we haven’t had cases reported here.

US measles cases hit highest mark in 25 years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 695 cases had been reported in 22 states this year as of Wednesday afternoon.

  Chatham County ranks high with opioid overdose ER visits

Drug overdose patients aren’t a rare sighting at Memorial Health’s Emergency Room.

  Effingham County deputies warning parents of ‘Robotripping’

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office says “Robotripping,” or kids taking too much cold medicine at one time, is something deputies are seeing a lot lately, and they want it to stop.

  New device helping sleep apnea patients

Sleep apnea is a serious problem that could lead to a heart attack or stroke. We spoke to a Savannah doctor to see how they are working to cure the scary condition.

RN at Memorial Medical Center arrested, charged with stealing medication from patient

A Memorial Medical Center nurse is in custody after an investigation found she was stealing medication while on-duty.

St. Joseph’s/Candler awards employee with 2019 McAuley Award

St. Joseph’s/Candler honored an employee on Thursday who is described by her coworkers as someone with a zest for life that is simply contagious.

  Fort Stewart gets new medical simulation training center

The center is designed to provide state-of-the-art training for medical and non-medical soldiers as they learn updated life-saving techniques.

  East GA Regional Medical Center upgrades to DaVinci Xi robot

If you’ve had surgery lately, there’s a good chance the doctor did the work without actually touching you.

  Thousands preparing for 2019 Komen Savannah Race for the Cure

The Komen Savannah Race for the Cure will step off in Downtown Savannah to help in the fight against breast cancer, and some of your neighbors are training and raising money to help make a big difference.

  Beaufort County EMS Paramedic named South Carolina Paramedic of the Year

If you have to call for an ambulance in Beaufort County, take comfort knowing you’re in good hands. The Lowcountry is home to an award-winning paramedic.

  American College of Physicians releases new mammography recommendations

Nearly 270,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year - but there have been conflicting guidelines on how often women 40 and over should get mammograms.

  Coastal Health District: Potential Hepatitis A exposure at Zaxby’s on Ogeechee Road

The Coastal Health District says a case of hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a food handler at the Zaxby’s located at 5971 Ogeechee Road.

  Bryan County EMS help woman give birth on side of Highway 17

Baby Mackenzie wasn’t delivered traditionally in a hospital, instead, on the side of the road.

  Flu season comes to an end, doctors prepare for next season

So far, in Georgia, 29 have died from the flu this season. In South Carolina, there have been almost 80 deaths.

  Roto-Rooter Plumbers presents check to Ronald McDonald House

The funds were raised during the inaugural Royal Flush Casino Night back in February.

  Margie’s Law makes it to GA governor’s desk

A Savannah woman may be helping make changes at the federal level.We’ve been telling you about Margie Singleton’s fight against breast cancer and her fight for a new law in Georgia - Margie’s Law.

SC to receive $7M to expand access to opioid addiction treatments

The funding is coming from the state opioid response grant program

  Pro golfers visit Children’s Hospital of Savannah

Round One of the Web.com “Savannah Golf Championship” will be held Thursday, but some of the pros were making rounds on Monday.

New Micro-hospital opening to patients Monday in Pooler

The new St. Joseph’s/Candler Micro-hospital in Pooler will begin taking patients on Monday, March 25.

  New St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital set to open in Pooler

The new St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Pooler held a tour Friday, before it officially opens its door to patients.

  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.

  Tobacco use decreases in Georgia; E-cigarette use increases

A group of students with the Liberty County 4H team joined to celebrate their annual “Kick Butts Day.” This day is a day set aside to campaign against smoking in schools.

Dairy Queen celebrates start of Spring with ‘Free Cone Day’

Participating Dairy Queen locations are giving away free small vanilla soft-serve cones all day on Wednesday.

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

More than $30,000 was raised for the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

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

This year, crews with Chatham Emergency Services are trying some new tactics to make sure you and your family are safe and taken care of should you need help during the weekend.

  College of Coastal Georgia nursing students help victims of domestic abuse

They are collecting hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant and much more, to help women and children of domestic abuse.

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

Cuts, bruises, head injuries, and alcohol poisoning are all things Memorial Health’s emergency room is preparing for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Liberty County health center receives $50,000 grant

Liberty and Long counties will soon reap the benefits of a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

  Pollen season starting early in Coastal Empire

Springtime in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry has plenty of people seeing a doctor, or at least reaching for tissues.

  Nursing homes taking extra precautions to keep flu away

We often think about how dangerous the flu can be for our children, but it can also be very dangerous for the elderly.

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

Man, Woman, and Student of the Year candidates all launched their campaigns last week with the goal of raising as much money as possible for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Georgia Chapter.

  Doctors warning of increased cases of measles

Doctors say cases have increased throughout the United States because more people are refusing to get vaccinated.

  Seminar held at Memorial Health to learn more about colorectal cancer

It’s the third most diagnosed cancer for men and women in the nation.

  Flu season sees second wave of virus

Doctors say this year, the flu could go on into March and April, and parents could be making their way back to the doctor’s office with their children.

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

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

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

A bill that would allow Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to authorize his office to pursue Medicaid waivers has passed the Senate

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Green beans and butternut squash recalled due to Listeria concerns

Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  Beaufort County Allocates $20k For Jacob Kits

A firefighter is on a mission to save lives in Beaufort County Schools.

  Opioid alternative resource seminar held in Richmond Hill

The Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project is hosting a seminar to teach alternative ways of treating pain rather than using opioids.

  ‘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.