Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
This flu season one of South Carolina’s deadliest in recent years
Though flu season isn’t over, this one marked one of the deadliest years for the disease in recent South Carolina history, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
As of last week, 271 people have died across the state during the 2017-2018 flu season, passing last season by 177 people, according to Department of Health records.
Flu season’s 271 deaths in SC were most in years
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Officials say this flu season in South Carolina was the deadliest in years, with over 100 deaths (more) than the previous one that had the most.
Increasing exercise over 6-year span protects the heart
Heart failure affects about 5.7 million adults in the United States.
The most salient risk factors for this condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are: hypertension, a history of coronary heart disease or heart attacks, and diabetes.
Since this condition, once acquired, has to be managed for life, healthcare professionals recommend preventive strategies.
These usually involve making more healthful lifestyle choices by acquiring good dietary habits and exercising regularly.
Romaine lettuce likely safe to eat again, CDC says
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they believe E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce blamed for more than 170 illnesses in 32 states is likely no longer in circulation.