Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
South Carolina sees first child die from flu this season
A child who has died in the Midlands from complications associated with the flu is the first pediatric fatality reported to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control this flu season.
Health information privacy laws shield hospitals and agencies from revealing patients’ county of residence and age.
“We extend our condolences to this family and all families in South Carolina who have suffered a loss during this flu season,” said Lillian Peake, DHEC director of public health.
Local church bumping elbows during ‘sign of peace’ instead of shaking hands, hugging during flu season
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The flu continues to sweep the nation and now it’s causing some churches across the country to take precautions. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is calling this flu season the worst it’s been in nearly a decade. As the numbers of flu related deaths continue to rise, churches across the country are altering their services to prevent passing the virus. One local church in Myrtle Beach is doing something unique. Surfside United Methodist Church encourages elbow bumping at the beginning of the service during the passing of the peace and at the end of service, all in an effort to prevent spreading germs.
S.C. dental health needs a brush-up
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month – and South Carolina needs to take notice.
Reports show some children are missing hours of school each year because of oral health problems, causing them to lose out on critical instruction time. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is encouraging parents to turn their little ones into scholars by helping them improve their oral health habits.
Born addicted: Greenville hospital pioneers new way to treat babies in withdrawal
A baby born to a drug-addicted mom can suffer tremors, sleeplessness, muscle stiffness and other symptoms of withdrawal.
She might wail uncontrollably, be unable to relax or refuse to eat.
She might even have seizures.
And the traditional medical response has been to allow these infants to go into full withdrawal before treating them, said Dr. Jennifer Hudson, medical director of newborn services at Greenville Memorial Hospital.