DHEC: 4 flu-related deaths recorded in S.C. this week

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control has reported four flu-related deaths in the state this week.

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Upstate middle school student dies from flu complications, coroner says

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9 more people in S.C. have died from flu, but activity is on decrease, DHEC says

These deaths bring the total number of people in the state who have died this flu season to 44.

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Person potentially exposed to rabies by Oconee County cat

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5 more people die from flu in S.C. as it remains widespread

  DHEC: 9 flu-related deaths reported in South Carolina this week

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Free home radon test kits available during National Radon Action Month

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  15 flu deaths reported across S.C., 1 in Midlands as flu activity increases

The latest report on flu activity in South Carolina shows four more people have died from the illness.

S.C. doctors say early surge in flu cases, unusual trends are concerning

The latest South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Environmental Control (SCDHEC) report shows 708 reported flu cases already this season.

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

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New S.C. initiative requires certain Medicaid recipients to work 80 hours per month

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CDC investigating E. Coli outbreak linked to salad kits

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DHEC reports first vaping-related death in S.C.

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  Another person dies from flu in SC as DHEC says state being hit hardest

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  Infant mortality rate up 10.8% in S.C.

Numbers released this month from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control show more babies died last year than the year before in South Carolina.

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Trouble in Toyland report outlines dangerous gifts for children

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N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

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S.C. high school staff surprise coworker during her last round of chemotherapy

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How a new South Carolina law is helping nurse practitioners expand their roles

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LMC: More than 300 people contacted for tuberculosis testing after possible exposure

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Cincinnati-area high school announces mandatory drug tests for all students beginning in 2020

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  Learning how to avoid compassion fatigue

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Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

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  ’No woman deserves that to happen to them ever’: Family of woman left brain dead after giving birth speaks out

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DHEC confirms SC’s first flu-related death of the season

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday that the state has suffered its first flu-related death of the season.

  Doctors say effects of vaping-related illness, flu are dangerously similar

The effects of vaping and the flu are so similar, it's dangerous.

  Patient information affected after cybersecurity breach at Prisma Health

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Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

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Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

Look out for ‘healthy’ foods that have lots of added sugar

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  New CDC report shows alarming uptick in youth suicide rates

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Lawmaker to introduce bill banning sale of vaping products in SC

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‘No one should feel ashamed of how they feed their baby’: Woman shamed for breastfeeding child at YMCA

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First CBD guidelines released by the Arthritis Foundation

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N.C. man dies from infection typically caused by undercooked seafood

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  How to seek treatment for opioid use disorder in South Carolina

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