Category Health

How much sleep you need, and what happens if you don’t get it

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – New information shows how important sleep is, and what happens to your body if you don’t get enough of it.

Getting the right amount of time of this is hard for some people.

“I try to get seven, at least six to seven hours, and I feel as though I’m pretty lucky getting that amount,” Indiana resident Samuel Barnes said.

“I probably get more around six hours. I’m more of a night owl,” Westfield resident Daniel Gaynor said. “Probably at least seven hours,” Fishers resident Zoe Frisby said.

It’s a crucial step health experts say neighbors need to make.

“Without sleep you can’t function,” Gaynor said. “You get cranky and all that stuff and other side effects.”

Community Health Network’s Hany Haddad has studied sleep for 32 years...
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SC House Panel Passes Bill Requiring Opioid Education in High School

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA)—A House Education and Public Works subcommittee passed a bill late Wednesday afternoon to require all high school students to get opioid abuse education as part of their health curriculum. The bill now goes to the full committee.

Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Greenville, is the main sponsor of the bill. His son Josh died a year ago from a drug overdose. “In my own child’s life, it kind of began in much younger years in high school with going to things they called ‘pill parties.’ Not really knowing what they were taking, taking medicines from momma or daddy’s medicine cabinet or gramma or grandpa’s medicine cabinet and just taking turns just taking pills,” he says.

He wants other children and teens to avoid that. “Opioids are so extremely addictive...

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RECALL: FDA issues recall for Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets

WASHINGTON (WFLA) – The Federal Drug Administration has issued a nationwide recall of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets made by the Standard Homeopathic Company.

The tablets, used to comfort babies who are teething, were deemed unsafe after they were found to contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna, which the FDA says pose a “serious health hazard” to kids.

The FDA claims the effects of belladonna are unpredictable and told the Standard Homeopathic Company there is “no known safe dose or toxic dose of belladonna in children because of the many factors that affect it.”

The company halted the production and shipment of the tablets in October, but they may be stocked in stores and in some consumer’s cabinets.

The FDA says consumers with the teething tablets should discard the p...

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Transplant Center opens at Greenville Memorial Hospital

A new blood and marrow transplant center is opening in the Upstate.

Greenville Memorial Hospital celebrated the new McCrary unit this morning with a ribbon cutting.

It recently had a $2 million expansion.

They say the goal is to help patients to get the treatment they need, closer to home.

“When patients come into the hospital for a transplant it is usually a month in duration and so having the access to family and friends to come support them and visit, bring them goodies, really helps buoy their spirits and helps them get through the process a lot easier,” said Dr. Suzanne Fanning with Greenville Hospital System

The center also features music therapy and a wellness suite.

Source: WSPA News

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Phone service out at Mission Health System locations

Mission Health says they are affected by a nationwide phone outage.

They say external calls and some inbound calls are affected at all Mission Health System locations.

AT&T has no estimated time of resolution.

They say the locations include, but aren’t limited to:

Mission Hospital
Angel Medical Center
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
McDowell Hospital
Transylvania Regional Hospital

If you can’t reach a Mission phone number, you should call 828-213-1111 and ask to be transferred, according to Mission Health.

Source: WSPA News

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Daycare cited after infant choked and died

GREENVILLE (WSPA) – Creative Kids daycare in Greenville has been cited twice for improper preparation of food and inadequate supervision following the investigation into a child’s death, according to DSS.

They say the center was placed under a corrective action plan which includes a health and nutrition consultant.

A one-year-old girl, Sydney Ryan Alongio died after choking on food at the daycare earlier in May.

The coroner’s office says the lunch menu that day included meat balls.

Two adults were caring for the child along with ten other children in the toddler room of the day care facility.

The daycare attempted CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on the child before deputies and EMS arrived.

Alongio was taken by EMS to the Pediatric Emergency Room of the Children’s Hospital at Greenville...

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Zika fears spawning scams, price increases

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – It may cost you more to protect yourself from the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, and fear of the disease is spawning scams that could also cost you. Sales of mosquito repellent are up 35 to 37 percent over last year, especially in Latin American and Caribbean countries, the center of the Zika outbreak. Because of that increased demand, prices are also up in some places.

According to data analytics firm 1010data, the average price for bug spray bought online was up 23 percent from last year. Market researcher IRI reports prices in brick-and-mortar stores are also up for Off, Cutter, Raid, and Repel brands, but the increases vary and were not found everywhere.

SC Johnson, the maker of Off and Raid brands, says it has not raised prices.

Donnie Wheelis,...

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Money stolen from cancer fundraiser meant to help young boy

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police are investigating a person who a local family claims stole money and other goods from a fundraiser for a local boy with cancer.

Kamdon Wert has a rare form of cancer. He is receiving an outpouring of support as he fights cancer at Albany Medical Center. His family says one of his supporters may have chosen to help himself instead.

“Sometimes I wonder how he does it. He’s our superhero,” Kamdon’s Mom Krystal Hartley said.

Every Krystal takes care of her 9-year-old son, who is fighting ERMS, a type of cancer that affects the body’s connective tissue.

“He has a tumor on his head. It’s behind his nose, runs along his jaw, and goes to the base of his skull.”

On top of this, Krystal is now worrying about something else.

She and her ...

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SC abortion bill heading to Gov.’s desk for expected signature

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – A bill that would ban abortions in South Carolina after the 19th week of pregnancy is heading to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk, after the state House gave its final approval Tuesday. She’s expected to sign it because she said in March, after the Senate passed the bill, “By nature, I have always signed pro-life bills and I can’t imagine any scenario where I wouldn’t sign it.”

The bill does have exceptions for a medical emergency or severe fetal anomaly, but would not allow abortions in cases of rape or incest. Bill co-sponsor Rep. Donna Hicks, R-Boiling Springs, says a woman who is raped or the victim of incest still has almost five months to get an abortion.

But Rep...

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Tips for treating severe spring allergies

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — In the middle of spring, many people are suffering from severe allergies. Dr. Jigisha Morosky from Sterling Physicians provides tips for treating severe allergies.

Click on the video above to watch the full interview with News 8’s Stephanie Simoni. Below is additional information and questions often asked on the subject of allergies:

How can a person tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

  • Unfortunately nasal allergy symptoms and common cold symptoms are essentially identical.
  • Variables we examine are exposure to an allergen, like pollen or a pet, the duration of symptoms – months versus 1 to 2 weeks, and if there is improvement while taking allergy medications.

Are there any symptoms that are different?

  • Distinguishing factors for a cold might b...
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