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Health & Fitness

Study finds dementia rates dropping

Despite fears that dementia rates were going to explode as the population grows older and fatter, and has more diabetes and high blood pressure, a large nationally representative survey has found the reverse. Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages.

Local

As Hurricane Matthew moves out, Zika could move in

As the waters from Hurricane Matthew began to recede, coastal residents from Florida to the Carolinas may have something else to worry about: Zika. The high winds broke through screen doors and windows, knocked out power and left behind small and large bodies of water that can serve as new breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Scientists worry that the Zika virus that has touched down in South Florida is now a greater threat to expand and move up the coast.

Health & Fitness

SC scores at bottom of cancer prevention ranking

South Carolina got low scores on an American Cancer Society ranking of states for its cancer prevention programs. The report looks at 10 policy indicators, such as tobacco taxes, smoke-free laws, indoor tanning restrictions for minors, funding for cancer screening and tobacco prevention and cessation programs, and increased access to health care through Medicaid.

South Carolina

Heroin epidemic talk draws standing-room-only crowd

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 community members packed a meeting room inside the Base Recreation Center Tuesday night to learn more about an epidemic that has claimed more than 60 lives so far this year in Horry County. Like in other cities big and small across the country, heroin use is on the rise in Myrtle Beach and across the county. And the turnout Tuesday night revealed a growing mass of community partners that aren’t ready to let the drug destroy them.

National

Scores of students without vaccine proof sent home on first day of school

A new state law that took effect July 1 eliminated personal- and religious-belief exemptions for families that opted to avoid vaccinations for their children. Under the new law, students entering the two checkpoint years of kindergarten and seventh grade are now required to show proof of vaccination. The requirement also applies to students who transfer into a district.

Videos

3 ways to protect yourself from Zika

Zika outbreaks are currently happening in many countries and territories. The mosquitoes that can become infected with and spread Zika live in many parts of the world, including parts of the United States. Learn how you can protect yourself from Zika.
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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3 ways to protect yourself from Zika

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VIDEO: Do you live in one of America's unhealthiest states?

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Thornwell, Blanton talk loss to Kentucky

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Frank Martin postgame reaction after loss to Kentucky