Alzheimer’s Association pushes for federal research center in SC, lawmakers introduce bill to update Alzheimer’s plan

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — In honor of State House Advocacy Day, members of the Alzheimer’s Association announced future plans and gave updates on ongoing research. Also in attendance was 52-year-old Laurie Waters who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2017. “My youngest grandson, last year, I couldn’t remember which one he was. That almost killed me,” says Waters. Director…

Midlands Cares: Heart Health and protecting our most important organ

Tyler Ryan learns about the importance of protecting your heart from MUSC Dr. Katrina Bidwell

February is Heart Month, and although these 28 days are specifically set aside to awareness and education, protecting the blood pumper should be top of mind all year.  There is an easy case to be made that the heart is probably our most vital piece of hardware.  In fact, MUSC Heart and Vascular Cardiologist Doctor Katrina Bidwell says “the heart works for you 24 hours a day, and it only rests between beats, pumping blood and oxygen to the rest of your body.”

MUSC: Increase in children accidentally poisoned by cannabis edibles

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A recent study shows an increase of children under the age of six accidentally poisoned by cannabis edibles from 2017 to 2021. The findings reveal more than 7,000 cases and of those, 2-year-olds had the highest exposure. MUSC Doctor Christopher Pruitt says symptoms include central nervous system depression and children can be minimally responsive. “We usually…

Midlands Cares: Reducing Holiday Stress

Tyler Ryan learns about methods to reduce Holiday Stress from MUSC Health's Morgan Mankins

ELGIN, SC (WOLO) – As much fun as the Holidays are, they also come with a good bit of stress between shifting routines, health concerns, and changes in diet, all of which can impact your overall health. MUSC Health Family Nurse Practitioner Morgan Mankins joined Tyler Ryan on Midlands Gives to discuss some ways to help mitigate some of those…

Midlands Cares: Breast Cancer Awareness

Tyler Ryan learns about breast cancer, including the causes and treatments

ELGIN SC (WOLO) — Impacting 1 in 8 women in their lifetime, breast cancer  is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells, which occurs as a result of changes in the genes responsible for keeping cells healthy.  According to MUSC Health Mammography Coordinator Wanda Malliniski, breast cancer invades the breast and at some point, it will metastasize meaning that will leave…