Health

Red Cross facing blood shortage; in need of donors

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

  Breast cancer patients, survivors and their supporters swarm the streets at Augusta’s 3rd annual Sista Strut

  Local doctors teach first responders resilience training

  Georgia Cancer Center updates ribbons for May

  Dirty Beards: Study reveals the dirt and grime in your chin pelt

  Doctors Hospital breaks ground on new $75 million burn center expansion

  State of Air Report: Georgia air quality improves

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Doctors Hospital to Mark Burn Center Expansion with Groundbreaking

  Chili cookoff raises awareness for organ donation

  Medical College of Georgia cancer researchers making breakthroughs in breast cancer

  Augusta one of two cities in Georgia to offer life saving procedure

Health block party to be held at Richmond County Health Department

GA Department of Public Health raising awareness for vaccines for preteens

Worst week so far for people in CSRA who suffer from allergies

Be sure to watch us...FOX 54's weather team brings the pollen levels ever day.

  Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center making history with world’s smallest pacemaker

The hospital is the first VA Hospital in the state to implant the world's smallest pacemaker.

  Doctors say they’re seeing more strokes in younger people

According to doctors, it’s becoming more common to see strokes in younger people.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

  Georgia Cancer Center holds special ceremony for colorectal, kidney and multiple myeloma cancer awareness month

  Heart healthy for Black History Month

  Local woman honored as first African-American full professor of urology and the first female urologist in the U.S. Army

  Georgia Cancer Center announces new director

  Local surgeon is lobbying for state employee health benefits

TV drug ads will soon include prices

When you watch television, it’s not long before an ad for a prescription drug plays on the screen.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  Medical College of Georgia is Igniting the Dream of Medicine for hundreds

The 8th Annual Igniting the Dream of Medicine brought hundreds of high school and college students to the Medical College of Georgia Saturday.

South Carolina bill looks to ban local tobacco regulations

The House voted 69-37 to pass a proposal that prevents local bans on ingredients, flavors, or the licensing of tobacco products.

DHEC: Don’t be afraid to eat in Downtown Aiken

DHEC is emphasizing that people shouldn't be afraid to eat at local restaurants because of the recent hepatitis A outbreak.

DHEC warns of hepatitis A exposure at 2nd Aiken restaurant

DHEC is warning customers that a City Billiards employee has tested positive for hepatitis A. The agency says customers who ate at the restaurant between Jan. 22 and Feb. 5, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus.

School officials welcome GA Governor’s plan to prioritize mental health

Georgia’s governor wants to see mental health professionals in public schools to help students and possibly save lives.

  Spring allergy season arriving earlier

An analysis by the group Climate Central shows that spring is arriving about 3 days earlier than it did in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Doctors: Wash hands often to prevent flu

Doctors Hospital doctors spoke out about the difference hand washing can make, especially during flu season.

Georgia governor proposes funding to bring more mental health professionals into schools

In his campaign, Governor Kemp made mental health and school safety priorities in his platform. On Monday, he announced more funding for a plan to bring mental health professionals to your child’s school.

Alcohol Enforcement Team cites 10 local bars for selling alcohol to a 17-year-old

The AET's coordinator says 20 total tickets were written at those 10 non-compliant bars. One ticket was written to the person who sold the alcohol and the second is written against the establishment's license.

Medical conference prepares rural practitioners for emergencies

Physicians from across the United States came for the two day conference, held at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

More than 700 receive Hepatitis A vaccinations in Aiken

After SC DHEC received a report that an employee at Aiken Brewing Company tested positive for Hepatitis A, a four-day vaccination clinic was held.

BusPatrol cameras installed in Burke County Public School buses aim keep kids safe

The school system, sheriff's office and developer hope Bus Patrol will keep children safe by reducing stop-arm violations.

Burke County High School adds Narcan to nurses’ kits

Burke County High School is joining schools nationwide in adding an overdose reversing drug to their nurses kits.

Augusta University Health’s Adrenal Center is bringing new technology and medical advances

Augusta University Health’s Adrenal Center held it’s grand opening on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The center is one of the only centers in the country that will provide patients with care in all aspects of adrenal disease.

  Height, exercise may determine longer lifespan, study finds

The study by BMJ found that taller women are more likely to live longer. For men, the biggest factor is physical activity.

  Experts warn about a hidden danger in your home: Radon

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that occurs naturally in the ground. But it can find its way into your home, and too much of it can cause serious health problems like lung cancer.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

Fewer drives, busy holiday schedules lead to blood shortage.

Barnwell County cat potentially exposes two people to rabies

The potential exposures occurred on January 6 when the victims were bitten by a brown and white cat in an area northwest of the City of Barnwell.

Georgia Cancer Center celebrates cervical cancer survivors

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to estimates from the National Cancer Institute, more than 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018.

  Cancer deaths have been dropping for decades in the US, new study says

The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States has dropped steadily for more than two decades, a new study says.

Visitation restricted at Aiken Regional Medical Centers

Aiken Regional Medical Centers is temporarily restricting hospital visitation of friends and family age 12 and under.

  New federal law requires all hospitals to list prices online

The new year came with some new guidelines for hospitals across the nation to follow.Medicare now requires hospitals to post standard prices online - and make electronic medical records easily available for patients.

  Doctors Hospital offers tips for healthier eating in 2019

If eating healthy is on your agenda for 2019, you can start with small adjustments to classic meals; a way to ease into healthy living.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Blood pressure medication recalled due to ‘unexpected impurity’

According to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited is voluntarily recalling two lots of Losartan potassium tablets,

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Children’s Hospital needs your vote for #VoteForMiracles

Children’s Hospital of Georgia, ranked as one of the top hospitals in the country by offering quality care with state of the art tools is right now in a contest to win money to continue helping kids in our community.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

  Perfect Health celebrates new location at Augusta University Medical Center

We pride ourselves on going above and beyond to form a trusting relationship with our patients. I feel that’s what has made this downtown location a fast success," said Dr. Coon

Patient donates over $15,000 to the Children’s Hospital

8-year-old Reese Smith raised $15,500 for the 18th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon at a boiled peanut and lemonade stand.

Georgia Cancer Center’s $62.5M M. Bert Storey Research Building opens

The Georgia Cancer Center treats nearly 2-thousand new cancer patients annually, and have more than 60-thousand patients per year.The clinic treats all cancer types and provides patients access to the latest treatments, therapies and first in the nation clinical trials, according to the hospital's m

New Ohio House bill seeks to completely ban abortions, make them punishable by death

State lawmakers in Ohio are considering a bill that would completely ban abortions, and make the act punishable by death. However, the measure appears to lack support.

Touch-a-Truck event held at Cedar Creek Church for people with special needs

Touch a truck event draws people to Cedar Creek Church in Aiken, South Carolina.

New cholesterol guidelines are for everyone

Doctors have new guidelines for treating patients with high cholesterol.

300 people help raise more than $51,000 at Georgia Cancer Center’s inaugural Unite in the Fight walk

Hundreds walk to raise money, awareness for cancer research

Where to get your flu shot in the CSRA

Flu season is here again and we’re here to help you find the best place to get your vaccine.

CDC links Salmonella outbreak in 35 states to raw turkey products

The Centers for Disease Control says a Salmonella outbreak has now made 164 people sick across 35 states.

SC health officials confirm measles case in the Upstate

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Enviornmental Control received a report of measles from the Upstate and testing has confirmed it.

Augusta Jaguars host ‘Pink Out’ game

The ladies on the Augusta University volleyball team raised over $1,000 for the Georgia Cancer Center as part of their 'Pink Out' game.

Tee off Fore Tatas postponed

A local golf tournament will be held in Columbia County to raise awareness for breast cancer. The earnings from the 12th Annaul Golf Tournament, Tee Off Fore Tatas, will benefit breast cancer research.

BlueCross BlueShield and Hospital Corporation of America reach deal

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Hospital Corporation of America have reached an agreement, which will allow patients at Doctors Hospital to still receive in-network coverage.

Growing concerns in the CSRA as STD cases are rising

The CDC releases reports showing that STD’s are on the rise across the United States. In Richmond County there was a big increase in STD’s from 2016 to 2017, most cases being chlamydia and gonorrhea.

FDA: 38 ill in egg-based salmonella outbreak affecting AL, GA, TN

The farm where the outbreak began, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman County, in northern Alabama, began the recall last month.

Augusta VA launches new Same-Day Rapid Clinic

Veterans now have access to a ‘Same-Day Rapid Clinic’ at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The doors opened on Monday, allowing veterans to get their medical needs addressed without waiting.

Veteran undergoes breakthrough surgery at Charlie Norwood VA

A veteran being treated at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is the first person in the CSRA to undergo a breakthrough medical procedure.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Almost 200 came out for Donate for Life

Shepeard Community Blood Center hosted the 12th annual Donate for Life blood drive in Aiken on Sept. 6. The center wanted a total of 200 donors by the end of the drive, and they almost reached that goal. A total of 199 donors came out between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Community members who came out to give said they did it because they are healthy enough to do so, and you never know who might end up needing it. Jim Noel said he feels a sense of obligation to donate. He said, "I feel my ...

  Shepeard Blood Center wants 200 people to give blood at Donate for Life

Shepeard Blood Center's 12th Annual Donate for Life event is coming up on Sept. 6 in Aiken. The event is being held at the Centennial Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Representatives from the center say they have a goal of 200 people coming out to donate.

  Georgia Blood Donation Day

Today is Georgia's Blood Donation Day. Governor Deal made the announcement last Friday. The American Red Cross asked that each state proclaim a state blood donation day.

Doctors Hospital could soon be dropped from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

Hospitals in Georgia owned by Hospital Corporation of America, including Doctors Hospital, could soon be dropped from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia's network. HCA's 3-year contract ends on September 30th.

Free health fair coming to the CSRA

A free family health fair coming to the CSRA.

  Volunteers shave their heads for pediatric cancer awareness month

September is pediatric cancer awareness month. Children's Hospital of Georgia got started a little early today with their brave the shave event. Forty-four people signed up to shave their heads in the lobby of the hospital.

  AU Medical Center CEO expects mid-2019 decision from courts for hospital in Grovetown

It has been almost 4 years since the certificate of need was awarded to Augusta University;s Medical Center to build a hospital facility in Grovetown. Through an ongoing court battle with Doctor's Hospital, there are serious questions being raised about if the hospital will be built there?

New Urgent Care coming to Evans

A new urgent care center is set to be open on Furys Ferry Road in Evans. Both urgent care and primary care centers have been popping up all over Columbia County. Community members say that while it is nice to have a physician close by, this will not fill the need that a hospital would.

  Rabid raccoon captured in Martinez

Columbia County officials announced Tuesday that a raccoon caught in a Martinez neighborhood has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was caught in the area around Oak Lake Dr.