St. Francis receives $1 million

  Bon Secours St. Francis Health System’s bone marrow transplant unit will soon more than double in size thanks to $1 million in donations from employees and community members. The unit is the only one of its kind in the Upstate and one of two dedicated inpatient transplant units in South Carolina. Blood and marrow […]

Upstate benefits from 2010 federal earmarks

Earmarks in the 2010 federal budget helped purchase lightweight compact medical equipment for combat medics from a Greer company, continued Milliken’s research into a moldable fabric armor to reinforce military vehicles and will improve busy intersections in the Upstate. In all, private companies and governments in Greenville and Spartanburg counties received $7.04 million in earmarks. […]

Pollen is high

Pollen counts have hit a 12-year high in the Greenville area sparking a yellow storm that has driven allergy sufferers to distraction and promises weeks of prolonged suffering unless weather patterns change. Neil Kao, an allergist who practices in Greenville is in change of the area’s pollen counting station, said tree pollens: oak, birch, mulberry, […]

Growing here: Physician education

Steve Sloate’s job is to live 15 years in the future, then figure out how to get there. What he envisions for Greenville is an expansion of medical training in an empty shell of a $20-million building on the campus of the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center. The idea, Sloate said, is the natural […]

Boy jumps from ambulance, dies

An autopsy is set for later this morning on the body of a 16-year-old Greenville High School student who was pronounced dead early Sunday afternoon after jumping from a moving ambulance in the northbound lane of Interstate 85 between the Laurens Road and Interstate 385 exits.

Free medicine

Tony Bell was visiting the clinic he helped set up for Spartanburg County employees recently, and the clinic’s advising physician happened to be there. “My shoulder has been bothering me forever and a day,” said Bell, sporting a blue canvas arm sling late last week. “He said, ‘Why don’t you get an MRI?’ I hadn’t […]

H1N1 recall

When it comes to H1N1, parents of small children now have something else to consider. A company that manufactures H1N1 flu vaccines has issued a non-safety related voluntary recall of some pediatric doses made for children between the ages of 6 months and three years. And some of those suspect doses came to South Carolina. […]

Schools offer swine flu shots

Young children who attend public schools in Greenville County are able to get a free swine-flu vaccine at several sites in the evenings through next Tuesday. The vaccine is available only for children in 3-year-old Kindergarten through fifth grade because these younger children are at greater risk of infection, a letter to parents said. The […]

Well, well, well

A Blacksburg, Va., medical school has asked Wofford College and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to partner in the opening of a 400-student osteopathic teaching facility on the city’s north side. If negotiations between the three parties are successful, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine will open a branch of the seven-year-old medical school in a location […]

Flu outbreak goes global

South Carolina got its first suspected cases of swine flu this week as the World Health Organization increased the flu pandemic alert level and health care scientists on every level worked frantically to get a handle on where this latest outbreak is headed. “Right now everybody is guessing on almost all of the big items,” […]

The people’s business

In a week that saw South Carolina offer a new Parrot head specialty license plate inspired by “Margaritaville” songwriter Jimmy Buffett and the implementation of tougher DUI laws, lawmakers in Columbia tackled issues ranging from the cost of insurance for overweight state employees to whether a ban on mixed martial arts contests should be repealed. […]

Left alone

What’s going on at other daycare centers? Childcare workers who forgot sleeping toddlers and walked away from closed up daycare buses leaving children inside were not criminally charged in two separate incidents that occurred this summer in Greenville County. The worker responsible for a three-year-old boy who was left buckled in his seatbelt on a […]

Drugs in the water

The chemical stew in drinking water making so much news around the country is present at low levels in outflows from Greenville’s sewage treatment facilities, too, according to EPA figures made available to the Journal by the Clemson Institute of Environmental Toxicology (CIET). No one knows just what constitutes unsafe levels for many ofthese pharmaceutical […]