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DHEC will offer free STD testing on April 18 at public health clinics. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

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Alzheimer's Foundation to host conference in Charleston

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is making a stop in Charleston on its national educational tour on April 23. The conference will be free and open to the public.

The aim of the conference is to spread information about caring for people with Alzheimer's Disease. The Post and Courier recently reported South Carolina has a higher death rate from Alzheimer's than any other state.

There will be an opportunity to have a free memory screening and sessions throughout the day on various Alzheimer's-related issues. The conference will be held at the Mills House-Wyndham Grand Hotel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register at

Patient safety award given to MUSC pediatric resident

The annual Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Champion award went to Dr. Sarah Yale of the Medical University of South Carolina.

The South Carolina-based awards program honors clinicians, researchers and hospital leaders for their work in making health care safer. Researchers have said medical error is the third-leading cause of death in this country.

Yale was recognized for her work in integrating patient safety into doctors' training at MUSC Children's Health.

She also has worked to improve reporting of these errors.

The patient safety champion award is named after Lewis Wardlaw Blackman, a 15-year-old who died of a medical error during elective surgery.

DHEC offers free STD tests

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will offer free STD testing at its public health clinics on April 18 to mark the National STD Awareness Month. 

"According to 2016 data, there were just over 29,000 cases of chlamydia, nearly 9,400 cases of gonorrhea, and over 300 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in South Carolina," according to a DHEC press release. 

For more information about the free testing sites or to learn more about STDs, call DHEC's STD/HIV Hotline, 1-800-322-2437, or visit DHEC's website,

— Mary Katherine Wildeman and Lauren Sausser