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Lifelong care for a lifelong condition

Vaniesha McFadden and her newborn baby daughter have a lot in common. Mothers and daughters often do, but this duo both share a diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD). And not only that, but they both receive treatment for the disease from the same program. Prisma Health’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Program is one of...
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Teens and vaping: What parents can do

While adolescent use of tobacco has steadily declined over the past five decades, e-cigarettes are threatening to snare a new generation with nicotine addiction. In 2018, more than 1 in 5 high school seniors and 1 in 12 eighth graders reported vaping in the past month, as compared to a near-zero use in 2011. E-cigarettes...
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Achieve your best health with FUN ways to exercise

If it’s not fun, why do it? While that might be a bit of an overstatement, it’s not far off the attitude we take toward various aspects of life. We expect our work, hobbies, even things like our community involvement to bring us enjoyment. So why is it that so many people have come to...
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Summer, salt and sun

There is a true story that gets circulated among those interested in wilderness medicine of three elderly women who set out on a guided trip down the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon, along with about a dozen other passengers. As expected, they were counseled on the risks of dehydration in the arid desert environment....
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Acne and adolescents

More than 80% of teenagers experience acne. The bad news is that there is no cure. The good news is that it usually clears up as your teen gets older. Contrary to what most people believe, acne is not caused by chocolate, fried foods or anything else in a teenager’s usual diet. It’s not the...
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Spiders in the Upstate: What you need to know

If you’re about my age, there’s a good chance you grew up having seen the classic horror movie “Arachnophobia.”  There may exist some natural enmity between eight-legged creatures and humans, but this film seemed to secure in all our minds how horrifying spiders truly are. They’re just waiting in our showers, our slippers and our...
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Reading builds strong brains

Literacy – the ability to read and write – is an invaluable skill that affects countless aspects of our day-to-day lives. Strong literacy skills improve informed decision-making, participation in community and overall confidence. We need to learn the ability to read and THEN learn the ability to learn from reading to make a difference in...
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Heat illness for the weekend warrior

The Upstate of South Carolina and the surrounding areas are full of unlimited outdoor activities for athletes of all varieties. During the summer, the heat can be intense, but this should not stop you from enjoying your favorite pastimes. As long as you are well prepared and know the signs of heat illness, you can...
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When ‘adulting’ involves a cancer diagnosis

When one hears the terms “adolescent” and “young adult,” several things may come to mind. You may think about those in high school or college. Maybe you think about that whole period of time after college when you are trying to figure out how this whole “adulting” thing works. While there are many stressful factors...
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‘The smile we were meant to love’

On August 31, 2016 we welcomed our firstborn son, Grant Hugh Edwards. We had all of the first-time parent nerves, but with an extra dose of angst and concern, as we knew our Grant would be born with a bilateral cleft palate and lip. There is comfort in knowing of a challenge your child will...
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