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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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Is gluten-free right for your child?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Nearly 30% of Americans try to avoid gluten, and some stores have entire sections dedicated to gluten-free products. But are gluten-free products healthy for children? A recent study revealed that products labeled gluten-free are not nutritionally better compared to “regular” children’s foods. Approximately 88% of...
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Therapy takes on a different look at SeniorCare PACE

Modern medicine continues to advance at a rapid pace in an effort to help people enjoy longer, healthier lives. But sometimes, health benefits can be gained in unexpected ways – like stroking the soft coat of a miniature pony. Last week, senior citizens sat in a semi-circle outside Prisma Health SeniorCare Pace (Program of all...
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Gun safety for parents

The safest home for a child is a home without a gun. Every day, 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. If a gun is present at home, parents can reduce the chances of children being injured by following some important safety rules: Store guns and ammunition...
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Opening doors to sport for those with disabilities

UCAN (Upstate Community Ability Network) was established in 1999 as a Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital program and has been providing adaptive sporting opportunities ever since. The goal of UCAN is to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy recreational opportunities and to get out and live life again after injury or illness has...
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Stroke recovery and rehabilitation

As a result of stroke, a person may experience a range of new difficulties with skills like walking, range of motion and everyday living activities including eating, going to the bathroom, dressing and taking care of themselves. In addition, a stroke survivor may also experience problems communicating, thinking or swallowing. Rehabilitation following stroke should be...
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HPV vaccine: What you need to know

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. This virus can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, anus and genitals and is transmitted through sexual activity. There are more than 30,000 cases of these cancers each year – and most could be prevented with the HPV vaccine! The HPV vaccine (known as Gardasil 9) is approved by the...
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