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Five simple lifestyle changes that lead to better health

Many of the problems we see daily among our patients can be managed and prevented by implementing simple lifestyle changes into everyday life. These changes can also help decrease the risk factors associated with diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week....
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A Vaccine that Can Prevent Cancer

Cancer continues to be one of the greatest health challenges we face in South Carolina, across the nation and around the world. One in three Americans will get cancer in their lifetime—1.7 million will be diagnosed this year and almost 600,000 will die of this disease. Many cancers seem to strike with little warning, have...
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Holiday coping tips for fractured families

Holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Throw in a separation or a divorce, and you’ve got ingredients for misery. But child psychiatrist Julius Earle, Jr., MD, has tips to help fractured families better cope through the holidays.
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Is a partial knee replacement right for you?

Partial knee replacements are currently in the news after former President George W. Bush recently underwent surgery. This is a positive event because many people aren’t aware that partial knee replacements are available and could be an option for them.
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Vaccines for infants and young children

Last year, around this time, I wrote a blog called Vaccines for your Teenager. In this blog, I want to talk more about the vaccines that help protect infants and younger children. I find that many parents are overwhelmed and not sure what shots their kids need or what diseases they help protect against. It...
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Sudden cardiac death in children

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as an abrupt, unexpected death due to a cardiovascular cause. Death typically occurs within minutes to 1 hour of the onset of symptoms. If the individual is successfully resuscitated, it is called “aborted sudden cardiac death.”
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Planning to run a half marathon?

This is the season when most of us resolve to live healthier by setting our sights on at least one fitness goal. If completing a half marathon is on your list, I wouldn’t be surprised. Over 1.9 million Americans completed a half marathon in 2016, and the event has been the fastest growing road race...
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What you need to know about the flu

The influenza virus changes every year, which is why it’s difficult for medical professionals like me to predict the severity of each flu season. So, how do we plan for influenza season if the flu virus changes regularly? First, we recommend that everyone get a flu shot annually. And second, we study how the influenza...
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Summer sun safety for kids

Summer is finally here! Families are ready to spend their days outside swimming, playing on the beach, picnicking at the lake or just hanging out together in the yard. With so many fun activities, don’t forget to take care of your child’s skin. Most of us worry only about sunburn, but too much sun exposure...
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Vaccines for your teenager

When you think of vaccines, do you think of the shots that your little one got starting in infancy? It seems like every checkup comes with shots for a while. For most parents, getting that final set of shots at 4 or 5 years old before kindergarten starts seems to be a milestone. It sometimes...
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