Prisma Health Blog


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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What do I need to know about TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) has been around a long time and was once the leading cause of death in the United States. However, in the last 20 years, the number of TB cases reported annually has dropped significantly, which is probably why many people are not as familiar with the disease as they once were. So, what...
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Why are well visits important for my child?

This is a question that I often hear in my office. Many parents seem to think a checkup is just to get caught up on shots. Some parents feel like the pediatrician’s office is just for when their child is sick. These are just a few of the common misconceptions. Well-child visits help pediatricians (and...
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Gift do’s – and don’ts – for children with ADHD

Some simple tips can guide parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD) through a jungle of toys beckoning holiday shoppers online and on store shelves. Frederick List, PhD, child psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, has advice on what gifts to get—or NOT to get—and the answers could save parents, family...
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What do I need to know about West Nile Virus?

West Nile Virus is a seasonal illness that happens in the summer to fall, just like influenza is a seasonal illness that happens in the winter to spring. So the good news is, you don’t have to worry about this virus all year long! The bad news is, this condition does occur locally, so it’s...
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How to Beat a Cold and Get Back to Your Life

Respiratory viruses are making life a misery for the Upstate. They are leaving behind a trail of tissues and veritable cacophony of coughing thanks to their prodigious output of drainage and yucky stuff best left undescribed. But, fear not—quick action can help turn off that faucet in your head. Start treatment the second you feel...
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Survival tips for fall allergies

Ragweed season has collided with mold season—and the living is anything but easy. While medicines can help, the key is avoidance. Here are some suggestions from John Pulcini, MD, a physician at Acadia Allergy and Immunology, on how to avoid allergens this fall. Minimize extra clutter in your home. Clutter is anything that will collect...
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