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Stroke in the African American community

Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. In South Carolina, African Americans are 43 percent more likely to die from stroke than Caucasians. Young adults are also dying from stroke. Stroke resulted in 16,298 hospitalizations in South Carolina in 2017. Of these, 37 percent were patients younger than 65....
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Immunizations: Keeping your child safe

The safety and efficacy of vaccines has been the subject of a lot of discussion in the news media, especially in light of recent measles outbreaks. Measles is not a mild disease—neither is polio, whooping cough, Hib or pneumococcal meningitis, or rotavirus. These are the kinds of diseases that cause a lot of suffering for...
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Know before you go: Colonoscopy

For a look at what happens before, during and after a colonoscopy, check out this video with Cedrek McFadden, MD, a colorectal surgeon with Prisma Health. Video summary: There are two general reasons why people come to have a colonoscopy: They have symptoms such as bleeding, pain, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss. We...
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Difficult conversations: Aging with grace and accepting the new you

Everything changes – the old neighborhood where we grew up, our work setting, our goals, technology, the people around us – and we change as well. The world around us is changing, and sometimes it is easier to embrace that change than to accept that we have changed. As we grow older, we begin to...
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Breaking down the new mammography standards

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to mammography standards. These are the first changes to the regulation of mammography screenings in more than 20 years and will improve quality and modernize breast cancer screening. The key changes include providing patients with information about breast density, in the form of...
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Bridge the gap for health care in the minority community

Heart disease, hypertension and diabetes disproportionally affect minority communities in the Upstate and beyond. While many health care systems have focused on helping diverse communities make lifestyle changes to battle these life-threatening diseases, Prisma Health is leading the way in taking another approach to handling these epidemics. We want to address these disparities by inspiring...
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Achilles tendonitis: Prevention and treatment

Achilles tendonitis is an overuse syndrome associated with the calf muscles and the heel. The Achilles tendon is made up of the lower end of the two muscles in the calf on the back of the lower leg. These muscles assist in knee movement, and because they attach to the heel, they also move the...
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Colorectal cancer: It’s not an old person’s disease

Colorectal cancer rates are rising in young people, but symptoms are often ignored. People under 50 may assume symptoms like rectal bleeding are simply related to hemorrhoids and only seek over-counter fixes. Likewise, they may be told their abdominal pain is only gas or related to constipation. Studies show that, in some cases, physicians diagnose...
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Children and digital media: Tips for parents

Today’s children and teens are surrounded by digital media that influences how they feel, learn, think and behave. Overuse of digital media and screens may place your child or teen at risk of obesity, sleep problems, inappropriate sharing, online predators and cyberbullying. It is important to teach your kids healthy digital media habits. Here are...
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What is a mammogram really like?

As if turning 40 isn’t enough of an annoyance by itself, it comes along with the pressure that I’m supposed to be starting to participate in that female rite of passage – mammograms. If breast cancer doesn’t run in your family, it might be tempting to skip the mammogram, or at least put it off...
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