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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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Strength training: Why and how

Strength training refers to a type of exercise in which resistance is used to cause muscles to contract and strengthen. Performed properly, strength training can … Increase muscle strength and endurance Strengthen bones and joints Help protect muscles and joints from injuries Improve performance in sports and play Promote healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels...
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How to help your kids (and yourself) be more active

In recent years, children and their families have become more inactive. Watching TV, playing video games, using computers and talking on the phone have gained
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Winter skin care tips

For many people, the cold days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands and feet. As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.
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