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“This is a fascinating topic, but we are not talking about that time in high school when your girlfriend broke up with you and you moped around for a week or two,” says McLeod Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Fred Krainin. “The Broken Heart Syndrome that I’m talking about is a real clinical e…

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Preparing for pregnancyTrying to get pregnant? Or would you like to get pregnant in the future?We are here to provide some information on what to expect for your health while you are pregnant. Fortunately, Florence is home to many local resources providing support throughout your pregnancy.P…

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Women who’ve lost a breast or breasts to cancer now can have their breast rebuilt, using their own tissue.  McLeod Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Dustin Eck describes this procedure.

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Cancer patients often feel tired physically, mentally and emotionally. This is not surprising given the struggle and stress of testing, surgery, radiation therapy and the attack of chemotherapy on cancer cells.

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Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine so you can make an informed decision to get vaccinated with confidence. Every time a person is vaccinated, we get closer to bringing the pandemic to an end.

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FLORENCE, S.C.  – The articulation agreement between Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and Francis Marion University (FMU) now includes FDTC’s Business and Network Systems Management (NSM) students.FDTC students who earn an Associate in Applied Sciences through the Marketing, Mana…

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Sonda Jett-Clair of HopeHealth’s Diabetes and Nutrition Institute team has been recognized by the South Carolina Public Health Association as the Lifestyle Change Coach of the Year. The award is presented by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control e…

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The body’s response to a stressful event is simple. Adrenalin kicks in. Heart rate accelerates. Blood pressure rises. It’s the perfect preparation to fight or flee. However, sustained stress at work, home or elsewhere can hurt your heart.

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HARTSVILLE, SC -- SC Humanities recently awarded a $10,000 grant to implement the “South Carolina Civil Rights Monument Project” coordinated by Coker University Assistant Professor of Art and sculptor Jasmine Baetz and Coker Assistant Professor of Communication Jennifer Heusel.The Coker facu…

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FLORENCE — Effective August 18, Francis Marion University is requiring that masks or face coverings be worn by everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – in indoor, public areas. This policy applies to all campus facilities and includes classrooms, hallways, laboratories, the library, and othe…

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As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, announces the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline.

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FLORENCE, SC – August 09, 2021 - McLeod Health welcomes Gastroenterologist and Advanced Endoscopist Amaninder Dhaliwal, MD to the medical staff of McLeod Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dhaliwal joins fellow physicians Dr. Deepak Chowdhary, Dr. Terri Jaggers, Dr. Davinderbir Pannu, Dr. Tim Spur…

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As families prepare for the start of a new school year, Durant Children’s Center, in partnership with Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, announces the launch of Pee Dee Parent Helpline.

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Let’s begin with an exercise: visualize your least favorite food.What is it? Brussel sprouts? Liver and onions? Kale?Now ask yourself, why do you dislike it so much? Is it the flavor? The texture? The smell? Or is the reason more emotional?For me, it is eggplant. I haven’t enjoyed eggplant s…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an order under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act, and associated implementing regulations, that temporarily suspends the introduction of certain noncitizens based on the Director’s determination that introduc…

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FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth welcomes family nurse practitioner Debbie Garrison, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, to the HopeHealth Medical Plaza in Florence. Garrison serves patients in the Access Hope program.

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Florence, SC - The McLeod Health Board of Trustees has approved a transition to the Epic EHR (electronic health record) system. This transformational move underscores advancements that reflect the McLeod mission of improving health in our communities from the midlands to the coast.

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Trinity Collegiate School (TCS) is delighted to announce its 2021 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars. Trinity Collegiate School partners with The College Board to offer AP opportunities in 22 AP courses and is the only official Pre-AP school in the Pee Dee Region providing certified advanced p…

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The heart stops suddenly and unexpectedly. Blood pressure drops. Blood flow screeches to a halt in the brain and organs.  Breathing ceases. The person loses consciousness. Without quick intervention, this “arrest” can quickly lead to “death.”

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As more people become vaccinated and municipalities lift mask mandates, some of you may be wondering how to approach public situations. The best way to stay healthy is getting the COVID-19 vaccination.You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer…

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Francis Marion University named 548 full-time students and 33 part-time students to its President’s List for the spring 2021 semester. An additional 589 full-time students and 51 part-time students made the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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 McLeod Health is pleased to announce the opening of the new McLeod Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. Designed to serve nearly 110,000 patients a year, the new McLeod Emergency Department will dramatically improve the timeliness of care available to emergency and trauma patients,…

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The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will be hosting SC Thrive on the second floor on Thursday July, 1, Thursday July 8, and Thursday July 15, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. SC Thrive will be helping eligible residents fill out applications for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

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“An Orthopedic Sports Medicine Specialist sees a very wide range of injuries. We see anything from knee injuries to shoulder injuries,” says McLeod Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Art Jordan. “If someone is an athlete, an injury can involve any joint you can imagine. We see all sports competi…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The S.C. Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call on June 23, removed the incipient drought declaration for Clarendon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and WiIliamsburg counties.

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Oconee is Duke Energy’s largest nuclear station, with three generating units that produce more than 2,500 megawatts of carbon-free electricity.Company intends to renew the operating licenses of all 11 reactors it operates for an additional 20 years to support its carbon reduction goals.

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Society Hill, S.C. – On Friday, June 18, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault hosted its second annual Clays for a Cause Clay-Shoot Tournament at Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill and raised more than $30,000 to support programs and services in Chesterfield and Ma…

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jane Hiller, education director with Sonoco Recycling in Columbia, was announced today as the winner of the 2020 South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award during a ceremony held at the State House in Columbia. Governor Henry McMaster presented her with the award.

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On Friday, June 4, 2021, three Morris College Biology students reported to Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga. for their 10-week summer research internship. In preparation for completing the internship, the students attended a two-hour virtual orientation boot camp on Thursday, June 3…

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Do you feel like you are constantly reaching for a tissue because of a persistent dripping or stuffy nose? You don't need to live with this annoyance anymore. A new targeted treatment is available called nasal cryotherapy. This treatment uses intense cooling to help people with chronic rhini…

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Break out the flipflops and sunscreen people! June days are here to stay. Sunshine and good times are rolling out, but that doesn’t mean wellness and activity should stop. This month I want us to dive deep into a hidden gem: the bridge.The bridge is a fantastic movement to help strengthen th…