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The number of states in which at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018 – and disparities persist – according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that 1…

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Today’s cancer patient has a team of experts with a broad range of treatments available to them. McLeod Cancer Specialist Donny Huynh, MD, explains the many options.

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Ahhh, September! We have made it! The brutal heat of August is behind us, and we move into, hopefully, cooler times. This can be a huge encouragement to get out and get active!For September, let’s look at a very special lower-body exercise that helps increase leg stability and improve balanc…

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Historically, men have been hesitant to seek medical attention when something seems wrong with their health. Additionally, men aren't as likely as women to have preventive screenings and checkups with their health care provider. This is a problem because early detection of a medical issue is…

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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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Myrtle Beach, SC — CareNow® Urgent Care announces the purchase of seven Beach Family and Urgent Care clinics across the Grand Strand. The clinics will be rebranded to CareNow® Urgent Care, which is operated by HCA Healthcare and represents one of the largest urgent care networks in the country.

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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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Did anyone ever tell you not to cross your eyes because they might stick? Is that true?Learn the facts about this and other common eye health myths:Myth: Reading in poor light will hurt your eyes.Fact: Before the invention of electric light, most nighttime reading and other work was done by …

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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. – 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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That's right... the iHope counseling ministry is officially 4 years old!The Lord has brought a lot of healing in four years.In fact, everything that has happened in these four years has been from God! He is ever faithful, ever good.Even before we officially opened our doors, there were month…

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—the Nation’s Largest Philanthropy Focused on Health and Equity—Provides Seed FundingSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — KFF will expand its Kaiser Health News (KHN) operation and health journalism across the South with $2.3 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson F…

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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 — With a new semester fast approaching, Francis Marion University is expanding in more ways than one.At the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, President Dr. Fred Carter reported the University had received $59 million in additional legislative funding for capital …

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Florence, SC MPD Electric Cooperative Inc. Darlington, SC donates 30 fans to help the seniors in Florence County. The fans will be distributed to clients who are on the Meals on Wheel program here in Florence County.

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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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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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It’s summertime! This month is the month for the bicep curl! Bulging biceps and a six-pack are the iconic picture of a “fit” person. Well folks, it is time to put our effort where our vision is. Let’s break down the bicep curl and see how we can incorporate it into our activity routine.The b…

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One of the main factors driving differences in COVID-19 vaccination rates across the country is partisanship. Our surveys consistently find that Democrats are much more likely to report having been vaccinated than Republicans, and Republicans are much more likely to say that they definitely …

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Beginning July 1, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will be on back of all Coastal Carolina University CINO cards. Getting the information to college students is now mandated by South Carolina. The University decided to include the number on the CINO card, which the students us…

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District (DCSD) is providing breakfast and lunch for any child 0-18 years of age in Darlington County throughout the summer.

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HGTC is excited to announce an apprenticeship program with McLeod Loris Seacoast Hospital through a partnership with Apprenticeship Carolina. The apprenticeships focus on Environmental Services through Health Care Sanitation positions and Patient Care through Medical Surgical Technician posi…

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Weak urine stream. Dribbling after urinating. Difficulty urinating or trouble starting the flow of urine. Slow urine flow. These are all common symptoms that men experience as they get older.And, while occasional urinary hesitancy is usually nothing to worry about, but long-term or recurrent…

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McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence has opened its new Emergency Department, which can handle 109,000 patients a year, nearly twice as many as before. The Emergency Department’s  Medical Director Dr. Thomas Lewis describes other patient-centered features.

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The total number of cancer screening tests received by women through CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Early Detection Program) declined by 87% for breast cancer and 84% for cervical cancer during April 2020 as compared with the previous 5-year averages for t…

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As of January 1 of this year, hospitals arerequired to post prices of common healthservices on their websites viaconsumer-friendly tools for patient use.Prior to implementation of this rule,hospitals were only required to publishtheir gross, undiscounted charges forservices, which are rarely…

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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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 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,…